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

April 2, 2019

Columbia Park Pond in Kennewick to close to accommodate youth fishing events

Action: Closes Columbia Park Pond to all public fishing from Wednesday, April 10, through 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, except those youths registered for the "Special Needs Fishing Event" on Friday, April 12, or the "Kids' Fishing Day" event on Saturday, April 13. The daily limit is reduced to three trout during those events.

Effective dates:

April 10 and 11 Columbia Park Pond closed to all public fishing.

April 12 Pond closed to public fishing, except those participants registered for the "Special Needs Fishing Event."

April 13, 12: 01 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pond closed to public fishing, except those participants registered for the "Kids' Fishing Day" youth fishing event.

April 13, 5: 01 p.m. Pond reopens to fishing for juveniles (age 14 and under), senior anglers, and those adults with a disability license and a designated harvester companion card.

Location: Columbia Park Pond at Columbia Park in Kennewick.

Reason for action: This rule change is necessary to ensure safe and successful youth fishing events. The fish will be planted prior to the events to better acclimate them before the events. On the day of the events, pre-registered anglers will be allowed to fish.

Other Information: These fishing events have been held at Columbia Park Pond for the past 18 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 13, at 5:01 p.m.

Columbia Park Pond is open only to fishing by juvenile anglers (ages 14 and under), seniors, and adults with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card. Register online at the ARC of the Tri-Cities (https: //arcoftricities.com/events/fishing-day) for the "Special Needs Fishing Event," or with Kennewick Parks & Recreation (https://apm.activecommunities.com/kennewick/Activity_Search/) for the Saturday "Kids' Fishing Day."

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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