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March 30th, 2009

Over 2,200 youth excitedly plied one fish after another from the kid’s fishing tank at the March 27-29 Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo.  Shouts of glee kept erupting as the feisty sunfish were lifted from the tank and then released in a pattern that repeated itself thousands of times.  Attendance records for the 3rd annual Outdoor Expo were shattered as families came to participate in a wide variety of free outdoor events and enjoy time together with plenty of fishing and outdoor experts on hand to help.  On March 28, the Payson Optimists Club, in partnership with Game and Fish, held a family fishing clinic at Green Valley Lakes.  Fishing for rainbow trout, bluegill and crappie was excellent for the more than 500 participants.  A week earlier, on March 21, the sportsman’s group Anglers United and the City of Tempe hosted their annual Kid’s Fishing clinic at Tempe’s Kiwanis Lake.  Over 800 youth participated in this opportunity to catch bluegill and catfish and enjoy the thrill of fishing in a beautiful park setting.

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