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  Urban Fishing Bulletin: weeks Feb 18 - Mar 2

News Media
Feb 19, 2008

URBAN FISHING BULLETIN
For the weeks of February 18 – March 2, 2008
Manager: Eric Swanson (623) 236-7263
Specialist: Joann Hill (623) 236-7268

STOCKING UPDATES:

  • Phoenix Area Lakes - Feb. 6 trout. Next stocking, trout the week of Feb 18-23.
  • Tucson Area Lakes - Feb. 6 trout. Next stocking, trout the week of Feb 18-23.
  • Green Valley Lakes (Payson) - Feb. 6 trout. Next stocking, trout the week of Feb 18-23.

AZ WILDLIFE VIEWS TV SHOW TO FEATURE URBAN FISHING
Do you enjoy watching wildlife programs on television?  The Game and Fish Department’s award winning Wildlife Views series is airing every Sunday from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. on channel 8 KAET-TV.  Every week a new 30-minute segment features two or three stories about wildlife, fish and Game and Fish activities.  The 13-week series started January 20 and continues to April 13.  Episode 6 will air Sunday, February 24 and will highlight an interesting story about the Urban Fishing Program.  Sit back and enjoy the shows.  For more information on upcoming shows or to view video clips of past shows, go to: www.azgfd.gov/TV.

WONDERFUL WAY TO PASS ON THE FUN OF FISHING –
ANGLERS’ LEGACY
You likely remember your very first fishing trip and who took you.  And odds are pretty good, that positive first-time experience is why you're still fishing today. That's what Anglers' Legacy is all about – simply giving back what you've been given, and making your promise to introduce somebody new to the activity you love.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department supports this wonderful program which is part of the national “Take Me Fishing” campaign administered by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.  Join thousands of your peers and make a real difference in someone’s life.
  
Take someone fishing – a family member, co-worker, neighbor, acquaintance at church or, perhaps, the mechanic who works on your car.  Become part of Anglers' Legacy today, the group of folks from all across the country who, like you, are giving back. There's no membership fee and no obligation. You're just making a promise to do your part to share your knowledge and expertise with someone new.  Take the Anglers’ Legacy Pledge today! 

Go to www.anglerslegacy.org to find out more and take the next step to sharing your fishing skills and experiences with someone special.

URBAN FISHING REPORT
Fishing for trout continues to be good to excellent at most Urban Fishing Program waters.  Plenty of beautiful rainbow trout from 10-16 inches are being stocked every two weeks into your nearby urban lakes.  Enjoy the fine fishing, the warming days, and the spring blossoms and blooms.  Anglers using scented dough baits (such as PowerBait), worms fished under a bobber, or small trout lures have been successful.  Best times to fish for trout generally are early morning, but action is good throughout most days for anglers that fish with lighter tackle geared for trout (2-4 pound test line, small sinkers and hooks and a well presented bait).  Small spinners such as Rooster Tails and Panther Martins, or spoons such as Super Dupers and Kastmasters are also working well for trout.  Flyfishermen have their best luck fishing nymphs such as the Peacock Lady, Prince Nymph or Hare’s Ear.  Trout fishing is fair to good at Green Valley lakes in Payson with PowerBait and small flashy spinners working best.  Lake waters at Green Valley (Payson) and Lakeside (Tucson) are clearing up a bit and anglers are enjoying better success.

If you are successful at one of the Urban Lakes / Ponds we would love to see a picture of your catch. You can post it to the Department's photo page at: www.azgfd.net/photos under the "Fishing" Section. Who knows, you might see your picture featured.

Here are some recent photos that were submitted.

smg06247 submitted: My oldest grandson, at Encanto Lake on a Sunday morning. We had gone to Tempe Lake and Papago lake and caught nothing. We were at Encanto for an hour and he finally caught this bass.
warrshipp submitted: baby jo's trout - a silverbell lake monster.
stevenschmidt submitted: An  albino rainbow trout (some call a Palomino) caught and released at Green Valley Lakes, Payson, AZ on 1/1/2008

Remember www.azgfd.gov for updated stocking schedules, fishing clinics, public events, and other great fishing information!  Also check out the web for new information on the Urban Fishing Program, Weekly Fishing Reports, to get your own copy of this Urban Fishing Bulletin, or submit your email address to get your name on our bi-weekly email distribution list.


 
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