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Channel cats to invade Ajo pool this Saturday morning

Ajo Copper News of Ajo, Arizona

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A no-cost fishing clinic will be at the Ajo swimming pool on Saturday, September 26, from 8 a.m. to noon by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, partnering with the Arizona Game & Fish Department, Pima County Parklands Foundation, and community volunteers. Local PCNRPR manager Merrill Meadows talked about the event along with Deb Miller at the recent meeting of the Western Pima County Community Council.

The Ajo pool is scheduled to have its deteriorating plaster replaced before next swim season, which will require the draining of the pool. Swimming pools are rarely drained, which presents an exceptional opportunity for PCNRPR to provide the Ajo community a recreational fishing clinic before work commences.

"This fishing clinic is a great opportunity to teach both youth and adults in the Ajo community how to fish, as there isn't a lake within 100 miles of the town of Ajo," said Meadows. "In addition to catching healthy catfish, participants will benefit socially and psychologically by spending time with friends and family in a comfortable and safe park setting, making a positive quality-of-life impact for the residents of Ajo." Arizona Game & Fish Community Fishing Program's core value states, if people can't get out of town to fish, we will bring fish into town for the people. Meadows said this dovetails into PCNRPR's hunter education program to reach and teach people the correct and lawful way to hunt in the state of Arizona.

Sport fishing instructors from Arizona Game & Fish will be at the event to provide instructions and answer questions about fishing. They will also make available, on a first come first serve basis, fishing reels and a limited supply of bait. Participants 10 years and older may fish without a State or Urban fishing license during the clinic, as long as they register at the Arizona Game & Fish booth set up at the event.

PCNRPR will be coordinating the stocking of the catfish in the pool and working with community volunteers the day of the event to help clean the fish for participants who would like to take their catch of the day home. All of the collected fish parts at the event have been prearranged to be donated to local garden groups to be added to compost piles for future ground fertilization. The Pima County Parklands Foundation will be funding the stocking of the catfish.

Meadows emphasized that Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson was instrumental in bringing the fishing fun to fruition and plans to be in attendance, possibly with pole in hand. Responding to audience questions, Meadows explained the chlorine pump will be turned off prior to stocking the fish, and sunshine would neutralize the residual chlorine in the pool.

"How many times do you get to go fishing in the middle of the desert in Ajo?" asked Meadows. "This is not just for kids. Send us your best fishing stories. Bring us your children's drawings of their most exciting fishing memory. Show us your lucky fishing lures. We want to hear from you!" To volunteer to help with the event, call PCNRPR at 387-6615.



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Original Publication Date: September 22, 2015



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