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

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January 15th, 2009

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 are numerous 5-7 pounders and one behemoth weighing 8 pounds, which has already thrilled one urban angler.

“This is one of our most exciting stockings of the season,” said Eric Swanson, Urban Fishing Program manager. “Our vendors continue to raise the bar with the size and quality of fish they bring us. I would love to see the look on some youngster’s face when they land one of these whoppers.”

Anglers 14 and older are reminded to purchase their 2009 Urban Fishing License and to pick up a free copy of the 2009 Urban Fishing Program regulations now available online and at all license dealers in the state. Youth anglers 13 and under do not need a fishing license; however, for trout only, their bag limit is half of a licensed adult.

After your day of fishing is done, keep the memories going with a picture, and post it at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s photo gallery at www.azgfd.net/photos to share with your friends – it’s easy and it’s free. You might even see it featured in a future department publication. For more information on the Urban Fishing Program, visit www.azgfd.gov/urbanfishing.

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