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April 28th, 2009

Fishing is fair to good for channel catfish at Urban waters in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.  Catfish stockings the week of April 27 – May 2 will include extra fish to make up for a poor stocking on April 17 (see article above).  The best baits for catfish continue to be worms, shrimp, and dough/stink baits fished off the bottom.  An 8-pound albino catfish (white colored) was recently stocked.  Early evenings and night time periods have been the best fishing times.

Bluegill and sunfish are biting well at 4-7 foot depths on worms and mealworms fished along the bottom or under a bobber.  Bass fishing is picking up again during the pre-summer period.  Try small plastics presented with split shot or drop shot rigs in the evenings and early morning.

At Green Valley lakes (Payson) fishing is excellent for trout and good for crappie, bluegill and bass.  The final spring stocking of rainbow trout into Green Valley will take place the week of May 4-9 and will include plenty of extra trout.  Best trout baits include Power Bait, worms, or streamer flies such as Wooly Buggers and Simi Seal leaches.

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