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March 30th, 2009

TUCSON URBAN — The catfish season officially kicked off at all Urban Fishing Program lakes on Thursday, March 19 when all lakes received deliveries of 15-20 inch channel catfish.  Warming spring temperatures signal the stocking changeover from trout to catfish.  Over 14,000 pounds of Arkansas farm-raised catfish will be delivered and stocked into Urban Fishing Program lakes every two weeks from now through the end of June. Traditionally, when the Department switches fish suppliers from winter trout to spring catfish deliveries, anglers are given the specific day of stocking.  For all other catfish stockings, only the stocking week (Mon.-Sat.) is announced.  The usual baits such as worms, stink baits, and shrimp should work well for catching “Mr. Whiskers.”  Daily limits are four catfish per person at Urban Lakes or two catfish per person at Urban Ponds (note regulations and park signage for Lake and Pond designations).

Twice each year, the Department stocks 5-8 inch bluegill into all Urban Fishing Program waters to replenish this popular sport fish and offer some great fishing for young anglers.  A delivery of bluegill is scheduled the week of March 23-28.  Over 18,000 of the feisty, hard biting sunfish will be stocked at rates of 90-150 fish per acre.  Daily bag limits for sunfish (includes bluegill and hybrid sunfish) are 10 per day at Urban Lakes or 5 per day at Urban Ponds.
It is still possible to catch some rainbow trout right now as well.
RIGGS FLAT — The lake is closed for the winter.

CLUFF RANCH — Stocked last week.  No recent reports of success.  A new fishing pier has been installed which should provide a large increase in access for shore anglers.  For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

ROPER LAKE —  Stocked last week.  No recent reports of success. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

DANKWORTH POND — No recent reports of success. Due to the lack of open water and poor angler access the Department has decided not to stock this lake until conditions can be improved.  For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – Scheduled to be stocked this week with rainbow trout. The road has been graded recently and is in much better condition.  No reports of success have been received.  Early morning and late evenings should produce fish though.

KEARNY LAKES — Conditions at this lake have taken a turn for the worse and golden algae has caused a fish kill.  The Department and the town of Kearny continue to work on the problem.

ARIVACA —  Please use caution on the sides of the ramp.  Erosion has caused some problems and we are working to repair it as quickly as possible.  The fishing is slowly starting to pick up with some reports of success by bass anglers.  Anglers are asked to please be aware of your wake so as not to disrupt other anglers fishing from other boats and the shore.  Remember that all bass must be immediately released back to the water.

PENA BLANCA – Pena Blanca Lake is closed. We will be installing artificial habitat in the lake on April 4-5.

PATAGONIA —  Scheduled to be stocked this week with rainbow trout. Warmwater species are beginning to pick up with anglers reporting that bass are being caught on rubber worms and spinner baits.  Some anglers are catching bass as well while flipping the cattails.

PARKER CANYON — The store at Parker Canyon remains closed.  Anglers needing a license will need to purchase that prior to arriving at the lake.  The fishing remains fair with most angler success coming in the early morning just after sunrise.  Anglers are reporting that worms and Power Bait are working the best currently.

ROSE CANYON LAKE —  The road is closed for the winter and anglers wishing to fish this lake will have to hike in.

Angler report:

We hiked into Rose Canyon Lake March 22nd as the gate is still closed for the season. There were a number of anglers on the banks but fishing was slow for the spinner and bait crowd. Rainbows were rising after tiny insects at the south end of the lake and I was able to land & release 4 using small spinners and nymphs on a 4wt fly rod. The bows were feisty and 5 others managed to flip the tiny hooks before getting to the net.

Lots of fun.


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