Community Fishing Program Bulletin
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April 19, 2016
GOLDEN ALGAE found at Riverview Lake in Mesa!
Riverview Lake fish stockings scheduled for this week have been postponed until further notice. It has been determined that golden alga is present and is likely responsible for the recent partial fish kill. Golden alga can release toxins that affect cold-blooded, gill-breathing organisms such as fish and clams. The Arizona Department of Health Services has determined that human health is not affected by exposure to the toxins. Common sense should be exercised by not picking up dead or dying fish for consumption.
A lake management company will be treating the lake with an algaecide to control the blooms of harmful, golden alga found in the lake. The lake water will continue to be monitored and tested. Fish stockings by the Arizona Game and Fish Department will resume on a regular basis when lake testing indicates satisfactory water conditions. In the meantime, the fish for Riverview will be relocated to Red Mountain. Anglers are encouraged to fish at other nearby Community Fishing Program lakes until fish stockings resume at Riverview. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and patience. We look forward to resuming fish stockings as soon as possible.
Tempe Town Lake is refilling!
Following the last of the new dam construction and removal of the old bladder dam, the lake began refiling on April 12th. The process was expected to take about 2 weeks, with the lake reaching full capacity by April 30th. Following the refill, the City contractors will be stocking goldfish and mirror carp to control midges. Once the lake has stabilized and the midges are under control, we anticipate stocking catfish, and if available some black crappie – most likely during the second week of June. Stay tuned for further details.
Temporary halt to catfish stocking at Sahuarita for triathlon event!
At the request of the city, Sahuarita Lake will be closed to fishing the mornings of May 7 & 8 for the triathlon event (closed from sunrise to noon each day) and the lake will not be stocked the week of May 2-7. We will do a double stocking the week of May 16-21 to make up for lost opportunity. The Sahuarita Triathlon - Twisted Cactus Challenge is a USA Triathlon sanctioned, two day festival, taking place in and around Sahuarita Lake Park.
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