Earlier this month, the Richland Rod & Gun Club sponsored the second Moonlight Catfish Tournament.
Its purpose was to acquire spawning-age channel catfish to be stocked into the Family Fishing Pond at Columbia Park to establish a warm water fishery for the youth of the Tri-Cities.
We placed 37 channel catfish into the pond, with an average weight of 10 pounds. These fish are expected to use the habitats installed by our club and Ray Poland and Sons Construction, thus creating a sustainable fishery for years to come.
The RR&GC wishes to express their appreciation to the many volunteers from the club's membership and Walleye Anglers Unlimited, in addition to all who helped with the set up of this tournament.
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Special thanks to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Paul Hoffarth for preparing the paperwork and permits. Also, thanks to Bleyhl Farm Services for assisting with the transport bags and KONA Radio and the Tri-City Herald for getting the word to the public.
People and businesses like these make the outdoor experiences for our children more exciting and pleasurable by their efforts, hard work and dedication.
Richard Sharp, Kennewick