WDFW Fishing Rule Change
Action: Closes Columbia Park Pond to all public fishing from Wednesday, April 19, through 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, except to 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.
- 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 assure safe and successful youth fishing events. Several thousand fish will be placed into the pond prior to the event to better acclimate them. 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 open to fishing only 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)