Arizona’s Rainbow Trout Stocking Begins in Urban Lakes


November promises to provide excellent fishing at 18 Urban Fishing Program waters in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. The lakes were loaded with catfish after one last stocking the week of Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, and fishing for catfish has been excellent. Every Urban Fishing lake has reported excited anglers pulling in whopper catfish up to 7 pounds.

Now comes the switchover to trout stockings. Twice each year the Urban Fishing Program releases the exact stocking day: the first trout stocking in the fall, and the first catfish stocking in the spring. The first deliveries for the fall-winter season began today (Nov. 15), with fish stocking trucks switching from delivering catfish to trout. More than 100,000 rainbow trout ranging from 10-14 inches will be stocked in Urban Fishing waters at two-week intervals from November to March. Trout ranging from 10-15 inches will be stocked at rates of 70-100 fish per lake surface acre.

And now that you know about the great fishing in the urban lakes, we have a deal for you. You can now buy the 2013 Class U, Urban Fishing Program license for 50-percent off during the last two months of 2013. Stop by a Game and Fish office or any of our sporting goods or retail license dealers and ask for your 2013 discount Urban Fishing license for $9.25 (same price for non-residents). The Urban license is valid for all fish species including trout, catfish, bluegill and bass. Youth ages 13 and under do not need a license to fish.

Remember, daily bag and possession limits for trout at Urban Lakes are four fish per person for licensed anglers. Trout limits at Urban Ponds are two fish for licensed anglers.

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