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Hit the canal about 6 this morning. The tilapia were hitting nightcrawlers. The first fish was over 15" and the second one was around 13". After that the rest (10-12) were about 10". It looks like there were quite a few tilapia that made it though last winter.

The last fish of the day snapped my line after running into a half-submerged tumbleweed. But I did get a good look at him as he swam on up the canal trailing my bobber. "Bob" looked to be about a 2-3 lb LMB.

All in all a good day.

 

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Hit the canal about 6 this morning. The tilapia were hitting nightcrawlers. The first fish was over 15" and the second one was around 13". After that the rest (10-12) were about 10". It looks like there were quite a few tilapia that made it though last winter.
What bait do you use to catch them. I have only caugt them on beds mistaken for small mouth.
Hmmm...I would say nightcrawlers was the bait of choice.
 

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You can keep anything out of the canals except grass carp (white amur). They are stocked by srp for vegetation control. A state fishing license is required; an urban licensed is not valid on canals. General fishing regulations apply on srp canals.
 

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if you catch any smallies, make sure you drop them into Pleasant lake. Ask Franklin for operation procedures and best practices.
 

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the fish on the right shit out a parasite
No, that was just a turd - tilapia are like guinea pigs, they just eat, crap, and make babies.

your eatn those out of a canal?good or bad thing to do?
I haven't eaten them yet but I'll try them at least once. I saw that there were tilapia in the canal a couple of weeks ago so I spent a week googling tilapia and SRP canals to find out all I could about both before hand.

Most of the water in the canals comes from the CAP canal and the Salt river diversion dam and a large portion of the water goes to municipal water treatment plants. So both SRP and the municipalities that use the water monitor the water quality regularly. Also, SRP dries up the canals annually for maintenance and to clean out debris. I also found at least 2 reports where AZG&F took advantage of the canal dry ups to sample the fish species.

Tilapia are low on the food chain and fast growing so they don't accumulate toxins as fast as an apex preditor fish would. Also filleting and skinning them and then giving them a soak for an hour or two in salt water will remove most contaminates. If you're thinking why not just go to Fry's and pay $7.99 a pound for farm raised tilapia fillets - keep in mind that most farm raised fish are fed steroides so that they will all be faster growing males and they are fed inexpensive corn based feeds resulting in lower levels of benifical omega-3 fatty acids and higher levels of harmful omega-6 fatty acids as compared to wild fish.

Partial References:
http://www.srpnet.com/environment/waterquality.aspx
http://www.tempe.gov/waterquality/wqsum.htm
http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/biology/azfish/pdf/99monitoringreport.pdf
 

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tilapia can live in darn near sewer water and be fine to eat. That's why they are a good choice to farm raise.

I know some kids that catch 5 and 6 lbers at Sag on nightcrawlers
Your right on Bill, I heard that one of the reason why they are brought here were the fish do really well in fish farm's. Only down note is that recently I heard a heart doctor claim that Tilapia are higher in Omega-6 and not Omega-3 like salmon. So if you are eating them for health reasons they are not the best choice.

But don't worry if the Omega-6 don't kill you the Mercury will.
 

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No, that was just a turd - tilapia are like guinea pigs, they just eat, crap, and make babies.



I haven't eaten them yet but I'll try them at least once. I saw that there were tilapia in the canal a couple of weeks ago so I spent a week googling tilapia and SRP canals to find out all I could about both before hand.

Most of the water in the canals comes from the CAP canal and the Salt river diversion dam and a large portion of the water goes to municipal water treatment plants. So both SRP and the municipalities that use the water monitor the water quality regularly. Also, SRP dries up the canals annually for maintenance and to clean out debris. I also found at least 2 reports where AZG&F took advantage of the canal dry ups to sample the fish species.

Tilapia are low on the food chain and fast growing so they don't accumulate toxins as fast as an apex preditor fish would. Also filleting and skinning them and then giving them a soak for an hour or two in salt water will remove most contaminates. If you're thinking why not just go to Fry's and pay $7.99 a pound for farm raised tilapia fillets - keep in mind that most farm raised fish are fed steroides so that they will all be faster growing males and they are fed inexpensive corn based feeds resulting in lower levels of benifical omega-3 fatty acids and higher levels of harmful omega-6 fatty acids as compared to wild fish.

Partial References:
http://www.srpnet.com/environment/waterquality.aspx
http://www.tempe.gov/waterquality/wqsum.htm
http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/biology/azfish/pdf/99monitoringreport.pdf
oh isee,just wondern,i thought it was illegal to fish o out of the canal but look at ghetto he eats cats and dogs!:Iconrotfl
 

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if eating cats and dogs gets me a fish like in ghetto's avatar then bring on the meat. i take it over the sushi you got going;) just kiddin skeet boy
 
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