To make up for angling opportunities lost due to the Wallow Fire, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is increasing stocking rates at select lakes and one stream in the Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside areas.
“Over the next several weeks, our plan is to stock Scott Reservoir and Show Low Lake with more than 7,000 rainbow trout and to put more than 9,000 rainbows in Fool Hollow Lake,” says Mike Lopez, fisheries program manager in the department’s Pinetop regional office. “Included in the total for each lake will be at least 750 fat rainbows measuring 12 inches or more.”
In addition to these lakes, Silver Creek will begin receiving more than 3,800 catchable-sized Apache trout each week through much of the summer.
Silver Creek is located several miles northeast of Show Low. Drive east on U.S. Highway 60 five miles, then turn north on Bourdon Ranch Road and drive five more miles to Hatchery Way Road. Turn east on Hatchery Way and proceed ½-mile to the public parking area adjacent to the creek.
“These sustained, increased stocking rates will provide excellent opportunities to get a youngster or the family outdoors and to pass our great fishing heritage on to the next generation of anglers,” adds Lopez.
The daily bag and possession limit for trout at each of these waters is six. Unlicensed youth under the age of 14 and unlicensed blind residents may take and possess only three trout.
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So go catch some great memories.