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Nisqually River will not open for fishing Friday

Jim Sahli, of Enemclaw, fishes on the Nisqually River in 2008.
Jim Sahli, of Enemclaw, fishes on the Nisqually River in 2008. Olympian file photo

Part of the Nisqually River will remain closed to all fishing until further notice and will not open Friday for game fish as scheduled.

The closed area is in Thurston and Pierce counties from the river’s mouth to the military tank crossing bridge one mile upstream of the mouth of Muck Creek.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife and tribal managers said based on current run estimates, winter chum salmon returns will fall short of conservation goals. Keeping the river closed to all fishing is meant to increase the number of chum returning to spawn.

The Nisqually Tribe also will close its fisheries on the river.

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