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Articles from the April 15, 2012 edition

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  • The Time Is Now

    Apr 15, 2012

    Thanks to repositioning annual boat show dates to run concurrently with Desert Storm, the Lake Havasu Boat Show, sponsored by Teague Custom Marine of Valencia, Calif., will be 2-1/2 times larger than last year, and is jam-packed with much-awaited new model offerings. Come see for yourself April 20-22 at Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4. DCB’s New M41 One of the most awaited new intros slated for the Havasu show is the debut of DCB's new M41, a much-talked-about widebody catamaran that will b... Full story

  • Ladies, Gents: Start Your Engines

    Jim Nichols LakeRacer LLC|Apr 15, 2012

    We’re only days away from Desert Storm 2012: April 23-28. After Desert Storm 2011, ideas of incorporating the Lake Havasu Boat Show into the same timeframe as Desert Storm were popping up as a way to keep growing the Lake Havasu boat show. For boating manufacturers and vendors, who normally wouldn’t display in a West Coast event, but do attend Desert Storm, it would be a great incentive to attend both and get more exposure than ever before. Plus it really puts the Desert Storm Performance Boa... Full story

  • It’s Paddlefest Time At Lake Pleasant

    Apr 15, 2012

    The Lake Pleasant Paddle Fest will be on Saturday, April 28. Save the date and put on your calendar for a wonderful, waterful experience. There will again be a wide selection of watercraft to try out and many fun contests, demos, and free instruction as well. Time to checkout the cool equipment, new boats, listen to the clinics on various subjects and meet with fellow paddlers. Some plan on camping Friday night to be in place with help for Saturday events. From the organizers, a word on dinner... Full story

  • Safety Is Paramount When You’re Out On A Boat

    AZGFD|Apr 15, 2012

    Temperatures are warming up, and that means more people will be taking to Arizona’s waterways for boating fun in the sun. While a day on the water offers relaxation and recreation, safe-boating practices are key to enjoying your outing. The most important thing to do when on the water is to be “situationally aware,” said Kevin Bergersen, state boating law administrator with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. That means know what is going on around you, and that conditions on the water can c...

  • Party Time!

    Apr 15, 2012

    As the Arizona weather warms, boating season gets into full swing. As do parties. If you want a fantastic day on the water with a group of family, friends, or co-workers, there is no better way than to rent this party boat and spend the day on beautiful Bartlett Lake. All the amenities you'll ever need are already on board; just bring your group, some food and drink, and be ready to enjoy! To ensure the dates you wish are available, call early to make your reservations: (602) 316-3378,... Full story

  • Arizona Anglers Are Invited!

    Apr 15, 2012

    The 2012 Yellowtail Derby will run for 36 days: May 5-June 10. The 2012 Yellowtail Derby Committee has selected Miss Delanie Gomes as their 2012 Miss Yellowtail Derby. Delanie is the daughter of Tommy Gomes, general manager of Catalina Offshore Products. She was born and raised in San Diego, a fourth generation Point Loma High School graduate and has a B.A. from San Diego State. She vividly recalls,” The very first fish I ever caught, was, and you guessed it, was a yellowtail.!” Delanie Gom... Full story

  • Summer Trout Stocking Schedule Goes Hi-Tech

    Apr 15, 2012

    Ever wondered where the feisty rainbow trout are stocked along Christopher Creek or Tonto Creek by the Arizona Game and Fish Department? Well, just click here. Thanks to a new hi-tech online interactive trout stocking schedule just released by Arizona Game and Fish, you can now find out where trout are stocked — especially along streams — and also see maps of the fisheries as well. The full address is —http://www.azgfd.gov/pdfs/h_f/fishing/stocking/2012SumTroutStockSchedule.pdf “Anglers routinel... Full story

  • Hunters’ Passion For Draw Results Overwhelms Web Site

    Apr 15, 2012

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s online hunt draw system Web site, hosted by an outside vendor, became unavailable from Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning as thousands of hopeful hunters tried to log on and learn whether their applications had been drawn for the upcoming elk and pronghorn antelope season. Officials have attributed the problem to extraordinary demand on the system to view draw results, and not a failure of the hunt draw or application processes. Draw results were posted early Monday afternoon, and the draw resu... Full story

  • Arizona Has Two New High School State Champion Anglers

    Apr 15, 2012

    Christian Borucki and Brandon Koon of the Bad Bass Fishing Club in Phoenix won the second-ever Arizona High School Fishing State Championship at Lake Pleasant on Saturday, April 6 by weighing-in five bass totaling 12.08 pounds. These two talented high school anglers targeted mostly post-spawn bass on what started out as a windy day at Lake Pleasant. Their coach and mentor for the event was Mike McFarland, a veteran tournament angler and guide. Borucki and Koon will advance to the FLW... Full story

  • Important Information For Sportsmen, Other Wildlife

    AZGFD|Apr 15, 2012

    A great deal of discussion has occurred over the past few months on important issues related to hunting, fishing and wildlife management. As part of its promotion of the partial privatization or diversion of Arizona's wildlife resources, one constituent group recently circulated an “open letter” regarding problems, or challenges, facing sportsmen. One of the topics the open letter listed was loss of wildlife. To illustrate their point, the circulators of the letter included some datat that com... Full story

  • Picture Yourself In A National Park

    Apr 15, 2012

    Come enjoy your parks! Entrance into the parks and all National Park Service programs are FREE during National Park Week April 21-29. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will be hosting the following events to celebrate: April 20, 9a.m. – 12 p.m.: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area staff will join forces with Page High School students and teachers to plant native plants around the PHS Green Hogan in celebration of Earth Day. National Park Service staff will educate the students on the t... Full story

  • Grand Canyon’s North Rim Opens May 15 For 2012 Summer Season

    Apr 15, 2012

    With the opening of Highway 67 on Tuesday, May 15, the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open for the 2012 summer season; and Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will commence their summer operations. Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations include lodging, groceries, camper services, food services and a gas station. All concessioner facilities will open at 10 a.m. with the exception of the dining room, which will open at 11:30 a.m. f... Full story

  • The Ghost And The Guardian

    Eric Dennison|Apr 15, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Eric Dennison is an aspiring freelance writer who lives in Hatfield, Pa., a small suburb just outside Philadelphia. Dennison is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to fish and chronicle his experiences in print. We at Western Outdoor Times/Arizona Boating & Watersports thank him for his insightful and moving recollections inspired by his visit to our state. Wander the worlds suspended between this one and the next long enough and you are bound to see ghosts. One second they are s... Full story

  • Tips For Living With Wildlife, Avoiding Conflict

    AZGFD|Apr 15, 2012

    Arizona’s mild winter and exceptionally low rainfall have wildlife on the move, especially in urban areas that are on the fringe of natural habitat. Greenbelts, yards and golf courses are particularly attractive as they provide an easier meal and shelter areas. “Green areas bring in the small mammals like rabbits, which, in turn, attract coyotes and javelina when the desert is dry and lacks adequate food resources,” said Darren Julian, an urban wildlife specialist for the Arizona Game and Fish... Full story

  • Lake Powell Fish Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Apr 15, 2012

    Fishing is fantastic as long as you are fishing for bass in the afternoon. Bass spawning is imminent. It may take a little while longer due to unsettled weather, but fishing will remain very good for bass for the rest of the month. Water temperature still declines into the mid 50s overnight, but by afternoon, water in the backs of the canyons and coves warms to the mid 60s. This warming and cooling cycle produces the best bass fishing of the year. Sight Fishing Sight fishing for very big bass... Full story