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Community Fishing Program Bulletin

July 16th, 2014 Edition

Report fishing violations - 800 352-0700

Summer break for fish stocking

The Community Fishing Program does not stock fish from mid-June through mid-September at any of our designated waters. Water temperatures are high, and stress associated with hauling leaves fish vulnerable to die-off.  Stockings (catfish) will resume the week of September 16-21. Catfish stocking is scheduled to resume during the week of September 14. Meantime, you might consider heading up to the mountains to cool off and enjoy some good trout fishing. We have stocking schedules posted to our website WWW.AZGFD.GOV.

Be a responsible angler and dispose of used fishing line and hooks

Improperly disposed line and fishing hooks can pose unitended risks to your fellow anglers and wildlife that often use the same waters as you. Please do your part to keep the parks clean, safe, and enjoyable for all visitors including migratory waterfowl, birds, turtles, and even mammals such as bobcats, coyotes, and racoons.

TURN IN POACHERS! Call Operation GAME THIEF (1-800-352-0700)

We need your help in catching poachers. Fishing without a license and taking too many fish are common violations. This interferes with our ability to manage fishing lakes and reduces YOUR opportunities to catch fish. The Arizona Game and Fish Department's Operation Game Thief is an anti-poaching program that encourages the public to report any suspicious activity or knowledge about a poaching violation. Our toll-free hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or the information can be reported on the Department’s website ( Your report can remain CONFIDENTIAL upon request, and REWARDS of up to $8,000 are available for information leading to an arrest. Do your part by helping the Department by reporting poachers.

Here’s some tips for reporting violations:  Remember Who, where, when and what are all important.

Name: Get a name of the person if you can. If not, a license plate number will do.

Description: Record approximate height/physical build, hair, eyes, facial hair, and clothing they are wearing.

Violation: Describe what you saw in as much detail as possible. How do you know it was a violation?

Date/Time/Location:  What date, time of day, and specific location did you witness a violation?

Other information: Provide any other descriptor that would help an officer pick the suspect from a crowd.

Do not interfere with or attempt to stop the violator. If the officer has not yet arrived, get license plate number(s), vehicle description(s), or suspect description(s) before the violator leaves, but be subtle about it. It is also extremely helpful, if you can, take digital photos and/or video tape of the suspect(s), vehicle(s), or activity. If you need to leave, then leave. You have done your duty by calling in the information.

Remember the Web for stocking schedules, the Fish&Boat Arizona webmap, outdoor events calendar, and other great fishing and outdoor information. Also check out the web for Weekly Fishing Reports, to submit your fishing photos or to send us your latest fishing report. Talk with us on our Facebook page or get social with us on Twitter@AZGFD.

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