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The month of November offers some of the best fishing available at Urban Program lakes. The lakes have been loaded with catfish all fall with one last stocking the week of Nov. 2-7. Stockings of bluegill sunfish took place October 28-29 at all lakes. The first trout delivery for the winter season begins November 16. Finally, juvenile largemouth bass under the 13-inch legal length are being stocked during November.
Top baits for catfish are shrimp, stink baits and hot dogs with fish biting throughout the day. Bluegill are biting well on a variety of baits (mealworms, bread, hot dogs) and are ready to take wet flies in the late mornings and afternoon. Using light tackle with small hooks and bobbers will keep you and the kids busy catching bluegill. The Green Valley Lakes (Payson) were stocked with rainbow trout on October 20, kicking off an eight month stocking season. Fishing is excellent for the 11-14 inch trout. Best trout baits include Powerbait, worms and small spinners and lures.
- All UFP waters in Phoenix area and Tucson area – Last stocked catfish Oct. 22, bluegill Oct. 28-29. Next stocking, catfish the week of November 2-7 and bass in Nov.
- Green Valley Lakes (Payson) – Last stocked trout Oct. 20 (season opening). Next stocking, trout the week of Nov. 2-7.