Anna Atencio, from Show Low
Carol True of Pinetop and Carol McNerney of Linden
Jen Hill-Rody of Phoenix and Kathy Brimhall.
Diane Tilton - AZGFD, Bill Larson, Instructor and Carol McNerney.
Dana Garner of Phoenix.
Sally Glynn of Gold Canyon, AZ.
Carol McNerney and her 2 out of 3 fish.
Jen Hill-Rody of Phoenix
Dana Garner of Phoenix.
Dana Garner of Phoenix.2
Sally Glynn of Gold Canyon.
AZGFD Free Fishing
Wounded and disabled veterans learn to fly fish
at 9th annual event
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) partnered with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (PHWFF) to host a fly fishing clinic last week at Silver Creek Hatchery near Show Low, Az. The free clinic provided basic instruction and assistance to 26 veterans.
This was the ninth year that AZGFD has joined with PHWFF to offer fishing opportunities to wounded military service members and disabled veterans. This year, PHWFF groups attended from around the state. .
“Of all the events the department sponsors in the Pinetop Region, we are especially proud of this one that honors military veterans and makes them a part of the opening day of fly fishing season at Silver Creek,” says Pinetop Regional Supervisor Chris Bagnoli. “Incorporating fishing
Pictured left: Air Force Vet Bernie L. Benavidez of Lakeside enjoys a day of fishing.
Pictured middle: Veterans Terrie and Joe catch a huge rainbow trout.
Pictured right: Joshua Spohn of show Low reels in a fish at the 9th annual Healing Waters event held at Silver Creek Hatchery near Show Low.
into the lives of our distinguished service men and women through the Healing Waters Program is a great way to give back to these deserving individuals.”
The event coincides with the opening of Silver Creek’s catch-and-release season, which runs from Oct. 1 to March 31. During this time, only artificial flies/lures and single barbless hooks are allowed for fishing on Silver Creek.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing was founded in 2005 and has grown to a nationwide organization serving wounded military service members and disabled veterans. PHWFF is a volunteer organization with 173 programs in 49 states. For more information about Healing Waters, visit their website at www.projecthealingwaters.org.
Extra trout stockings in White Mountain lakes
to provide great fall fishing opportunities
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has recently stocked thousands of catchable size rainbow trout into many of the White Mountain lakes. This gives anglers an extra incentive to get out to the lakes this fall.
Show Low Lake was stocked with 4,000 rainbow trout. Bear Canyon and Willow Springs Lake received 5,000 fish each. Another 7,000 trout went into Woods Canyon Lake. Fool Hollow Lake and River Reservoir each received 8,000 trout.
The AZGFD hatcheries had a surplus of fish that needed to be stocked into lakes to make room for next year’s trout. These fish were all stocked within the last 2 weeks so the fishing should be great -- especially with the cooler temperatures of fall.
This time of year, try fishing for rainbow trout using green, garlic scented PowerBait or worms. Tiger trout were also stocked for the first time in Arizona this year into Willow Springs and Woods Canyon lakes. Catch tiger trout using lures; they are more aggressive than rainbow trout. Bear Canyon Lake is a hike-in-only lake but worth the short, steep hike. All others are easily accessible.
For more information and up-to-date fishing information, visit www.azgfd.com/Fishing.
Picture left: Stocking Woods Canyon Lake.
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