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Your Source for Fishing, Hunting and Conservation News & Tips

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.

Offshore Fishing? You Need a Gear Bag

OGT Director Joshua Hurst

Commision Chairman Kurt Davis

Fisheries Chief Chris Cantrell

Asst to Director  Jim Paxon

Rick Maxa
45lb 10oz Yellow Tail

International Yellowtail Derby 2015 Leader Board

Last Weeks Radio Show

Aboard the Malihini, Don lands 40lb Blue Fine on Rod supplied by Rim Country Custom Rods [ watch video ]

H&M Landing offers Saltwater charters out of Sand Diego, California from the novice to the expert putting clients on top of some of the best Tuna fishing on the west coast.

H&M Landing has one of the finest charter boat fleets in the world. A private charter can accommodate any group, large and small.  For reservations call 619-222-1144 or book online at

Don and Guests typically run on the Malihini skippered by Capt Bill Wilkerson.
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Derrick Franks knows how to put those Stripers on the line and in your boat.

Veterans Day 2015

James Goughnour at Dunanby Lodge

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40lb Chinook King caught & released

34lb Chinook King

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Democratic Logic

November 22, 2015
national debt

At 18.7 Trillion in debt, Obama wants to spend billions on the infusion of Syrian refugees but no increase in our disabled veterans benefits.

Congratulations to James Denton for bagging a large white tail scoring 118 5/8” according Safari Club International. Nice buck!

Rim Country Fishing Report November 21, 2015
By: James Goughnour

Roosevelt Lake. The lake level is just below the 42% full mark with the flows into the lake well above the normal rates for this time of year. The increased flows are due to the recent storms and snow fall throughout Rim Country. The ground is saturated so we're seeing larger flow rates. Lets hope this continues for the next several months. Another topic of interest to Rim Country anglers is the AZGFD Bubbling Ponds fish hatchery. A year ago, work began on a warm water hatchery dedicated to bass. That work has completed and a brood stock of Florida Strain Bass are currently living at the hatchery. If all goes well, this spring AZGFD will be raising its first hatching of bass fry which will be used to stock lakes throughout the State later in the fall.

BASS: Late fall fishing is one of the best times to fish Roosevelt Lake and the bass fishing is being called good to excellent by local anglers. The water temperature continues to drop and now is in the low 60's in the mornings. The water entering the lake from the Salt River and Tonto Creek is even colder. Anglers that are fishing shallow are using a Flippin or Pitchin technique in the muddy water at the ends of the lake. Also crank-baits and chatter-baits are effective where the muddy water meets the clear water in the lake./////The colder water temperatures are starting to push some bass into deeper water. As a result, anglers are finding success using casting spoons such as a 3/4 to 1 oz. Cast-Master in 30-40 feet depths. A graph is almost a must for locating bass in deeper water and channels but when located, one of two techniques can be employed. Either drop the spoon to the bottom and hop is up and down or cast the spoon a long distance and let it sink on a taunt line in a pendulum motion. The treble hooks on spoons tend to snag easily so a strong braided line will help retrieve your lure.

CRAPPIE fishing reports are also excellent. Fall is the time of year that crappie gather into large schools so when a school is located, an angler can catch a limit in a couple of hours. These schools are currently located in 25-35 feet deep water so a vertical fishing technique is best. When the water temperature drops another 10 degrees, crappie will move to deeper water and a trolling technique will be more successful.

We've been talking about the great trout fishing on the Rim lakes and I continue to receive reports of limits being caught with some 3 pound rainbows reported. If you can't make it to the Rim, Green Valley Lake here in Payson is also producing some excellent results. Most every angler I spoke with this past week was using Power-bait. A few are using salmon eggs and small shallow running crank-baits in a crawdad color. AZGFD will be stocking the lake again this week as part of the Community Fishing Program.

Rim Country Custom Rods: This will be the last week to order a custom fishing rod if your goal is to have it in time for Christmas. Things always get busy this time of year, so call for a free quote on any custom rod at 928-468-0263 or visit our website at

Arizona Game and Fish realigns Wildlife branches to improve efficiency

November 18, 2015

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is restructuring programs to improve the agency's conservation and protection of Arizona's wildlife. This restructuring is the result of the Department's continuing improvement strategy and will take effect in January 2016.

The new comprehensive wildlife management structure consolidates conservation efforts into two branches, Terrestrial Wildlife Branch and Aquatic Wildlife Branch, focusing on the Department's science-based management of all 800 species of wildlife in Arizona.

Kurt Davis, Chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission shared, "The Department recognizes and endorses our traditional wildlife programs of game and nongame management to include our fisheries resources, our habitat maintenance responsibility and the need to keep common species common. This action expands the Department's capacity to manage all wildlife, in our diverse ecological heritage."

"This improved structure enables our talented workforce to use the best science to conserve and protect Arizona's incredible array of wildlife species," said Department Director Larry D. Voyles. "In an era of shrinking fiscal resources, this realignment follows Governor Doug Ducey's direction that government should be lean, efficient and effective. Realignment gives the Department greater financial flexibility while increasing efficiency."

Pronghorn antelope, elk hunt recommendations to be available for review

Nov. 17, 2015

First of six "open houses" scheduled for Monday

PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Department has scheduled a series of six "open houses" for its constituents to review and ask questions about the proposed pronghorn antelope, elk, and population management hunt recommendations.

The department annually makes hunt recommendations to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission regarding the management of game species, which establish the seasons, dates, bag limits, open areas and permit-tag allocations based on the framework of the hunt guidelines set by the commission every two years.

The proposed hunt recommendations will be posted Friday, Nov. 20, at The open houses will be conducted at the following Game and Fish regional offices:

Monday, Nov. 23: 3-5 p.m., Kingman, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road.
Monday, Nov. 23: 3-5 p.m., Pinetop, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd.
Monday, Nov. 30: 6-8 p.m., Flagstaff, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: 3-5 p.m., Tucson, 555 N. Greasewood Road.
Wednesday, Dec. 2: 3-5 p.m., Yuma, 9140 E. 28th St.
Wednesday, Dec. 2: 4-7 p.m., Mesa, 7200 E. University Drive.

Constituents who are interested in particular game management units within those regions will be able to review the hunt recommendations and ask questions. No formal presentations are planned.

"The meetings allow us to meet with sportsmen and other members of the public to answer questions and discuss the direction for the recommendations based on survey data, harvest rates and the hunt guidelines," said Amber Munig, big game management supervisor.

Secretary Jewell to Highlight Programs for Native Youth in Arizona

Date: November 16, 2015 Contacts: Jessica Kershaw (Interior), Andy Fisher (National Park Service),

Secretary Jewell to Highlight Programs Benefitting Native Youth in Arizona with New initiatives that connect students to technology, outdoors

WASHINGTON - On November 17 and 18, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Arizona to highlight two initiatives that benefit Native American youth. Jewell will first visit Winslow Residential Hall, funded by the Department's Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), to celebrate a recent public-private partnership with Verizon and Microsoft to provide more than 1,000 Native students nationwide with improved access to digital technology in their classrooms and dorms.

The partnership is part of the Obama Administration's Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative to invest in opportunities for Native youth success and the President's ConnectED initiative to provide access to digital learning and education technology resources. Winslow is one of 10 dormitories funded by the BIE that will have high-speed wireless Internet and Microsoft Nokia tablets by early next year, enabling students to use vital tools for learning 24/7.

On Wednesday, November 18, Jewell will join a class of 25 students attending a BIE-funded school at Saguaro National Park in Tucson to participate in fun and educational activities and distribute free passes to America's federal lands and waters as part of President Obama's Every Kid in a Park initiative.

The Every Kid in a Park initiative seeks to connect young people with the great outdoors. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to go to and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year, starting September 1, 2015. Every Kid in a Park is one of several initiatives spearheaded by the Obama Administration to encourage the next generation to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.

Saguaro National Park protects the iconic saguaro cacti, which only grow in a small portion of the United States. These cacti - also the nation's largest cacti - symbolize the American west and silhouette magnificent desert landscapes.

WHO: Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Students from Winslow and Flagstaff Residential Halls

WHAT: Partnership announcement and student demonstrations followed by a media availability

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 11:45 a.m. MST - Media check-in 12:00 p.m. MST - Student presentations of Verizon broadband technology 1:30 p.m. MST - Media availability

WHERE: Winslow Residential Hall 600 N. Alfred Avenue Winslow, AZ 86047

James Goughnour selected in final AZGFD Commission Recommendations

Board recommends 5 candidates to governor for upcoming Game and Fish Commission vacancy
Nov. 10, 2015

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board has forwarded the names of five candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for his consideration in filling the upcoming 2016 vacancy on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

Shannon Breslin, James Goughnour, Peter Groseta, William Don Martin and Eric Sparks were selected from six candidates who were interviewed by the board at its public meeting yesterday (Nov. 9) at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix. The six who were interviewed were chosen from an initial slate of 13 applicants previously considered by the Appointment Recommendation Board at its Oct. 26 public meeting.

Per Arizona Revised Statute 17-202, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board shall assist the governor by interviewing, evaluating and recommending candidates for appointment to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. The board shall recommend at least two, but no more than five, candidates to the governor. The governor must select and appoint a commissioner from the list submitted by the board.

Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act

"It's absolutely shameful that Rep. Grijalva would try to use tribes as political pawns to implement the misguided agenda of extremist environmental groups"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act which would designate 1.7 million acres near the Grand Canyon as a new national monument:

"It's absolutely shameful that Rep. Grijalva would try to use tribes as political pawns to implement the misguided agenda of extremist environmental groups. His double-dealing bill isn't even worth the paper it was printed on and has no chance of passing Congress. Instead, it is a deceitful attempt to provide political cover for the president should he fail to recognize significant opposition from local Arizona communities and once again abuse his power with one stroke of a pen under the Antiquities Act.

Click for: Gosar's introduction of the Arizona Land Sovereignty Act

Click for: rijalva's draft bill

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.

Shake, Rattle & Troll Radio Lineup for Nov 22nd

Sundays, 7am - 9am
KFNX 1100AM Listen Live

Don McDowell:..........Call in from San Diego, CA
John Koleszar:.........Public Lands vs State Land
Woody Cline:............Rancher on Wolves
James Gougnhour:.......Rim Country Fishing Report