First Trout Stocking Coming Friday, Nov. 14!
For all you trout enthusiasts, this coming Friday is the day! Rainbow trout make their return to the core Community Fishing Program waters. Except for Tempe Town Lake, all expansion waters will be stocked with trout the week of Dec. 15. These trout stockings will continue in CFP Waters through mid March – so grab your fishing poles and hit the lakes and ponds – it’s time to catch some trout!
“Welcome Back the Trout to Tempe Town Lake”
The City of Tempe and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will host the annual Welcome Back the Trout Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina from 4-6 p.m. Families and community members are invited to come down and watch as thousands of rainbow trout are released into the lake. The Department will conduct a fishing clinic starting at 4 p.m. There are FREE loaner rods, reels and bait that will be available during the event, along with instruction and tips from seasoned anglers.
Have you renewed your fishing license?
Last January the Department overhauled the license structure. All licenses are now valid for 365 days. If you haven’t yet renewed your license, now is the perfect time to do it! ANY valid fishing, hunt/fish combination, or community license is valid to fish in Community Fishing Program waters. Kids age 10-17 need a license, too — they only cost only $5. Purchase a license at any Department office, or online.
AZGFD conducts FREE sportfishing education clinics
The Department has several “open to the public” fishing programs that have sport fishing instructors available to teach youth and adults how to fish and answer your questions about fishing. The Department provides the rods, reels and bait, and a license is not required to participate in the clinics. For more information call the education branch at: (623) 236-7235 or (623) 236-7219.
TURN IN POACHERS! Call Operation GAME THIEF (1-800-352-0700)
You may notice some additional law enforcement officers at CFP waters as we’re working to improve compliance at CFP waters. Please help us by reporting known or suspected violations. Although the Department may not be able to send an officer to each reported violation, simply reporting the incident to the Department helps establish where and when we have poaching problems. Every call is logged into a database and will be used to direct enforcement activities on your Community Fishing Program waters.