City's first catch, keep fishing hole gets water

By J.T. Lain

May 20, 2013 - 6:49 pm
Maricopa's first 'catch and keep' lake started getting water Monday. Set to open to public in 2014. J.T. Lain photo

The project to fill the lake with 17.8 million gallons of water started Monday morning at Copper Sky Recreation Complex.

The 5-acre Copper Sky Lake will take “five to six days” to fill with water, and soon after the Arizona Game and Fish Department will stock the lake with Channel Catfish, bluegill, rainbow trout and largemouth bass, said city spokeswoman LaTricia Woods.

This will be Maricopa’s first “catch and keep” fishing lake, meaning fishermen will be able to take home their catch. Educational opportunities run by the Game and Fish Department will be offered to residents under its Community Fishing Program.

“This type of lake will be a benefit to the city because it not only has community appeal, but will be a regional draw to bring others to experience what the city has to offer,” Woods said. The water is from the Central Arizona Project through the Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District.

Pacana Park’s lake is a catch and release lake.

The 98-acre Copper Sky complex will have an indoor running track, recreational and competitive swimming pools, locker rooms, a dog park and fields for various sports. The outer boundary of the park will be a multi-use bike and running trail.

Copper Sky Recreation Complex, which includes the lake, a multigenerational center and an aquatics center, is scheduled to open next spring.

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