Fish for free Saturday at Veterans Oasis Lake in Chandler - East Valley Tribune: Outdoors

Fish for free Saturday at Veterans Oasis Lake in Chandler

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Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012 4:45 pm

Busy suburban lives don’t leave us with a lot of time for dropping a hook in the water.

That’s why we’re digging this weekend’s Fall Fishing Clinic at Veterans Oasis Lake in Chandler. It’s a chance to show our kiddos what casting a line and reeling in a big one is like — without a lot of time and money spent loading the car, driving to a Rim Lake, and buying fishing licenses for everybody.

Chandler Police and Arizona Game and Fish Department host the free outing, where sport fishing instructors will provide fishing tips and guidance to anglers. A limited number of fishing rods and bait will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, or you can bring your own. All participants may fish during the event without a license; just sign in first at the AZGFD booth. Chandler Police will showcase specialty vehicles and provide demonstrations and activities.

The 5-acre lake is home to catfish and sunfish. It will soon be stocked for the winter with rainbow trout.

The lake is set amid Veterans Oasis Park, a 113-acre wetland and arid habitat with 4.5 miles of trails, wildlife viewing areas, ramadas and picnic tables, a butterfly and hummingbird habitat and interpretive signs and exhibits. Steps away, Chandler Environmental Education Center houses a nature store and animals on exhibit.

DETAILS >> 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 10. Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2890 or

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