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October 29th, 2008

The next four weeks offer some of the best fishing available at Urban Program lakes.  The lakes have been loaded with catfish all fall with one last stocking the week of Oct. 27 – Nov. 1.  Stockings of hybrid and redear sunfish took place October 23 at all lakes.  The first trout delivery for the winter season begins November 13.  Finally, juvenile largemouth bass under the 13-inch legal length are being stocked at the end of October.  Top baits for catfish are shrimp, stink baits and hot dogs.  Activity is best in the evening and early morning.  Hybrid sunfish, redear sunfish and bluegill are biting well throughout the day on a variety of baits (mealworms, bread, hot dogs) and are ready to take wet flies in the late mornings and afternoon.  Using light tackle with small hooks and bobbers will keep you and the youngsters busy catching bluegill.  The Green Valley Lakes (Payson) were stocked with rainbow trout on October 17, kicking off an eight month stocking season.  Fishing is excellent for the 11-14 inch trout.  Best trout baits include Powerbait, small spinners and lures, and worms.  Some 3-4 pound trout were included in the first load.  If bait is not working well, try small spinners for great action throughout the day.


  1. Oh yeah baby fish on!!!!!

  2. gonnabe out in tucson early next week loking for a good place to fish with a guide ,any recomendations,please reply,thanks.

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