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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: http://www.azcrappie.com/forum/index.php/topic,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.

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Roosevelt / Arizona Game and Fish Volunteer Build Tue/Wed
« on: May 12, 2019, 09:38 AM »
From https://www.facebook.com/fishaz.azgfd/

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 you’re available to help either day. We have roughly 80 Georgia cubes left to build. Please call Bryant Dickens with any questions 623-236-7593.

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Crappie Gear / Extendable Fishing Net
« on: May 12, 2019, 09:13 AM »
My Ego S2 Slider extendable fishing net (https://www.egofishing.com/s2-slider-nets/) 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?

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Per AZCA member vote, the 2019 Bob Hirsch Crappie Classic will be held at Alamo Lake on Oct 12.  AZCA members and non-members, please reply here if you think you'll attend as we need an approximate headcount to reserve campsites.

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Roosevelt / Roosied 4/12 - 4/13
« on: April 14, 2019, 02:22 PM »
Took my family out on the boat to find some crappie.  Friday we fished the trees near Schoolhouse, no luck except one big catfish and unknown big fish my mom lost.  On Saturday, we fished the dam and back to Grapevine ramp.  No crappie caught on our boat.  We fished shallow casting jigs tipped with minnows to shore.  I did also try some vertical trolling with rods off the front but didn't catch anything.  Temps ranged from 63-68 depending on time of day and location.

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Upcoming Events / AZCA May 2019 Meeting at Roosevelt Lake
« on: March 25, 2019, 04:49 PM »
The May meeting location will be at Roosevelt Lake on Saturday, May 18th immediately following the Let's Talk Fishin (LTF) announcement of crappie tournament winners (estimated to occur around 4pm). The meeting will be held at Windy Hill launch area, just north of the LTF weigh-in area in the parking lot of the Badger boat ramp.  Please see the attached map.

On that same day is the Let's Talk Fishin crappie tournament also at Roosevelt Lake.

For information and history about the AZCA, please see our Club Information thread.

If you would like to become a member, please see our Club Membership and Club Meetings threads.

If you are new to this website or the AZCA Club, please feel free to introduce yourself here by replying to this post.

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This is not an Arizona Crappie Association sponsored event.  This is being shared by the Arizona Crappie Association as it may be of interested to club members and visitors of this site.  If you have any questions regarding this event, please reach out to Let's Talk Fishin via the contact info below.

Let's Talk Fishin (LTF) has added a crappie tournament to their schedule set for Saturday, May 18th at Roosevelt Lake Windy Hill.

Please visit www.letstalkfishin.com and under Tournaments --> Crappie tournament you can view the rules and submit your entry form.  I believe you can also show up on the day of the tournament and join the tournament then, however please confirm with LTF tournament director Tracy Purtee to be sure.

For more info contact Tracy Purtee at 928-978-3659 or email letstalkfishin@gmail.com.

The AZCA club meeting will be held after the LTF announcement of crappie tournament winners.

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Spring Crappie Fest / 2019 Spring Crappie Fest at Roosevelt Lake
« on: March 19, 2019, 07:22 PM »
2019 Spring Crappie Fest at Roosevelt Lake
The AZCA Spring Crappie fest is set!  Location is Roosevelt Lake, Grapevine group site, Grebe loop.  All activities will occur in the center ramada in the Grebe loop.

Thursday, April 11th
9am: Loop is open to current AZCA members only.  Once you enter the loop, please see AZCA Vice President Dave Thompson with your completed camping form and you will receive your parking pass for the weekend.  If he is not there, ask for another AZCA club officer to get your parking pass.  Dave will collect camping forms from all attendees nightly.

Friday, April 12th
12 noon: Loop is open to all registered users of azcrappie.com to set up camp. Once you enter the loop, please see AZCA Vice President Dave Thompson with your completed camping form and you will receive your parking pass for the weekend.  If he is not there, ask for another AZCA club officer to get your parking pass.  Dave will collect camping forms from all attendees nightly.

5:45pm: Group dinner and campfire. The AZCA will provide charcoal for the grills in the center ramada so bring whatever you’d like to cook.  We may have cornhole for those interested.

7pm: Campfire.  Please bring some firewood to share.

Saturday April 13th
5:45am-6:30am: Derby director takes entry forms and checks livewells for the fishing derby. Please see the attached derby form for details.

3pm: Weigh-in for the fishing derby. Please see official rules, please do not be late but if you know you will be, please let the derby director know so we are not waiting for you.

4pm: Official AZCA meeting. For AZCA members, be sure and get your AZCA membership form and money to our Membership Director, Larry Larsen.

4:45pm: Raffle!  Bring cash so you have a chance to win some of the awesome prizes being awarded.  This is your year to win!

5pm: Fish cleaning.  This is a great opportunity for club members

5:45pm: Fish fry & pot luck dinner. The AZCA will fry the fish. Everyone please bring a side dish, desert, etc to share.

7pm: Campfire. Please bring some firewood to share.

8pm: Poker tournament hosted by Tommy FishMan.  Tunes provided by Menrats.

Sunday, April 14th
8am: Camp tear down and clean up. Everyone is expected to clean up their own camp site and help clean up the group area.

11am: SCF 2019 is over and everyone must be out of the loop.

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Roosevelt / Roosevelt 3/15-3/16
« on: March 17, 2019, 05:01 PM »
On the water 1pm Friday 3/15 and wind was howling.  We went to some habitats and found them at 45-50ft deep and then headed into coves away from the wind.  Water temp out in the open water was 50 degrees and a little warmer in the coves.  Only crappie our boat caught for both days was Friday afternoon caught by WallyG with jig and minnow not shallow.  Water very dirty and debris running down middle of lake.

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General Discussion / Boat Maintenance Items - How Often?
« on: February 03, 2019, 07:38 AM »
How often do you guys do the following boat maintenance items?  I've talked to 3 mechanics over the last week and getting multiple answers.  You can make the assumption the boat is parked outside but always covered in shade, and boat is used average of once per month with some significant usage once per year (e.g. Lake Powell).

Lower unit / replace gear oil -- Yearly
Fuel filter -- Yearly?
Spark plugs -- ?
Impeller/water pump - ?
Primer bulb and hoses - ?
Inline fuel/water separator - I've never had one of these, but getting one installed.  Any maintenance on this needed?
Motor oil - mine is 2-stroke so no changing.... just adding
Trailer bearings -- grease twice a year?
Trailer Tires - check air pressure including spare
Other?

Other question - I was looking at some other boat motors noticing how clean and non-greasy/non-oily they look specifically the parts at the motor used for steering and where it connects to the transom.  I'm not sure if mine is dirty 'cause it's a 2-stroke or if those boat owners are meticulously cleaning exposed oil/grease off of them, but mine seems to get oil/grease from somewhere.  Are you guys wiping down exposed oil/grease below your motor near transom after each trip or are yours just cleaner running?


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Bartlett / Bartlett 1/27
« on: January 27, 2019, 04:19 PM »
Fished Bartlett 8:30-2:30 today caught 10 crappie all nice sized.  We fished trees initially and then went more open water and had better luck.  Took some pictures and tossed them all back.

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Upcoming Events / AZCA March 2019 Meeting at Roosevelt Lake
« on: January 21, 2019, 05:34 PM »
The March meeting location will be at Roosevelt Lake on Saturday, March 16th at 4pm.  The meeting will be held at Windy Hill launch area, specifically the northeast corner of the parking lot of the Badger boat ramp.  Please see the attached map.

This is an OPEN meeting for both AZCA members as well as registered users of this site.  This meeting is a great opportunity for folks interested in joining the club to meet members of the club and see what we're all about.

On that same day is the Let's Talk Fishin' crappie tournament also at Roosevelt Lake.  A few of the AZCA members will be at the tournament weigh-in.  Please don't hesitate to introduce yourself to a member to learn more about the club.

For information and history about the AZCA, please see our Club Information thread.

If you would like to become a member, please see our Club Membership and Club Meetings threads.

If you are new to this website or the AZCA Club, please feel free to introduce yourself here by replying to this post.

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Upcoming Events / AZCA February 2019 Meeting at Alamo Lake
« on: January 21, 2019, 05:31 PM »
The February meeting location will be at Alamo Lake on Saturday, February 16th. The exact meeting location and time will be posted here the week of the meeting.

On that same day is the Arizona Mule Deer Org crappie tournament, also held at Alamo Lake.

For information and history about the AZCA, please see our Club Information thread.

If you would like to become a member, please see our Club Membership and Club Meetings threads.

If you are new to this website or the AZCA Club, please feel free to introduce yourself here by replying to this post.

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This is not an Arizona Crappie Association sponsored event.  This is being shared by the Arizona Crappie Association as it may be of interested to club members and visitors of this site.  If you have any questions regarding this event, please reach out to Let's Talk Fishin via the contact info below.

Let's Talk Fishin has added a crappie tournament to their schedule set for Saturday, March 16th at Roosevelt Lake Windy Hill.

Please see the attached entry form for further details.  Also see attached "Crappie Tournament Rules.pdf" for rules and how to register.

Stay tuned to this site or www.letstalkfishin.com for further details as they are made available.  For more info contact Tracy Purtee at 928-978-3659 or email letstalkfishin@gmail.com.

On that same day, the March Arizona Crappie Association meeting will be held at 4pm.  The meeting will be held at Windy Hill launch area, specifically the northeast corner of the parking lot of the Badger boat ramp.  Please see the attached map.

This is an OPEN meeting for both AZCA members as well as registered users of this site.  This meeting is a great opportunity for folks interested in joining the club to meet members of the club and see what we're all about.

For information and history about the AZCA, please see our Club Information thread.

If you would like to become a member, please see our Club Membership and Club Meetings threads.

If you are new to this website or the AZCA Club, please feel free to introduce yourself here by replying to this post.

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General Discussion / AZGFD - Roosevelt Lake Rising
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:50 PM »
From: https://fishaz.azgfd.com/fishingwaters/centralwaters/fishing-report-roosevelt-lake-rising-mogollon-rim-frozen/

Due to the recent storms and run-off, the amount water flowing into Roosevelt Lake has increased dramatically. Both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek are flowing above their normal rates for this time of year. The lake is currently 40% full and rising slightly each day. The water is very clear with the temperature reaching 50 degrees on some morning and rising to 54 degrees on a sunny afternoon.

At the current water temperature, fish metabolism will slow meaning that cold-blooded fish are less active and will eat less. Combine the colder water temperature with the recent storms and large swings in the barometric pressure,  all of these factors are contributing to fishing being called poor. Anglers reports some success using a deep Carolina-rig technique. A few other anglers reporting using jigging spoons such as a Trendsetter jig in deeper depths.

Crappie fishing has been reported as extremely slow; however, if the weather stabilizes for a couple of consecutive days, crappie fishing should improve greatly.  Large schools of crappie are being located in 15-25 foot depths. The bite during colder months can be very slight if vertically fishing. An ultra light rod and a light braided line are always recommended for crappie fishing.

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