SOUTH BEND - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today planted the South Bend Mill Pond with 500 surplus coho salmon, some weighing up to 10 pounds.
Trucked to the site from the Forks Creek Hatchery, the coho were the first hatchery salmon ever planted in the pond, which is open only to children under age 15.
If more surplus hatchery fish become available, additional coho may be placed in the pond, said Tim Flint, WDFW regional fish program manager.
"We want to give kids a chance to catch one of these beautiful fish," said Flint, noting that WDFW has been planting surplus hatchery salmon in several area lakes.
South Bend Mill Pond is located in South Bend at the end of "D" Street which is off Highway 101 and across from the public boat launch. No fishing license or catch record card is required to fish the pond and the limit is five coho per day.
The department has released surplus hatchery coho into other ponds the last several years and the program has proved successful in providing additional recreational fishing opportunity for youth anglers.