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November 14th, 2007
The scheduled date for the first trout delivery of the winter season is Thursday, Nov. 15 for all lakes in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.  Trout averaging from 11-12 inches will be stocked at rates of 80-100 fish per lake surface acre for Urban Lakes and at lower rates for Urban Ponds.  Fish deliveries will occur throughout the day starting from early morning well into the afternoon.  Trout stockings will continue at two-week intervals throughout the next four months.  A total of over 12,000 trout from two Colorado trout producers will be delivered to all 20 waters in one day.  With the colder temperatures at Payson’s Green Valley Lakes, trout stockings already started in October and will continue every other week.  Remember, daily bag and possession limits for trout at Urban Lakes are four fish per person for licensed anglers and two fish for unlicensed juveniles under the age of 14.  Trout limits at Urban Ponds are two fish for licensed anglers and one fish for youth.
NOTE: Twice each year, the Urban Fishing Program shares with you the specific stocking date.  We do this in the fall when we switch from catfish to trout stockings, and again in the spring when we switch back to catfish.  For the other stocking dates throughout the year, only the week of stocking is announced to the public (Monday through Saturday).GAME AND FISH HEADQUARTERS OFFICE MOVES
As of Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Arizona Game and Fish Department began operating from its new headquarters.  The new address is 5000 W. Carefree Highway in north Phoenix.  The new facility is located 1.5 miles west of the I-17 and Carefree Highway interchange, adjacent to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.  The main phone number will remain (602) 942-3000.  All other direct phone numbers and extensions will change for employees.  New phone numbers for Eric Swanson, Urban Fishing Program Manager, and Joann Hill, Urban Fishing Program Specialist have changed and are listed in the header above.  The new headquarters includes consolidated, modernized office space, expanded meeting facilities, and an energy efficient, conservation design.

Rainbow trout stockings are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15 at all Urban Fishing Program waters.  Fishing should be good to excellent for anglers using scented dough baits (such as PowerBait), worms or small trout lures.  Trout stockings will continue every two weeks from November to March.  All lakes were recently stocked with bluegill and action is good for these feisty fighters.  Try mealworms, corn or doughballs fished below a small bobber for the best action.  Catfish action is fair now that the fall stockings are over.  An eight pound catfish was recently caught from Silverbell Lake in Tucson.  Trout fishing is good to excellent at Green Valley lakes in Payson now that rainbow trout stockings are underway.  Best baits for trout include Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms and small spinners.


  • Phoenix Area Lakes - Stocked catfish, Nov 3. Next stocking - Oct. 30 – bluegill and trout on Nov. 15.
  • Tucson Area Lakes - Stocked catfish Nov. 3. Next stocking - Oct. 30 – bluegill and trout on Nov. 15.
  • Green Valley Lakes (Payson) - Stocked trout Oct. 30. Next stocking - trout on Nov. 15.

Remember to visit our Web site,, for updated stocking schedules, fishing clinics, public events, and other great fishing information!  Also check out the web for new information on the Urban Fishing Program, Weekly Fishing Reports, to get your own copy of this Urban Fishing Bulletin, or submit your email address to get your name on our bi-weekly email distribution list.

View the Urban Fishing Bulletin on our web site.


  1. I went fishing at Chaparrel lake on Saturday the 24th. I used powerbait, lures, and salmon eggs. I fished for 2 hours and didn’t catch anything. What am I doing wrong?

  2. Use night crawlers on a trout rig with a drop. Cast right smack in the center of the lake and hold on……

  3. Night crawlers are a great method indeed. What are your thoughts on trolling?

  4. When trolling I like 4 lb test leader of at least 36″- 48 inches from the flashers. On the main line I tie on a small set of flashers (I like a combo copper or gold and nickel) with no weight and a small piece of worm & cover the hook point. When trolling I like to use “zig & zag” motion with the boat to make the bait and flashers speed up and slow down. Of course “slow” and slower are the desired speed. When “U” turning, make it as wide as possible. I usually try and stay somewhat close to shore, but deep enough so as not to snag bottom. When letting line out, do so slowly with a tight line so you don’t foul your bait with the flashers & with a higher motor speed until you’re out your desired distance. I like around 35′ to 75′, but that is a personal preference. Catch one for me. Jim

  5. Thanks Jim;

    Sounds like a good trolling technique others can emulate.


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