WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

September 24, 1999
Contact: Stacie Kelsey, (360) 906-6706, Pat Phillips, (360) 225-6201, Bob Nicolay, (360) 225-2120 or Jan Johnson (503) 813-7292

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Fishing derby to provide fun for hospitalized children

VANCOUVER--A fishing derby for 50 children from Doernbecher Children's and Shriner's hospitals and Kaiser Kids will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 25) at the Merwin Hatchery in Ariel.

The derby is not open to the public.

The derby for the children is being sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, PacifiCorp, Fish First and SW Washington Anglers. The derby will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is being held at Merwin Hatchery because it is wheelchair- accessible.

WDFW is supplying more than 1,000 fish, the largest weighing 8.2 pounds. Three fish have been tagged and the kids catching them will receive prizes. Lunch also will be provided to the children.

PacifiCorp built the $13 million hatchery. WDFW operates it with a budget of several hundred thousand dollars per year from PacifiCorp to maintain it. It produces some 250,000 summer and winter steelhead, a million rainbow trout and 25,000 sea- run cutthroat each year.

The hatchery is located at 111 Merwin Hatchery Ct. in Ariel.