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Family-friendly event welcomes back the fish
Posted Date: 11/14/2012

Denise Rentschler
Public Information Officer
City of Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. – The trout are making their annual Thanksgiving comeback to Tempe Town Lake!

The City of Tempe and Arizona Game and Fish will host the annual Welcome Back the Trout Celebration from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina.

Families and community members are invited to come down and watch as thousands of rainbow trout are released into Town Lake.

“Welcome Back the Trout is a wonderful community event that the city is proud to present with Arizona Game and Fish,” said Tempe Mark Mitchell. “Every year, it is great to see families and community members enjoying the lake as young children learn to fish.” 

Arizona Game and Fish will conduct a fishing clinic starting at 3 p.m and will provide anglers of all ages with loaner rods, reels and bait, as well as the tips and advice they need to try their hand at the sport.
“Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced fishing pro, this is a great event to come out and fish,” said Eric Swanson, manager of Game and Fish’s Urban Fishing Program. “It’s a perfect opportunity for families to spend some quality time together and enjoy the outdoors.”

Tuesday’s event will be the first of five monthly Arizona Game and Fish scheduled trout stockings. The trout, in addition to the abundant bass, bluegill, catfish and carp found in Town Lake, will provide fun angling opportunities for all.

Attendees will also be able to fish without a fishing license during the event from 3-5 p.m. Information on obtaining a license for future use can be found at

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