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

December 19, 2017

Nisqually River to open to sport fishing

Action: Open the Nisqually River to fishing for salmon and gamefish.

Effective dates: Immediately through 11:59 p.m., Jan. 31, 2018.

Species affected: Salmon, gamefish.

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

Reasons for action: Recent surveys indicate that the spawning goal for chum salmon has been met in the Nisqually River and its tributaries, allowing both WDFW and the Nisqually Tribe to open their respective fisheries for chum salmon.

WDFW previously closed the Nisqually River to fishing for gamefish to protect returning chum salmon. The river is re-opening to catch-and-release fishing for gamefish under the rules listed in the 2017-18 sport fishing rules pamphlet. Anglers are reminded to release steelhead.

Other information: Effective immediately, anglers may retain up to 6 salmon, of which only 2 may be adults. Release gamefish and wild chinook salmon.

The Nisqually River and tributaries will close to all recreational angling at 11: 59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2018.

Information contacts: James Losee (360) 902-2741, james.losee@dfw.wa.gov or Gabe Madel (360) 902-2670, gabe.madel@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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