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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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James Goughnour at Dunanby Lodge

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Arizona Game and Fish director reappointed to prominent presidential wildlife council

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.

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We are looking for the best Anglers of Arizona. Let’s Talk Fishin Invitational 2015 will be held on Roosevelt Lake (Windy Hill-Badger Ramp) on October 23rd and 24th. We are extending an invitation to the top 10 teams from the 2014-2015 seasons of any Bass club or tournaments circuits in Arizona.

This annual event is invitation only so it you placed in the top 10 from the fishing tournaments you fished you qualify. This will be a 2 day event on October 23 and 24th you must fish with the same partner that got you in the top 10. It is a $200 basic entry 275 all in includes big fish and 2 Mini T’s- 100% payback on options.

Tournament director are also welcome go to for registration form.////If you have questions please call Tracy Purtee at 928-978-3659. Let’s see who is TOP in Arizona for 2015. Please pass the word so all can participate.

50 Arizona groups and businesses share recommendations for Lees Ferry trout fishery
Sept. 11, 2015

A coalition of conservation/sportsmen’s groups, fishing guides and local businesses has submitted a list of recommendations for management of the Lees Ferry trout fishery to the federal and state agencies responsible for maintaining and improving the blue-ribbon fishery. The collaborative recommendations were made possible through consultation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Geological Survey Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center.

"It became official after the AOY Tournament yesterday. Clifford Pirch finished 20th in the Angler of the Year Race. His performance throughout the 2015 season will place him solidly in the field at the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s famed Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees".

Kids enjoy the youth dove hunt at Robbins Butte Wildlife Area on the opening weekend of early dove season in Arizona. This video was created by the Information Branch of the Arizona Game and Fish Dept. Producer: David Majure.

Youth Dove Hunt 2015

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By: James Goughnour

Good morning Rim Country Anglers - Starting off this week with a huge thanks to the Mogollon Sporting Association of Payson, better known locally as the MSA. Two months ago representatives from the Arizona Game & Fish, Fisheries Department came to the MSA and ask for funding to help improve stream habitat on Canyon, Haigler and Christopher Creeks. Branch Fisheries Chief Cantrell requested $30,000 to complete the funding for the projects. MSA approved the action and this past week presented the check to AZGFD representatives which included Commissioner Pat Madden. The MSA is a non-profit group dedicated to assisting youth and contributing to wildlife conservation in our Rim Country community. A huge thank you to the Mogollon Sporting Association.

The water temperature in Roosevelt Lake continues to fall and bass are actively feeding. Many anglers are reporting catching football shaped BASS with stomachs full of bait. This is very common in the fall as bass prepare for the colder months ahead. The feeding frenzies by bass is an advantage to anglers. Bass will react to many baits such as top water, crank baits, jerk baits, lipless crankbaits and several others. The key is that bass are reactive during this time of year so baits that get the attention of the bass will most likely get bit.

CRAPPIE fishing reports continue to improve. This fall is shaping up to possibly be one of the best crappie fishing years we've had for a long time. Anglers are finding schools of crappie in 25-30 feet of water and always near some structure or cover. Hotspots reported for crappie recently are the brush line near the dam and brush around points leading into Vineyard Cove.

The AZGFD summer trout stocking program has ended for Rim Country lakes and streams. However it went out with a boom. Several angler reported catching rainbow trout in the 3-5 pound range and they reported seeing several more. AZGFD hatchery personnel confirmed that some of these larger trout were put into Rim Country lakes during the last stockings of the season. Tonto Creek was named as one of the areas where larger trout were stocked. If you're a fly angler or if you prefer to fish with an ultra light spinning rod, a huge five pound trout would certainly be a memorable fishing adventure.

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