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12,000 Pounds of Urban Catfish Coming Soon

There are 12,000-plus pounds of angling fun heading to urban lakes the week of Sept. 22-27 in Maricopa and Pima counties.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is renewing its popular channel catfish stockings in 17 lakes in the departmentís urban fishing program. These waters will be stocked with 12,000 pounds of catfish bi-weekly through mid-November.

"With shorter days and cooler nights, lake temperatures should drop below 82 degrees by the end of September making conditions ideal for renewing catfish stockings," says Eric Swanson, a department fisheries biologist.

Swanson says the department will be providing full stockings of 15- to 20-inch channel catfish at the rates of 80 to 110 pounds of fish per acre in each of the urban program fisheries. The fish come from farm ponds in Arkansas.

The switch to urban trout stockings typically occurs just before the Thanksgiving holiday. A bonus stocking of sunfish is also scheduled in November. Anglers age 14 and over fishing urban program lakes are required to have a Class U (urban) fishing license.



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