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Community Fishing Program Bulletin

September 29, 2014 Edition

Report fishing violations - 800 352-0700

September 19th Stocking Mortalities
The Community Fishing Program resumed stocking catfish in the core waters on September 19. Two trucks serviced the Phoenix and Tucson areas from two separate ponds in Arkansas. Unfortunately one of those ponds had weaker-than-normal fish, and following the stocking we had reports of mortalities from virtually all of the Phoenix-area waters at various levels.  Rest assured we’re working with our municipal partners to remove the dead fish and get them replaced as we continue catfish stockings into October.  Special Note: Kiwanis Lake in Tempe and Lakeside Lake in Tucson were not stocked due to poor water quality conditions.  Stocking will resume at both locations when water quality parameters return to acceptable levels.

Trout Stocking to resume in Payson’s Green Valley Lakes
Rainbow trout will be returning to Green Valley lakes the week of October 13-19. Grab the fishing poles and pack a picnic basket -  take the family to the park to make some memories!

NEW Stocking Schedule Format
We’ve overhauled our stocking schedule so that anglers can see all CFP waters at a glance. If you go to the Department’s website ( and download the PDF version of the schedule, you can click on any CFP water and a map will be displayed to help you find all of our stocked waters.  Good luck fishing!

Water Ranch Lake (Gilbert) will become a Special Regulation Water
On Saturday September 6, the Game and Fish Commission approved 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.  The regulations take effect January 1st 2015, and single barbless hooks will be required. Fish stockings will remain the same through December 2014, and then revert to once-per-month, and daily bag limits for catfish and trout will be reduced to 2 each.  All bass and sunfish will need to be immediately released unharmed.

Granada Ponds & McKellips Pond Removed – Freestone Pond Added
Two CFP waters have been officially withdrawn from the CFP and will not be stocked anymore: Granada Ponds in Phoenix and McKellips Pond in Scottsdale. Freestone Pond in Gilbert will be added to the Program, and we’re working to get Friendship Park in Avondale added to the program later this autumn. Freestone Pond in Gilbert will receive the first catfish during the week of October 6th.

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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