PHOENIX – The trout are making their annual Thanksgiving comeback to Tempe Town Lake.
The City of Tempe and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will host the annual Welcome Back the Trout Celebration from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at the SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina.
Families and community members are invited to come down and watch as thousands of rainbow trout from the Department’s Page Springs Hatchery are released into Town Lake.
Attendees will also be able to fish without a fishing license during the event from 4-6 p.m.
“Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced fishing pro, this is a great event to come out and fish,” said Scott Gurtin, manager of Game and Fish’s Community Fishing Program. “It’s a perfect opportunity for families to spend some quality time together and enjoy the outdoors.”
Arizona Game and Fish will conduct a fishing clinic starting at 4 p.m. and will provide anglers of all ages with loaner rods, reels and bait, as well as the tips and advice they need to try their hand at the sport.
“Welcome Back the Trout is a wonderful community event that the city is proud to present with Arizona Game and Fish,” Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said. “Every year, it is great to see families and community members enjoying the lake as young children learn to fish.”
Tuesday’s event will be the first of five monthly Arizona Game and Fish scheduled trout stockings. The trout, in addition to the abundant bass, bluegill, catfish and carp found in Town Lake, will provide fun angling opportunities for all.
Tempe Town Lake is one of 35 waters in the Community Fishing Program that will receive trout during the winter months. An additional 34 waters are stocked with trout statewide. See all the stocking schedules.
For a map of Tempe Town Lake and the SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina, visit www.tempe.gov/lake/Maps/MarinaMap.jpg.