Category: Community Fishing

Learn about the waters in the Community Fishing Program and their latest stockings and fishing clinics.

Video: Catch some catfish in the Yuma and Wellton area!

It’s time to head out and catch some fish in the Yuma and Wellton area!  Council Avenue (Somerton), Yuma West Wetlands, Fortuna Pond, and the Golf Course Ponds in Wellton were all stocked this morning (June 9) with thousands of pounds of channel catfish. All the fish looked very healthy and ready to bite: Time to get out there and fish these ponds!

Roger Coffman, a.k.a “Mr. Fish” – more than a fish-hauler

Meet Roger Coffman. He’s better known by his business name: Mr. Fish. His company has been our provider of warmwater fish (catfish, bass, sunfish, crappie, triploid grass carp, etc) for several years. The importance of his role in maintaining the Community Fishing Program with catfish, sunfish, and other species as needed is crucial. But he’s attentive to angler needs in other areas. Recently informed that there were 8,000 2- to 3-inch tiger bass available (tiger bass are a genetic cross between a Florida strain and northern strain largemouth bass), Coffman had some options. He could have easily sold the fish....

Community Fish Program Waters get bass and bluegill stockings

Largemouth Bass and Sunfish Stocked into Core Waters Last Week. You’ve probably heard by now, the Department stocked all Community Fish Program (CFP) core waters (except Cortez) with bass and bluegill last week. The fish looked beautiful and will hopefully contribute to the naturally reproducing bass and bluegill in most CFP waters. Don’t forget that in addition to a Bag Limit there is also a Minimum Length Limit of 13 inches on bass. All bass under the length limit must be immediately released unharmed. Please do your part to maintain viable bass populations in the CFP waters. Catfish AND Sunfish...

Angler Report: Sahuarita Lake

Good Evening All, I figured if I only had a few hours in the afternoon with the anticipated breeze I would go and visit Sahuarita Lake and do some casting and catching.  Hey the walking exercise was beneficial to me  too.  Lot’s of other anglers and families out there enjoying the wonderful AZ spring weather.  The temperature was mild and the slight breeze sometimes worked in getting the light lures out there. I managed to catch four Largemouth Bass within the first hour of casting.  Bass number one was a welcome surprise after switching from casting a grub to a...

Catfish returning to Community Fish Program Waters!

The spring species switch-over is set to take place this month. Those of you who have been waiting for Mr. Whiskers won’t have to wait much longer. Grab your fishing poles and give it a shot. Our plan is to have the trucks rolling through our core waters March 23rd.  Try using some baits like anchovies, shrimp, herring, sardines, worms, chicken livers, or other prepared baits. We can’t guarantee the fish will bite coming straight off the truck, but the weather alone is worth wetting a line. Although it’s not “for sure” yet, we’re planning an early “bonus” stocking of...

Winter Season is also Golden Alga Season

You’ve probably heard about Golden Alga (GA) by now… and if not, you probably will.  For close to a month we’ve experienced a slow but steady fish kill at Veteran’s Oasis in Chandler. What made it particularly frustrating is that ongoing sampling by the lake consultant found no evidence of Golden Alga (GA), and our on-site sampling prior to stocking fish revealed good water quality parameters. Last week we were able to detect GA in samples we collected at the lake, which now explains the catfish and trout that had been dying. We figured the time was right to share some...

Rainbow Trout are Back in Town

Nearly 6,000 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked into the Community Fishing Program waters last Friday.  This marked the first of 9 stockings of rainbow trout in the core community waters. We also stocked rainbow trout into Tempe Town Lake on Tuesday 11/22. The trout should provide anglers with the perfect excuse to stay away from the frenzied shopping malls this weekend.  Grab your fishing poles and a comfortable lawn chair and relax – Go Fishing instead! Click on the link at the very end to see the most recent Community Fishing Program bulletin… 20161115b