Nisqually River at a favorite Lunker location.

Nisqually River at a favorite Lunker location.

Located near Olympia, WA


Nisqually River Fishing:

The Nisqually River is one of the top producers for salmon returns in the state of Washington. Steelhead still run the river but not near the numbers as in the past. Hatchery salmon as well as wild salmon are still abundant in the Nisqually and are sure to please the appetite of any avid angler who likes to bring home the bacon so to speak. For detailed Nisqually river fishing Access information see our Nisqually river fishing access map below.



Salmonoid Species:


Chinook (King Salmon)

Silver Salmon

Coho (Silver Salmon)


Pink (Humpy Salmon)


Chum (Dog Salmon)


Steelhead (Sea Run Rainbow Trout)


When to Fish

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The Nisqually is generally open for Salmon July through January and  Steelhead December – January.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for exact times.


Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 6 Salmon per day, 2-3 may be adult fish depending on the time of the season. Steelhead 2 Hatchery fish allowed per Day.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for details.


Preferred Fishing Tackle:

One single point barbless hook. Corky and yarn, Jigs or spinners,


Sand Shrimp and Salmon Eggs.


Sand Shrimp and Salmon Eggs.


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next possibly a steelhead jig, or corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection recommended!



Nisqually River Water levels


USGS Water-data graph for site 12089500


Nisqually River Discharge Rate


USGS Water-data graph for site 12089500


Nisqually River Water Levels are provided by the United States Geological Survey data system.


Nisqually River Fishing Access:

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