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Reel In a Half-Price Arizona Fishing License Through Years End
In November and December each year, the annual fishing licenses for that year go on sale for half price. That means residents can buy a 2012 state Class A fishing license for only $11.75 (for nonresidents, it's $35.13). Or, if you like fishing the Urban Fishing Program waters, residents and nonresidents can get a Class U fishing license, good for the 21 waters in the urban program, for only $9.25. Both the 2012 Class A and Class U licenses are valid through Dec. 31, 2011.

This year you are just in time for the great fall bite and the ramp-up of the winter trout stocking. The stocking schedule is available at www.azgfd.gov/pdfs/h_f/fishing/stocking/TroutStockingSchedule.pdf. Also, the trout stocking season at Phoenix and Tucson urban lakes starts Nov. 15. The urban lakes stocking schedule is available at http://www.azgfd.gov/...hHyperlinks_000.pdf.

If you're fishing for trout in state waters, you'll still need to buy the trout stamp at full price ($15.75 for residents, $57.75 for nonresidents) in addition to your Class A fishing license. A trout stamp is not required for the Urban Fishing Program waters.

Fishing licenses can be purchased at Game and Fish offices, at license dealers throughout the state, and online at http://www.azgfd.gov/...ices/licenses.shtml.

For more information on where to fish or to view the Weekly Fishing Report, visit www.azgfd.gov/fishing.