Urban Trout Stocking Begins in Arizona


Arizona anglers, get your tackle ready! The urban trout fishing season officially kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 17.

In just a single day, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will be stocking 12,000 rainbow trout into the 21 Urban Program lakes in the Phoenix and Tucson Areas.

"We'll be stocking trout averaging from 11- to 12-inches long at rates of 80- to 100-fish per lake surface acre," explained Urban Fishing Program Manager Eric Swanson.

Fish deliveries will occur throughout the day starting from early morning well into the afternoon.

Trout stockings will continue at two-week intervals throughout the next four months.

Don't forget that the 2011 Class U Urban Fishing license is now 50 percent off for the last two months of the year. Stop by a Game and Fish office or any of our sporting goods or retail license dealers and ask for your 2011 discount Urban Fishing license for $9.25.

November fishing is excellent at Urban Program lakes with catfish, bluegill, bass and rainbow trout stockings all taking place in recent weeks.

As of Thursday, trout fishing should be good to excellent for anglers using scented dough baits (such as Power Bait), worms or small trout lures. Plus, catfish action is fair to good after four successful fall stockings loaded up the lakes. Don't ignore the plentiful bluegill.

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