The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced it plans to close recreational salmon fishing on the lower Nisqually River on Saturday. The Nisqually Tribe also will shut down its chum fishery.
The river will be closed from the mouth to military tank crossing bridge, located one mile upstream of mouth of Muck Creek.
A department news release said based on spawner surveys and harvest information, the department is 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 …