Game and Fish Commission to consider fish regulation changes

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October 14th, 2008

PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is considering various changes to the 2009-10 fishing regulations during its Oct. 11 meeting starting at 8 a.m. in Phoenix at the Game and Fish Department headquarters on 5000 W. Carefree Highway (just west of I-17).

The Game and Fish Department gathered public input on the proposals by through a series of public meetings across the state, meeting with anglers, conducting angler surveys and gathering input via mail and e-mail. Department staff is evaluating all those comments and recommendations.

A detailed explanation of the proposed regulation proposals, as they are currently drafted, is available online at The following is a synopsis of the proposed regulations changes for 2009-10:

  • Reduce the bag and possession limit for trout from six to four (from three to two for unlicensed anglers) at Woodland Lake.
  • Remove bag limits for bass and catfish at Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Black Canyon Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Chevelon Lake, CC Cragin Reservoir (Blue Ridge Reservoir), Knoll Lake, and Long Tom Lake.
  • Extend the fishing closures on the Apache trout recovery waters that include Bear Wallow Creek, Snake Creek, Fish Creek (including tributaries Double Cienega and Corduroy creeks but excluding Ackre Lake), upper East Fork Little Colorado River, Hayground Creek, Conklin Creek, South Fork Little Colorado River, and Stinky Creek to fishing. The closures would remain in effect until population criteria are met for recovering native Apache trout.
  • Establish a one-of-a-kind, catch-and-release only, artificial fly and lure-only fishing season for native roundtail chub on the recently renovated and re-established free-flowing Fossil Creek in the Verde Valley.
  • Allow take of one bass in the slot at Roosevelt Lake. The limit would be changed to six bass, of which no more than one bass between 13 and 16 inches (protected slot limit) in length may be in possession.
  • Allow harvest of striped bass at Lake Pleasant by means of spear fishing.

The department also will be providing the commission an update on the Golden Alga Recovery Plan and provide recommendations on the necessary efforts to help Saguaro, Canyon and Apache along the comeback trail.

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