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

March 25, 2008

Klineline Pond will close to public for annual Fishing Kids event

Action: Closes Klineline Pond to fishing by the public two days prior to the fishing event as well as the day of the event until 6:00 p.m. The pond will open at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, April 12.

Effective dates: April 10 - 12: 01 a.m., entire pond closed to public fishing

April 11 - pond closed to public fishing - pond open to special group of participants for the Fishing Kid's event

April 12 - pond open to participants in the Fishing Kid's event -pond closed to the public until 6: 00 p.m.

Species affected: All game fish

Location: Klineline Pond is located at Salmon Creek Park, Vancouver, WA.

Reason for action: This rule change is necessary to assure a safe and successful Fishing Kids event. The fish will be planted two days prior to the event to better acclimate them before the event. Several thousand fish will be placed into netted areas along the shoreline of the pond. On the day of the event, pre-registered kids will be allowed to fish within these netted areas. The pond will not open to the public until 6:00 p.m. on April 12.

The reason for keeping the pond closed until 6: 00 p.m. on April 12, is to ensure safety for the public as well as the event participants while the event is shutting down and equipment and nets are being removed. We will have several hundred feet of nets that will be pulled from the shoreline area. Over the past three years, trying to pull these nets while the anglers were trying to fish was not only a hazard to the staff but also a hazard to the anglers. To alleviate any problems and safety issues, fishing should not be allowed until 6:00 p.m.

Other Information: The Fishing Kids event has been held at Klineline Pond for the past eight years. Prior to this, the event was sponsored by the local community. The event this year will bring in over 1200 registered kids as well as their families, friends and general members of the public.

Information Contact: Stacie Kelsey, Inland Fish Program 360-906-6706