* Winter stockings of rainbow trout will continue every two weeks through early March at all 21 Urban Fishing Program waters. Trout average 11-12 inches in size and are stocked in generous amounts.
* Stay on the lookout for golden alga, a microscopic organism that releases substances that are toxic to fish. Game and Fish is working with city park staff and lake consultants to regularly monitor for and control the unwanted algae.
Please do your part to prevent the spread of golden alga by not moving water or wet objects or fishing equipment from lake to lake. Clean, drain and dry all equipment.
* The 2011 Class U Urban Fishing license is now 50 percent off through Dec. 31. Stop by a Game and Fish office or any of our sporting goods or retail license dealers and ask for your 2011 discount Urban license for $9.25.
* Submit your big fish catches for the 2011 Fish-of-the-Year contest. With less than a month to go, there are plenty of chances to report your big fish catches in either of two categories; kept or released.
Application forms and instructions for the contest are in the current Urban Fishing Program guidebook or AZ Fishing Regulation booklet. Updates on the current leaders can be checked out on our web site at www.azgfd.gov. Each year’s winners receive a certificate, hat and other gifts.
2012 Fishing Licenses Make Great Gifts
In the midst of the holiday rush, don’t forget to buy your 2012 Class U (Urban) fishing license for the new year. Urban fishing licenses are on sale for $18.50 at over 330 license dealers statewide, any Game and Fish office or online.
The Class U license is valid only at the 21 designated Urban Fishing Program waters and is good for all fish species (including trout). If you want one fishing license that covers all waters in the state, then the Class L, Super Conservation Fishing license is the way to go. At $53 for residents and only $63 for non-residents, this super license includes the state fishing license, trout stamp and urban license—all in one package deal.
You can even buy fishing licenses ahead of time as Christmas gifts for friends and family as long as you know the personal information that needs to go on the license. All anglers age 14 and over must purchase a license to fish in Arizona.
Urban Fishing Report
Fishing is good to excellent for anglers using scented dough baits (such as Power Bait), worms or cheese. Small spinners such as Rooster Tails and Panther Martins, or spoons such as KastMasters and Super Dupers work well for trout.
Rainbow trout stockings have started and will continue all winter long at two-week intervals. Trout range in size from 11- to 12-inches in length, with some recently stocked fish in the 14- to 16-inch range.
In addition to a good morning bite, some anglers have reported excellent fishing midday and late afternoon. Patience is the key, as the trout bite sporadically throughout the day. When the bite is on, anglers are catching limits in an hour.
Action for catfish, bass and bluegill has slowed due to colder water temperatures. Trout fishing is good to excellent at Green Valley Lakes in Payson with Power Bait, worms and small spoons working best. Top flies for fly fishermen have been copper Johns, wooly buggers, simi seal leaches and pheasant tail nymphs.
Last Trout Stockings
Nov. 17, all 20 urban program waters in the Phoenix and Tucson area stocked for the first time this season. Green Valley Lake in Payson was also stocked with trout.
Next Trout Stocking
Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 3 trout are being stocked in Phoenix and Tucson urban program waters. Green Valley Lake in Payson is also being stocked this week.
Arizona Game and Fish Department