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August 25th, 2009

Fishing is slow at all Urban Fishing waters statewide through the summer no stocking period.  Fish stockings will resume at all Phoenix and Tucson area Urban waters the week of September 21-26.  Catfish and bass have been tough to catch with the higher lake temperatures making them lazy and sluggish.  Fishing activity will begin to pick up as soon as nighttime temperatures dip into the 70’s and lake temperatures reach the low 80s.  Fishing has been good all summer for the plentiful bluegills that frequent the shoreline areas in search of food.  Mealworms fished on the bottom or a few feet under a bobber will catch sunfish throughout the day, especially if anglers use smaller bobbers and light line in the 2-4 pound range.  Some catfish and bass are being caught, but it takes persistence and some good timing in the early morning and evening hours.  At Green Valley lakes (Payson), anglers are having some success for crappie, bluegill and bass.  Smaller nightcrawlers (Dillys) and mealworms are working 4-6 feet under the surface.  At all lakes remember to release any of the weed eating white amur right away so they can go back out and munch on the weeds.


  1. According to FAO statistics, the total number of fishermen and fish farmers is estimated to be 38 million. Fisheries provide direct and indirect employment to an estimated 200 million people.

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