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“Open to the Public” Department sponsored fishing programs will have Sport Fishing Instructors available to provide instructions and answer your questions about fishing. The Department will also have available for loan to the public, on a first come first serve basis, 100 rods and reels and a limited supply of bait.

Fishing Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Program dates and times are subject to change. Participants 14 years and older may fish without a State or Urban fishing license between sanctioned fishing clinic hours, as long as they register at the Arizona Game and Fish booth, located at the fishing clinic site. All participants wanting to fish before or after sanctioned fishing clinic hours, must be lawfully licensed, with the exception of blind residents and juveniles under 14 years of age (who do not need a license).

For more information call the Education Branch at:
(623) 236-7235 or (623) 236-7219
For driving directions and maps to class locations, enter the location address at MapQuest.

                                              Updated: September 23, 2014  

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
September 5 ,6 & 7th
Where: Prescott
Friendly Pines Camp
Comments: This program is geared to help women aware of and skilled in outdoor activities such as fishing, fly fishing, camping skills, and much more. The registration packet can be found at
You must be registered to attend this event. Room and board are included in the registration fee.
Contact: Contact Kimberlee Kreuzer at the Arizona Wildlife Federation 480-644-0077
When: Saturday
September 27, 2014
9AM to 1 PM
Where: Cottonwood
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Comments: "Verde River Days"
The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are planning a day of outdoor activities for the whole family. The event is centered on the Verde River and awareness of our National Resources. A free fishing activity will be included. More information will be made available as we approach the date. Don't miss this one
Contact: For more information please call Dead Horse Ranch State Park office 928-634-5283 or the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce at 928-634-7593
When: Friday
October 3, 2014
5:00PM to 8:30PM
Where: Peoria
Rio Vista Park Lake
8866-D W. Thunderbird Rd
Peoria AZ 85281
Comments: "Casting the Night Away"
Rio Vista Parks and Recreation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are planning an evening of free fishing for the whole family. Arizona Game and Fish Department and Cabelas staff will be on hand to assist anglers.
Contact: Limited space will be available. You must register for this event by calling 623-773-8600 and mention course number 81179. Fee is $5 per person and includes supper and raffle prizes.
When: Saturday
October 18, 2014
8AM to 12 PM
Where: Gilbert
Water Ranch Lake
2757 E Guadalupe Rd
Gilbert AZ 85234
Comments: Youth Fishing Day
This family event is Co-sponsored by the Town of Gilbert and the Arizona Game and Fish Department at Water Ranch Lake. Arizona Game and Fish instuctors will be on hand to provide loaner rods, bait and fishing information. Come on out and bring the whole family
Contact: Contact Mary Hahn at 480-503-6242 for more information
When: Saturday
November 22, 2014
8:30 AM to 12 PM
Where: Chandler
Environment Education Center
Veteran's Oasis Park
4050 E Chandler Heights Road
Chandler Az 85249

Comments: "Outdoor Safety Days"
The Chandler Environmental Education Center , Police Department and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are planning a day of outdoor activities for the whole family. A free fishing activity will be included. Loaner Rods, bait and Fishing information will be available. Don't miss this one
Contact: For more information call the Environment Education Center 480-782-2890
When: Saturday
January 17, 2015
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Phoenix
Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Biscuit Tank
4044 W Black Canyon Blvd
Phoenix AZ 85086
Comments: " Break In Your New Fishing Equipment"
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is planning a Special Event so you and your family can come try out your new fishing tackle. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you set-up and tune your rod and reel for the New Year Fishing Season. Come on out even if you don't have tackle. We will have rods for loan and bait to entice the fish. This is a "Catch and Release Only" activity and we'll show you how to safely handle the finned and whiskered fish and how to let them go for Another day. The entire event, including use of loaner equipment, is free of charge!
Contact: If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 623-236-7219
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