Anglers are reminded that the daily bag limit for trout this year (includes rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook, tiger, Gila and Apache trout; grayling) is four. The bag limit was formerly six.
This change was part of the rule amendments approved last year to Commission Order 40. It comes as AZGFD shifts towards stocking larger trout that are preferred in angler satisfaction surveys. Larger trout take longer to grow and take up more raceway space in a hatchery system that is limited by cold, clean, well-oxygenated water. It is anticipated the average size of the trout will increase to about 13.5 inches.
This change does not affect bag limits on Community Fishing Program or special regulation waters. All anglers are responsible for checking and knowing the current regulations for each water they fish.