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Roosevelt / Re: Arizona Game and Fish Volunteer Build
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:54 PM »
The latest plan is for a one-day work day to build structures tomorrow, Tuesday May 21, from 8am to about 4pm. Come on out and lend a hand if you can. We're working near Windy Hill in the Amphitheater parking lot.

From Dave Weedman, Aquatic Habitat Program Manager. One of our crew is under the weather, and forecast is calling for rain tomorrow (wahoo!! The rain, not the crew). So, weíre going to push the two work days back to Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Same times. Iím very sorry for the short notice. Hope you can still make it out. The weather should be excellent those days.

Saw some notes from the AZGFD meeting posted by Tai Au‎ to the AZ Anglers page.  I felt some of the golden algae (GA) concerns may impact crappie fishing so am posting here although his info is primarily bass related.  Near the end the notes mention a few folks from AZGFD who are leading up much of the effort for building habitats, stocking fish, etc. also helping crappie fishing.  AZGFD is really doing a great job on the habitat building and stocking.  FYI - I updated the Roosevelt Lake habitats link to have the new waypoints here:,3905.0.html

Here are his notes:

-Golden Algae Mitigation Team/AZ Game and Fish Meeting- As many of you may already know, the AZ Game & Fish recently received a free shipment of 1 million Florida strain bass fry from Florida. 500K went into Apache, 250K went into Canyon and Saguaro. At a 2% expected survival rate, that's 20,000 bass!

As some of you may recall, back in 2016, the Game and Fish received bass from Florida that averaged 5 inches. They have reached maturity and are successfully spawning at Bubbling Ponds Hatchery! They are going to try again in the fall to to breed these fish. The goal is to have millions of Florida strain bass available to for stocking.

-Game and Fish as already allocated $100,000 to purchase fish in the fall for our Salt Chain lakes! So awesome!

-Golden Algae Issue-

-No GA found in Roosevelt or Apache.

-Small traces of GA are now found in Canyon and Saguaro.

-Electroshocking survey was done at Saguaro. However, the report wasn't available because Amberle is taking care of her newborn (congrats Amberle Jones!) However, we were told the results did not look good. They can't find a class of fish (certain age group) and might suspect that we lost them to the GA. However, they are hoping that those fish were just holding too deep for them to shock.

-The water conductivity levels at our lakes look good! (Higher conductivity usually means a bad GA year so the lower the better). However, as mentioned, they are still finding small traces of GA. (Found after the fry stocking). As they continue to monitor and test our waters, they are suspecting that the GA, like any other organism, may be adapting to their environment. If so, we're in this fight for the long haul.

-The GA itself doesn't kill the fish, it's the toxins they release when they're under stress. This usually happens in the last part of June. The results do look good this year. We'll just have to wait and see.

-500 Tiger Muskies have been stocked yesterday at Horse Thief Basin. The Game and Fish had attempted to manage trout unsuccessfully at this location. The temps were just a little too hot. The bass have been stunted there for years and aren't growing. They received these for free and figured this location would be the best option. They are sterile and do not breed.

We are looking for ways to help the Game and Fish. There are 3 goals: habitat, stocking fish, and money for infrastructure/facilities. For example, one of the bubbling ponds will need a block wall around it due to federal concerns that the bass might eat an endangered snake. Sure, it sounds like a pain in the butt. However, I love the fact that the AZGF is taking steps to help our warm water species. With that, I would like to thank Chris Cantrell, Andy Clark, Curtis Gill, Amberle Jones, and the whole team on behalf of AZ Anglers. We finally have a team that cares about warm water species. Let's help them all we can to ensure great fishing opportunities in the future.

Crappie Gear / Re: Extendable Fishing Net
« on: May 15, 2019, 08:13 PM »
Thanks Gene, that's another good option.  I have had some issues netting a fish with my 16ft pole in one hand and net in another it's pretty difficult.

This tournament is still on.  It's done in conjunction with the bass tournament at the same time.  Entry form and rules can be found at

Crappie Gear / Re: Extendable Fishing Net
« on: May 13, 2019, 07:50 PM »
Take a look at EGO REACH "the ultimate Crappie Landing net".  Weight 2.0 lbs, Hoop 14" x 18", Handle 34" quick twist lock, Reach 8' 6" fully extended, Rating 5 lbs fully extended.
Look on "  Good luck!
Interesting, here's the link I found them:
I like they are lighter than the the normal S2 slider.  I can't tell though if the sliding mechanism is same as the S2 slider, which is what I've had a few issues with (original and replacement one).

Roosevelt / Arizona Game and Fish Volunteer Build Tue/Wed
« on: May 12, 2019, 09:38 AM »

We're seeking volunteers on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21 at Roosevelt Lake Windy Hill Recreation Area Amphitheatre parking lot.

On Monday we will start at 9 a.m. and Tuesday we will start at 7 a.m. Please bring a cordless drill if youíre available to help either day. We have roughly 80 Georgia cubes left to build. Please call Bryant Dickens with any questions 623-236-7593.

Crappie Gear / Extendable Fishing Net
« on: May 12, 2019, 09:13 AM »
My Ego S2 Slider extendable fishing net ( has broken again.  This is 2nd time even after I got a new handle.  It jams in a certain position and unlatch from that size.  Does anyone have a recommendation on a good fishing net, prefer extendable, that is lightweight and has the option of rubber-style net where the hooks don't get stuck?

Roosevelt / Re: 5/4/19 no crappie
« on: May 06, 2019, 12:50 PM »
Thanks for the report, yeah nigh fishing may be the way to go.

General Discussion / Re: AZGFD Catch of the week!
« on: May 04, 2019, 02:42 PM »
I think itís distance from the valley limits its exposure. This was another spring I didnít get to any new lakes.

Alamo / Re: Alamo today (4/20/19)
« on: April 22, 2019, 05:07 PM »
Thanks for the report Bob.  Of all the lakes, it seems Alamo has the most occurrence of AZGFD or state park admin checking boats.  Not sure about the spawn comment.  Are you thinking they may still move in shallow?  Seems late.

Roosevelt / Re: Rosey 4-19
« on: April 19, 2019, 08:07 PM »
Nice big slabs thanks for the report.

Reminder folks, this volunteer fish habitat build at Roosevelt Lake is coming up, just a week and a half away. They are building Georgia Cubes.  These habitats were extremely useful fishing Roosevelt this winter.  With the lake levels now higher, it'll be interesting what depths these new ones will go. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Bryant Dickens at or 623-236-7593.

Roosevelt / Re: Rosey 4/12-4/13
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:15 AM »
Ya, right by Greg's truck after the weigh in and meeting.  Closest camp was Wally G's and ours, and way to close to kids and dogs for comfort so it was disposed of.
Wow, would have been cool to show my son.  Been a few years since I last saw one at camp (probably Apache +5 years ago)

Roosevelt / Re: Rosey 4/12-4/13
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:19 PM »
Watch out for rattlers, had one in camp and fishing partner ran another over on the way out of grapevine.
Thanks for the report.  So there was a rattle snake at our campsite?  Where/when?

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