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Thanks for all the rainbows so close to home and finally some cool weather for catching them.
We stocked 3,500 rainbow trout into Tempe Town Lake on Monday, and then splashed in another thousand or so on Tuesday, Nov. 20 during the Welcome Back the Trout celebration.
Trout have been stocked in all the participating Urban Program lakes. Rainbows can readily be caught in the Lower Salt River (Phon D. Sutton and Granite Reef recreation areas) just a short drive from downtown Mesa and Tempe.
Trout have also been stocked into Canyon Lake along the Apache Trail. For a super Thanksgiving thrill, visit Apache Lake – trout have been stocked there as well to compliment the good yellow bass, largemouth bass and walleye fishing.
In the nearby Verde Valley, trout have been stocked in the Verde River between Camp Verde and Cottonwood, and in the easy-to-access lagoons at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Don’t forget about Oak Creek, Beaver Creek and Clear Creek – they have all been stocked recently.
Then in the Prescott area, Lynx Lake, Fain Lake and Goldwater Lake have all been stocked.
In southern Arizona, Parker Canyon, Patagonia and Pena Blanca have all been stocked with feisty trout.
It’s time to get out and work off some of the wonderful turkey-day table fare, while catching the ultimate great tasting diet food – rainbow trout.
By the latest reports, it sounds like Big Lake in the White Mountains is still a fishing hot spot. With the weather finally turning colder, ice-up may not be far away. This may be the last chance to get big rainbows, brook trout and cutthroat trout at this spectacular fishery near Mt. Baldy in the White Mountains. Take a warm coat.
Good luck. Maybe I’ll see you out there.