AZ: Urban Fishing Bulletin Feb. 22

Fishing for trout continues to be good to excellent at all Urban
Fishing Program waters and trout are being stocked this week. Lakes
are stocked every two weeks. Anglers using scented dough baits
(such as Power Bait), worms fished near the bottom, or small trout
lures have been successful.

One important tip to remember, especially when fishing with
bait, is to use 2-, 3- or 4-pound leader material at the end of
your line. Changing from 8-pound line to 2-pound line will easily
double your fishing success. For lure anglers, try Panther Martins,
or spoons such as Super Dupers or KastMasters. Mix up your lure
retrieve to cover shallow and deep zones of the lakes.

Fly fishermen are doing well with copper Johns, Simi seal
leaches and zebra midges retrieved very slowly. With cold lake
temperatures, the bite for catfish, bass and bluegill is slow, but
will start picking up soon.

Riverview Lake will be closed to fishing for nearly two years
beginning April 2. As part of Mesa’s new Cubs baseball stadium
project, the lake will be drained and totally rebuilt with a
reopening in early 2014.

Trout fishing is consistently good to excellent at Green Valley
lakes in Payson with Power Bait, Super Dupers and KastMasters
working best. More trout will be stocked the week of February


All Urban Fishing Program waters in Phoenix Area, Tucson Area and

February 9 trout


Trout the week of Feb. 20-25

Trout Season Winding Down, Catfish Coming in March

During the 18-week winter trout stocking season from mid November
to mid March, nine deliveries of trout are made to each of the 21
Urban Fishing lakes. The fish stocking during the week of Feb.
20-25 represents the 8th trout stocking of the season. After that,
there is one more stocking of trout before fish deliveries shift to
channel catfish in mid March.

So, enjoy the cool weather, the relaxing atmosphere of the
parks, and good trout fishing for another month. The following
chart shows the annual fish stocking schedule for all Phoenix and
Tucson urban waters.


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