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Lake Hassayampa gets trout for fishing clinic<BR>

Page Springs Hatchery has set a tentative date during the week of Nov. 18 to stock Lynx Lake with Rainbow trout. By that time - if not sooner - cooler weather will have brought the lake's water temperature down enough to permit stocking.

Fain and Mingus lakes will each receive a stocking of 500 Rainbows this week and again the week of Oct. 21.

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Several day-use recreation areas in the Prescott National Forest went to winter hours (open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on Oct. 1. Those areas are: Lynx Lake Northshore and Southshore; Ranch Trailhead; Trail 62; Lynx Creek Ruins Trailhead; Groom Creek Trailhead; Trail 307; Groom Creek Schoolhouse; Alto Pit OHV Area; Thumb Butte Recreation Area; Wekuvde Picnic Area; Metate Trailhead; Trail 261; Playa Picnic Area; Granite Boat Launch; and Cayuse Equestrian Trailhead.

You can remain at these places after hours if you've got a permit do so, or if you possess a valid Arizona fishing license and you are fishing. Those staying overnight in the Granite Mountain Wilderness area may leave their vehicles at the Metate Trailhead.

Winter hours run until April 1, when the 6 a.m.-9 p.m. hours go back into effect.

On Oct. 31 Groom Creek Horse Camp, Lynx, Hilltop and Lower Wolf Creek Campgrounds will close for the winter.

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If you know a kid who's interested in learning how to fish, take him or her to Lake Hassayampa just off Senator Highway in Prescott on Saturday, Oct. 12 for a free fishing clinic. There will be free loaner fishing poles and bait, and adults eager to show a kid how to employ them. A couple of fly fishing instructors will also be there. Arizona Game & Fish Department, which is sponsoring the event, will first stock the lake with Rainbow trout.

Lake Hassayampa is private property normally closed to the public, but it will be open to kids for Saturday's fishing clinic, beginning at 10 a.m.. Kids don't need a fishing license for the clinic.

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My fishing buddy Ryan and I camped and fished on the West Fork of the Black River two weeks ago. The Apache trout were small but they were Apaches, and Arizona is the only place in the world to catch them. They're a truly beautiful fish.

Ryan actually did all the catching. There was something wrong with the Pale Morning Duns and Elk Hair Caddis flies he tied for me - they kept hanging up in the trees and bushes. Ryan is a big practical joker; he probably tied some "trick" flies especially for me.

Leaving behind PV for the White Mountains was like going to another planet - a verdant planet with abundant flowing water and wildlife. It was truly refreshing after spending the summer watching PV turn brown and crackling dry in the drought.

Go enjoy the mountains and fish for the Apache trout before the snows hit. It's worth the drive.

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You can now purchase a lifetime Arizona hunting, fishing or combination hunting/fishing license. It remains valid even if you move out of state, and can include an accompanying lifetime trout stamp, as well.

Lifetime license holders still must purchase resident/nonresident big game tags and permits and other stamps (two-pole fishing, migratory bird, etc.), but they'll never have to worry about license purchases, expiration dates, license fee increases or residency requirements.

The cost of the lifetime licenses varies with the age of the purchaser (or recipient, if a gift). In the examples Game & Fish sent me, a lifetime fishing license/trout stamp combo for a 10-year-old is $451, and is $672 for a 35-year-old. A 63-year-old hunter pays $188 for a lifetime hunt license.

More information about the lifetime licenses should be on the Game & Fish website soon. For now, you can call AZG&F at (602) 942-3000 to get more information.

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