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  • Spooning A Mixed Bag

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Aug 1, 2023

    The legend is that an angler eating lunch on the lake accidently dropped a spoon overboard. As he watched the silver spoon drift downward, sun glinting off the handle and bowl, he saw a fish dart out and try to eat it.A typical angler, this guy was inventive and always looking for a new bait, so he went home, sawed some spoons up, and put hooks and a place to tie the line on them. Voila! A new killer lure is born! Large Variety Today's spoons are usually store-bought. Some of the spoons are just... Full story

  • New Zealand Mudsnails Confirmed In Tonto Creek

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2023

    Director's Orders (list of waters with aquatic invasive species) updated to include Tonto Creek; Tonto Creek Hatchery closed to public. PAYSON, Ariz. - The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has confirmed the presence of New Zealand mudsnails, an aquatic invasive species (AIS), in upper Tonto Creek approximately 2.5 miles downstream of Tonto Creek Hatchery. AZGFD continues to conduct surveys in the area to determine the extent of infestation. Tonto Creek Hatchery will remain closed to the... Full story

  • Recreational Fishing and Boating Community

    American Sportfishing Association|Aug 1, 2023

    Recreational Fishing and Boating Community Opposes Vessel Speed Restrictions In The Gulf of Mexico, Calls for Collaboration in Conserving Rice's Whales The leading organizations representing recreational fishing and boating in the United States have urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to reject a petition to establish a year-round 10-knot (11 mph) vessel speed limit and other vessel-related measures in the Rice's whale "core" habitat area in the Gulf of Mexico. The... Full story

  • Arizona Anglers Have A New Store

    AZBW|Aug 1, 2023

    NEW FOR FISHING - Visit pheasanttailflyfishing.com to welcome this new business at 4041 E Thomas Rd. Suite 117 Phoenix, AZ 85018 , open Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 6.p.m. At Pheasant Tail Fly Fishing, we curate the products we offer by using the equipment ourselves, ensuring our rods, reels, flies, apparel and accessories are the best available. Visit the shop and talk with our knowledgeable team members; whether you're a seasoned fly fisherman or just starting out, we're here to help you make... Full story

  • Can't Stand The Heat? Neither Can Trout

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2023

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds anglers that the record-setting heat has raised water temperatures in many trout lakes and streams. Trout thrive in cool (below 68 degrees), clean, well-oxygenated water. During the summer months, when water levels and flows decrease due to lack of rainfall, water temperatures rise and dissolved oxygen decreases, which in turn causes additional stress on trout. Anglers are reminded to consider these conditions and take some personal responsibi... Full story

  • Canyon Plastics

    Canyon Plastics

    WOT|Aug 1, 2023

    Canyon Plastics Matt Koppen 205 Broad St Whittemore , IA 50598 Phone: (515) 887-3474 View Website It's official, Kendra and I are now the new owner of Canyon Plastics and are very excited to have this opportunity! We are ready to serve you all with any fishing products we currently sell. Over the next two months Neal and Angela will be here with us for this transition. Neal and Angela would like to thank each of you for your past business and have enjoyed serving each of you. We wish Matt and... Full story

  • AZ Lakes, AZ Pros: Gregg Warne – Splitshotting Any Arizona Lake

    Margie Anderson|Jul 1, 2023

    Back in the day, nearly every Saturday, all year 'round, you'd find Gregg Warne fishing a tournament somewhere in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, or California, and the conditions were not always perfect. But regardless of freezing or torrid temperatures, rain, wind, or cold front, the tournament must go on. No matter what the conditions, Warne was a very consistent finisher. He almost always managed to get in the money. Gregg had earned a reputation as a master of split-shotting, and for good reason.... Full story

  • Carolina Rig

    Margie Anderson|Jul 1, 2023

    Carolina rig fishing is simple. A large weight and a glass or plastic bead are strung onto the main line. The bead protects the knot from the heavy weight. A swivel is then tied to the end of the line, and a leader, usually of slightly lighter line, is attached to the swivel. Tie on a hook and you're rigged, Carolina style. Choosing The Right Weight To click or not to click, that is the question. When the water is really dirty, or you're fishing really deep, you may want your rig to make some... Full story

  • Tonto Creek Hatchery Closes

    Tonto Creek Hatchery Closes

    AZGFD|Jul 1, 2023

    Precaution Taken After Invasive Mudsnails Detected In Creek 2.5 Miles Downstream Of Hatchery The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has confirmed the presence of New Zealand mudsnails, an aquatic invasive species, in Tonto Creek approximately 2.5 miles downstream of Tonto Creek Hatchery. AZGFD continues to conduct surveys in the area to determine the extent of infestation. Beginning June 22, the Tonto Creek Hatchery was closed to the public. This will provide the department with time to en... Full story


    ICAST Registration Closes Today

    Jul 1, 2023

    ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TONIGHT! Online registration closes at midnight, Pacific time on Monday, July 3. If you are planning to attend ICAST 2023 and have yet to register for your badge – you only have a few hours left. Online registration is open until midnight, tonight at onsite rates. Pre-registration rates are no longer available. After midnight, all ICAST registration requests will be onsite at the ICAST Registration Desk in the Orange County Convention Center only. To register onsite, y... Full story

  • AZ Lakes AZ Pros Jerry Tate

    Margie Anderson|Jun 1, 2023

    Jerry Tate of JT's Arizona Hunting and Fishing specializes in fishing Lake Pleasant.He's on the water several days a week, and has a handful of good friends who also spend tons of time on Pleasant. Between them, they always seem to know exactly where and how to fish for any species in the lake. Action Is Fast And Furious "The great thing about fishing for white bass and stripers is that once you find them, the action is fast and furious," Tate says. This kind of fishing is perfect for kids, beca... Full story

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    Bass Junkyz

    Jun 1, 2023

    These tournaments are not just events; they are community. A Bass Junkyz event is not just a bass fishing tournament event; it is a community of anglers coming together for a sport they love. We invite family and friends to attend every event. Our weigh-in system is state of the art and our process is streamlined to increase the survival rate of bass. Food is provided after every weigh in and checks are handed out in a timely manner. Two Comments From Competitors "Fished the Bass Junkyz team... Full story

  • Arizona High School Nation

    AZBW|Jun 1, 2023

    Director Mike Hoffarth The AZ High School Bass program is for High School anglers who will compete at local lakes in a Team format. Teams will be required to have their own Boat Captain who will take them out on the water to fish these qualifiers. Teams who do not have Boat Captains will be assigned a Boat Captain if possible by the Tournament committee. These assigned Boat Captains will be AZ Bass Nation members or local Pros. This program will hopefully increase these anglers fishing skills &... Full story

  • AZGFD On All Things Fishing

    AZGFD|Jun 1, 2023

    AZGFD Reports On All Things Fishing A recent article by Nixza Gonzalez for the A-Z Animals blog/website discusses some of the rainbow trout records in Arizona. The Arizona record for largest rainbow trout caught with a hook and line in an inland water is 15 pounds, 9.2 ounces, caught at Willow Springs Lake on Sept. 29, 2006, by Harold Wright of Sun City. The largest rainbow trout ever caught and released in Arizona’s inland waters is a 32-inch rainbow caught at Silver Creek on Jan. 30, 2010, by... Full story

  • Arizona Lakes List

    Lake Mary AZGFD

    AZGFD, Matt Rinker, Senior Aquatic Wildlife Specialist, AZGFD Flagstaff Region|Jun 1, 2023

    More than 67,000 rainbow trout varying in size from 3 to 18 inches stocked into Lower Lake Mary in this spring. By Matt Rinker, Senior Aquatic Wildlife Specialist, AZGFD Flagstaff Region If you have ever fished Lower Lake Mary, you know it is a lake of boom and bust. Some years the lake is full and fishing is great and other years the lake is low or just a meadow. Well, the story of Upper and Lower Lake Mary is directly tied to the history of Flagstaff and its early settlers. Upper and Lower... Full story

  • BassJunkyz

    Bass Junkyz Growing Again

    AZBW|Jun 1, 2023

    June 20, 2023 Bass Junkyz, currently the longest brand identified Teams circuit in Arizona is growing again. The bass boat circuit has plans to launch two other fishing circuits spanning across Arizona over to storied bass fishing waters of Texas. "We see an opportunity to grow and to diversify our product over other angling platforms for competitive tournament environments; Kayak and PWC." (Greg Krueger) Kayak bass fishing has seen rapid growth over the past 15 years and is now has a place... Full story

  • American Sportfishing Association

    American Sportfishing Association, Mary Jane Williamson, Communications Director|Jun 1, 2023

    Industry leaders bring experience and perspective to address issues that impact the recreational fishing industry and fisheries conservation Alexandria, VA – June 23, 2023 – Four members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected to fill two At-Large seats and two regional seats on the board of directors. Their three-year terms begin October 1, 2023. ASA is the national trade association that represents the sportfishing industry. The association has six regions: West, South Cen... Full story

  • Arizona Wet Winter

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2023

    A succession of winter storms has provided much-needed moisture to Arizona's waters and landscapes over the last several months. Salt River Project (SRP) said this winter has been one of the best for the Verde and Salt River water systems in the last three decades, and SRP's reservoirs (Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon and Saguaro on the Salt, and Horseshoe and Bartlett on the Verde) are projected to fill or be close to capacity. While the rain and snow is welcome in terms of helping to mitigate dry... Full story

  • Havasu River Marina

    Lake Havasu Striper Derby

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2023

    This year's Grand Raffle prize Klamath 16 EXW paired with a Suzuki 40 HP motor and trailer will be a rig worth parking in front of the house to show off. Not to mention the family fishing fun at your local fishing hole at gorgeous Lake Havasu. The Striper Derby festivities kick off on Friday afternoon May 5 at the team check-in, held at the Havasu Riviera Marina at 2067 Havasu Riviera Parkway where all anglers and family members will be invited to a special appreciation Locos Tacos taco truck du... Full story

  • Bass Junkyz

    Bass Junkyz

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2023

    'Feed The Addiction' These tournaments are not just events; they are community. Bass JunkyzBass Junkyz is not just a bass fishing tournament event, it is a community of anglers coming together for a sport they love. We invite family and friends to attend every event. Our weigh-in system is state of the art and our process is streamlined to increase the survival rate of bass. Food is provided after every weigh in and checks are handed out in a timely manner. Fished the Bass Junkyz team... Full story

  • San Diego Day At The Docks 2023

    Day At The Docks Is Back!

    AZBW|Mar 1, 2023

    Letter To Our Readers Day At The Docks Is Back! San Diego Sportfishing Council Exciting news to share! The Port of San Diego's Day At The Docks is a GO for 2023! After a long, three-year hiatus, we are pleased to bring back this well-known and anticipated sportfishing tradition. As the San Diego fishing season has started earlier the last several years, Day at the DocksTM will be earlier too. It is now scheduled for: Sunday, March 19, 2023 from 9 a.m.to 5p.m. We want to thank those who have been... Full story

  • AZ Lakes AZ Pros

    AZ Lakes AZPros Levi Wittrock On Tournaments

    Margie Anderson, Western Outdoor Times Outdoors Editor|Mar 1, 2023

    Levi Wittrock graduated from Northern Arizona University where he was the president of the NAU Bass Fishing Club for two years. He and his partner represented NAU at many tournaments during those two years – tournaments that were piggy-backed onto FLW and BASS tournaments, using the same stage and the same crew. "The opportunities were insane," Levi says, "because you get to meet so many of the big names – not just the tournament anglers, but also industry reps and the people who run the tou... Full story

  • AZ Lakes, AZ Pros Gary Dobyns Winter Tournament Fishing

    Margie Anderson|Dec 1, 2022

    AZ Lakes, AZ Pros – Bass Fishing In Winter Gary Dobyns Talks Winter Tournament Fishing From Dobyns To Margie Anderson I know Gary Dobyns is originally a California boy, but he’s in Texas now and no matter where he lives, he is arguably one of the best western bass anglers EVER. So this month, I’m letting Gary tell you how he approaches winter tournaments. Even if you don’t fish tournaments, this will help your winter bass fishing. So here’s Gary: One of the questions I get most is: What’s th... Full story

  • Ladies, Let's Go Fishing

    Female Fishing Participation On The Rise

    Traditions Media|Nov 1, 2022

    Forestville, WI (November 2, 2022) – Women now account for 37 percent of anglers in the U.S., the highest level on record according to the Special Report on Fishing announced at ICAST 2022 by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) in collaboration with the Outdoor Foundation. 19.4 million women went fishing in 2021, an 8% increase in fishing outings since 2019. 1.6 million female participants were first timers. The total number of fishing outings for females in 2021 was 288 m... Full story

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    AZ Lakes AZ Pros Dave Prothe At Roosevelt

    Margie Anderson|Nov 1, 2022

    It was cold, but the fishing was hot. By Margie Anderson We went out with Dave Prothe under the worst conditions. Roosevelt was the lowest I've ever seen it, and it was cold out. The water was dirty and there was a tournament going on. Prothe, however, seemed cheerful and optimistic. And with good reason, too -- the first fish he caught (before the sun was even over the horizon) was a largemouth that weighed at least four and a half pounds. This Is The Time "This is the time of year that the wat... Full story

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