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March 30th, 2009

Fishing is excellent for both channel catfish and sunfish at Urban waters in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.  Spring catfish stockings are underway with loads of 14,000 pounds being delivered every other week.  Top baits for catfish are dough/stink baits, shrimp, hot dogs and shrimp fished off the bottom.  Evenings are best, but patient anglers are finding success throughout the day.  Some of the cats are in the 4-6 pound range.  Action for the recently stocked bluegill and hybrid sunfish is good for anglers fishing with worms and meal worms 3-4 feet below a small bobber.  Afternoons and evenings are best for the sunfish.  Some nice largemouth bass in the 2-5 pound range are being reported by anglers working the morning bite with small plastics, grubs or swim baits.  Please exercise catch and release for spawning bass. At Green Valley lakes (Payson) fishing is excellent for trout and getting better every week for crappie, bluegill and bass.  Extra trout were stocked at Green Valley for some recent fishing clinics and the action is hot.  Try Power Bait in orange color, worms, or streamer flies such as Wooly Buggers and Simi Seal leaches.


  1. Red Mountain Lake a total dud!

    Went out there 4-16-09 Went from sun up to sun down and not even a BITE! Spoke to one angler that had been fishing there every day for the past 5 days. He stated the first day was ok but the second and third day nothing and on the fourth day a mass amount of Carp was floating dead in the water! Something is wrong with the water, black stuff kept getting on my line and it smells like gear oil for truck. Went up to Canyon Lake the next day had alot better luck! My first experience with urban lakes and has a bad taste!

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