SHOW LOW — More than 200 slippery and wiggly rainbow trout were stocked Oct. 2 in Show Low Creek at the meadow near 600 S. White Mountain Rd.

The Arizona Game & Fish Department, members of the Show Low City Council and Parks and Recreation Department employees converged at the Show Low Bluff trailhead off White Mountain Road in Show Low. The trail path gave them access to bring fish to the creekside.

“Just over 200 rainbow trout at about 2 pounds each” were stocked in the creek, according to Chris Bagnoli, AZGFD Pinetop regional supervisor. Bagnoli added that future stocks will probably not include trout as large but, “this stocking was an exception and we wanted to start it off with a bang.”

“Going forward, we will be stocking rainbow trout into this part of the creek during the fall (September to November) and spring (April to May) when the water conditions are best for trout. Sunfish and catfish will be stocked during the warmer summer months,” Bagnoli said.

The statewide stocking schedule, including community fishing water stockings and fishing report, can be found online at www.azgfd.com. Everyone is encouraged to open a portal account on the website where they will can have the most up-to-date fishing and stocking information sent to their mobile phone.

Jay Brimhall, Show Low community services director, worked closely with the AZGFD to create the intergovernmental agreement.

“I am a big fan of the work AZGFD does and getting to collaborate with them on formalizing an area for the Community Fishing Program at Show Low Creek on the Meadow property was a joy. We are thrilled to partner with Arizona Game and Fish to offer an added outdoor recreational amenity in Show Low.”

AZGFD representatives said the community fishing agreement is just the first step in the process of developing that portion of Show Low for community recreational activities. AZGFD officials said they will continue working with the city of Show Low to develop the area around Show Low Creek to provide public access for fishing, hiking and other amenities.

The stocking was followed by an official ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the creation of a “community fishing” area at Show Low Creek.

For more information on community fishing, visit www.azgfd.com/Fishing/Community. People may also contact Show Low Parks and Recreation at 928-532-4014 or visit website visitwww.showlowaz.gov/157/Parks-Recreation

Reach the reporter at lsingleton@wmicentral.com

Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

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