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  • Ajo pool to morph into temporary fishing hole

    Sep 16, 2015 | Read More News
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    Fish on a hookPima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) is partnering with Arizona Game and Fish, Pima County Parklands Foundation and community volunteers to bring a no-cost fishing clinic to the Ajo swimming pool from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26.  

    The Ajo pool, 290 Fifth St., is scheduled to have its plaster replaced before next swim season, which will require draining the pool.  “Swimming pools are rarely drained, which presents an exceptional opportunity for NRPR to provide the Ajo community a recreational fishing clinic before work commences,” said Grant Bourguet, recreation program manager. 

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

    “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,” Bourguet said. 

    NRPR will coordinate stocking the pool with catfish and working with community volunteers the day of the event to help clean the fish for participants who would like to take the fish home.  All of the collected fish parts at the event have been prearranged to be donated to local gardens groups to be added to compost piles for future ground fertilization.