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8:07 PM Tue, Nov. 13th

Prices of fishing licenses reduced

PHOENIX - During these tough economic times, there is a fun way to stretch your outdoor recreational dollars - you can purchase a 2010 annual fishing license or a 2010 annual urban fishing license for half price during November and December.

"If you don't already have a 2010 fishing license, you can get almost two months of exciting outdoor entertainment for about the cost of going to a movie and buying popcorn," said Fisheries Chief Kirk Young.

Here's the deal: You can purchase a 2010 annual fishing license for just $11.75 for residents and $35.13 for nonresidents.

What's more, you can get a 2010 Urban Fishing License for just $9.25 whether you are a resident or nonresident. You can even purchase a license online at www.azgfd.gov or at any license dealer in the state (sporting goods stores, Walmarts, etc.).

"For the urban lakes, a half-priced license is a fun-filled ticket allowing you to fish during one more catfish stocking plus four trout stockings prior to Jan. 1," said Urban Fisheries Program Manager Eric Swanson.

The urban lakes will be stocked with trout for the first time this season on Nov. 17.

Plus, the Game and Fish Department has an aggressive winter trout stocking program, including waters very close to major urban areas, all in addition to all the great warmwater fishing opportunities for bass, crappie, sunfish and catfish.

"In the next several weeks, we will be stocking feisty rainbow trout in Tempe Town Lake, Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake and the Lower Salt River," Young said.