Catfish coming to Community waters Sept. 22

Where are channel catfish coming to Arizona? Sept. 22! Mark your calendars, get some stink bait, and get going.
When are channel catfish coming to Arizona’s Community Fishing Program waters? Sept. 22! Mark your calendars, get some stink bait, and catch some cats.

 

Perhaps you know him as Mr. Whiskers.

Well, he’s coming back.

The tasty and pesky channel catfish are returning to Community Fishing Program waters, beginning with “core” waters on Thursday, Sept. 22.

 

Also, see the new Community Fishing Program stocking schedule.

Stockings will take place every two weeks. The expansion waters will get their first load of cats Oct. 10-14. The above schedule shows which waters are “core,” and which are expansion.

How to catch Community Fishing Program catfish

21-2-pound-channel-catfishFirst of all, all fishing and combo licenses allow the angler to fish with two poles or lines simultaneously (more than two poles may not be used at the same time). So try a couple different baits and stick to what works.

Worms, stink baits, hot dogs, liver and shrimp (anglers can get uncooked saltwater shrimp from some discount stores) all have been known to catch cats.

Try these baits on a hook and sinker setup. Find deeper holes, or fish after dark at parks that are open late.

Pick up a Community Fishing Program guidebook at all AZGFD offices, and grab a license online (Community licenses are $24, valid for 365 days from the date of purchase and conserve wildlife for future generations).

See more details on the Community Fishing Program.

Share your adventure: submit your photo

Whether it’s for bragging rights, just sharing your catch with fellow anglers, or getting some fresh food on the table,  Community fishing action is an opportunity to get families and friends in an outdoor environment close to your urban home.

So get out there and let us know how you do. Head to our website and click on the “Submit Your Photos” link on the top-left portion of the screen.

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