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

April 5, 2017

Columbia Park Pond in Kennewick closes to public for kids' fishing event

Action: Closes Columbia Park Pond to all public fishing from Wednesday, April 19 through 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, except those youths registered for the "Special Needs Fishing Event" on Friday, April 21, or the "Kids' Fishing Day" event on Saturday, April 22. In addition, the daily limit is reduced to three trout during the events.

Effective dates:

April 19 and 20 - Closed to all fishing

April 21 - Closed to fishing except those participants registered for the "Special Needs" fishing event

April 22, 12: 01 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Closed to fishing except those participants registered for the "Fishing Kids" event

April 22, 5: 01 p.m. - Reopens to fishing for juveniles (14 and under) and those adults with a disability and a designated harvester companion card

Location: Columbia Park Pond is located at Columbia Park in Kennewick, WA

Reason for action: This rule change is necessary to ensure safe and successful youth fishing events. The fish will be planted prior to the event to better acclimate them before the event. Several thousand fish will be placed into the pond. On the days of the event, pre-registered kids will be allowed to fish the pond.

Other Information: The Kids' Fishing events have been held at Columbia Park Pond for the past 16 years. The events this year will bring out more than 1,400 registered youths and anglers with special needs to introduce them to the fun of fishing. The pond re-opens to the public on Saturday, April 22 at 5:01 p.m. Columbia Park Pond is only open to fishing by juvenile anglers (ages 14 and under) and disabled adults who possess 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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