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Community Fishing Bulletin

Posted May 5, 2017

Green Valley lakes in Payson

Last trout stocking for Green Valley next week; Payson Wildlife Fair
They say that time flies (that must be light speed … ) because next week marks the 15th and final trout stocking of the season for Green Valley lakes in Payson. We’ll resume regular trout stockings again in October. Meantime, our state fish hatcheries are slinging fish far and wide, and it’s a great time to hit the Rim Country and White Mountain lakes and streams.

Don’t forget next Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is the FREE Payson Wildlife Fair. Parents and kids can fish, play games, and get a close-up look at wildlife, including birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and alligators. There will be booths from a variety of conservation groups and Green Valley Lake will receive extra trout in preparation for this event. No fishing license is required for fair attendees and equipment and bait can be borrowed from the free fishing booth at the fair.

Catfish and sunfish stocked into 15 expansion waters last week

This year we brought our sunfish in earlier than usual for both expansion waters and core waters. The stocking was a huge success with over 9,000 pounds of catfish and 2,000 pounds of bluegill sunfish.

The following waters got stocked last week:
• Council Ave – Somerton • West Wetlands – Yuma • Fortuna – Yuma • Redondo – Yuma
• Pacana – Maricopa • Dave White – Casa Grande • Tempe Town Lake • Freestone – Gilbert
• McQueen – Gilbert • Discovery – Gilbert • Eldorado – Scottsdale • Roadrunner – Phoenix
• Friendship – Avondale • Bonsall – Glendale • Patterson Ponds

Golden algae still plagues Cortez Lake

Recent treatments of golden algae at Cortez Lake have not produced the results that everyone was hoping for, but we think the golden algae has stopped producing phycotoxins for the time being. The lake consulting company reported that the algae appear to be encysting, which essentially protects it from algaecides that have been applied to the lake. Golden algae is relatively harmless to fish and gill breathing organisms while it is not producing the Prymnesin (the toxin that kills fish). The lake is scheduled to be stocked this week in preparation for a fishing clinic on Saturday.

There will be a Free fishing clinic this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Youth licenses will be given out free on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 25 individuals ages 10-17 years of age that register for the event. In addition, the Sport Fishing Education Program and volunteer instructors will be on hand to provide tips on fishing and answer your angling questions. Bring your own equipment or there will be loaner rods available. Participants who register at the AZGFD booth will be provided bait and will not need a fishing license during the hours of the event.

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