Nisqually River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

Other Game Fish
Statewide minimum size/daily limit.
Jul 01 thru Jan 31
Minimum size 14". Daily limit 2.
Jul 01 thru Jan 31
All Game Fish
Dec 01 thru Jan 31
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild CHINOOK and CHUM.
Dec 19 thru Jan 31


Additional Information


From mouth to the military tank crossing bridge (located one mile upstream of Muck Creek, river mile 12)

ALL SPECIES - night closure, anti-snagging rule, and barbless hooks required.


December 19, 2017 

Nisqually River to open to sport fishing

Action: Open the Nisqually River to fishing for salmon and gamefish.

Effective dates: Immediately through 11:59 p.m., Jan. 31, 2018.

Species affected: Salmon, gamefish.

Location: Nisqually River (Pierce and Thurston counties) from the mouth to military tank crossing bridge (located one mile upstream from the mouth of Muck Creek).

Reasons for action: Recent surveys indicate that the spawning goal for chum salmon has been met in the Nisqually River and its tributaries, allowing both WDFW and the Nisqually Tribe to open their respective fisheries for chum salmon.

WDFW previously closed the Nisqually River to fishing for gamefish to protect returning chum salmon. The river is re-opening to catch-and-release fishing for gamefish under the rules listed in the 2017-18 sport fishing rules pamphlet. Anglers are reminded to release steelhead.

Other information: Effective immediately, anglers may retain up to 6 salmon, of which only 2 may be adults. Release gamefish and wild chinook salmon.

The Nisqually River and tributaries will close to all recreational angling at 11: 59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2018.

Information contacts: James Losee (360) 902-2741, or Gabe Madel (360) 902-2670,

Boat Launch:
Two Poles Allowed:
Kids Only:
County: Pierce State: WA Country: United States

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