Insect-eating fish being added to Tempe Town Lake

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX - Tempe Town Lake might not be open to the public yet, but the lake is about to become home to 70,000 insect-eating fish.

On Thursday, the city is adding small Istraeli carp to the incoming water to control the midge flies around the lake.

Also entering the lake are smaller fish that are coming with the water flowing in from Roosevelt Dam.

The new fish are not designed for sport fishing and the city asks people to not catch them.

Fishing will begin in late November when Arizona Game and Fish begins adding rainbow trout to Tempe Town Lake.

The lake is currently being filled at 100 cubic feet per second and will reopen on Oct. 26.