100,000 rainbows swimming toward urban lakes this winter

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November 24th, 2008

Rainbow trout will be stocked every two weeks in urban lakes from now through mid March.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 stocked every two weeks in the department’s designated 21 Urban Fishing Program lakes.

“In these challenging economic times, it’s terrific to have enjoyable fishing close to home that also provides healthy low calorie meals – rainbow trout,” said Eric Swanson, Urban Fisheries Program manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The urban lakes have also been recently stocked with channel catfish, feisty hybrid sunfish and largemouth bass. “This is the time of year when you can catch almost anything; trout, catfish, sunfish and bass, possibly all on the same day in the urban program waters,” Swanson said.

Youth under age 14 can fish for free, but those 14 and older must have an urban fishing license. Information on licenses, where to fish and other aspects of the Urban Fishing Program can be found at www.azgfd.gov/urbanfishing.

You can also get a great deal right now for the remaining six weeks of this year – the 2008 urban licenses are half price ($9.25) during November and December for both residents and nonresidents alike.

“The urban fishing license is especially good deal for winter visitors – they get the same price as resident anglers,” Swanson noted.

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