Community Fishing Program bulletin: March 3-16

Public fishing clinics to be held at Bonsall, Copper Sky parks

Two new additions to the Community Fishing Program, Bonsall Park and Copper Sky Park, will be the sites of public fishing clinics over the next two Saturdays.

If you have never fished, or know someone who hasn’t fished, this is a great opportunity to get out and try it for free. Fishing poles and bait will be available to borrow for free and no license is required during the clinic hours (must sign up upon arrival). The Bonsall Pond fishing clinic will be held 9-11 a.m., Saturday, March 8. The park is located in Glendale at 59th Ave. and Bethany Home Rd. The Copper Sky Lake fishing clinic will be 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Copper Sky is located in the City of Maricopa on Bowlin Road, just east of SR 347.

Arizona Game & Fish Department Outdoor Expo is March 29-30

The annual Arizona Game & Fish Department Outdoor Expo is coming soon! This event located at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility is free and offers lots of activities for the whole family. There will be two kids fishing tanks, live wildlife exhibits, cowboy shooting competitions, boating exhibits, plus archery and firearms activities.

Admission and parking are free. Concessionaires will be on site if you would like to purchase food and beverages, plus vendors will be on site selling outdoor-related products.

The event runs 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30. The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is located at 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd in Phoenix, which is about ½ mile west of I-17 on Carefree Hwy.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Park was among the first few parks to join the CFP back in 1984, just after Chaparral Park. This lovely park in Tempe has a 13-acre lake with several ramadas for anglers to stay in the shade while fishing. This park has a large playground and swimming pool, and seasonally you can rent a paddleboat and float around the lake. If you rent a paddleboat please try to stay away from shore anglers’ fishing lines. You can fish from your boat on this lake; just make sure you have a boat permit from the City of Tempe.

See full details on the Community Fishing Program.

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