FISH­ING

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The Yuma area has long been known by an­glers for its rivers – Colorado and Gila.

But apart from the rivers them­selves, nu­mer­ous canals draw from the Colorado, among them the Gila Main Grav­ity Canal and Salin­ity Canal.There are also lakes cre­ated by the Colorado River, among them Mit­try and Martinez.

There are also man-made ponds that are pe­ri­od­i­cally stocked by the Ari­zona Game and Fish Depart­ment, in­clud­ing For­tuna Pond,Re­dondo Pond,Quigley Pond and Growler Ponds, plus ponds at parks in the cities of Yuma and Somer­ton.

But whether lake,river or pond,these wa­ter­ways of­fer hours of an­gling ad­ven­ture.

Species of fish that can be landed in the Yuma area in­clude flat­head and chan­nel cat­fish, large­mouth and small­mouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, re­dear sun­fish, tilapia, striped mul­let, carp, black crapp­pie and even stocked rain­bow trout.

Fish­ing is usu­ally best in the early spring and fall months, although Yuma’s weather can sup­port year-round an­gling. Fish­er­men and -women can have their best luck in early morn­ing and early evening dur­ing the hot days of sum­mer, although cat­fish can be caught all day long in the win­ter months.

An­glers not only can fill their bag lim­its, but can catch some real lunkers while they’re at it. Flat­head cat­fish caught in the Colorado River have been known to tip the scales at 70 pounds and more, while large­mouth weigh­ing 16 pounds and heav­ier have been taken along the river and at Martinez Lake.

Fish­ing li­censes are re­quired of both year-round res­i­dents and win­ter vis­i­tors.Con­sult the game and fish depart­ment’s fish­ing reg­u­la­tions for com­plete in­for­ma­tion about li­cense re­quire­ments or visit the depart­ment’s web­site at www.azgfd.com.

Fish­ing li­censes are sold at most stores in the

Yuma area that sell hunt­ing and fish­ing gear. Li­censes can also be pur­chased at the game and fish depart­ment’s Yuma of­fice, 9140 E. 28th St., or on­line at the depart­ment’s web­site.

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