Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

January 6, 2010

Nisqually River will close to recreational fishing Jan 9.

Action: Close Nisqually River to recreational fishing.

Effective dates: Jan. 9, 2010 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Nisqually River from the mouth to military tank crossing bridge (located one mile upstream of mouth of Muck Creek) Pierce/Thurston counties.

Reasons for action: Based on spawner survey and harvest information available to date Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is concerned that the winter chum return to the Nisqually River is not as abundant as forecast and has the potential to fall short of our escapement goal. Given this information and the need to achieve our shared conservation goals both WDFW and the Nisqually Tribe are closing their respective fisheries for chum salmon.

Other information: Because the river is already closed to fishing for species other than salmon, this regulation effectively closes the river to all fishing. Anglers should refer to the Sport Fishing Rules 2009/2010 Pamphlet Edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON for other ongoing fishing opportunities.

Information Contact: Hal Michael, 360-902-2659, Hal.Michael@dfw.wa.gov or Larry Phillips (360) 902-2721, Larry.Phillips@dfw.wa.gov

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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