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December 19th, 2007

TUCSON URBAN — Next trout stocking is scheduled for the week of Dec. 24-29 in the Phoenix, Tucson and Payson Urban Lakes. As the 2007 year comes to a close, so does your chance to get one of your big fish into the record books. The 2007 Urban Fishing Program Big Fish-of-the-Year contest has one month to go. Some big fish have been reported already such as an 8-pound catfish, a 9.6-pound bass and a 3.9-pound trout.  There is also a category for catch-and-release fish that requires only a picture and the total length of the fish. Some of the more remarkable catch and release entries for 2007 include a 26-inch catfish and a 35-inch white amur.  Some fish species have no entries so far including: bluegill, tilapia, carp or crappie. To enter the contest, use forms found in the Urban or Arizona Fishing regulations.  Check out the big fish entry status and information at

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, 2007.  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 was stocked with trout last week.  For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

ROPER LAKE — The lake was stocked with trout last week. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

DANKWORTH POND — The lake was stocked with trout last week. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – No recent reports.  Use caution on the access road.  Wet conditions can make difficult for trucks without four wheel drive. 

KEARNY LAKES — This lake remains fishless due to golden algae.
ARIVACA — No recent reports.  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.

PENA BLANCA – The lake was stocked with trout last week.  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 — No recent reports.  The lake was stocked with trout last week.

 PARKER CANYON — The lake is full.  Fishing remains slow due to algae bloom but a few anglers are catching fish.    


ROSE CANYON LAKE —  The access road is now closed for the season.  Anglers can still access the lake by walking in.


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