Community Fishing Program Bulletin
Report fishing violations – 800 352-0700
Jan. 22, 2018
Red Mountain and Payson Stocked Off-Cycle Last Week
You may have noticed that our trucks haven’t yet hit Green Valley Lakes (Payson) and Red Mountain Lake (Mesa) this week. That’s because our vendor had to adjust his schedule to meet some other commitments here in the Phoenix area. The result was that Red Mountain and Payson were stocked early (last Wednesday, January 17th). We’ll resume normal stocking again in 2 weeks.
Alvord & Tempe Town Lake have active fish kills due to Golden Algae
Bad news again for Alvord Lake – another active bloom of golden algae is causing fish to die, and Tempe Town Lake has experienced a partial kill with threadfin shad and some bass. The City of Phoenix is working with their lake consultant to address these expensive algae treatments, so that means NO STOCKING IN ALVORD LAKE until further notice. We’ll notify the public once treatments have been completed and follow up testing shows golden algae is no longer present, then fish stocking can resume.
In early 2017, AZGFD began a study of the state’s two species of cormorants – neotropic and double-crested cormorants – both of which are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Under those protections, cormorant populations have flourished nationwide, competing with other wildlife for a bounty of local fish at Community Fishing waters and privately stocked residential lakes.
As part of that research, in late summer AZGFD placed numbered, colored tags on the wings of birds near the Ocotillo and Sun Lakes communities in south Phoenix. More birds will be safely trapped, tagged and released across the metro area and in other areas of the state in the future. The public can help with the data collection by noting and reporting as much of the following:
• Location of any tagged birds (GPS locations are best but pond/water location or major cross streets is acceptable).
• Date and time of the observation
• Wing tag color and number
Once collected, information can be entered at www.azgfd.gov/cormorantsurvey on any computer or mobile device or by leaving a message with details at 623-236-7301.
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