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November 28th, 2007
Southeastern Arizona

TUCSON URBAN — Trout stocking is scheduled for this week, Nov. 26 – Dec. 1. Trout range from 10 to 12 inches and will be stocked at rates of 80 -100 fish per lake surface acre for urban lakes and at lower rates for urban ponds. Trout stockings will continue at two-week intervals throughout the winter. More than 100,000 trout from Colorado have been ordered for delivery to the urban fishing program lakes during the four month stocking season. 

A lightweight pole with 4- to 6-pound test line is optimum. The lighter the line, the better the sensitivity and the trout won’t see the line as easily. Another FYI for trout fishing in general, the more flexible rod you have the least likely you are to rip the lip of the trout.  This is a function of the low test line and the rod “giving” as opposed to the trout’s lip ripping. Setting the hook real hard isn’t a real good idea with trout; you end up loosing your fish.  

Don’t forget the 2007 Class U Urban fishing licenses will be available at half price for $9.25 for the period from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.  License dealers may be unfamiliar with this so bring your fishing regulations if they need verification

RIGGS FLAT —The road to the lake has been closed for the season. 

CLUFF RANCH — The lake has been stocked with trout.  Fishing for warmwater species slow with a few reports of largemouth bass being caught. For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

ROPER LAKE — The lake has been stocked with trout.  Fishing for all warmwater species is slow with early morning and late evening being the best opportunity. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

DANKWORTH POND — No reports on success. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – The fishing should begin to pick up with cooler temperatures.  The road to Frye Mesa is in fair condition and is currently passable with a two-wheel drive vehicle. Use caution because the road is steep and narrow in places.

KEARNY LAKES — This lake remains fishless due to golden algae.
 
ARIVACA — The water levels remain high while the aquatic vegetation remains absent.  The fishing has been good to excellent. The Department is aware of the algae bloom and will monitor water quality.  Remember, powerboats on Arivaca Lake are restricted to the use of a single electric motor only, and all bass must be immediately released back to the water.

The mercury advisory for all fish is still in effect. Also, be aware of the boating regulations, specifically those pertaining to personal flotation devices.  If you are not in compliance, you are subject to receiving a citation and being ordered off of the water until the problem is corrected. 

PENA BLANCA – The lake has been stocked with trout.  The mercury advisory for all warm water fish is in effect. Bass less than 13 inches long must be immediately released.  The daily bag limit for bass is four.  Also, be advised that Pena Blanca is not an urban lake; therefore an urban fishing license is invalid to fish at this lake. 

PATAGONIA — Fishing for largemouth continues to slow with cooler temperatures.  Spinner baits remain the bait of choice for bass anglers.  The lake is full.  The lake has been stocked with trout recently.

Karl Reinartz said the trout bite was slow until the late evening, although the weather was great.

PARKER CANYON — The lake is full.  The Department is aware of the algae bloom occurring at the lake and will monitor water quality. The lake has been stocked but fishing has been slow.  

PICACHO RESERVOIR — No Report.

ROSE CANYON LAKE —  The access road is now closed for the season.  Anglers can still access the lake by walking in. The lake was stocked last week. Anglers have been catching fish with power bait of various colors. Fly anglers are also having success in the early morning and late afternoon as fish feed at the surface.  In addition to the normal catchable rainbow trout, the lake was also stocked with some smaller brown trout during this last stocking. It is expected that these fish will over-winter and be of larger size next fishing season.

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