Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 20, 2012

Columbia Park Pond fishing closure for Kids' Fishing Day events

Action: Closes Columbia Park Pond to all fishing except those youths registered for either the ?Special Needs Fishing Event? on Friday evening 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 4 or the ?Kids' Fishing Day? event on Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. May 5.

Effective dates: May 2, 12:01 a.m. to May 5, 3:00 p.m.

Species affected: All game fish

Location: Columbia Park Pond located within Columbia Park in Kennewick

Reasons for action: This rule change is necessary to assure safe and successful youth fishing events. Several thousand rainbow trout will be stocked three days prior to the events to acclimate them to assure they will bite while the kids are fishing. During the two events, only registered kids will be allowed to fish.

Other information: The Kids' Fishing events have been held at Columbia Park Pond for the past eleven years. The events this year will bring out over 1,400 registered kids to introduce them to the fun of fishing.

Information contact: Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Biologist (509-545-2284)

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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