Excellent Catch Rates Continuing at Tempe Town Lake

18 Feb 2004
A creel study of anglers by the Arizona Game and Fish Department shows that excellent catch rates for trout are continuing at Tempe Town Lake, making it the consistent fishing hot spot in the state during January.

Jim Warnecke, a Game and Fish Department fisheries biologist, says that although the Tempe Town Lake catch rates for trout — 0.62 fish per hour — dipped slightly in January compared to December, they are still in the excellent range compared to other trout waters in the state. For instance, the lower Salt River averages 0.4 to 0.5 fish per hour.

The creel study shows that Tempe Town Lake anglers targeted trout 77 percent of the time and that 59 percent of the anglers caught fish. Berkley Power Bait led the successful bait category — used 44 percent of the time — followed by corn and night crawlers (16 percent each), with live minnows (10 percent) rounding out the top. The most unusual trout bait used was pork rinds (1 percent).

There were 6,600 trout stocked in January, compared to 12,400 fish in December. “We’ll continue to monitor angler catch rates in February. If rates drop more than a few tenths, a supplemental trout stocking will be recommended before the end of the month,” Warnecke says.

Water temperatures will typically stay viable for trout at Tempe Town Lake until April, but most trout will be harvested before then.

Tempe Town Lake has also developed a reputation as a bass lake: anglers routinely catch 1- to 3-pound bass there. It also has a decent population of yellow bass, which are often referred to as “stripies.”

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