Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 18, 2014

Columbia Park Pond to close for youth fishing events

Action: Closes Columbia Park Pond to all fishing except those youths registered for the "Special Needs Fishing Event" on Friday, May 9, or the "Kids' Fishing Day" event on Saturday, May 10. In addition, the daily limit is three trout during the events.

Effective dates: 12:01 a.m. May 7 through 3:00 p.m. May 10, 2014

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 the fish and 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 13 years. The events this year will bring out more than 1,400 registered kids to introduce them to the fun of fishing.

The pond re-opens to the public on Saturday, May 10 at 3: 01 p.m. Columbia Park Pond is open to fishing only by juvenile anglers (under 15 years old) and adults with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card.

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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