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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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October 03, 2001
Contact: Chuck Baranski, (360) 902-2719

Hundreds of hatchery coho slated for Puyallup's DeCoursey Pond

PUYALLUP Attention young anglers: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today planted 500 hatchery coho salmon weighing up to 8 pounds apiece into DeCoursey Pond.

As in previous years, the pond is being planted with coho that exceed the production needs of the Voights Creek Hatchery in Orting. If sufficient hatchery fish become available, a total of 1,500 coho may be placed in the pond, said Tim Flint, regional WDFW fish manager.

DeCoursey Pond is open only to children under age 15. No fishing license or catch record card is required. The limit is five coho per day and the season lasts through November 30.

DeCoursey Pond is located in Puyallup's DeCoursey Park on Seventh Avenue S.W., approximately one mile west of the Western Washington Fairgrounds.

WDFW has released hatchery coho into DeCoursey Pond the last several years and the program has proven successful in providing additional recreational fishing opportunity for youth anglers.

The fishery is co-sponsored by WDFW and the Puyallup City Parks and Recreation Department.