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Lower Nisqually River to close Sunday because of low chum return

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:45 am |
January 4, 2013 10:45 am

The state is closing a portion of the Nisqually River to fishing beginning Sunday morning. Fishing in the river, from the mouth to the military tank crossing bridge located one mile upstream of the mouth of Muck Creek, will close at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

With spawning surveys and harvest information available to date, state Department of Fish and Wildlife managers are concerned the winter chum return is not as abundant as forecast and has the potential to fall short of the escapement goal. Given this information and the need to achieve shared conservation goals, both the department and the Nisqually Tribe are closing their respective fisheries for chum salmon.

The river is already closed to the retention of wild steelhead.

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