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Community Fishing Bulletin: June 12, 2018

Posted June 12, 2018

Summer Break Arrives, Stocking Season Ends

This week is the last stocking for the Community Fishing Program this spring season. The rising temperature means it’s time for us to halt the fish stockings during the hot summer months.

Summer water temperatures in the desert lakes can reach as high as 95 degrees — far too hot to bring in fish. But there will still be fish waiting to be caught. Not all fish get caught right away, but catching them gets harder, requiring more advanced fishing skills. Night fishing for catfish (check park hours — some close at sunset) can be a fun way to keep fishing during the summer.

CFP anglers can also escape the heat by visiting Green Valley Lakes in the Payson where your Community Fishing License is valid and trout can still be caught in the main lake.

Catfish stockings will resume in the fall the week of Sept. 17-22. See you in the fall!

Kiwanis Park and Lake Getting a Facelift

The city of Tempe has begun some major improvements at Kiwanis Park, as well as the lake. Remodel work includes updating the fishing ramadas and installing an aeration system in the lake. During the remodel work, we will not be stocking the lake; instead anglers are encouraged to fish Tempe Town Lake or other nearby lakes. The city will also drop the water levels down during the project, which may expose the lake liner. We ask park visitors to please not walk on any exposed muddy lake bottom as that may damage the lake liner.

Other park improvements include updating the playground and adding a splash pad. Updates on the project can be found at www.tempe.gov/parks.

The remodel work is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

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