Nisqually River closes to anglers Sunday

OLYMPIA (MCT) — The Nisqually River will close for fishing Sunday to ensure enough winter chum return to the river, according to a state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.

The river will close for fishing of all species starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday from the mouth of the river to the military tank crossing bridge about a mile upstream from the mouth of Muck Creek in Thurston and Pierce counties.

Spawning surveys and harvest information forecasted that fewer winter chum will return to the river this season.

In order to achieve conservation goals, WDFW and the Nisqually Tribe will close fisheries for chum salmon. The river is already closed for retention of wild steelhead, the release said.