PHOENIX — Stocking live, healthy fish for anglers to enjoy can be challenging, but the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is up to the task, even in this time of widespread drought.
While AZGFD places a high priority on meeting its stocking schedule found on the department’s website (azgfd.com/fishing/stockschedule), all scheduled stockings are subject to change based on weather, water quality, or road conditions.
With warmer water temperatures and lower water levels affecting many of the state’s lakes and streams, changes to the stocking schedule may become more frequent. To that point, AZGFD has begun a renewed effort to inform anglers about these changes on a weekly basis, hopefully before they head to their favorite fishing places.
As of Thursday (July 22), Haigler Creek upstream from the crossing (where temperatures were 69-70 degrees in the upper holes) was stocked. No trout were stocked below the crossing, where temperatures measured 74 degrees.
AZGFD also stocked Christopher Creek at R-C Scout Camp and See Canyon, where temperatures measured 68 degrees at both locations. The campground at Christopher Creek was not stocked due to warm water temperatures (73-74 degrees). The portion of Tonto Creek at Kohls Ranch did not receive any trout due to warm water temperatures (72-73 degrees).
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