Urban Fishing Report

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September 21st, 2009

Fishing for catfish should be good to excellent once the fall stocking program kicks off the week of September 21-26.  Orders have been placed for regular stockings of 1.5-2 pound channel catfish into all 20 Urban Program lakes in both the Tucson and Phoenix areas.  Lakes will be stocked at rates of 35-70 catfish per acre every two weeks through early November.  Catfish bite well on worms, stink baits, shrimp or hot dogs fished on the bottom.  Mornings and evenings are the best times as catfish prefer to feed under dim or dark conditions.  Fishing for bluegill is good along the shorelines in 4-8 feet of water.  Try mealworms under a small, thin bobber for great action.  As lake temperatures fall below 78 degrees, expect better action for largemouth bass, especially in the early morning periods.  Try finesse plastics rigged drop shot or Texas style for the bass and mix it up with small crankbaits, soft jerkbaits or spinnerbaits.  At Green Valley Lakes (Payson) fishing for bass, bluegill and crappie is fair and should improve by the end of September as lake temperatures cool and fish activity increases.  Fish stockings (trout only) at Green Valley will resume the week of October 19-24.  At all lakes remember to release any of the weed eating white amur right away so they can go back to munching on the nuisance water weeds.

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