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Articles from the September 15, 2013 edition

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  • Margie Anderson

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    Margie Anderson is a Charter, Voting member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and an active member of Western Outdoor Writers. She has been writing for magazines and newspapers in the west since 1990 and is a native of Arizona. Margie's father was an Ojibwa Indian who took her hunting and fishing with him almost as soon as she could walk. She lives in Phoenix with her husband John and a dynamite French Brittany Spaniel named Rosie. Rosie also hunts and fishes, and she keeps an eye... Full story

  • Bartlett Lake Marina Has It All

    Jim Allen, Arizona Boating & Watersports, Western Outdoor Times|Sep 15, 2013

    Bartlett Lake is located in the northeast valley only 48 miles from downtown Phoenix and 17 miles northeast of Carefree and is within one hour from most Valley locations. Access is easy from all parts of the Valley and the scenic Bartlett Lake Road that takes you from Carefree to Bartlett lake is beautiful year around. Bartlett Lake Marina is a family owned marina. If you are a boating novice, one of the family will give you the necessary safety gear and instructions for your day on the lake.... Full story

  • At Lake Powell

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    The public is asked to use extreme caution when using the public launch ramps at Lake Powell. The decrease in water levels has reduced the depth of water in these areas, creating shallow water on the ramps with steep drop-offs. The deepest launch ramp at Lake Powell continues to be Wahweap main ramp. Different boat/trailer combinations require varying depths of water, so remember to assess the water depth for your boat before launching. “We had a similar issue nearly a decade ago,” said Sup... Full story

  • LakeRacer Fall 2013 Newsletter

    Jim Nichols, www.lakeracerllc.com

    Fall is quickly arriving and along with it, my favorite time of year for boating in the Southwest! Claudia and I have been enjoying our summer boating on Lake Mead and Lake Pleasant with trips with family and friends. We have some super events coming up in the next couple of months. Starting with the DCB Regatta Sept. 27 and 28; we’ll be out to help sponsor the event and party with all our friends. Lucas Oil Thunder The next event is the Lucas Oil Thunder on the Lake Drag Boat Racing, Oct. 11 an... Full story

  • News From Arizona Yacht Club

    Mike Ferring, Arizona Yacht Club|Sep 15, 2013

    Registration is now open for the fall race series. Sign up now for the Tempe Town Lake series that begins Sunday, Sept. 21 or the Lake Pleasant series, which begins on Saturday, Oct. 6. And registration is open for the Arizona Sailing Foundation (ASF) fall classes, including beginning sailing, Opti, junior performance sailing, Sailing Skills Development, and Introduction to Sailboat Racing. Busy, right? Fun? Definitely! Cheers, Mike Ferring _______________________________________________________... Full story

  • Welcome To Kunkaak

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    Kunkaak trailer park is an old-fashioned tourist resort located on the mideastern shore of the marvelous Sea of Cortes, also known as the Gulf of Baja California. There are many lovely beaches and the ocean is a rich breeding ground for marine life. “Kunkaak” is the name of the native Seri Indians who live just 7 miles north of Kino Bay. At one time, the Kunkaak inhabited almost all the territory of the Pimeria Baja. This is the area of northern Sonora, Mexico, and southern Arizona. Father Eus... Full story

  • Prescott Celebrates The Great Outdoors


    What do you have when you combine a 300-foot zip line, rapelling, a kid’s fishing tank, live creatures, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, camping, live music, food, many booths and exhibits, educational clinics, sporting equipment displays, and an entire area of Arizona Game & Fish Department displays and exhibits — all in the scenic setting of the Granite Dells of Prescott? You have the Prescott’s Great Outdoors – Outdoor Recreation Festival and Expo to be held October... Full story

  • Celebrating National Public Lands Day


    National Public Lands Day, a nationwide celebration of public lands, is a day that brings awareness to open space and thanks the many people for their support and hard work, including volunteers, land agencies, and outdoor-minded businesses. The event is the largest annual volunteer hands-on restoration activity of its kind. It brings together thousands of volunteers from coast-to-coast to refurbish and restore the lands and facilities Americans use for recreation, education, and just plain... Full story

  • Arizona State Parks' Family Campout

    ASP, Arizona State Parks

    After the success of the debut dates in the spring, Arizona State Parks' Arizona Family Campout Program has announced fall dates. The program is designed for families who have little or no experience camping. It will introduce them to outdoor experiences over one weekend at a state park and inspire them to continue to explore Arizona. The state parks that are participating this fall are Lost Dutchman in Apache Junction (Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 12-13), Kartchner Caverns in Benson (Oct. 5-6 and Oct.... Full story

  • Lake Powell Fishing

    Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com|Sep 15, 2013

    September is the first fall fish-sampling period. Utah Wildlife’s first two electrofishing sample sites revealed some interesting details. The first sample was taken in Lone Rock Canyon near the back of Wahweap Bay. The first cove on the left heading up Lone Rock Canyon contained more shad than we could scoop up in our nets. That was a surprise. It was obvious that yearling gizzard shad were using the muddy, shallow, warm cove to avoid striped bass predation. Adult stripers cannot survive in 8... Full story

  • Arizona Fishing Heats Up With Cooler Weather

    AZGFD|Sep 15, 2013

    Widespread rains across the state have helped drop lake water temperatures. Look for fish to get active once again, assuming this typical pattern holds true. We'll see. Lake Pleasant The top-water striper bite at Lake Pleasant is picking up. Get there at first light or you might miss the boils. Cover lots of water and look for birds or surface activity. Try top-water lures, jerkbaits and flies. (Zara Spook Juniors and buzzbaits tend to be successful this time of the year.) Roosevelt Lake The...

  • Congratulations, Coyotes!

    Darryl Horsman|Sep 15, 2013

    Through tremendous member and community support, the Coyotes Curling Club has reached an agreement to construct Arizona’s first dedicated curling facility at 2202 W Medtronic Way, Tempe! It will be the first dedicated curling facility in Arizona and the only Curling Club in the Southwest. The Coyotes Curling Club was formed in 2003 shortly after curling grabbed the hearts and imagination of everyone who tuned in to curling during the 2002 Winter Olympics. For the past ten years, the Coyotes C... Full story

  • Parasailing Operations

    USCG, United States Coast Guard|Sep 15, 2013

    A series of parasail incidents resulting in fatalities and injuries have occurred over the last few years. Since 2006, there have been 11 deaths and 52 injuries as a result of parasailing activities. There have been several common factors in all of these incidents that are unique to parasailing. The following mnemonic 'Know Your ROPES' was designed to remind parasail operators of important safety issues that may help prevent future casualties: • Remember that most parasail fatalities and injurie... Full story

  • Coconino Co., ADOT Working On State Road 89A Realignment at Ft. Tuthill

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    In an effort to promote safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists at Fort Tuthill County Park, Coconino County and the Arizona Department of Transportation are coordinating plans to realign State Route 89A at the entrance to the County’s premier park. As part of the project, ADOT will construct two roundabouts and relocate the intersection farther into the park, which attracts about 100,000 visitors per year for the annual County Fair, concerts, camping and other events year round. The p... Full story

  • Remembering Dale Johnson

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    To his wife Esther, his family and friends, we send our sincere condolences on the passing of Dale. We honor him and remember all he has done for others through their business Santiago’s Ocean Services in Rocky Point, Mexico.... Full story

  • Mexican Wolves

    AZGFD|Sep 15, 2013

    Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold informational meetings on federal proposals regarding Mexican wolves. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold public meetings this month in Payson, Tucson and Pinetop to share information with constituents on two proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules dealing with Mexican wolf conservation, and how the public can provide comments to the Service. The first federal rule proposes delisting the gray wolf from the federal list of threatened... Full story

  • Here's Where To Catch A Cat - A Big Flat Cat!

    AZGFD|Sep 15, 2013

    The way some anglers look at Arizona as a fishing destination has begun to change since April when “Flathead” Ed Wilcoxson landed the heaviest recorded fish in the state’s history. Word is getting out that The Grand Canyon State is home to many gargantuan flathead catfish. Wilcoxson — after photos of his 76.54-pound flathead catfish taken out of Bartlett Lake were shared on fishing forums and media outlets across the World Wide Web — has received phone calls from interested anglers as far away a... Full story

  • Thomas Orozoc Places First In IGFA San Diego

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN! -- Thomas Orozco, 14, of Union City, Calif., placed first in his age division at the International Game Fish Association Young Anglers Tournament held at Shelter Island Pier in San Diego this summer.Orozco caught and released kelp bass, sand bass, mackerel and California lizardfish during the three-hour tournament in which 150 kids ages 6-15 participated. This summer the young angler won the following three California tournaments: Berkeley Pier, Berkeley; Shelter Island... Full story

  • Redbone's 10th Rocky Mountain Fly Classic

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    The colors will be changing and the fall fishing could be at its best as 25 guided boats and 50 anglers take to two scenic rivers for the 10th annual Rocky Mountain Fly Celebrity Classic, Sept. 26-28, for rainbow and brown trout. “It’s part of the Redbone@Large Celebrity Tournament Series, helping fund medical researchers “to catch the cure for CF,” said tournament host Mark Cooper. “We’re in Aspen and Basalt, the heart of the Rockies, floating the famous Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers.” Co... Full story

  • Deadline Approaching: Don't Wait

    AZGFD|Sep 15, 2013

    Hunters may now submit their online and paper applications for the 2014 spring hunt draw for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear. The deadline for all applications is Tuesday, Oct. 8, by 7 p.m. (MST). Don’t wait until the last minute, as technical issues can occur on deadline day. To apply online, go to www.azgfd.gov/draw and select the link for hunt applications. Paper applications may be hand-delivered to any of the seven department offices located statewide in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Y... Full story

  • National Hunting & Fishing Day Celebrates Sportsmen

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    Conserving wildlife and the lands that house what we all enjoy are of the utmost importance. National Hunting and Fishing Day is a day set aside to celebrate all that sportsmen do to support those efforts. National Hunting and Fishing Day continues to benefit hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen. Each year, NHF Day is set to take place on the fourth Saturday in September. This year NHF Day falls on Sept. 28. As part of the NHF Day agenda, a spokesman that is a true steward of our fishing and... Full story

  • Arizona Boating

    Rose and Ron Werner, Sail and Power Squadron Supporters of Rock The Boat|Sep 15, 2013

    As the picture shows, that is a full grown horse with water up to its belly while the cows just have their feet immersed. It tells a safety lesson. This uneven terrain is what is under you while navigating on the water. So, it's important to know the water levels and where you are and to always do a “sanity check” of your surroundings and coordinates. What fun one can have on a slow boat cruising along any of our Arizona lakes, packing a lunch, joining friends are some of the joys of boa... Full story

  • Lake Havasu City Celebrates 50th Anniverary


    Arizona's Lake Havasu City, which rose out of the desert 50 years ago this month and is perhaps best known for the iconic London Bridge reassembled there in 1971, has taken another important step in marketing itself. The Lake Havasu City Council formally approved its first official logo and flag, two important components of the city's first branding campaign. The new branding initiative, the result of two years of surveys and consumer testing, is designed to attract active residents and... Full story

  • In Memory

    AYC, Arizona Yacht Club|Sep 15, 2013

    Greg Fine, a new member of the Arizona Yacht Club, was, according to another member, “a positive and friendly guy who was always happy near the water [and] ready to crew for anyone who needed help.” We extend our sincere sympathy to his friends and family.... Full story

  • Free Day At Five State Parks

    ASP, Arizona State Parks|Sep 15, 2013

    In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket for free. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live ticket will gain free entrance for two on Saturday, Sept. 28 at one of these State Parks: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (Superior), Fort Verde State Historic Park (Camp Verde), Homolovi State Park... Full story

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