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January 8, 2010 at 9:57 AM

The Cascade River reopens to fishing while the Nisqually closes

The Cascade River from the mouth up to Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge that was previously closed will reopen Jan. 10 to fishing for all game fish, including winter steelhead.

Hatchery winter steelhead broodstock collection on the Cascade has been achieved.

Anglers should check the regulation pamphlet for details.

Due to a low winter chum salmon return the Nisqually River will close Jan. 9 to all recreational fishing until further notice.

This includes all sections of the river from the mouth to military tank crossing bridge (located one mile upstream of mouth of Muck Creek).

Based on spawner surveys and harvest information, state Fish and Wildlife is concerned that the winter chum return isn’t 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 sport as well as the Nisqually Tribe are closing their respective fisheries for chum salmon.

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