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Community Fishing Bulletin: March 7, 2017

Posted March 10, 2017

Last trout stocking of the spring season this week

This week will mark the last of nine trout stockings into our core Community Fishing Program waters. Stockings of trout into Green Valley Lakes in Payson will continue every two weeks until the second week of May. It’s highly unlikely that trout can last too far into the warm summer months, so take advantage of the fabulous spring weather and catch yourself a trout before the bite fades into summer.

Catfish to return Thursday, March 23

The spring species switch-over is set to take place this month. Those of you who have been waiting for Mr. Whiskers won’t have to wait much longer. Grab your fishing poles and give it a shot.

Our plan is to have the trucks rolling through our core waters March 23. Try using some baits like anchovies, shrimp, herring, sardines, worms, chicken livers, or other prepared baits. We can’t guarantee the fish will bite coming straight off the truck, but the weather alone is worth wetting a line. Although it’s not “for sure” yet, we’re planning an early “bonus” stocking of catfish into our Expansion waters during the last week of March. Stay tuned for more details. Enjoy!

Department Outdoor Expo Returns March 25-26

The Department is hosting it’s annual Outdoor Expo presented by Shikar Safari Club International, Saturday-Sunday March 25-26. Admission and parking are FREE!

There is plenty of things to see and do for all ages, including two fishing tanks, live wildlife exhibits, and archery and other shooting sports in a safe, supervised, controlled environment on the range.

Get a feel for specialty shooting disciplines like clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder, and air gun. Check out the many firearms manufacturers. Don’t miss the always popular cowboy mounted shooting competition.

See OHV, ATV, RV and boating exhibits. Give kayaking a try at the “Lake Paddlemore” kayaking pond. Hike a field course and learn cool camping tips. Learn about boating and how to stay safe on the water. Talk to experts about Arizona’s wildlife, fishing, hunting and more.

Visit with more than 150 exhibitors, including outdoor recreation and conservation groups, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services. Concessionaires will have food and beverages available for purchase, and many accept only cash — ATMs will be on site. There is a nominal charge for ammunition at some of the target shooting venues.

Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.