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Community Fishing Program Bulletin

August 14, 2014 Edition

Report fishing violations - 800 352-0700

Still on 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 and air temperatures are extremely high and the stress associated with hauling fish long distances across the hot desert causes them to become vulnerable to illness and death.  Catfish stockings will resume 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.

Compromise Reached on Gilbert’s Water Ranch Lake

A compromise was reached that was intended to reduce waterfowl injuries and maintain or improve angler catch rates at Water Ranch Lake. The proposal, which will be presented to the AZ Game and Fish Commission in September, involves converting Water Ranch Lake to catch-and-release only for bass and sunfish but maintains catch-and-keep for trout, catfish and all other species. Also included in the proposal is a conversion to using only single barbless hooks, however use of bait will be maintained. Fish stockings will be reduced to once-per-month, and bag limits for catfish and trout will be reduced to 2 each. The compromise allowed the Town of Gilbert in partnership with the Department to maintain fishing opportunities at McQueen and Discovery Parks, improve opportunities for youth to catch a fish, and allow financial flexibility to expand fishing opportunities within Gilbert to include Freestone Park. Catch rates and angler satisfaction will be monitored through 2015 as part of a planned angler survey.


Be a responsible angler! Dispose your used fishing line and hooks properly

Improperly disposed line and fishing hooks can pose unintended 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 wildlife that often get seriously injured or killed by discarded hooks and fishing line.

Proposed Changes to Fishing Regulations

Mark your calendars for September 5-6, 2014. The AZ Game and Fish Commission will hear an array of proposed changes to fishing regulations at the monthly meeting in Pinetop. Proposed changes include: Changing statewide bag limits for catfish, designation of Community Fishing Water boundaries for the Phoenix metro area, adding 2 new CFP waters (Freestone Park in Gilbert, and Friendship Park in Avondale), Water Ranch Lake (mentioned above), and others. The public is allowed to comment on any proposed regulation change at the meeting.

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

Although the Department may not be able to send an officer to each reported violation, simply reporting the incident to the Department helps establish where and when we have poaching problems. Every call is logged into a database and will be used to direct enforcement activities on your Community Fishing Waters.

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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