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Fishermen at Rim Country Lakes will see the fish stocking season end in the next few weeks. The most accessible of the Rim lakes and creeks will be stocked, but not in the East Verde, where it gets too warm for trout to thrive beginning in August.

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Hatchery truck makes final runs, but lunkers remain year-round

Tonto Creek Hatchery has put out 160,000 “catchables,” along with a million fingerlings and several thousand monsters

As the Tonto Creek Hatchery winds up another year of dumping wriggling rainbows into Rim Country streams and lakes, local anglers are celebrating the dwindling crowds and tracking the last few big stocking runs — including the plan to dump some end-of-season lunkers into Tonto and Haigler creeks and the ever-reliable Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes.

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