If you don’t already have this year’s (2012) Arizona Class A fishing license or Urban fishing license, you’ll be able to buy one for half price beginning Nov. 1.
In November and December each year, the annual fishing licenses for that year go on sale for half price. That means residents can buy a 2012 state Class A fishing license for only $11.75 (for nonresidents, it’s $35.13). Or, if you like fishing the Urban Fishing Program waters, residents and nonresidents can get a Class U fishing license, good for the 21 waters in the urban program, for only $9.25. Both the 2012 Class A and Class U half price licenses are valid for the remaining two months of the year (through Dec. 31, 2012).
This year you are just in time for the great fall bite and the ramp-up of the winter trout stocking. The stocking schedule is available at www.azgfd.gov/pdfs/h_f/fishing/stocking/TroutStockingSchedule.pdf. Also, the trout stocking season at Phoenix and Tucson urban lakes starts Nov. 15. The urban lakes stocking schedule is available at http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/documents/12Oct-DecwithHyperlinks_000.pdf.
If you’re fishing for trout in state waters, you’ll still need to buy the trout stamp at full price ($15.75 for residents, $57.75 for nonresidents) in addition to your Class A fishing license. The Class U (urban fishing) license already includes trout fishing privileges for the urban lakes.
Fishing licenses can be purchased at Arizona Game and Fish Department offices, at license dealers throughout the state, and online at www.azgfd.gov/eservices/licenses.shtml.
For more information on where to fish or to view the Weekly Fishing Report, visit www.azgfd.gov/fishing.
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