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Community Fishing Bulletin: March 8, 2018

Posted March 8, 2018

Catfish coming March 22

Get ready for Mr Whiskers!  This week wraps up the trout stockings for the Tucson, Maricopa, and Phoenix areas, which means it’s finally time for some catfish.  These feisty fish come all the way from Arkansas, carried on huge semi-trucks that act like aquariums on wheels.  The catfish will average about 14-18 inches in size, or about 1½ to 2 pounds per fish.

Trout stockings will continue at Green Valley Lakes in Payson until early May.  For more details check out the stocking schedules online, which are also posted inside the information cabinets at all CFP waters.

Golden Algae STILL blooming at several lakes

This winter has been the worst winter for golden algae the Phoenix area has ever seen.  More lakes than ever before have been affected by this pesky microscopic troublemaker.  Several CFP waters will not be stocked with trout this week due to the algae.  Riverview Lake, Tempe Town Lake, Alvord Lake and Cortez Lake have all been experiencing golden algae blooms and will not be stocked. The cities are working with their lake consultants to address these expensive algae treatments, and we will notify the public once treatments have been completed and follow up testing shows golden algae is no longer present.  Once cleared, fish stockings can resume.

Save the date!  AZGFD Outdoor Expo coming March 24-25

The largest hands-on outdoor recreation expo in Arizona is coming soon!

Dates are set for the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo presented by Shikar Safari Club International. Come out Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Admission and parking are FREE!

There will be plenty of hands-on fun for all ages like kids fishing tanks, target 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, including some new brands this year.  Don’t miss the always popular cowboy mounted shooting competition. See OHV and ATV exhibits. Give kayaking a try at the “Lake Paddlemore” kayaking pond.

Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. The Outdoor Expo is easy to find, located on Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 in Phoenix.