Fishing restrictions on the Nisqually River have been lifted effective immediately.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcement on the Nisqually and other rivers Wednesday afternoon.
On Aug. 14, the agency closed the river to fishing — described as a hoot owl closure — from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise.
It was one of more than 60 rivers and streams were restrictions or closures were put in place due to drought-induced low river flows and warm water temperatures. Also reopening are the East Fork Lewis River, the Naches River from the Tieton River to Bumping River, and several rivers in the Forks area including the upper Quileyute, and lower Dickey, Sol Duc, Calwah and Bogachiel rivers.
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Conditions in the Nisqually and other rivers have returned to normal for this time of year due to recent rains and cooler weather, said Ron Warren, salmon policy lead.
Any future changes will be posted on the agency’s drought webpage at wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/drought.
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