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Community Fishing Program Bulletin

March 16th, 2015

Report fishing violations - 800 352-0700

Attention all anglers – spring is here! Over 14,000 lbs of channel catfish are coming to the Phoenix and Tucson core waters on Thursday, March 19th. Check out the stocking schedule at to find out which lakes near you will be stocked with these 1.5 lb 15-20 inch catfish.  These Arkansas farm-raised catfish are coming out of some cold ponds and they will be hungry once they hit our warm waters.  Best baits are nickel sized bits of cheese hot dogs, shrimp, and stink baits fished on the bottom. Get your family, grab a picnic basket, and come on outside because it’s the perfect time of year to hit the lakes!

Trout Stockings Continue at Payson’s Green Valley Lakes
If you are still hoping to catch some fantastic huge trout and escape the coming heat, then head on up Hwy 87 to Payson.  Trout stockings will continue until early May at this cool green park in the pines.  Be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Payson Wildlife Fair on Saturday, May 9th.  There will be lots of fun things to do, including a fishing booth with poles and bait available to borrow for free.  Stay tuned for more information about this great event!


Arizona Game and Fish Department Expo is coming March 28-29!
The Department will be hosting its annual Outdoor Expo in late March. The event is FREE and will have tons of events for the whole family to enjoy.  Last year’s Expo and Youth Day drew a total of 48,000 attendees, the highest three-day total in the event’s history. Check out the kids fishing tanks and take home a free photo, see all sorts of live wildlife, learn target archery & try other shooting sports in a safe, supervised, controlled environment on the range. Get a feel for specialty shooting disciplines like clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder, and air gun. Check out the many firearms manufacturers. Concessionaires will have food and beverages available for purchase, and many accept only cash -- ATMs will be on site. Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Outdoor Expo is easy to find, located on Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 in Phoenix.

Remember the Web for stocking schedules, the Fish&Boat Arizona webmap, outdoor events calendar, and other great fishing and outdoor information. Also check out the web for Weekly Fishing Reports, to submit your fishing photos or to send us your latest fishing report. Talk with us on our Facebook page or get social with us on Twitter@AZGFD.

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