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Trout Season Wrap-Up, Catfish Coming March 19
The final winter trout stockings in the Phoenix and Tucson area Urban lakes will take place the week of March 2-7. Urban lake water temperatures are rising into the mid 60’s signaling the annual stocking changeover from winter trout to spring catfish. This week’s trout delivery will be the ninth one of the season, concluding a very successful stocking season with our two Colorado contractors. Trout are stocked into lakes at rates of 60 to 90 fish per lake surface acre. For Payson’s Green Valley Lakes, trout stockings will continue every two weeks to the middle of May.
All lakes and ponds in the Phoenix and Tucson areas will be stocked with 15-20 inch channel catfish on Thursday, March 19. Beginning with the season kick-off stocking, catfish will be stocked through June at rates averaging from 40 to 60 fish per acre. Nearly 14,000 pounds of Arkansas farm-raised catfish will be delivered and stocked into 20 Urban Fishing Program lakes every two weeks by Mr. Fish, our outstanding fish contractor for many years.