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Free, family-friendly event welcomes trout back to Tempe Town Lake

Posted November 9, 2017

TEMPE, Ariz. – Families are invited to come out to Tempe Town Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 21, as the trout make their annual Thanksgiving comeback.

The City of Tempe and Arizona Game and Fish Department will host the free Welcome Back the Trout Celebration from 4-6 p.m. at the SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina.

First, watch as rainbow trout from the Department’s Page Springs Hatchery and some larger bonus trout from a vendor are released. Arizona Game and Fish will then conduct a fishing clinic starting at 4 p.m. and provide anglers of all ages with loaner rods, reels and bait, as well as the tips and advice they need to try their hand at the sport.

“Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced fishing pro, this is a great event to come out and fish,” said Scott Gurtin, manager of Game and Fish’s Community Fishing Program. “Catching trout in the heart of a major metropolitan area is possible because of partnerships with cities like Tempe. The Community Fishing Program has grown from 21 waters in 2013 to 41 waters in 20 communities across the state – and we continue to grow.”

The trout, in addition to the abundant bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie and carp found in Town Lake, will provide fun angling opportunities for all.

“Fishing at Tempe Town Lake has become a tradition for many Tempeans as well as for families across the Valley,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “We look forward to this annual event that kicks off a season of meaningful experiences for our residents.”

Attendees will also be able to fish without a fishing license during the event from 4-6 p.m. See information on obtaining a license for future use.

See a map of Tempe Town Lake and the SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina.