Arizona's Spring Catfish Stockings Get Off to Great Start

A big load of 1.5- to 5-pound channel catfish arrived in great shape at all 20 urban fishing locations in Phoenix and Tucson area waters on March 23. Strong and hungry, the cats started biting right away at many lakes.

Because the Friday delivery day was made public, there were gatherings of anglers anxiously awaiting the arrival of the stocking trucks and the start of the spring catfish season. Bait choices didn’t seem to matter much as the ravenous catfish readily took worms, hot dogs, shrimp and stink baits. The evening bite was best.

Daily limits are four catfish per person at Urban Lakes or two catfish per person at Urban Ponds (note regulations and park signage for Lake and Pond designations). Anglers are encouraged to call Operation Game Thief, any time of day, at 1-800-352-0700 to report any ongoing over-limit or license violations.
 

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