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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: November 4, 2014  

When: Sunday
November 9, 2014
2:00PM to 5:00PM
Where: Phoenix
Hirsh Conservation Education Area
Biscuit Tank- Ben Avery Shooting Facility
4044 W Black Canyon Blvd
Phoenix AZ 85086
Comments: In recognition and celebration of our Veterans, please join the Arizona Game & Fish Department for an afternoon of fishing. This event is for beginning and experienced anglers alike. Loaner rods are available for use or feel free to bring your own. Bait will be provided and you do not need to possess a fishing license to participate.
Contact: For more information contact Marci at 623-236-7240
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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