Community Fishing Program Bulletin
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April 28, 2015
Expansion waters to get stocked with catfish last week!
Eleven waters that are part of the Department’s program expansion as well as Tempe Town Lake received catfish last week. Those waters included Pacana Pond (Maricopa), Discovery, and McQueen Ponds (Gilbert), Roadrunner Pond (Phoenix), Eldorado Pond (Scottsdale), Bonsall Pond (Glendale), Friendship Park Pond (Avondale); Fortuna, Yuma West Wetlands, Redondo (Yuma), Council Ave Pond (Somerton), and Tempe Town Lake (Tempe).
Payson Wildlife Fair to be held Saturday, May 9th
It’s the perfect time of year to grab the family and head for the hills. The annual Payson Wildlife Fair will be held Saturday May 9th from 9am to 3pm at Green Valley Lakes. The event is free and the lakes will receive more than double its normal amount of trout for the event.
Did You Know?
The Department purchases almost all the fish for the Community Fishing Program. A portion of our winter trout stockings are provided from the Department’s State Fish Hatcheries to stock Yuma-area waters and Tempe Town Lake. We conduct about 550 individual stockings per year, and current per-year purchases include approximately:
- 60,000 pounds of trout
- 195,000 pounds of catfish
- 6,000 pounds of bluegill sunfish
Those fish are paid for in-part from the sale of fishing licenses, partnership fees that the cities contribute, federal sportfish restoration funds (excise tax on fishing gear), and wildlife conservation funds (from gaming revenue). We receive no general fund (sales tax and income tax) revenue from the State legislature. This program is based upon a user-pay, user-benefit model that has worked successfully for decades. We’re proud of bringing the fish to communities so that you and your families can enjoy a wonderful recreational activity together. We hope your experiences create ever-lasting memories. Just wanted you to know….
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