Arizona's Urban Fishing Report April 17, 2012

The third catfish stocking of the spring season is the week of April 16-21 at all Phoenix and Tucson area Urban waters.

Cats from the first two stockings have been biting very well on worms, stink baits, hot dogs or shrimp fished on the bottom. Catfish have been active throughout the day with afternoons and evenings best.

Bluegill fishing is good at all Phoenix and Tucson area waters that were just stocked the end of March. Best baits for the feisty, 5- to 8-inch bluegill are worms and mealworms fished under a small bobber in 3-6 foot depths.

Action for largemouth bass is slowing as they move into the post-spawn period during the next few weeks. Please exercise catch-and-release for largemouth bass and remember the minimum keepable size for bass is 13 inches.

At Green Valley lakes (Payson) fishing is good to excellent for trout. Many trout from 13-18 inches were included in a recent stocking. Try Power Bait, worms or salmon eggs off the bottom. Lure and fly anglers are doing well on KastMasters, spinners, small tube jigs, or wooly buggers. Trout stockings at this higher elevation urban lake will continue every two weeks until mid May. Also at Green Valley, the bite for crappie and bass is picking up for anglers using small jigs and plastic worms.

All Urban Fishing Program waters in Phoenix and Tucson areas were stocked April 5 with catfish and on
March 29 with bluegill. Trout were stocked in Green Valley Lake in Payson April 6.
Catfish are scheduled for the week of April 16-21.
Trout are scheduled to be stocked in Green Valley Lake the week of April 16-21.
Green Valley Lakes in Payson, a One of a Kind Urban Fishery

Nestled in the cool Payson pines, the Green Valley Lakes offer outstanding fishing for you and your family.

The 1-, 3- and 10-acre lakes offer terrific trout fishing from the fall throughout the spring stocking season. By late spring, fishing really picks up for bass, bluegill and crappie.

The pride of Payson, Green Valley Park features beautiful grass landscapes, mature trees, and sparkling lakes in a well maintained setting. Special facilities include two fishing docks, playgrounds, walking trails, historic buildings and museum, and the main office for the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

The lakes are stocked every two weeks with trout from October to May. Catfish are not stocked, but some can be found in the lake. In 2009, a 29-pound channel catfish came from the main lake and has stood as the current Urban Fishing Program record.
For further incentive to visit this one of a kind urban fishery, mark your calendars and make family plans to visit Green Valley Park for the Payson Wildlife Fair and Fishing Festival on Saturday, May 12. The Green Valley lakes will be well stocked with extra rainbow trout offering excellent fishing opportunities. Fishing clinics will be held and loaner rods, reels and bait will be provided if you do not bring your own fishing equipment or supplies. There will be booths, activities and live wildlife on display.

Green Valley Park is located at 1000 W. Country Club Drive, one mile west of Highway 87 at the end of Main Street. The annual fair and fishing festival is a cooperative effort between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, USDA Forest Service, and Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
Golden Algae Update
Overall, water quality conditions at the Urban Lakes have been very good this winter and spring with no incidences of golden algae blooms. This is great news for anglers and the fish populations.

Urban Fishing Program staff and parks personnel continue to monitor Urban Program lakes for signs of the microscopic golden algae. The department and cities’ active monitoring program has helped to keep the toxic alga in check before it causes harm to the resident bass, bluegill and catfish populations. Anglers are reminded to take precautions not to move any water, live fish or wet objects from lake to lake. Remember to clean, drain and dry all items that come in contact with the lake water before moving to another lake location. For more information on golden alga, go to
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