The Nisqually River

The Nisqually River flows on an early, spring morning near the 6th Avenue fishing and river access site.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Tuesday that the upper Nisqually River will close early this year to protect the already-sparse run of fish. The change is effective May 23 through June 30.

The section of river spans from the military tank crossing bridge, located about a mile upstream from the mouth of Muck Creek, to 400 feet below the LaGrande Dam powerhouse.

The lower Nisqually River, which WDFW defines as from the mouth of the river to the military crossing, is also currently closed. 

“This closure is needed to protect wild adult steelhead and juvenile salmon. This is a permanent rule change that will remain in effect in future freshwater seasons,” the agency said in a notice.

This change in regulation affects all species of fish.

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