Reel in Some Holiday Spirit at Arizona's Tempe Town Lake

Reel in Some Holiday Spirit at Arizona's Tempe Town Lake
Reel in Some Holiday Spirit at Arizona's Tempe Town Lake

Reel in some holiday fishing spirit and help welcome back the rainbow trout to Tempe Town Lake from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 23, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

#Town Lake will be heavily stocked with rainbow trout for this fun-filled event.AZGFD

It's the lake's regular pre-Thanksgiving celebration - with a twist. This year marks the first day since the dam burst that anglers once again have an incentive to fish Town Lake. The fun happens at Town Lake Marina on College Avenue south of Curry Road; just follow the blue signs.

"This fun festival has become a holiday tradition in the Valley of the Sun. Bring the family out and come join us - we'll even provide you a fishing pole to use if you don't have one," said Rory Aikens, the fishing report editor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

This is the ninth year that Tempe welcomes back rainbow trout. It's a free, family friendly event with popular music by Dan Valenzula, free fishing for everyone, free use of rods and reels, free bait and helpful folks to teach people fishing techniques.

There is something new this year. The Bass Federation Nation is bringing its kids casting setup. It's sweet. They set up casting targets and teach the kids how to accurately cast with techniques called flippin' and pitchin,' just like the pros on TV.

Game and Fish is also trying something a little new this year - they are using a line of nets to help keep the trout closer to shore for the youngsters to catch. This should increase catch rates.

Every year at this fishing celebration, many children catch their first fish ever. Kids can even help Game and Fish stock the wiggling trout. It's a memory maker. Come join us.

Game and Fish also brings an aquarium to show everyone what trout look like. Come take a photo with a trout in the background.

For those who sign up for the fishing clinic, Game and Fish provides anglers of all ages with the gear and advice they need to try their hand at the sport. If signed up for the event, no fishing license is required during the clinic hours of 3-5 p.m.

Aikens also advised that Town Lake will be stocked heavier than usual throughout the holiday season to try to bring up the total number of game fish in the lake. "We will also do an extra stocking of fish just before the school break for the December holidays," Aikens pointed out.

Want more details? Visit or

Recommended Videos

SHOT Show 2019: Browning T-Bolt Rimfire

Game & Fish Editor-in-Chief John Geiger highlights the Browning T-Bolt Rimfire at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas.

SHOT Show 2019: Thompson Center TC R22

Game & Fish Editor-in-Chief John Geiger and Danielle Sanville of Thompson Center take a look at the TC R22 rimfire at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas.

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Game & Fish stories delivered right to your inbox every week.