The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be doing its largest stocking of warmwater fish in the Lakeside-Pinetop and Show Low areas in more than 20 years.
This will give White Mountain anglers extra incentive to get out to the lakes this Memorial Day weekend.
Fool Hollow and Woodland lakes will receive about 6,000 sunfish (600 pounds) between the two lakes, and Rainbow Lake, Scott Reservoir, and Show Low Lake will share roughly 4,000 catfish (3,500 pounds). The stockings will occur between Wednesday, May 21 and Friday, May 23.
This additional stocking effort is the result of the Department having surplus year-end funds designated for warmwater fish.
Mike Lopez, the Fisheries Program Manager, said this stocking "will complement the ongoing trout stocking already occurring in lakes and streams across the mountain, giving anglers a greater opportunity and variety of fish. Warmwater fish already occur in these lakes but in relatively low density, so this stocking will greatly boost their numbers and allow more people to catch them.”
These warmwater fish will also be much more active as the summer heats up, which coincides with the timing that trout get stressed and become less active. This stocking should extend the good fishing farther into the summer as well as expand it for this upcoming holiday weekend.