Community Fishing Bulletin: Oct. 27, 2017
Posted October 17, 2017
Expansion waters stocked with catfish last week
In case you missed it, we stocked the Phoenix-area expansion waters last week with more than 6,000 pounds of hungry catfish. Ponds that received fish included Friendship (Avondale), Bonsall (Glendale), Roadrunner (Phoenix), Eldorado (Scottsdale), McQueen, Freestone, and Discovery (Gilbert), Pacana (Maricopa), and Dave White (Casa Grande).
Rainbow trout coming back to Green Valley this week
It’s true! Summer is winding down, and you know what that means — trout are coming back starting this week to Green Valley Lakes in Payson. We’ll also be doing another trout stocking in Show Low Creek this week. Rainbow trout will make their first appearance in the “Core” waters in the Phoenix and Tucson areas on Thursday, Nov. 16! So get ready to put your stink baits aside and grab your favorite trout fishing gear … they’ll be here before you know it.
Upcoming fishing events
If you are new to the sport and would like to “test the waters” and your luck at fishing, we’ve got at least five upcoming clinics that are FREE to the public. The Department provides loaner fishing poles, bait is free, and you don’t need a license as long as you register (provide your name and phone number) on-site during event hours. Here’s the upcoming schedule:
- Saturday – North Tempe Neighborhood Association and G.A.I.N. event, Evelyn Hallman Park, 1900 N. College Ave., Tempe, 2-6 p.m.
- Saturday – FREE 30th Annual Catfish Rodeo & 8th Annual Nature Fair, West Wetlands Park, Yuma, 7 a.m.-noon. (Catfish Rodeo for youth ages 13 and younger with a parent)
- Nov. 4 – Greenfield Pond Grand Opening event, Greenfield Park, 4105 E. Diamond Ave., Mesa, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Nov. 18 – Eldorado Park Annual Fishing Derby, includes raffle prizes, Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale, 8 a.m.-noon
- Nov. 21 — Welcome back the Trout to Tempe Town Lake, 4-6 p.m. at the SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina. Families and community members are invited to come down and watch as thousands of rainbow trout from the Department’s Page Springs Hatchery are released into Town Lake, then fish afterwards.
Stockings remain delayed at Steele Indian School, Rio Vista parks
At the request of the City of Phoenix, stockings at Steele Indian School Pond in Phoenix will be delayed until after the “Lost Lake Festival” on Oct. 20-22. We’ll resume normal stocking in Steele Indian School Pond during our next scheduled stocking during the week of Oct. 30 – Nov. 4.
Likewise, remodeling work is expected to continue until mid-November at Rio Vista Pond in Peoria. We’ll resume normal stockings once the remodel work is completed.