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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
 
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Schedule -.."OPEN TO THE PUBLIC" FISHING PROGRAMS

                                              Updated: February 27, 2015  


When: Saturday
February 14, 2015
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Parker
La Paz County Park
Parker, AZ

Comments: Take-A-Kid Fishing Day
This is the 36th Annual Take a Fishing Day celebration and is a community partnership event between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Take a Kid Fishing organization, and the City of Parker, AZ. This event is for beginning and experienced anglers. Loaner rods are available for use, or free to bring your own. Bait will be provided and you do not need to possess a fishing licence to participate. The cost of the event is free. Bring your family out and join the fun.
Contact: If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 623-236-7219.
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When: Saturday
February 21, 2015
8:00 AM to 12:00PM
Where: Tucson
Silverbell Lake
Christopher Columbus Park
4600 N Silverbell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85745
Comments: This event is for beginning and experienced anglers. Loaner rods are available for use, but feel free to bring
your own. Bait will be provided and you do not need to possess a fishing license to participate. Bring your family out and join the fun
Contact: If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 623-236-7219.
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When: Saturday
March 7, 2015
8:00 AM to 12:00PM
Where: Peoria
Rio Vista Park Lake
Rio Vista Community Park
8866-D W. Thunderbird Rd
Peoria, AZ 85381
Comments: Registrations are being accepted for the 7th Annual "Reel Fun Fishing Event" being held at Rio Vista Recreation Center. This family event is cosponsored by Rio Vista Recreation and teh Arizona Game and Fish Department. Families will enjoy a hands-on fishing clinic. Loaner rods and bait will be available.
Contact: The cost is $5.00 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Please pre-register by calling the Rio Vista Recreation Center at 623- 773-8600. Course number is 84500
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When: Saturday
March 7, 2015
11:00 AM to 6:00PM
Where: Phoenix
Melrose on 7th Avenue- located on 7th Avenue between Indian School Road and Campbell Avenue in the Melrose District
Comments: Family Fishing Tank at the 13th Annual 7th Ave. Street Fair
Come join the Seventh Avenue Merchant Association's and the Arizona Game and Fish Department for a day of fun, as hundreds of local artists, culinarians, and vendors showcase their very best. The Arizona Game and Fish will be onsite hosting a free, catch-and-release "family fishing tank", where kids can dunk a line to try and catch a hungry trout. In addition, the street fair will include over 150 vendor booths, live entertainment, food, a kid area, over 200 classic , antique and vintage cars, trucks and trailers in the Chester's Classic Car Show, and much more! This event is FREE to the public, so bring your friends and family.
Contact: If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 623-236-7219
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When: Saturday
March 14, 2015
7:00 AM to 11:00AM
Where: Sahuarita
Sahuarity Lake Park

15466 S Rancho Sahuarita Blvd
Sahuarita AZ
Comments: "Family Fishing Fun"
This annual family event is cosponsored by the town of Sahuarita, Rancho Sahuarita and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish instructors will be on hand to give you tips on fishing and answer you angling questions. Bring your own equipment or there will be loaner rods available. During the event participants who register with Game and Fish will be provided bait and will not need a fishing license.
Contact: For more information contact Rancho Sahuarita at 520-207-7730
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When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
April 17, 18 & 19, 2015
Where: Prescott
Friendly Pines Camp

Comments: This program is geared to help women become aware of and skilled in outdoor activities such as Fishing, Fly Fishing, camping skills, and much more. The registration packet can be found at http://azwildlife.org/ht/a/getdocumentaction/i/332317
Contact: If you have any question contact Arizona Wildlife Federation at 480-644-0077 Kimberlee Kreuzer
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When: Saturday
May 2, 2015
7:00 AM to 11:00AM
Where: Phoenix
Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Biscuit Tank

4044 W Black Canyon Blvd
Phoenix AZ
Comments: "2nd Annual Brian Pinney Memorial Fishing Clinic"
Get started in the heritage-rich sport of fishing for free by bringing family and friends to teh Brian Pinney Memorial Fishing clinic from 7am to 11 am. Fishing licenses will not be required for this Arizona Game and Fish Department hosted event located in Phoenix at the Hirsch Conservation Education Area.
Loaner equipment will be available and mentors will be on hand to assist.
The clinic is named in honor of the late Brian Pinney, an avid sportsman who was recognized as a leader in the wildlife conservation community. He was devoted to introducing families to fishing and hunting and preserving the outdoor heritage. This annual fishing clinic will honor his legacy and contributions to Arizona's wildlife resouces

To get to the Hirsch Conservation Education Area (Biscuit Tank), take I-17 to Carefree Hwy, enter into the main entrance at the Ben Avery Shooting range
Below is a link of a map for the Ben Avery Shooting range

Ben Avery Map
Contact: If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 623-236-7219
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When: Saturday
June 6, 2015
9:00 AM to 12:00PM
Where: Prescott
Goldwater Lake


Prescott AZ
Comments: As part of the National Free Fishing Day, the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Kingman office, is planning a day of free fishing for the whole family. The Arizona Game & Fish Department staff and Fishing Education instructors will be on hand to assist anglers. Bait will be provided and loaner rods will be available. This is a great time to bring out the kids for a nice day of fishing.
Contact: For more information please call the Kingman Office of the Arizona Game and Fish at 928-692-7700
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