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Articles from the October 1, 2015 edition

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  • Captain's Corner

    Captain Dave Esparza|Oct 1, 2015

    The biggest concern that I have with the boating public is the lack of responsibility. What does that mean? When you sit behind the wheel of a boat, or on a personal watercraft or in front of the tiller of a sailboat, or in other words, at the helm, you are the skipper or the captain of that vessel no matter what size, shape or configuration that it is. That means that you have taken a position of responsibility. Just because you cannot see a traffic pattern, a white line, a yellow line or a... Full story

  • Monster Bash 2015 Marks Eight Years

    AZBW, Teague Custom Marine|Oct 1, 2015

    Monster Bash 2015 is upon us - Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 in Lake Havasu, Ariz. We are excited to announce we will be supporting Monster Bash 2015 as the Title Sponsor. We have the 2015 Monster Bash Poker Run coming on strong! Online registration for Monster Bash is at www.lakeracerllc.com. Once again, we're supporting the Lake Havasu Food Bank, as our designated charity, so a percentage of the poker run jackpot will be donated and you are encouraged to make any other donations of... Full story

  • PWCs Sear The Waters At Havasu

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2015

    7th Annual IJSBA World Finals This is the most venerable and prestigious single personal watercraft event in the world. The invitation-only policy is attracting over 750 personal watercraft racers from 30 countries worldwide, all converging in Lake Havasu for the World Finals. Pro-Freestyle Expo. Dates: Oct. 3-11 Times: All-day event; competitions start approximately 10 a.m. each day Location: Crazy Horse Campgrounds: 1534 Beachcomber Bl. Admission: Free to spectators Contact: Jim Russell: 928-... Full story

  • McDowell Continues Original Challenged America Mission

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2015

    Shake Rattle and Troll Outdoors" recently took possession of a 42' Grand Banks trawler. The vessel is of mid-1970s vintage and is powered by twin 135 HP Lehman diesels. The vessel originally was being retrofitted by Challenged America to cater to physically challenged military veterans for deep-sea fishing adventures. Don McDowell, host of the 15-year running "Shake, Rattle & Troll" Radio and sportfishing editor of Arizona Boating & Watersports/Western Outdoor Times, is completing the... Full story

  • Roosevelt Lake Cholla Closed

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2015

    The Cholla boat ramp within Cholla Campground at Roosevelt Lake will be closed to the public Oct. 5-30 to allow completion of a pavement repair project on the boat-ramp access road. Cholla Campground will remain open during the project. The access road to the boat ramp will be closed to the public while the pavement is being repaired, however.... Full story

  • Winterizing Your Boat

    Boat US|Oct 1, 2015

    Unlike this vessel, boats that are properly winterized (yes, even in Arizona) are most likely to enter next year's boating season without damage and ready to hit the water. Check online for BoatUS's Boaters' Guide to Winterizing.... Full story

  • Marlin Makes History

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2015

    This Pacific blue marlin weighed in at San Diego's Marlin Club at 662.2 # on Sept.23. This is a rare catch for these waters; they are generally found in warmer waters. However, area waters are warm now - 74 to 78 degrees - and the marlin are here because they are chasing their favorite foods, dorado and tuna. It is the largest Pacific Blue marlin weighed in San Diego - dating back in The Marlin Club records to 1931. John Campbell, an IGFA representative, witnessed the weigh in and shot this... Full story

  • Lake Powell Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Oct 1, 2015

    The fall sports season has begun with college and professional football kicking off. Not to be outdone, husky professional-size striped bass in Lake Powell are lining up to compete against the smaller-but-more-numerous underdog shad population. Shad are huddling in the backs of the canyons hoping to come up with a playbook that will allow them to survive another day. Stripers are on the open water side of the scrimmage line waiting for the shad to venture out in the open where they become fair... Full story

  • Galley Proof - Mmm ... Fish Tacos

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2015

    Stripers make for great fish tacos because of their mild, flaky, white meat, and medium texture. Also, the average-sized striper (10-12 inches) naturally fits into taco shells. If anything were meant to be - And here's why: Once an angler fillets a striper, he or she should cut out the blood line along the center. With average stripers, that leaves two strips tailor-made to relax in those crunchy or soft, curved-corn delicacies. Here's one way to prepare them: Dip the fillets in an egg wash and... Full story

  • Stripers Take Center Stage At Pleasant

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2015

    Some misspell them, "strippers." True enough, they are just that: strippers of line. Today, though, we'll be talking about stripers. Just northwest of Phoenix, the striped bass fishery is buzzing. Lake Pleasant is a haven for these linesiders, known for their line-stripping potential, excellent table fare (their mild, white meat is great for fish tacos) and, under special regulations at this 9,500-lake, no bag limit. Great to eat. No bag limit. Yep, and this type of fishing is suitable for men... Full story

  • Arizona Fall Events Feature Fishing

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2015

    What: Peoria Police Department Family Fun Day When: Sunday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Rio Vista Park Lake, 8866 W Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, AZ 85381 Comments: Although the event is for the police department and their families, the fishing portion of the event is open to everyone. So come out and enjoy some family fun with the Peoria Police Department and their families. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is providing free fishing for everyone during event hours. Bait will be provided... Full story

  • 'Respected Access In Arizona' Event Set For Nov. 7

    WOT|Oct 1, 2015

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Tread Lightly! will host a special event Nov. 7 to help raise awareness of the importance of protecting access and enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities, such as recreational shooting, off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, and camping. A fun-shoot, barbecue dinner, raffles, and live and silent auctions are planned at the Arizona State Credit Union Pavilion, located at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Proceeds will be used to help fund the... Full story

  • AZGFD Director Re-Appointed To Prominent Presidential Wildlife Council

    WOT|Oct 1, 2015

    The U.S. Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Agriculture Secretary announced recently the reappointment of Arizona Game and Fish Director Larry Voyles to the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. Voyles serves on behalf of the 50 state wildlife agencies as the state wildlife agency representative on the council, which was established in 2010 to advise the departments on wildlife conservation, habitat conservation and hunting. The three-year appointment is an important means for... Full story

  • Arizona Bison Workshop Being Offered Oct. 10 Near Flagstaff

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2015

    Since the early days of U.S. settlement, the bison has figured prominently in literature, folk lore, petroglyphs and even on U.S. currency. Now you can learn more about this North American icon at a workshop with the Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists responsible for managing one of two herds in northern Arizona. The department, as part of its Watchable Wildlife Program, will offer the workshop on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Raymond Wildlife Area, approximately 25... Full story

  • Help Needed To Document Endangered Black-Footed Ferret Numbers

    WOT|Oct 1, 2015

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is once again seeking dedicated volunteers to help document endangered black-footed ferret numbers. As part of the black-footed ferret recovery effort, Game and Fish personnel scheduled two fall-spotlighting events, which serve as the method used to document the population of this elusive, nocturnal and endangered carnivore. The first period was Sept. 24 to 28, but the remaining one is Oct. 22 to 26. Those wishing to assist can volunteer for one night or... Full story

  • Arizona Files Motion To Intervene In Federal Mexican Wolf Lawsuit

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2015

    The State of Arizona and Office of the Arizona Attorney General early last month filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by several groups in July against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). The lawsuit challenges some aspects of the Service’s revised 10(j) rule that governs the management of Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. 2013_MW_in_wild_IFT_web.jpg To Defend Arizona’s Interests “The Arizona Game and Fish Department took this action to defend the state’s interes... Full story

  • Color Me An Arizona Autumn

    Carol L Allen|Oct 1, 2015

    Often hailed as Arizona's capital of autumn, Flagstaff is a leaf peeper's paradise. To experience the season at its most exhilarating visitors flock to the trails around 8,000 feet elevation; where large stands of aspen trees steal the show with their quaking leaves glowing like liquid sunshine. Fall In Flagstaff As the fall months begin to emerge, the warming autumn colors will descend from the San Francisco Peaks to the streets of Flagstaff. Considering the vague perception of when the... Full story

  • Mule Deer Doe Poached Near Forest Lakes

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2015

    PINETOP, Ariz. -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is asking for the public's help in finding those responsible for the illegal killing of a mule deer doe the week of Sept. 9. The mule deer was found off Old Rim Road on the west end of Forest Lakes. The deer was killed with archery equipment. At the time of the poaching, there was an archery antlered mule deer hunt underway. The meat was left to waste. "The poacher left this animal to waste, and we need assistance from the public to... Full story

  • Waterfowl, Snipe Hunting Regulations Available Online

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2015

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2015-2016 Arizona Waterfowl and Snipe Regulations on http://azgfdportal.az.gov/PortalImages/files/regs/waterfowlregs.pdf. The general waterfowl season in the "Mountain Zone" (Game Management Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County) begins Oct. 2, 2015, and runs through Jan. 10, 2016. The general waterfowl season in the "Desert Zone" (Game Management Units 10 and 12B through 46B, and those portions... Full story

  • Court-Ordered Closure Does Not Affect Hunting

    WOT|Oct 1, 2015

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department assures hunters that a court-ordered closure of a small portion of the Sonoran Desert National Monument to recreational shooting will not affect licensed hunting in accordance with state regulations. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been ordered by the U.S. District Court in Arizona to close roughly 10,600 acres near the monument’s northern boundary to recreational shooting while an analysis of the environmental impacts of such shooting is c... Full story

  • Celebrate the Coming of Fall at the Fall Festival at Slide Rock State Park on October 3


    (Phoenix, Arizona - September 15, 2015) - Come celebrate fall at Slide Rock State Park's Fall Festival on October 3, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying harvest and homestead demonstrations, live music, kids activities, face painting, fly wheelers, games and activities for the whole family. Slide Rock State Park's history began as a working Appleorchard. Today, this agricultural legacy continues. The orchard is still a working commercial apple ranch that... Full story

  • 'Every Kid In A Park' Initiative


    Grand Canyon National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program. As of September 1, fourth grade students can now go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks. 'Getting To Know You' "During the National Park Service's centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks, and we're... Full story

  • Congratulations, Margie Anderson!

    Carol L Allen

    Editor's Note: All of us at Arizona Boating & Watersports/Western Outdoor Times congratulate our Outdoor Editor Margie Anderson on her third win of the Arizona Game & Fish Commission's award for Outdoor Writer of the Year. We are especially honored to have her on our editorial staff, along with Don McDowell (our Sportfishing editor) of Shake, Rattle, and Troll Radio who has received the Media of the Year award twice: in 2012 and 2014. It has been our honor also to receive the Media of the Year... Full story

  • Gas-Restricted Waters Not An Issue With An Electric Outboard

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2015

    Many lakes and ponds are off-limits to gasoline-powered boats. Fishermen, photographers and naturalists rely on eco-friendly Flover electric outboard motors to explore these peaceful waters. Flover provides whisper-quiet power for canoes and kayaks, inflatables and small fishing boats. Barely audible, the light and durable motors are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who don't want to spook wildlife with noise or odor. They're also perfect for paddlers facing a headwind or long lake crossing. And... Full story

  • ADED Lifts Fish Consumption Advisories On Gila River And Rributaries

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2015

    Sept. 30, 2015 - The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) announced today that it has lifted the consumption advisory for fish caught in the Gila River and its tributaries within and downstream of the Phoenix metropolitan area – this includes 100 miles of streams and 286 acres of lakes. Fish caught from these waters are no longer unsafe to eat due to banned pesticides (DDT, chlordane or toxaphene). “This is the first time ADEQ has lifted a fish consumption advisory,” said ADEQ... Full story

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