Urban Fishing Bulletin: For the weeks of December 10 – 23, 2007

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December 11th, 2007

The Arizona Game and Fish Department was recently informed by the Arizona Quality Alliance (AQA) that the Urban Fishing Program Fish Stocking process has been selected as a Showcase in Excellence Award recipient of the 2007 AZ State Quality Awards Program!  This prestigious award recognizes Urban Fish Stocking process excellence and exceptional performance and quality.  The Urban Fishing Program is only one of seven Showcase winners in 2007 that include both government and private sector organizations.  This award validates the high quality performance of the fish stocking process and the methods that have been put in place to ensure fish arrive in the right amounts, right sizes, healthy condition and on time.  Over the past three years, the Urban Fishing Program has achieved a 98% on-time delivery rate that includes 1,224 fish deliveries arriving on the scheduled week of stocking.  This award validates what many anglers have known for years, that the Arizona Urban Fishing Program is a winner!

The new, 2008 Urban Fishing Program brochures will be available by December 18 at all Department offices and fishing license dealers in Arizona.  The brochures highlight information on Chandler’s new urban lake, Veterans Oasis, and include many new pages to help people get started fishing urban lakes.  All license fees, fish limits and other regulations remain the same as last year.

In the midst of the holiday rush, don’t forget to buy your 2008 Class U (Urban) fishing license for the new year.  Urban fishing licenses are on sale for $18.50 at over 340 license dealers statewide or at any Game and Fish Office.  The Class U license is valid only at the 20 designated Urban Fishing Program waters and is good for all fish species (yes, that includes trout).  If you want one fishing license that covers all waters in the state, then the Class L, Super Conservation Fishing license is the deal for you.  At $53 for residents and only $63 for non-residents, this super license includes the state fishing license, trout stamp and urban license in one value bundle.  The 2008 licenses have been in the stores and on sale since September, so there is no need to wait until January 1st to get your new license.  You can even buy fishing licenses as gifts for friends and family as long as you know the personal information that needs to go on the license.  All anglers age 14 and over must purchase a fishing license to fish in Arizona.

Cold, rainy weather has dropped lake temperatures and raised activity levels of cold water trout.  Rainbow trout stockings will continue all winter long at two week intervals.  Fishing is good to excellent for anglers using scented dough baits (such as Power Bait), worms or small trout lures.  Best times to fish for trout generally are early morning, but some anglers have reported excellent fishing midday and late afternoon.  Patience is the key, as the trout bite sporadically throughout the day.  When the bite is on, anglers are catching limits in an hour.  Action for catfish, bass and bluegill is poor due to colder water temperatures that slow down the activity of these warm water species.  Trout fishing is good to excellent at Green Valley lakes in Payson with Power Bait, worms and small spinners working best.

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