The trout are making their annual Thanksgiving comeback to Tempe Town Lake.

The City of Tempe and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will host the annual Welcome Back the Trout Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina from 3 -5 p.m. Families and community members are invited to come down and watch as thousands of rainbow trout are released into Town Lake.

Welcome Back the Trout is a wonderful community event that the city is proud to present with Arizona Game and Fish, said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. Every year, it is great to see families and community members enjoying the lake as young children learn to fish.

Each year at this event, many children have an opportunity to catch their first fish. Arizona Game and Fish provides anglers of all ages with the gear and advice they need to try their hand at the sport.

Game and Fish will conduct a fishing clinic starting at 3 p.m. About 100 free loaner rods, reels and bait will be available during the event, along with instruction and tips from seasoned anglers.

Whether youre a first-timer or an experienced fishing pro, this is a great event to come out and fish, said Eric Swanson, manager of Game and Fishs Urban Fishing Program. Its a perfect opportunity for families to spend some quality time together and enjoy the outdoors.

Attendees will also be able to fish without a fishing license during the event from 3-5 p.m. Information on obtaining a license for future use can be found at

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