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Don McDowell and the Shake, Rattle & Troll website provide the outdoorsman the opportunity to get the latest information on fishing, hunting and conservation with emphasis on Don’s efforts in working with the Arizona Fish & Game Department focusing on invasive species such as Mexican Gray Wolves, Feral Hogs, Gizzard Shad along with efforts to monitor and control wildlife populations. Don will show you the pro’s and con’s of wildlife management and periodically spotlight these efforts through guests on his weekly radio show.

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Scott Corporons brother Jerry here. Won our first tournament of the year on Squaw Creek Lake in Glenn Rose, TX. Weighed a 5 fish limit at 17.42 Lbs. Here is a picture of 4 of them.

Cast-A-Way Bass Club Arlington, TX, Member Alex Koch caught this 10.15 Lb pig in our tournament Saturday on Lake Arlington.

BURROWS IN ARIZONA

THE BUFFALO ISSUE

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT

April 28, 2016

The top three topics among Rim Country anglers have been the wind, the wind and more wind. From the trout lakes on top of the Rim, down to Roosevelt and Apache Lakes the wind has been gusting over 40 mph and dramatically changing the fishing conditions. Unless you're a Bassmaster Elite angler, you're not going fishing in that weather. The cold fronts that are bringing the wind, has lowered the ambient temperature and the water temperature. As the result, the bass and crappie headed for deeper water. The churning water due to the wind has impacted the clarity of the water as well. Recent angler reports reference a lot of stained water especially along the shoreline at both ends of the lake. Local experienced anglers are calling overall fishing conditions poor. Our current weather report indicates more cold fronts and rain which is typical for April in Rim Country. The good news is, as we move into May, the weather sill stabilize and spring bass fishing conditions will improve. The spawn is over for the most bass so as soon as we get back to the stable weather we're all accustomed to, anglers will be targeting those post-spawn bass with reaction baits of all types, drop-shot worms and jigs.

The lake level currently stands at 52% full with both the Salt River and Tonto Creek flowing at about 30% of their normal rates for this time of year. Water is being drawn out of Roosevelt Lake each day for use at the lower elevations, so expect to see the levels begin to drop over the next several months.

One other good indication for Roosevelt Lake is the numbers of fry bass being reported. Many anglers are reporting that the backs of coves are full of fry. One angler who was anchored, reported that his entire boat was surrounded by fry bass one afternoon. During the last couple of months, the water clarity in the lake has been poor due to increased flows into the lake and poor weather conditions. The poor water clarity could have been a factor in an above average spawn this year. It's still early to say for sure, but a good spawn is essential for any thriving fishery.

Not many trout angler reports were received recently. The AZGFD trout stockings continue for Rim Country lakes and streams so I'm sure when the anglers return they will find a good supply of rainbow trout waiting for them. Power-baits, salmon eggs and small spinner baits are excellent trout baits in Arizona.

Mark you calendars for May 14th. That is the date for the Wildlife Fair at Green Valley Park. There will be lots of vendors, free fishing, loaner fishing equipment and courtesy of the Mogollon Sporting Association, 1000 additional rainbow trout added to the lake in addition to the last Community Fishing Program stocking. This is always an exciting family event, so we hope to see you there.

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Don McDowell...........Host
John Koleszar..........President AZ Deer Assoc
Capt Dave Esparza......USCG Aux Boating Safety
Ben Montgomery.........All About Fishing
Derrick Franks.........Trend Setting Jigs
Shannon Ward...........Mustang Survival Gear
Bobby Wright...........ACCA Cat Classic @ Bartlett
James Goughnour........Rim Country Fishing Report

FUNDING FOR STOCKING of FLORIDA STRAIN BASS into ROOSEVELT LAKE

If you didn't catch the All Outdoors Show yesterday, Curt Gill announced that the AZGFD Aquatics Department is providing funding for another stocking of Florida Strain Bass into Roosevelt Lake this spring. This stocking will consist of 2000 pounds or about 30,000, 2"-3" fingerlings. AZGFD is looking for volunteers to basically take 55 gal. plastic cans full of FSB and release them at different locations throughout the lake. They may want to meet some boaters at Cholla and others at Windy Hill.

SAN DIEGO'S INTERNATIONAL YELLOWTAIL DERBY

San Diego's International Yellowtail Derby

Will you be fishing the San Diego waters during the months of May & June, 2016? Specifically, from April 30th through June 5th?

San Diego's International Yellowtail Derby is a World Class fishing tournament reminiscent of San Diego's famous Yellowtail Derby of the 50s and 60s.

The Derby is for 35 days, but anglers can fish for only one day or for all thirty-six days. And all participants have an chance to win the big prizes because the biggest fish wins! Click here to see our Leader Boards.

The Derby is open to both private boaters and individual anglers who will fish aboard the famous San Diego Open Party Fleet.

Don't take the chance you'll land the big one and miss out on the fun and prizes - Sign up to fish today! Click Here to Learn More

Get signed up by March 31 to get the Early Bird Discount Entry of $60. Enter on line or email the form to me at johncinsd@gmail.com or FAX it to 866-745-5331 Yellow Tail Derby Sign Up

Don McDowell Announces Endorsement for Senator John McCain

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Prominent Arizona Radio Talk Show Host, Don McDowell of "Shake Rattle and Troll" Outdoor Radio, 15 years on air, formerly has endorsed Senator John McCain. McDowell is noted for work in the outdoor community against government over reach, failed federal policies, land grabs and keeping access to our public and state lands for the outdoor recreators.

As Conservation Director for the AZ BASS Nation, The Bass Federation Arizona, Board Member of the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation McDowell applauds the McCain's work on the Willow Beach Hatchery success, Sportsman's Initiative, Fighting the Grand Canyon National Monument, Ferrell Burro and Wild Horse failed management by the Bureau of Land Management and the rapidly failing Mexican Gray Wolf Introduction by the USFWS. McCain continues the fight for our Outdoor users, veterans and keeping America safe. According to McDowell a vote for McCain is a vote for our future of land and outdoor access and taking the fight of failed federal policies to the USFWS, BLM and those on the Hill that would have the constituency locked out of our states heritage.

The federal system is failed, the Hill is on fire, McCain's experience and focus is paramount for continuing to lead the fight for Arizona and who better to strive keeping America safe. McCain's a warrior!

McDowell states opponents Ward, Kirkpatrick Clark Meluskey and others don't have a clue, and the last we need for Arizona is more inexperienced freshman Senators or those with a tainted thought process like Kirkpatrick.

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST Fish Habitat Improvement Projejct

The purpose of this project is authorize Arizona Game and Fish Department to construct and install natural and artificial fish habitat structures to increase fish habitat in Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon, Saguaro, and Bartlett lakes on the Tonto National Forest. There is a need to create a better fishing experience in these lakes for anglers and to increase angler catch rates to maintain the recreational experience for the public. This project is a cooperative effort between angler groups, Tonto National Forest, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and others. If you have information you feel the Forest Service may not be aware of, especially any extraordinary circumstances, regarding the Proposed Action, please send these in writing on or before April 15, 2016 to: Neil Bosworth, 2324 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006, 602-225-5200, or email to comments-southwestern-tonto@fs.fed.us. When submitting comments, please keep them specific to this proposal only.

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Ducey, Legislature...Need to Help!

In 2006, I wrote a lengthy article about the inequities involved in the pay structure for the law enforcement personnel in the Arizona Game & Fish Department. The department was loosing their personnel to competing agencies across the board. Some were leaving for DPS (Department of Public Safety) some were opting for local police departments and some were going to the local county sheriffs offices. At that time the then director for the Arizona Game & Fish Department was Duane Schroufe. The irony was that by simply switching uniforms the law enforcement people were upgrading their income by 20% across the board. Sportsmen agreed to a fairly substantial increase in big game tags so that the department could afford to pay for those employees who needed it the most. The promise was made that the rank and file would be taken care of. Oh by the way…… all of the pay for all Arizona Game & Fish Department personnel comes from sportsmen. Not a single penny comes from the Arizona general fund….. Remember that!

February, 2016. Here we are, 10 years later. The same issue has reared its' ugly head again. We are loosing people to competing agencies and the income rate for starting law enforcement personnel is at a rate that helps them qualify for food stamps!

This past year, the department and the Arizona Game & Fish Commission worked hard at trimming their budget so that starter law enforcement personnel could be brought up to a minimum standard that would be roughly equivalent to other wildlife agencies across the west. That "trimming" that the department worked hard to accomplish provided over $800,000.00 for new law enforcement folks. Care to guess what happened?

Governor Doug Ducey and staff refused to allow the pay increases. For some unfathomable reason, started many years before me, the department and all personnel are lumped together with all other state of Arizona agencies under what is termed the ADOA (Arizona Department of Administration). Since it appears that Arizona Geme & Fish personnel have always been under paid, the trend has continued as far back as you care to research. Here is the kicker….. Law enforcement personnel for the Arizona Game & Fish Department are required to have a degree. To qualify for other agencies, you must have a high school degree or GED. With a moratorium on pay increases and hiring, the fiscally conservative Governor Ducey and staff refused to increase the most needed areas for the Arizona Game & Fish Department. Remember that the Arizona Game & Fish personnel are paid out of sportsmen's dollars… not a penny from the general fund! Changing anything in our state takes time and voices. This article is meant to inform anyone who hunts or fishes about the inequities regarding the pay structure of our VERY qualified law enforcement personnel in the Arizona Game & Fish Department. Common sense says that they should earn at the VERY LEAST what other law enforcement personnel make in this state. Let the legislators in your district know that the pay increase needs to happen. It won't cost the state a single penny!

The system in place is antiquated and broken. For wildlife law enforcement people to qualify to be on food stamps is despicable. For a department that takes NO GENERAL FUND MONEY to have to abide by the less than informed legislators and governor…..needs to change. JK

Rep. Gosar Spearheads House Effort to Prevent Presidential Abuse of Antiquities Act

"The president, regardless of political affiliation, should not have the authority to designate millions of acres of land without local public input"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after submitting a language request to the House Appropriations Committee asking it to include language that would prevent presidential abuse of the Antiquities Act:

"During his time in office, President Obama has abused the Antiquities Act to designate or expand 22 national monuments and lock up more than three million acres of land. Shamefully, the president recently designated three new national monuments in the California desert encompassing nearly 1.8 million acres. The president, regardless of political affiliation, should not have unilateral authority to designate millions of acres of land without local public input or proper analysis.

"Unilateral designations that circumvent Congress under the Antiquities Act typically result in devastating consequences for local communities that negatively affect their future economic prosperity. These declarations often result in some of the most restrictive land-use regulations possible and also greatly impact hunting, fishing, OHV and other recreational activities. Grazing rights, water rights, wildfire prevention and other land management activities can also be negatively impacted. I will continue to do everything in my power to block presidential overreach and prevent abuse under this outdated 1906 law."

Background

Congressman Gosar's appropriations language request makes a number of reforms to the 1906 Antiquities Act. This effort also explicitly prevents three misguided monument efforts in the Grand Canyon Watershed, the Sedona Verde Valley and in the Northwest Sonoran Desert from circumventing Congress, preventing public input and failing to comply with NEPA.

31 members of the House signed and submitted Congressman Gosar's appropriations language request including: Brian Babin, Dan Benishek, Rob Bishop, Dave Brat, Ken Buck, Jason Chaffetz, Paul Cook, Kevin Cramer, Jeff Duncan, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Cresent Hardy, Joe Heck, Tim Huelskamp, Walter Jones, Steve King, Raúl Labrador, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Cynthia Lummis, Martha McSally, Mark Meadows, Dan Newhouse, Steve Pearce, Bruce Poliquin, David Schweikert, Scott Tipton, Greg Walden, Bruce Westerman, Don Young and Ryan Zinke.

The language request was endorsed by: American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Public Lands Council, Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Americans for Responsible Recreational Access.

In November of 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced legislation, H.R. 3946, the Protecting Local Communities from Executive Overreach Act, which updates the 1906 Antiquities Act in order to protect property rights, water rights and jobs from presidential abuse of the Antiquities Act. More information HERE.

H.R. 3946 is supported by all five Arizona Republicans and blocks two misguided monument efforts in the Grand Canyon Watershed and the Sedona Verde Valley, both of which have significant local opposition. The bill accomplishes this task by explicitly prohibiting declarations in Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai counties by executive fiat.

The full letter sent to the House Appropriations Committee

GOVERNOR DUCEY SIGNS PRO-GUN BILL

Arizona: Governor Ducey Signs Pro-Gun Bill

On Wednesday, March 30, Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed House Bill 2224 into law. HB 2224 prohibits the state and any political subdivision from levying a fee, tax, assessment or other financial encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between two private parties who are not prohibited under state or federal law. HB 2224 passed the House of Representatives with a 35-23 vote and the Senate with a 19-10 vote. HB 2224 will go into effect 90 days after the Arizona Legislature adjourns.

The fight in Arizona isn't over yet! Senate Bill 1266, House Bill 2338, House Bill 2446, and House Bill 2524 are all waiting to be scheduled for third and final read. Additionally, Senate Bill 1257 is still waiting to be considered by the House Rules Committee before proceeding in the legislative process. Please contact your state Representative and state Senator in support of these pro-gun bills!

SB 1266, sponsored by state Senator Steve Smith (R-11), would improve the state firearms preemption law to ensure consistency throughout the Grand Canyon State. This would be done by providing a mechanism to declare unlawful regulations null and void in addition to providing penalties for knowing and willful violations by localities. SB 1266 is a much-needed protection that will help law-abiding gun owners ensure they are in compliance with the law. SB 1266 is pending third and final read in the House of Representatives.

HB 2338 would prevent educational institutions from adopting policies that would prohibit individuals from lawfully possessing or carrying a firearm in their vehicle (means of transportation) on a public right-of-way. HB 2338 is pending third and final read in the Senate.

HB 2446, sponsored by state Representative David Livingston (R-22), makes necessary revisions to Arizona's current definition of a "prohibited weapon" to exclude all firearms or devices that are legally possessed in compliance with the National Firearms Act (NFA). The technical correction made by HB 2446 changes the registration of NFA items from the Treasury Department to the appropriate Federal Agency in order to be compliant with current federal law. HB 2446 is pending third and final read in the Senate.

HB 2524 would create a "Uniform Firearm Transfer Compact." Under the compact, every state that agrees to the terms would maintain reliably uniform firearm transfer laws to ensure consistency in public policy. This compact would promote a better public understanding of the law, especially for individuals who travel and establish residences among member states. HB 2524 is pending third and final read in the Senate.

SB 1257, sponsored by state Senator John Kavanagh (R-23), makes changes to existing law and expands the list of places where law-abiding gun owners can exercise their fundamental right to self-defense to include some additional public areas where certain security measures are not in place. SB 1257 is pending consideration by the House Rules Committee to determine whether it is proper for consideration on the House floor.

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What is "Challenged America?"


The mission of the SRTO Operation “Challenged America” Outreach Program is to offer veterans and or disabled veterans with physical, emotional and psychological conditions, an opportunity to learn saltwater fishing skills and techniques while enjoying the saltwater fishing experience aboard our motor vessel “Challenged America”. “Challenged America” is a twin diesel engine 42’ Grand Banks Trawler, equipped with handicap boarding gate and ramp into the salon with an Aft head to provide sanitation facilities to accommodate a wheel chair or walker assistance type devices. “Challenged America” is crewed by an experienced saltwater Captain, crew and expert anglers catering to the veterans to maximize their saltwater fishing experience.

Operation “Challenged America” is modeled after the SRTO “Our Warriors on the Water” bass boat-fishing program and our participation with “Heroes on the Water” kayak fishing program, getting our veterans on the water to learn bass fishing skills and techniques. The value of these missions provide life skill experiences not known or that have been forgotten from times past or childhood memories. We present a stress free environment and platform that allows the veteran to recalibrate their thoughts with positive influences distracting from the negative experiences and mind set they may be harboring.

GEO-ENGINEERING: FUNDING ANGELS NEEDED


Millions are now aware of these ongoing crimes against humanity and assaults to the planetary environment. Because of the hundreds of partnerships that were formed to help fund the production of both documentaries "What in the World are They Spraying?" and "Why in the World are They Spraying?" people everywhere are awakening to the horrors of global geoengineering damage and chemtrail poisoning. As a matter of fact, the entire production was funded by private donations.

AN UNCONVENTIONAL SHADE OF GREY is a call to action documentary film which will focus on taking the necessary action(s) in stopping chemtrail/geoengineering programs. Award Winning Director/Producer Michael J. Murphy of both "What in the World are They Spraying?" and "WHY in the World are They Spraying?" will be taking his investigation further into the geopolitical realm and addressing what we, as a society, must do to put an end to these destructive programs.

Governments around the world are meeting this year in France (2015) with the goal of establishing a global climate treaty that will most likely include the legalization of geoengineering. While it is clear that these programs have been in full scale deployment for several years, their legalization will:

- Create global governance,
- Remove our ability to take legal action,
- Establish open funding for such programs,
- Create a well-funded public perception campaign

This is essential to those who benefit and, if successful, will make it exceedingly more challenging to get these programs stopped.

Another theme of AN UNCONVENTIONAL SHADE OF GREY will focus on the fact that ongoing geoengineering programs change the temperature of our planet, change our weather patterns and mimic most of the claimed consequences of "Global Climate Change". Because of this, it is literally impossible to prove or determine why the planet is warming. Since the climate treaty and other global warming mandates are being built around the concept that CO2 is the source of climate change as well as the fact that pervasive geoengineering programs are being left out of all climate models, they are without question flawed, inaccurate and fraudulent.

AN UNCONVENTIONAL SHADE OF GREY will address ways that we, as a movement, can take legal steps in demanding that all climate change laws, treaties and mandates are immediately rescinded until all geoengineering programs are stopped. It is only then that we can truly determine if the planet is warming.

The "Polar Vortex" in the Pacific has been said to be manmade and, therefore, the cause of the historic and catastrophic California drought. The question is who benefits and what does this mean to the future of California and other states in the future. We will be interviewing various meteorologists, farmers, water rights advocates, and anti Agenda 21 activists for an in depth look at the geopolitical implications of a geoengineered drought.

Film trailer about Geo-engineering

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