NOTE: The Urban Fishing Program does not stock fish from June 25 through mid September at any of our 21 designated waters. Stockings (catfish) in Phoenix and Tucson Urban Fishing Program waters will resume the week of Sept. 17-22. Green Valley Lakes stockings (trout) will resume in October.
Urban Fishing Report
At Green Valley Lakes (Payson), anglers are having some success for crappie, bluegill and bass, but the weeds are making fishing difficult. Smaller nightcrawlers (Dillys) and mealworms are working 4-6 feet under the surface. At all lakes, remember to release any of the weed-eating white amur right away so they can go back out and munch on the weeds (see article at bottom).
Phoenix and Tucson Urban Fishing Program waters - June 15 (catfish).
Green Valley Lakes in Payson - May 11 (trout - heavily stocked, including many 12- to 20-inchers).
Phoenix and Tucson Urban Fishing Program waters - No further stockings until September catfish deliveries resume (see article below).
Green Valley Lakes in Payson - No further stockings until October trout deliveries resume.
Catfish stockings to resume week of Sept. 17-22
Deliveries of catfish at Phoenix and Tucson Urban Fishing Program waters are scheduled to restart the week of Sept. 17-22. During the hot summer months from June 25 through Sept. 15, there are no scheduled catfish stockings at urban waters. Once lake temperatures begin to decline entering the fall season, then catfish stockings can resume again. Every fall, a total of four catfish stockings are scheduled at two-week intervals before fish stockings switch over to rainbow trout in mid November. Fishing at urban waters will remain slow throughout the summer. Catfish can still be caught, especially from the larger lakes, with bluegill, bass and redear sunfish providing some fun for patient anglers.
White Amurs vital to keeping lakes clean
This is the busiest time of year for white amurs to graze on nuisance aquatic plants at urban waters. Plants are abundant and growing fast at a few of the lakes. White amur, or grass carp, are like “aquatic cows” feeding on plant growth across the bottoms of our lakes. Vegetarians by nature, the white amur can feed on 1-2 pounds of weed material a day. They are a vital biological tool to browse on plant growth and help clean up our lakes and keep them fishable. Cities spend thousands of dollars a year to buy the sterile amur and put them out to “pasture” in the lakes. The white amur can live up to 10 years and reach weights over 40 pounds. In their lifetime they can consume over a ton of weeds. This biological weed control is a better environmental alternative than the use of expensive weed control chemicals, requiring certified applicators and repeated treatments every year.
While the amur prefer plants, they will occasionally bite on worms, corn, bread and even lures. Legally, white amur must be at least 30 inches long to keep from urban waters. Anglers are reminded that amur are in the lakes to help clean up your fishing waters. Please release them unharmed so they can go about their lawn mowing business.
Remember the web - Visit www.azgfd.gov for stocking schedules, the Fish&Boat Arizona webmap, outdoor events calendar, and other great fishing and outdoor information. Also check out the web for Weekly Fishing Reports, to submit your fishing photos, or to send us your latest fishing report. We are also on Facebook.
Urban Fishing Program Manager: Eric Swanson, (623) 236-7263.
Urban Fishing Program Specialist: Joann Hill, (623) 236-7268.
Call 1-800-352-0700 to report fishing violations. Reward money may be available.