The Nisqually River will close to fishing beginning Sunday, Jan. 6 from the mouth to the military tank crossing bridge (located one mile upstream of the mouth of Muck Creek) in Pierce and Thurston counties.
State Fish and Wildlife say the closure is based on spawning surveys and harvest information available to date. They are concerned that winter chum returns aren’t abundant as forecast, and has the potential to fall short of the escapement goal.
The Nisqually Tribe are also closing their respective fisheries for chum salmon. The river is closed to the retention of wild steelhead.