The second catfish stocking of the spring season takes place the week of April 1-6 at all Phoenix and Tucson area Urban waters. Cats from the March 21 season-opening date have been biting well on worms, stink baits, hot dogs or shrimp fished on the bottom.

Reports of 3-6 pound channel catfish have come in from a variety of lakes in Tucson, Phoenix, and Tempe. Catfish actively prowl for food in the evenings and early morning periods, and often move into shallower waters under the cover of darkness.

Fishing for bluegill is good at all Phoenix and Tucson area waters that were stocked March 11-12. Best baits for the feisty, 5-8 inch sunfish are worms and mealworms fished under a small bobber in 3-6 foot depths. At Green Valley lakes (Payson) fishing is good to excellent for trout.Trout will continue to be stocked in Green Valley through mid May. Try Power Bait, worms or salmon eggs off the bottom.

Image courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department

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