Season: October is a popular month for fishing
Species: Salmon, Steelhead, Trout
Fed by the Nisqually Glacier, this 81-mile river drains the southern slope of Mt. Rainier. Nine tributaries join this river and drain into Puget Sound. Historically, the Nisqually River played an important role in Native American fishing rights. Accessible on Hwy 706 from Elbe to the Nisqually Entrance. During the spring months trout season usually starts in June but check with the Department of Fish and Game. Coho Salmon typically move through the river in late September and Chum Salmon begin to appear in November.