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

April 22, 2005

Columbia Park Pond closed to fishing prior to 'Fishing Kids' youth fishing clinic

Action: Columbia Park Pond will be closed to fishing for two days to protect catchable trout stocked specifically for the Fishing Kids fishing clinic that begins at 8:00 am, Saturday, May 7

Effective dates: 12:01 a.m. May 5 through Saturday, May 7, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. Pond closed Except open 8: 00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. May 7, 2005 to participants in the Fishing Kids Fishing Clinic

Species affected: All species

Location: Columbia Park Pond located in Columbia Park near the Kennewick end of the Highway 395 (Blue) bridge

Reason for action: Eliminate premature harvest of catchable trout dedicated to the Fishing Kids event.

Other information: Several thousand fish will be stocked into the pond prior to the event. On May 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only pre-registered kids will be allowed to fish. At 4: 00 p.m. the pond reopens under its normal regulations.

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

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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