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Half-priced fishing licenses, trout stockings return

The stars have aligned – rainbow trout are coming to a galaxy of waters close to home for millions of people, plus 2009 fishing licenses for state waters or the urban program lakes are now on sale for half price, say Arizona Game and Fish Department officials. “It doesn’t get much better than this, especially […]

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AGFD takes first step toward southern Arizona Gila trout fishery

Airlifts fish up Mount Graham canyon for creek stocking The Arizona Game and Fish Department took its first step toward recovering Gila trout and establishing a Gila trout fishery in southern Arizona on Wednesday, Nov. 4 when it began stocking Frye Creek on Mount Graham in the Pinaleño Mountains. The fish were trucked in from […]

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Reward offered in theft of large number of Apache trout from hatchery

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the individual or people responsible for the theft of numerous Apache trout and vandalism at the Silver Creek Fish Hatchery. Over the weekend of July 11-12, someone broke into the hatchery complex and stole approximately 270 trout from one of the […]

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Stillman Lake native fish restoration effort ready to begin

Effort to start following 45-day appeal period The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department – with assistance from Prescott Flycasters, The Nature Conservancy, and other volunteers – are set to begin a native fish restoration effort at Stillman Lake.The ‘lake’ is actually a large pool of the Upper […]

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Free Fishing Days in Arizona are on June 6 and 13

Arizona’s Free Fishing Days celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week are on two consecutive Saturdays, June 6 and 13. No fishing license is required on those days on all state or urban waters or from shore on the Colorado River. This is a great opportunity for kids to take their parents fishing, or for you […]

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Catch a memory at Goldwater Lake Game and Fish to host First Fish Fishing Clinic

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is inviting the public to attend its second annual First Fish Fishing Clinic on May 17 at Goldwater Lake. The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon. “The event is focused on individuals who haven’t experienced the thrill of catching their first fish,” said Zen Mocarski, information and […]

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Spring catfish stockings at urban lakes begin March 19

The catfish season officially kicks off at all Urban Fishing Program lakes and ponds in the Phoenix and Tucson areas on Thursday, March 19, when those lakes will be stocked with feisty 15- to 20-inch channel catfish. Beginning with this stocking, nearly 14,000 pounds of Arkansas farm-raised catfish will be delivered and stocked into 20 […]

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Public comment period reopened on Arizona fish stocking program

The public comment period for scoping has been reopened on Arizona’s sport-fish stocking program. Federal and state agencies are seeking assistance with identifying the extent and variety of issues that may be associated with fish stocking in the state. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department officials will use the public’s […]

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Urban lakes received “lunker-sized” incentive trout Stocking program remains a bright light despite troubled-economy

he Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Urban Fishing Program rang in the New Year with a hearty stocking of “incentive” sized rainbow trout into all of the 21 program waters across the state last week. Incentive rainbow stockings included more fish and bigger fish. Many of the trout ranged from 13-18 inches. This year, there […]

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Arizona anglers are getting an 11-mile river fishing bonus

Arizona anglers are being blessed with an 11-mile trout fishing bonus along the Lower Salt River starting Jan. 22 thanks to plentiful December precipitation and unusual winter runoff in central Arizona that has almost filled the Salt River reservoirs. Salt River Project will be pulling water from Stewart Mountain Dam from now through the end […]

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2009-10 Fishing Regulations are now available Should make superb seasonal stocking stuffers

PHOENIX – Just in time to be stocking stuffers for your favorite outdoor enthusiast, the newly printed 2009-10 Arizona Fishing Regulations are now available for free at all fishing license dealers in the state, including all Arizona Game and Fish Department offices. The theme of this year’s fishing regulations also dovetail well with the seasonal […]

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Welcome Back the Trout celebration heralds that the winter season is underway

The sound system sent the acoustic guitar notes reverberating across the placid lake waters as Chuck E. Baby and the Allstars sang the laments to the familiar Brad Paisley song, “I’m Gonna’ Miss Her.” “I love her, But I love to fish, I spend all day on the water, And hell is all I catch” […]

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Affordable wildlife-friendly gift ideas for those on your holiday list

Every year many people face the same holiday season challenge: what to buy for that family member or friend who seems to have it all? This year, make it affordable and rewarding by considering one of the many unique gift ideas the Arizona Game and Fish Department has to offer. “If you’re looking for an […]

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100,000 rainbows swimming toward urban lakes this winter

Get ready for lots of angling action because one hundred thousand rainbow trout will grace the Urban Fishing Program waters in the Valley of the Sun and Tucson areas this winter season. The first trout stocking of the season took place Nov. 13. From now through mid March, about 12,000 trout from Colorado will be […]

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Public comments still sought on Arizona fish stocking program Two remaining open houses scheduled for Nov. 24 and 25

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are seeking public comments on issues associated with all the sport-fish stockings in the state as part of a draft environmental assessment process that is required to continue using federal funding for stocking activities in Arizona. Public input is being sought to […]

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You can reel in a half-price fishing license deal

If you are looking to reel in a great deal during these tough economic times, Arizona’s 2008 general and urban fishing licenses are both on sale for half price during November and December, said Arizona Game and Fish Department officials. “This is a sweet deal each year following Halloween,” said Fisheries Chief Kirk Young. “With […]

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Public comments sought on Arizona fish stocking program in order to continue to receive federal funding in the future

Three open houses scheduled this month Did you know that the feisty rainbow trout dancing on the end of your fishing line was most likely hatchery raised? Each year, the Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks more than 3 million fish for anglers to catch in approximately 160 of Arizona’s lakes, rivers and streams – […]

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Flashes of angling gold return to Silver Creek

Flashes of angling gold return to Silver Creek Flashes of golden Apache trout returning to Silver Creek near Show Low in the White Mountains was a recent harbinger of the great fall-winter trout fishing opportunities anglers can experience in Arizona this year. “The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s catch-and-release Apache trout fishery along Silver Creek […]

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Come refine your fishing skills at Camp Trout

Want to learn how to fly fish with a fly rod or a spinning rod? If so, you’ll want to come to CAMP TROUT, which is a unique trout fishing program being conducted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department in conjunction with the White Mountains Fly Fishing Club at Becker Lake in the White […]

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Angling workshop offered to refine trout-fishing skills

Angling workshop offered to refine trout-fishing skills A unique fishing program for anglers wishing to refine their trout-fishing skills or who simply want to learn new fishing techniques is being offered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department in conjunction with the White Mountains Fly Fishing Club. The public is invited to join fishing specialists […]

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