Big Trout And More Big Trout
Already, 2006 looks like the year of the big trout from Urban Fishing
Program lakes. A large number of trout over 13 inches were stocked into
all 20 Urban lakes in mid-January as part of a special incentive stocking.
What makes this year special so far is that both of our Colorado trout
suppliers have been bringing in dozens of huge trout from 2-6 pounds with
all of their deliveries. This means that in every lake an angler has a
chance to catch a real whopper over 20 inches.
In the past month, a 3-pounder was caught at Cortez, and a 5.2-pounder
came from Desert West. An 8-pound rainbow trout was caught from Payson's
Green Valley Lake and at press time, the 2006 leading entry for Big
While an 8- pound trout may be hard to beat this year, anglers are
reminded that Big Fish entries can be submitted for the Catch and Release
category. All that is needed is the fishes' total length, a good picture
of the fish and measuring tape, and a completed entry form. Good luck, and
Boat Show Donates Huge Trout
Operators of the Feb. 3-5 Arizona Boating Show in Phoenix generously
offered all of their trout and bass left over from the weekend event to
the Urban Fishing Program.
The 1,200 trout and 20 largemouth bass were graciously accepted; the
rainbow trout ranged in size from 10-27 inches, with the largest trout
estimated to be in the 7-pound range.
At least 200 of the trout were over 2 pounds, including some hook-jawed
males and brightly colored females. Because the fish had to be evacuated
quickly after the show, they were stocked into three nearby urban lakes in
Phoenix: Alvord (Cesar Chavez Park), Cortez, and Steele Indian School.
Give AZGFD a call or drop them a line if you catch any of these monster
On The Lookout For Golden Alga
With lake temperatures beginning to warm up, the possibility of algae
blooms increases. Game and Fish biologists and parks staff are on the
lookout for any golden alga blooms in urban lakes.
In 2005, golden alga, a fish-killing microscopic organism, was responsible
for the loss of all fish from Water Ranch Lake and from Alvord Lake.
Biologists expect golden alga may show up in other lakes as well this
The algae blooms can be controlled with algaecides, but the challenge is
to detect and identify golden alga in the early stages of a bloom. If you
notice more than 10 dead fish at a lake, then it may be a sign, especially
if the fish are shad, trout, or young sunfish.
Golden alga can also cause watercolor to change to a yellow or brownish
shade - especially noticeable in the shallows. Contact Eric Swanson or Tom
McMahon at Arizona Game & Fish Department if you suspect a golden alga
bloom at your fishing lake.
Urban Fishing Report
Fishing for rainbow trout has been good to excellent at Urban Fishing
Program waters. Big trout (13-20 inches) have been included in recent
Anglers have reported many exciting catches of 3-5 pound trout in recent
weeks. Trout have been biting best on worms, minnows, and Power Bait.
Top artificials for trout are small spinners and lures that imitate small
baitfish. Fly fishermen have done well using hares ear and peacock lady
nymphs and wooly buggers.
More trout stockings were delivered to all program waters the week of Feb.
6-11. Trout fishing at Green Valley lakes (Payson) has slowed due to an
unusual algae bloom that has decreased water clarity.