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Anglers Will Be Able To Harvest Hatchery Sturgeon Starting July 1 In The Upper Columbia River
OLYMPIA – Beginning July 1, recreational anglers will have the opportunity to harvest hatchery sturgeon from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs, state fishery managers announced today. This is... Full Story
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Catalina State Park Popular Outdoor Concerts Continue
PHOENIX- Catalina State Park's popular concert series on the first Saturday of the month are held continuously throughout the year but artists have been announced through September 2016. Visitors... Full Story


Hiker Remains Missing in Western Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon, Ariz.* – Floyd E. Roberts III of Treasure Island, FL, remains missing in a remote area of western Grand Canyon. Responding rescue teams and resources to date include ground teams from ... Full Story


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Puget Sound-Area Waters Reopen For Fishing
OLYMPIA – Puget Sound-area fisheries that closed during an impasse in salmon-season negotiations will reopen immediately, state fish managers announced today. Regulations for fisheries in Puget... Full Story







Boat Fire Extinguishers: Four Myths From The BoatUS Foundation
Every spring, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water receives questions from boaters about fire extinguishers. To help set the record straight, here are four fire-extinguisher myths ... Full Story
It Fits - Milennia MIL-MR70BT
Boat owners searching for the latest single DIN audio technology need look no further than Prospec Electronics' new Milennia MIL-MR70BT. This innovative, in-dash receiver boasts mechless design; it... Full Story


Tour And Service Providers Adopt Canyons Throughout Lake Powell
Lake Powell visitors can expect less trash to spoil the pristine scenery this summer. This is thanks to local tour and service providers adopting canyons throughout Glen Canyon National Recreation... Full Story


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Quagga-Affected Waters Grow - AZGFD Identifies Apache, Saguaro, Canyon lakes.
Conclusive evidence of quagga mussels has recently been discovered at Canyon, Saguaro and Apache lakes, major recreational waters on the Tonto National Forest. The Arizona Game and Fish Department... Full Story







Mount Saint Helens - He Will Be Missed
His full name is Orlan Ross Ginter; his nickname his entire life has been "Bud". Bud was born May 1, 1939 in Appleton City, Missouri. (That is the same general area that, back in the day, Frank and... Full Story


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'How To Use GPS'
Get more out of your GPS/Chartplotter. It's an important piece of equipment, able to get boaters safely home, to their favored fishing hole or weekend raft up spot. But, if you've ever wondered about ... Full Story


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Lake Pleasant Sailing Club
Lake Pleasant Sailing Club welcomes sailors of all stripes! We are an active Club based on Lake Pleasant, Ariz., (NW of Phoenix) but the Club also hosts boating events in California, on other... Full Story


San Diego - Brats And Beer On The Bay
'Sail-A-Brate' Father's Day On Californian The Maritime Museum of San Diego invites you to the Father's Day celebration aboard the 145' schooner Californian on Sunday, June 18 and 19. The sail... Full Story







Are You Interested In Learning How To Sail In Arizona?
Go Sail Arizona is one of the many American Sailing Association ("ASA") affiliate schools located around the world teaching people how to sail. The ASA is the preeminent sailing instruction... Full Story
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Arizona Yacht Club - Mike Ferring Brings Us Up To Date
As you know, things get real slow for the summer. We'll have our Wednesday night casual races at Lake Pleasant and the summer campout. Following is the campout info, and as for the Wednesday night... Full Story


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It's Time To Head To Powell For The 'Spring Fling'
Fishing success has been great despite early mid-May's lingering cold and winds. The good news now is that morning water temperatures now exceed 60 degrees, which opens up opportunities for the... Full Story


Tourism To Glen Canyon, Rainbow Bridge Created Jobs, Economic Benefits
A National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 2.5 million people visited Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument in 2015. Those visitors spent over $171... Full Story


On The Cover - Summer Starts With Sailing - Carol L Allen
Many find it hard to believe that sailing is even available in Arizona, much less that it is so popular. Yes, the Desert Southwest even has sailing clubs, yacht clubs, and many sailing courses and... Full Story






Downstream - Events Calendar, June 2016
Beyond Arizona Fur And Feather Animal Assistance — A permanent residential facility for dogs and cats designed for comfort, well being, and CARE for LIFE. Where Every "One" Deserves ... To ... Full Story


Business Spotlight - Angela Ogden
Western Outdoor Times/ Arizona Boating & Watersports News Magazine would like to introduce you to one of the best graphic designers in the business. Angela Ogden has a B.A. in graphic design from ... Full Story









Amazing Dog - James Crane worked on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center.
He is blind so he has a golden retriever named Daisy. After the plane hit 20 stories below, James knew that he was doomed, so he let Daisy go, out of an act of love. She darted away into the... Full Story



Arizona Sailing Foundation - Learn To Sail Right Here In Arizona!
Yes, it's true. You or your kids can learn to sail right here in the desert. The Arizona Sailing Foundation offers classes set up for fun - with maximum time on the water. A little classroom, a lot... Full Story



Arizona Summer Fun - Margie Anderson
When the weather starts heating up in Arizona, everyone begins to long for a large body of water to dive into. In an ideal situation, this body of water would also be beautiful and have lots of... Full Story



AZGFD - Trout Challenge
Arizona's Trout Challenge Program was developed to encourage anglers to learn more about fishing opportunities in the state. Arizona Game and Fish Department manages many waters statewide to provide ... Full Story



Cave Of The Domes Reopened In Grand Canyon National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) has reopened Cave of the Domes in Grand Canyon National Park. Cave of the Domes, the only cave open to the public within Grand Canyon National Park, has been closed... Full Story



Chris-Craft Scorpion Goes To SSAR
"Rock The Boat", a 501 (3) c project begun by Arizona Boating & Watersports in 2009, has had as its goal supporting Superstition Search & Rescue. This circa 1984 Chris-Craft Scorpion was... Full Story



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Phoenix's Newest Residents
'This is the end'... Jim Morrison, 1967 The annual hunting season, long declared to be barbaric by the social media watchdogs, was officially cancelled today by the Arizona Species Specialists, a... Full Story



Step Up Your Shooting Game - John Anderson
Even if you bought a pistol purely for self-defense purposes, you need to practice with it often. For one thing, you need to develop muscle memory. Muscle memory comes after you've done a movement... Full Story



Wake Zone, Op-Ed - May 22, 2036 Watch What The Future Holds: 'The End Of The World As We Know It' - John Koleszar
'This is the end'... Jim Morrison, 1967 The annual hunting season, long declared to be barbaric by the social media watchdogs, was officially cancelled today by the Arizona Species Specialists, a... Full Story













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Arizona State Parks Begins Work On Statewide
Arizona State Parks is responsible for the completion of Arizona's Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) every five years. This plan sets the evaluation criteria to allocate the Federal Land and... Full Story
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BASF Introduces Exciting Target-Shooting Experience
PHOENIX - "Clang!" That distinctive sound of a bullet hitting steel soon will be ringing out every third Saturday of the month on the small bore range at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north... Full Story


Charge Faster With These Receptacles
RVs already have tight quarters, without adding to their outlet clutter. Helping eliminate this issue, as well as misplaced chargers, Hubbell's USB Charger Duplex Receptacle provides both USB and... Full Story


Good Company - Lost Our Home Animal Shelter
One of our first concerns and a reason we first started was abandoned pets, so if you are facing foreclosure or need to move for any reason, do not leave your pets behind or let them go into the... Full Story


2016 National Safe Boating Week: May 21 – 27
Will Your Community Participate And Set A Record?

The National Safe Boating Council, in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, invite boating safety professionals, the boating community and the media to participate in the sixth-annual ... Full Story
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Arizona - Pioneer Pass Campground Closed After Bear Sightings
Globe, Arizona, May 19, 2016, —For Immediate Release. –Tonto National Forest officials issued a temporary closure at the Pioneer Pass Campground in the Pinal Mountains, because of repeated bear... Full Story


Fishing The Chesapeake Bay
We Call Them Stripers, They Call Them Rock Fish. On a recent trip to Washington D.C. McDowell naturally took time out for a little fishing. Hope his trip to D.C. was as successful as his fishing was on Chesapeake Bay... Full Story


Icicle River 0pens For Hatchery Chinook Fishing
Action: Opens Icicle River for hatchery chinook salmon. Effective dates: May 16, 2016, until further notice. Species affected: Hatchery spring chinook salmon. Locations: Icicle River (Chelan County). ... Full Story


Recipients of 2016 Governor's Heritage Honor Awards Announced
(Phoenix, AZ - May 18, 2016) - The 2016 Historic Preservation Conference Planning Partners have announced the recipients of the Governor's Heritage Honor Awards that will be presented at the 2016... Full Story



Roll Call, May 15, 2016 - Brendan Patrick Danaher aka "Yogurt"

Chandler, AZ resident soldier, Brendan Patrick Danaher aka "Yogurt". 33 years old, Brendan lost his extreme battle with cancer and related tumor involvement after having his leg amputated in an... Full Story


Anglers Will Get 3 More Days To Catch Spring Chinook Below And Above Bonneville Dam
OLYMPIA – The sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River will reopen for three days beginning later this week under an agreement reached yesterday by fishery managers from... Full Story
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Bartleby - Stay Tuned

Most Arizonans, as well as many from outside the state, are familiar with beautiful Bartlett Lake. They have enjoyed the well-run marina, the availability of both dry and wet slips, the amenities for ... Full Story


Icicle River 0pens For Hatchery Chinook Fishing
Action: Opens Icicle River for hatchery chinook salmon. Effective dates: May 16, 2016, until further notice. Species affected: Hatchery spring chinook salmon. Locations: Icicle River (Chelan County). ... Full Story


New Guided Tour Trip
Hualapai River Runners and Grand Canyon West, subsidiaries of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, have unveiled a unique new tourism experience for 2016: The Walapai Experience; a guided two-day... Full Story


Wear It! Shares Safety Tips For Spring Boating
Many people enjoy recreational boating and fishing in the spring. Yet, what looks like a perfect day can quickly become hazardous if you end up in frigid water. The annual Wear It! boating safety... Full Story


Eight Boat Spring Commissioning Goof-Ups We Made - Boat US
They are the crewmembers of the nation's largest boater advocacy, safety and services group, BoatUS. And like most boaters, they aren't perfect. They make mistakes and learn from them too. With boat ... Full Story
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National Fishing & Boating Week: June 4-12

If you haven't already, plan to go fishing and boating this year and enjoy the water, starting with Arizona's free fishing day on June 4. Boating and fishing are fun, stress-relieving activities that ... Full Story


NHF Day And Yamaha Partner For 2016
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, is once again partnering with National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) to support the annual celebration, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 this year. It is... Full Story


Spice Up Your May at Patagonia Lake State Park's
(Phoenix, AZ - April 25, 2016) - Make plans to head south for the sounds of traditional and modern Mexican Mariachi Band music. Patagonia Lake State Park http://azstateparks.com/P... Full Story


Women's Sailing Conference Slated For June 4
The 15th Annual Women's Sailing Conference, organized by the National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA), will take place Saturday, June 4, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass. Through... Full Story


On The Cover - Boaters Need To Put Safety First - Carol L Allen
Although this model is not wearing a life-jacket (which we hope she will don after the photo shoot!), she certainly does a fine job of welcoming us to the water. It's time. Boating season is here, ... Full Story



Downstream - Events Calendar, May 2016
We send our best wishes to Loren Finnell for a speedy and complete recovery.
Editor’s Note: Please submit announcements for AZBW/WOT's calendar of events —-"Downstream" — to Editor. To ... Full Story


Business Spotlight - Hale's Marine - The 'Go-To Guy' Is Ed Hale
Ed Hale is the proud owner of Hales Marine Services and Transports. Hale began his journey in boating while serving in The United States Coast Guard for 10 years. After his service to our country... Full Story



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2016 National Safe Boating Week: May 21 – 27
Will Your Community Participate And Set A Record?

The National Safe Boating Council, in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, invite boating safety professionals, the boating community and the media to participate in the sixth-annual ... Full Story



Arizona Boating & Watersports And Yellowtail Derby - Day At The Docks
It's Time: Yellowtail Derby 2016 Is Underway
- John Campbell
At press time, there were 94 entries and counting. From its start on April 30, the Yellowtail Derby will provide great competition and prizes through June 5. A schedule of special days follows: April ... Full Story



Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim To Open May 15 For 2016 Season
The gate at the entrance to North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open on Sunday, May 15 at 7:30 am; and Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and Grand Canyon Trail Rides... Full Story



Madera Canyon - This Is A World-Class Birding Destination
Also, there are many great hiking trails that range widely in difficulty.

Margie Anderson - Search our websites for more of Anderson's great information.
We in Arizona are blessed to have a world-class birding destination in our own backyard. Madera Canyon and Madera Creek cover four different habitat types, from the desert to the top of the Santa... Full Story

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Prescribed Fire Planned for Grand Canyon Village Thursday, May 5, 2016
The burn unit, primarily Ponderosa Pine, is about 40 acres in size and is located east of the village historic district and south of South Entrance Road. Because of the burn unit’s proximity to... Full Story



The Phoenix Zoo Cares For Endangered Animals - Carol L Allen
The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. Located in Phoenix, Ariz., the zoo was founded by Robert Maytag, a member of... Full Story
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Wake Zone Op-Ed - Buffalo - Smart! Federal Government? - Nope! - John Koleszar
Search our websites for more of Koleszar's enlightening reports.
For those who are not aware, the State of Arizona has wild buffalo / bison. Those animals were brought to Arizona by one Charles "Buffalo" Jones in 1906. His dream was to create a hybrid animal and... Full Story



On The Cover - Boaters Need To Put Safety First - Carol L Allen
Although this model is not wearing a life-jacket (which we hope she will don after the photo shoot!), she certainly does a fine job of welcoming us to the water. It's time. Boating season is here, ... Full Story



Downstream - Events Calendar, May 2016
We send our best wishes to Loren Finnell for a speedy and complete recovery.
Editor’s Note: Please submit announcements for AZBW/WOT's calendar of events —-"Downstream" — to Editor. To ... Full Story


Business Spotlight - Hale's Marine - The 'Go-To Guy' Is Ed Hale
Ed Hale is the proud owner of Hales Marine Services and Transports. Hale began his journey in boating while serving in The United States Coast Guard for 10 years. After his service to our country... Full Story



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2016 National Safe Boating Week: May 21 – 27
Will Your Community Participate And Set A Record?

The National Safe Boating Council, in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, invite boating safety professionals, the boating community and the media to participate in the sixth-annual ... Full Story



Arizona Boating & Watersports And Yellowtail Derby - Day At The Docks
It's Time: Yellowtail Derby 2016 Is Underway
- John Campbell
At press time, there were 94 entries and counting. From its start on April 30, the Yellowtail Derby will provide great competition and prizes through June 5. A schedule of special days follows: April ... Full Story



Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim To Open May 15 For 2016 Season
The gate at the entrance to North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open on Sunday, May 15 at 7:30 am; and Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and Grand Canyon Trail Rides... Full Story



Madera Canyon - This Is A World-Class Birding Destination
Also, there are many great hiking trails that range widely in difficulty.

Margie Anderson - Search our websites for more of Anderson's great information.
We in Arizona are blessed to have a world-class birding destination in our own backyard. Madera Canyon and Madera Creek cover four different habitat types, from the desert to the top of the Santa... Full Story

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Prescribed Fire Planned for Grand Canyon Village Thursday, May 5, 2016
The burn unit, primarily Ponderosa Pine, is about 40 acres in size and is located east of the village historic district and south of South Entrance Road. Because of the burn unit’s proximity to... Full Story



The Phoenix Zoo Cares For Endangered Animals - Carol L Allen
The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. Located in Phoenix, Ariz., the zoo was founded by Robert Maytag, a member of... Full Story
Don't miss Carol L Allen's novel Icy Cold Was The Summer. Or, search our websites for more of her stories.



Wake Zone Op-Ed - Buffalo - Smart! Federal Government? - Nope! - John Koleszar
Search our websites for more of Koleszar's enlightening reports.
For those who are not aware, the State of Arizona has wild buffalo / bison. Those animals were brought to Arizona by one Charles "Buffalo" Jones in 1906. His dream was to create a hybrid animal and... Full Story



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Cassidy-Rubio Bill Will Safeguard State Fisheries
Washington, D.C. - April 18, 2016 A coalition of recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bill, S.2807, that will safeguard the role of state fisheries management... Full Story
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Day At The Docks — IGFA Honors 'Boots On The Ground' Volunteers

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Day at the Docks, the traditional kick-off to the San Diego Sportfishing fleet' s season, hosted a record breaking crowd of anglers and their families — both tourists and locals — April 17. A near picture—perfect spring... Full Story


Lake Powell Spring Forecast 2016
Lake Powell sportfish were warm and happy when tucked in for the winter in 2015. Shad production has been at peak levels for the past two summer seasons. Gizzard shad dependably produce a consistent... Full Story


Op-Ed - Ducey, Legislature Need To Help! - An antiquated, broken system needs to change - now.
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 losing their... Full Story


Prevent Conflicts With Hungry Bears This Spring
OLYMPIA — Black bears are beginning to emerge from winter dens across the state, prompting state wildlife managers to remind residents how to avoid possible conflicts with hungry animals looking to ... Full Story


Public Comment Period Extended - Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental And Management Plan
In response to several requests for an extension, the Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the National Park Service (NPS), is extending the public comment... Full Story


Arizona Site Stewards Honored For 30 Years Of Protecting Cultural Resources
The Arizona Site Stewards Program was honored at the 4th Tri-National Sonoran Desert Symposium held in Ajo, Arizona on March 7-10. The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) presented the... Full Story


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Healing Waters - Looking Through Water

He's the long-time Chairman of the Board of the renowned Cleveland Clinic, is one of the world's most successful businessmen, owns three baseball teams, and is an avid world-class fisherman who, for... Full Story


Search Continues For Missing Woman At South Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Search and Rescue crews continued looking for missing woman Diana Zacarias of Natchitoches, LA. Crews spent yesterday and today looking for Zacarias by foot above and below... Full Story


What's Wrong In This Photo
There are at least 11 technical faults that, if not addressed, could cause serious problems. How many can you find? Here's a hint -- they fall into two main areas: electrical and fuel/ventilation.... Full Story

Born Free RVs Stay Warm With Aqua-Hot
Born Free builds some of the finest Class C motorhomes in the country, using only top-quality components. When customers are configuring their dream RVs, many choose innovative Aqua-Hot Heating... Full Story

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Celebrate Earth Day And Bats At Kartchner Caverns State Park
Kartchner Caverns State Park will celebrate Earth Day and the return of the Myotis velifer bat colony to Kartchner Caverns State Park at "Bat Day" on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day... Full Story



County Parks Greet Spring With A Fresh New Look

After months of planning and development, Maricopa County's Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled a fresh, new Web site. "We're very excited about our new look," said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa... Full Story


Destination: 'Day At The Docks' - Visit San Diego's Showcase Of Sportfishing
From San Diego Sportfishing Council At A Glance This is the 37th year the San Diego Sportfishing Council has sponsored its special showcase of San Diego sportfishing. We hope you'll take this... Full Story

Expect Long Lines, Full Parking Lots, Plenty of Fun At Grand Canyon This Spring
Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park this spring break can expect long lines and full parking lots. Last year, Grand Canyon's visitation hit an all-time high. Based on visitors coming to the park... Full Story


Miss Yellowtail Derby 2016 - Ciara Church
The Yellowtail Derby Committee has selected Ciara Church to be the 2016 Miss Yellowtail Derby. She is the daughter of Derby anglers, Ray and Jill Broadfoot and is a senior at Mission Hills High... Full Story

On The Cover - Hike The High Country
Carol L Allen

Most Arizonans plus many others from out-of-state know and love the Flagstaff area. In fact, for Valley of the Sun residents, it offers a popular cool escape from the searing summer temperatures of... Full Story



Downstream - Events Calendar, April 2016 - Desert Storm and more.
Editor's Note: downstream is a free service provided by Arizona Boating & Watersports/Western Outdoor Times. Please submit announcements for AZBW/WOT's calendar of events --"Downstream" - to... Full Story



Business Spotlight - Welcome To California Yacht Sales
California Yacht Sales is San Diego's marketplace for buying or selling sailboats, yachts and power boats. Whether you are searching boats for sale or preparing to sell your boat, the advantages of... Full Story



Captain's Corner - New Boating-Safety Online Course Available
Captain Dave Esparza

Why take a navigation class when just boating on our local lakes? The very good reason is because prudent mariners should know and understand basic navigation principles no matter how small or large... Full Story



Flagstaff In Spring - It's A Great Time To Hike
Margie Anderson

Until this past year, our visits to Flagstaff have always been during the summer. Since they were old enough to walk, we've been taking our granddaughters there to hike every summer, and we spend... Full Story



Fur And Feather Sends Update
From The Great Folks At Fur & Feather Hello everybody and we hope this update finds you all doing well. It is a wonderful new year and spring is upon us! A lot has happened over the last few... Full Story



It's Time For The Lake Havasu Boat Show
The 25th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented by Frontier Communications and Mohave State Bank, is Arizona and Nevada's largest boat show. This year, the Lake Havasu Boat Show opens on Friday,... Full Story



Op-Ed - Ducey, Legislature Need To Help!
John Koleszar

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 losing their... Full Story



Wake Zone - Letters To The Editor - Wild Burro, Wild Horse Populations Draw Opinions From Both Sides
John Koleszar

To: John ("JK") Koleszar & Western Outdoor Times, Arizona Boating and Watersports Re: "Western Wildlife" article in the February 2016 edition, "Wake Zone, What Price is Enough?" Challenge... Full Story



Why Take A Gun Class? - There's More To Shooting Than Just Pulling The Trigger
John Anderson

If you're like a lot of shooters, you probably think that taking a gun class is a waste of time and money. After all, there's not much to it - you just aim and pull the trigger, right? That might be... Full Story



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Arizona And Nevada's Largest Boat Show Is On The Calendar: April 8-10 At Lake Havasu
The count-down to the 25th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented by Frontier Communications and Mohave State Bank, has begun. This year, the Lake Havasu Boat Show opens on Friday, April 8 and runs... Full Story

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AZGFD Fishing Report Excerpts
The Reel Deel Bass Action Look for the bass action to get even better at some our pristine lakes in the desert. Apache, Canyon and Saguaro all have been stocked with rainbow trout throughout the... Full Story


Get Ready For The Largest Hands-On Outdoor Expo In Arizona
The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo is all set for Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Admission and parking are free! From Wildlife To ... Full Story



San Diego Yellowtail Time
YELLOWTAIL TIME – The eighth annual Yellowtail Derby is set for Saturday, April 30 through Sunday, June 5. This premier fishing event out of San Diego offers a total of $30,000 in cash and prizes... Full Story



Spring Chinook Must Be Released On The Lewis River
Action: Anglers must release all chinook salmon. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Effective date: March 10, 2016 until further notice. Location: Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the overhead... Full Story



Volunteer Opportunities - The Helpers Need Your Help

One of the best of Arizona's no-kill shelters is in Tempe, Ariz.: Lost Our Home Pet Rescue. They need and welcome volunteers - for whom thorough training is provided - to help provide not only... Full Story


Arizona And Nevada's Largest Boat Show Is On The Calendar: April 8-10 At Lake Havasu
The count-down to the 25th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented by Frontier Communications and Mohave State Bank, has begun. This year, the Lake Havasu Boat Show opens on Friday, April 8 and runs... Full Story

Don't miss their Outdoor Expo April 2nd and 3rd.
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Outdoor enthusiasts have been familiar with Arizona Boating & Watersports and Western Outdoor Times for over ten years. Our newer site Western Outdoor Times not only covers the familiar topics but also includes... Full Story


From Jousting To Mermaids
Revel in the atmosphere of 16th century Europe! Explore our 30-acre festival village filled with 13 stages of nonstop entertainment: performances of music, dance, comedy, falconry and acrobatics.... Full Story


Plenty Of Good Reasons To Renew Fishing And Hunting Licenses Soon
Several fisheries are set to open in the weeks ahead, and the year’s first hunting season isn’t far behind. With a new season of outdoor adventures about to begin, Washingtonians might want to... Full Story



State Offers Opportunities for the Public and Boating Facility Operators to Help Keep California's Waterways Clean and Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s Boating Clean and Green Program and its partners are offering volunteer opportunities, workshops and seminars on ways to help keep California’s waterways... Full Story


Boat Ramps Are Opening Across Colorado
Taking to the water in your power boat, sailboat, jet ski?, or canoe is a great way to enjoy Colorado's many waterways. Whether you're swimming or boating, it's important to use common sense... Website Full Story


Join us all at Pleasant Harbor Marina March 18, 19 and 20th for
Bill Luke Bass Days.
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Gost® Releases Powerful Tracker APP
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – GOST® (Global Ocean Security Technologies), celebrating its 10th year as a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced... Full Story



Kind Words From Our Readers - Tooting Our Own Horn

We at Arizona Boating & Watersports, AZBW / WOT Weekly, Rock The Boat and Western Outdoor Times appreciate the kind comments made by our readers and subscribers. Thank you all... Full Story


Making Bass Fishing Great Again
Bill Luke Bass Days is "Making Bass Fishing Great Again!" The 18th annual event at Pleasant Harbor RV Resort and Marina is handing out over $50,000 in cash prizes over the course of the three-days... Full Story


NEW! Camping Cabins at Lyman Lake and Alamo Lake State Parks
(Phoenix, Arizona - March 9, 2016) - Imagine your next camping trip...waking up from a good night sleep on a comfortable bed, you walk out the front door onto the porch and breathe the fresh cool... Full Story



'But Wait; There's More'

Most Arizonans, as well as many from outside the state, are familiar with beautiful Bartlett Lake. They have enjoyed the well-run marina, the availability of both dry and wet slips, the amenities for ... Full Story


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ISE Hosts The Valley's Only Boat Show
The 16th annual International Sportsmen Exposition & Arizona Boat Show has moved across town to WestWorld of Scottsdale. And more than doubled its size! Now there are two full buildings - one for ... Full Story


Plenty Of Good Reasons To Renew Fishing And Hunting Licenses Soon
Several fisheries are set to open in the weeks ahead, and the year's first hunting season isn't far behind. With a new season of outdoor adventures about to begin, Washingtonians might want to... Full Story


The Well-Dressed Shooter
There are a few absolute essentials that every shooter, no matter what his sport, must wear. No range will let you shoot without "eyes and ears" - eye protection and hearing protection. That being... Full Story


WDFW Begins Status Reviews, Seeks Information On 9 Wildlife Species
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking updated information about nine wildlife species as part of a review of native wildlife populations listed by the state as... Full Story


On The Cover - Warming Spring Weather Brings Out "The Best
Carol L Allen

The warming spring weather brings out "the best in show". Make that plural: shows! The first of the Arizona favorites is the 16th annual International Sportsmen Exposition & Arizona Boat Show,... Full Story



Downstream - Events Calendar, March 2016
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Business Spotlight - Descale-It Is A Favorite Of Boaters
It is our pleasure to turn the spotlight on DeScale-It products in this issue. Not only does the company have many happy and satisfied customers, but also this is a local Arizona company, located in... Full Story



Arizona And Nevada's Largest Boat Show Is On The Calendar: April 8-10 At Lake Havasu
The count-down to the 25th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented by Frontier Communications and Mohave State Bank, has begun. This year, the Lake Havasu Boat Show opens on Friday, April 8 and runs... Full Story



BoatUS Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary In 2016
In 1966, boaters could buy a new mid-sized cruiser for about $7,000, outboard engines had just surpassed 100 horsepower, and recreational boating was growing on a large scale across America. It was... Full Story



From Jousting To Mermaids
Revel in the atmosphere of 16th century Europe! Explore our 30-acre festival village filled with 13 stages of nonstop entertainment: performances of music, dance, comedy, falconry and acrobatics.... Full Story



Get Ready For The Largest Hands-On Outdoor Expo In Arizona
The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo is all set for Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Admission and parking are free! From Wildlife To ... Full Story



Here's Some Great Gear For The Outdoors - Margie Anderson
The SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trades) was held in Las Vegas this past January. As always, the show was enormous and it took several days to get around to seeing everything. Even... Full Story



ISE Hosts The Valley's Only Boat Show
The 16th annual International Sportsmen Exposition & Arizona Boat Show has moved across town to WestWorld of Scottsdale. And more than doubled its size! Now there are two full buildings - one for ... Full Story



Making Bass Fishing Great Again
Bill Luke Bass Days is "Making Bass Fishing Great Again!" The 18th annual event at Pleasant Harbor RV Resort and Marina is handing out over $50,000 in cash prizes over the course of the three-days... Full Story



San Diego Yellowtail Time
YELLOWTAIL TIME – The eighth annual Yellowtail Derby is set for Saturday, April 30 through Sunday, June 5. This premier fishing event out of San Diego offers a total of $30,000 in cash and prizes... Full Story



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34rd Annual Archaeology Expo At Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

For the entire month of March 2016, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)/Arizona State Parks (ASP) is coordinating activities throughout the state for the 34th annual celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Full Story


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A Weed Over Troubled Water
The plant's scientific name is your first clue that it is something that you do not want. Botanists know it as Salvinia molesta. It's commonly known as giant salvinia. Native to South America, the... Full Story


Dark Skies Storytelling At Grand Canyon On Friday, February 26
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to join Charley Bulletts for a special hour long dark skies presentation at Mather Point Amphitheater on February 26, 2016 at... Full Story


Get Nest Boxes Ready For New Occupants
Spring may officially be several weeks off, but now is the time to get your bird nest boxes cleaned out and ready for new, incoming occupants. If you don't already have nest boxes up, this is the... Full Story


NMMA Recognizes 46 Boat and Engine Manufacturers with Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards
CHICAGO—February 11, 2016—The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announced 46 recipients of the 2015 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards for excellence in ... Full Story



Re-Enactments of Southwest Civil War Skirmishes at Picacho Peak State Park at "Civil War in the Southwest" on March 19-20

Arizona Civil War skirmish, battle of picacho pass, and the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and Val Verde at "Civil War in The Southwest" at picacho peak state park. The three re-enactments will take place on Full Story



WDFW approves razor clam digs at Copalis, Mocrocks

OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can count on openings beginning Feb. 19 at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, state shellfish managers announced today. Additionally, Long Beach remains open to clam digging ... Full Story


Yellowtail Derby 2016
Last month two amazing fish were landed in our San Diego waters. A 50# Yellowtail was landed off La Jolla by angler Naum. The photo is by Victor Posada. Kayak angler, Brian Fagan, on Jan 28, landed a ... Full Story


Arizona's Lakes - Introduction by Margie Anderson
Arizona is much more than desert — we have a lake for every taste. Do you like warm air, skiing, lots of people to meet and plenty of room for watersports? Try one of the large Colorado River impoundments, one of the Salt River Lakes, or Full Story

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Arizona Marinas
Whether you already live in Arizona or are planning to visit our beautiful desert from another state or even out of the country, you shouldn't miss our great... Full Story


Little Bits Of Fun
I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now. Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you! You know that tingly little... Full Story



One Million and Growing: Arizona's Canadian Tourists

PHOENIX, AZ (February 8, 2016) - Record breaking is simply the best way to describe Arizona's unique relationship with Canada as the state celebrates Canada Week. For the first time ever, 2015 brought more than one... Full Story



Public Meeting On Salmon Forecasts, Season-Setting Process Scheduled On March 1

OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year's salmon returns and potential fishing seasons during a public... Full Story


Eliminating Waterspots On RV Finishes Is Easy
Rain and rinse water often leave behind unsightly spots on glass and otherwise perfect RV finishes-even those that have been recently waxed or treated. Using Shurhold's innovative SHUR-Dry Flexible... Full Story



Interior Department Proposes Adaptive Management Framework For Glen Canyon Dam
The U.S. Department of the Interior has released a proposed framework for adaptively managing Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years with the goal of creating certainty and predictability for power... Full Story


ISE Moves 2016 Expo To WestWorld Of Scottsdale
The 16th annual International Sportsmen Exposition & Arizona Boat Show has moved across town to WestWorld of Scottsdale. And more than doubled its size! Now there are two full buildings - one for ... Full Story


Kahtoola Uphill Race
SKI UP! – The 9th annual Kahtoola Uphill Race, presented by Kahtoola at the Arizona Snowbowl, is set for Saturday, Feb. 20, from 5:15-8:15 p.m. (approximately). Admission costs are $75 for the... Full Story



Registrations Open For Arizona's Senior Olympics

Online registrations are now open for the 2016 Arizona Senior Olympic Games, which will be held from Saturday, February 6th through Sunday, March 13th.. Shooters are urged to sign up early, using the ... Full Story



SeaWorld San Diego To Deliver Year-Round Fun In 2016

SeaWorld® San Diego has a boatload of reasons to visit the marine park again and again in 2016, starting off by ringing in the Lunar New Year with a special celebration in February. Next, animal... Full Story


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AZGFD Offers Fish Tips, 'New News'

Tip Alamo Lake can be a crappie hot spot this time of the year. Heavy rains might delay the great winter crappie bite, but it bodes well for the lake's productivity. Catfishing can still be... Full Story


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International Nautical Congress of Colombia, 27-29 April 2016
Developed and organized by the newly formed trade association, Asociación Náutica de Colombia (ANC), together with partners National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Centro de Convenciones... Full Story


National Hunting And Fishing Day - Join In This Nationwide Celebration
Honorary Chair: Johnny Morris National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) has named leading national conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris to serve as the honorary chair for NHF Day ... Full Story



NMMA, ICOMIA, ASONáUTICA Launch Colombia International Nautical Congress

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and Asociación Náutica de Colombia (ANC) announced today they will produce the... Full Story


New Rules Approved To Combat Aquatic Invasive Species
SANTA FE – All boats soon will be subject to inspection and possible decontamination before launching in New Mexico waters under new rules adopted to combat the spread of harmful aquatic invasive... Full Story


Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
IT'S A GO! – For mountain-bike enthusiasts, Sedona offers the Mountain Bike Festival, March 4-6. This is a three-day mountain-bike celebration that includes a main expo area, bike... Full Story


On The Cover - We Celebrate This Century Mark
Carol L Allen

It's been 100 years! Well, almost. But, this summer it will be.. On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that created the National Park Service. And, Arizona has benefitted greatly... Full Story



Downstream - Events Calendar, February 2016
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Arizona Students Can Immerse Themselves In The 16th Century
The Arizona Renaissance Festival gives students a chance to do more than just read about history. We let them experience it! The Renaissance ideas that laid foundation for later inventions are still... Full Story



Boyce Thompson Arboretum - Visiting Here Never Gets Old
Margie Anderson

One of our favorite places for a relaxing and beautiful hike is the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park on Highway 60 just south of Superior, Ariz. This lovely place is open every day from 8 a.m. to... Full Story



Congratulations! Margie Anderson
Margie Anderson has again been honored with the Arizona Game & Fish Commission's "Outdoor Writer of the Year" award. Anderson and her husband John are invaluable parts of our Arizona Boating... Full Story



From The Deck - Of Lites & Lasers: I'm Impressed
Don McDowell

I review hundreds of products over the course of the year and few have the "WOW" factor this one does. In today's society, personal security is on everyone's mind. Choosing a hand gun for personal... Full Story



Grand Canyon West Tops One Million Visitor Mark; Tourism Soared In 2015
A soaring number of visitors to the Grand Canyon Skywalk and other Grand Canyon West tourism attractions made 2015 a record year for the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation. On Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, the ... Full Story



Here's The Big One!
Bill Luke Bass Days is the Southwest's largest family fishing tournament and festival - to be held March 18, 19, 20 at Lake Pleasant. This year's version is sure to be one of our biggest events! For... Full Story



ISE Moves 2016 Expo To WestWorld Of Scottsdale
The 16th annual International Sportsmen Exposition & Arizona Boat Show has moved across town to WestWorld of Scottsdale. And more than doubled its size! Now there are two full buildings - one for ... Full Story



The 25th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show Preps For Silver-Anniversary Celebration
The count-down to the 25th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented by Frontier Communications and Mohave State Bank, has begun. This year, the Lake Havasu Boat Show opens on Friday, April 8 and runs... Full Story



What Price Is Enough?
John Koleszar

John ("JK") Koleszar can be reached at elkhabitat@gmail.com. Before anyone sets out the lynch mobs, let me be perfectly clear - I really like horses. I rode them for years, found them to be beautiful ... Full Story



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Arizona Conservation Wildlife License
When you display the Arizona Conservation Wildlife license plate, you are helping conserve and restore wildlife habitat in Arizona. Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation manages grant funds... Full Story


Don't miss the giant WesternBass.com Aquarium Demonstration Tank, presented by Arizona Boating and Watersports magazine.
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Fur And Feather - Those Who Help Need Your Help

It's cold in the winter in Pie Town, N.M., and this animal sanctuary badly needs your help. Please go online to help those who help so many of our four-legged friends. Fur and Feather Animal... Full Story


Pasquinelli Produce Pairs With Yuma Lettuce Days For Salúd To The Field Workers
YUMA, ARIZONA – New to Yuma Lettuce Days in 2016, Salúd to the Field Workers presented by Pasquinelli Produce will feature a series of presentations and exhibits recognizing the tireless labor of... Full Story



Puget Sound Recreational Shrimp Fishery Will Open May 14

OLYMPIA – Recreational spot shrimp fishing in Puget Sound will open Saturday, May 14 – one week later than usual, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today. Shellfish... Full Story


Take The Challenge: Go Explore Arizona's Trout Waters
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is launching a new program to encourage anglers to learn more about trout fishing in Arizona. The Arizona Trout Challenge Program is an incentive program that... Full Story


Temporary Public Land Closures Scheduled For Parker Races
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lake Havasu Field Office has announced the temporary closure of selected public lands in La Paz County, for two days in January and... Full Story


'Backbone' Of America's Boating Safety, Angling Conservation Reauthorized
In a victory for boaters and anglers, the recent passage of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act also includes re-authorization of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund... Full Story








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'Just Wear It' Is Working
The Arizona Game and Fish Department swapped approximately 800 old and tattered life jackets with new ones during life jacket exchange events at area lakes this past summer. During the popular... Full Story


New Powerboat Sales Continue Surge in 2015; Boating Industry To Approach Pre-Recession Levels in 2016
New powerboat sales are on a multi-year rise with pre-recession levels on the horizon in several boat segments as early as 2016. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the leading... Full Story



The Beginning Of Jousting

The origins of jousting are believed to be in classical Rome, but the "sport" rose to its greatest popularity in Europe by the 1400s. It all evolved from mock battles in which knights on horseback,... Full Story



Top-Five Arizona Winter Fishing Holes Keep Reels Humming

In Arizona, winter doesn't have to mean sending boats and rods and reels into hibernation. While outdoor recreation opportunities across many U.S. states shut down during the season of freeze,... Full Story


Viewing The Arizona Skies
Santa Catalina Mountains is the Backdrop for Viewing the Skies through Telescopes at Catalina State Park on January 30. If you have a sense of curiosity about twinkling lights in the night sky, come... Full Story

AZGF Commission Awards Banquet Set For Jan. 16
The annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85044. The event will ... Full Story


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Boaters Urged To Be Safe In 2016 - Ed Huntsman USCG District Eight Recreational Boating Safety Program Manager
Recent rain and snow storms bringing both snowpack up north and flooding across the west and mid-west have many thinking that water levels in surrounding lakes and rivers will be increasing as the... Full Story

Interior Department Proposes Adaptive Management Framework for Glen Canyon Dam
PAGE, Ariz. – *The U.S. Department of the Interior today released a proposed framework for adaptively managing Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years with the goal of creating certainty and... Full Story



Sick of El Niño? NASA Says "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"

Information provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As we begin 2016, a week of heavy rains are predicted San Diego and Arizona. Anticipation of rising water sheds appear to... Full Story


Who Knew Life With An Outdoorsman Was This Funny
"The day I came home to find a deer head boiling in my favorite Calphalon stockpot was the day I realized there was no going back - I had become a full-fledged Camo Queen," Kristen Berube says with... Full Story


Winter Weather Message from Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon, Ariz.* – Over the last 24 hours Grand Canyon National Park has received heavy snowfall resulting in significant snow accumulation. The National Weather Service is predicting... Full Story


On The Cover - 2016 - Launching A New Year
This months beautiful cover comes to us from Boat US. The article, 'Backbone' Of America's Boating Safety, Angling Conservation Reauthorized, reminds us that boating... Full Story



Downstream - Events Calendar, January 2016
Editor's Note: We have decided to add more events to this issue of Downstream. Please see the section following 'editors note' toward the middle of this section for many more events than will appear in our... Full Story



A Salute To The Stars
Since 1983, the Arizona Aqua Stars Team has been developing girls and women into nationally accomplished athletes in the sport of synchronized swimming. The past 10 years have seen the AAS team... Full Story



Did You Get An OHV Over The Holidays?
Another year has passed and either you or someone you know somehow landed on Santa's "nice list" and may have received a new off-highway vehicle (OHV) during the holidays. But before jumping behind... Full Story



Fur And Feather - Those Who Help Need Your Help
by Carol L Allen, Editor

It's cold in the winter in Pie Town, N.M., and this animal sanctuary badly needs your help. Please go online to help those who help so many of our four-legged friends. Fur and Feather Animal... Full Story



Hunting And Angling Heritage Workgroup To Meet Jan. 30
By Doug Burt - Hunting and Shooting Sports Program Manager

The annual Winter HAHWG meeting will be Saturday, Jan. 30. It will be a one-day meeting format as last year, here at the Game and Fish office, at the Archery Center at the north end of the BASF... Full Story



Looking Through Water Now Available - Bob Rich
Bob Rich is a storyteller. Many people know this about Rich through his nearly three decades-old friendships made in the course of fishing across the globe and through his books. As a gentleman... Full Story



Proper Federal Resources Needed To Address Stubborn Burro Issue
by Kurt R. Davis - AZGFD Commission Chairman

It is the role of the Arizona Game and Fish Department to conserve, protect and manage more than 800 wildlife species within the state's boundaries – more than any non-coastal state in our nation. ... Full Story



Situational Awareness And America's Waterway Watch
by Captain Dave Esparza

As a boater, you know what is normal and what is not. For example, you see someone taking pictures of a dam, and you think to yourself, that's not normal. Well maybe it is and possibly it is not.... Full Story



Start With New Years Day Hikes
By Margie Anderson - AZGFD 2015 Writer Of The Year Recipient

The State Parks in Arizona are offering guided hikes for New Years Day as part of a program called 1st Day Hikes. Guided hikes are great, even if you are an experienced hiker, because the guides will ... Full Story



Walk-In Water Troughs
By JK Koleszar, Special Features Editor

Each year the Arizona Deer Association works with the Arizona Game & Fish Department Development Branch on worthwhile projects designed to help all wildlife but in particular, deer. The photos... Full Story



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Commercial Crab Fishing Delayed Again On Washington's South Coast
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is again delaying the commercial Dungeness crab fishery on a small section of Washington's southern coast. The decision was made in ... Full Story


Expect More Fish

This summer the comment was that El Niño is "significant and strengthening," and that it could rival the strongest on record - even the Super El Niño of 1997. The prediction was that perhaps it... Full Story


Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim Closed For The Winter Season
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed State Route 67 between Jacob Lake and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The North Rim is now closed to vehicle... Full Story


Looking For Places To Ride? Join An OHV Club
One question inevitably befalls most of Arizona's off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts at one time or another: Where can I and/or my family ride safely? Rather than running the risk of heading down... Full Story



Maritime Museum Needs Help

Embarcadero?Have you ever wanted to volunteer or donate your time and not know where to begin? This is your opportunity to become a docent volunteer at the top ranked maritime museum in North... Full Story


Public Swaps 800 Old Life Jackets For New In 2015 Under AZGFD's Life Jacket Exchange Program
The Arizona Game and Fish Department swapped approximately 800 old and tattered life jackets with new ones during life jacket exchange events at area lakes this past summer. During the popular... Full Story

12 Projects Receive State Grants To Restore Puget Sound Shorelines
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has begun distributing $8.2 million in funding for 12 local projects designed to protect and restore the natural shorelines around... Full Story


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Governor Ducey Makes Appointment To Game And Fish Commission

PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey has appointed Eric Slocum Sparks to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Mr. Sparks is an attorney practicing in Tucson since 1987, specializing in debtor bankruptcy... Full Story


Grand Banks Yachts Is Set To Debut Its Latest Offering

Grand Banks Yachts is set to debut its latest offering, the GB60. Leveraging the latest in marine technology, hull #1 of the 65' cruiser features Twin Disc maneuverability and control. For many,... Full Story


NRA Grant Helps Fund Improvements At Northern Arizona Shooting Range
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A bigger and better trap range awaits recreational shooters at the Northern Arizona Shooting Range, one of 10 public shooting facilities managed by the Arizona Game and Fish... Full Story


Rigging An Electric Outboard Motor Is Quick, Easy
Light, quiet and odor-free, electric outboard motors are a convenient and economical alternative to a traditional gasoline-powered engine. They're also far easier to rig and have a range of... Full Story


Welcome, Winter Temps And The Trout!
Tip Of The Week Silver Creek near Show Low is a spring creek that comes out of the ground at a constant temperature and does not freeze in the winter. Catch-and-release fishing for big rainbow trout... Full Story

One of our readers is looking for a wrecked wakeboard boat. He is in need of the tower/rack. He is rejuvinating a larger bluewater vessel and thinks this might be a good addition for antennas, etc. Don

Arizona Aqua Stars Adult Masters Team Shines At National Championships
The Arizona Aqua Stars (AAS), a nationally recognized synchronized swim team based in Mesa, Ariz., recently competed at the USA Synchronized Swimming Masters Championship in Grand Rapids, Mich. The... Full Story


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Arizona Conservation Wildlife License

When you display the Arizona Conservation Wildlife license plate, you are helping conserve and restore wildlife habitat in Arizona. Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation manages grant funds... Full Story



Arizona Renaissance Festival

Celebrating 28 years of cheers, the Arizona Renaissance Festival opens every weekend on Saturday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, March 27 2016 and on Presidents' Day. The Renaissance Festival will be open... Full Story

Happy Birthday to Ed Hale of Hales Marine Service & Transport.
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Four Of Our Favorites - Boat Parades Light-Up The Season
Throughout boating communities worldwide, parades of lights welcome the holiday season. There is nothing more spectacular than colored lights sparkling on boats as they ply the rivers and lakes and... Full Story

One of our readers is looking for a wrecked wakeboard boat. He is in need of the tower/rack. He is rejuvinating a larger bluewater vessel and thinks this might be a good addition for antennas, etc. Don

Maryellen Ferring Repeats As Ruth Beals Champ
Maryellen Ferring gets to keep the Ruth Beals trophy for another year. The trophy goes to the winner of the annual Ruth Beals Regatta, which celebrates women in sailing. The rules permit a male as... Full Story


Online Watercraft Registration Renewals Made Simpler
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has removed a fee charged for watercraft owners to renew their boat or watercraft registrations online. Removal of the $2.50 Internet transaction fee charged on... Full Story


On The Cover - This Is A Season Of Beauty
Yes, the sparkle of freshly fallen snow and the crispness of the brisk winter air are beautiful. These are elements of the season that we can see and feel and touch. However, there is much more... Full Story



Downstream - Events Calendar, December 2015
Editor's Note: We have decided to add more events to this issue of Downstream. Please see the section following 'editors note' toward the middle of this section for many more events than will appear in our... Full Story



Business Spotlight - My Core Control Can Keep You In Your Comfort Zone
My Core Control, Inc. is a Houston, Texas based company, established to bring "Personal Thermal Control Products" into existence and then to market these revolutionary products as a whole new...Full Story

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A Site Of Contrasts - Fort Bowie Is The Perfect Place For A Winter Hike
by Margie Anderson

This destination provides not only beauty and serenity but also lessons from a history that was the opposite: bloody and violent. Fort Bowie is a National Historic Site near Willcox, Ariz., between... Full Story



Captain's Corner - Hypothermia Kills Quickly
by Captain Dave Esparza

Well, another year has gone by and here it is December already. But, plenty of us are still going to the lakes and rivers across our great state. What we have to worry about this time of year is one... Full Story

The article on Hypothermia is very misleading. Is he implying that hypothermia can kill in seconds/minutes? That is absolutely not true, cold water immersion may if you aren't wearing a life jacket and gasp underwater but that is drowning not hypothermia. I challenge the writer to become hypothermic in any water in less than 30 minutes — it isn't physically possible. Don't take my word though, take the words of the two top thermophysiologists in the world — Michael Tipton and Gordon Giesbrecht.
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Firearms 101 - Aimed At The Beginner, Here Are Some Shooting Basics
by John Anderson

Being around shooting enthusiasts can be daunting. They toss the lingo around with such ease, and if you don't know the basics, you can soon be lost. There's no big mystery - most of the language... Full Story



Four Of Our Favorites - Boat Parades Light-Up The Season
by Carol L Allen

Throughout boating communities worldwide, parades of lights welcome the holiday season. There is nothing more spectacular than colored lights sparkling on boats as they ply the rivers and lakes and... Full Story



From The Deck - El Niño Expected To Lure The Fish Big Time
by Don McDowell, Shake, Rattle & Troll Radio

We spoke in August 2015 that El Niño is "significant and strengthening," and could rival the strongest on record - even the Super El Niño of 1997. Perhaps there will be more and bigger fish and... Full Story



Here Are Some Great Chances To Camp And Learn
by Doug Burt

DECEMBER Dec. 5- 6: Picketpost Small Game Hunting Camp Geared toward new and novice hunters of all ages, Includes instruction and mentoring on small game hunting (dove, quail, rabbits, coyotes) and ... Full Story



Lake Powell - The Fishery Is In Awesome Shape
by Wayne Gustaveson

Each November we conduct our annual gillnet sampling to assess adult fish population strength, numbers and health. Since we will be on the lake for two weeks, this issue's fishing report will the... Full Story



Making A Difference For Kids - Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation Does Just That
by John Koleszar

In October, the Arizona Deer Association held a youth camp. I was privileged to be part of that event and it certainly proved to be eye opening for a lot of kids under the age of 18. Through the... Full Story



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Annual Event Returns To San Diego Bay
San Diego—The best place to see the annual Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay is from the historic ferryboat Berkeley at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The parade judges are stationed aboard the ... Full Story


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Economic Impact Of Maricopa County's Open-Space Park System Reported
Have you ever wondered about the value and benefits your local park system brings to your community? Maricopa County's Parks and Recreation Department has, and as a result, conducted an economic... Full Story


New SNAME Technical Report Sets Guidelines For Small Boat Stability Testing
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, USA - SNAME has published a new technical report with guidelines for testing a small boat's lightcraft weight and center of gravity characteristics. Standard Guide for... Full Story



Recreation Sites Near Horseshoe Lake Open For Winter

The Mesquite and Horseshoe campgrounds and Fisherman's Point (also known as Catfish Point) re-opened for the winter early last month. These three areas are near Horseshoe Lake and are popular... Full Story



Tempe Town Lake Scheduled to Close for More than a Month Next Spring

Replacing the current inflated rubber Tempe Town Lake dam with concrete and steel will shut down the lake-probably next spring-for a period the city estimates will be more than one month, severely... Full Story


WDFW To Survey Beaches For Forage Fish
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is expanding its search for areas of Puget Sound where surf smelt, Pacific sand lance and other forage fish go to spawn. Over the... Full Story


Another Reminder - Coast Guard Repeats: 'Just Wear It'!
The Coast Guard rescued two people recently after their boat reportedly capsized from a ship's wave north of the Texas City dike near the Houston Ship Channel. A Good Samaritan called Sector... Full Story


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Desert Troon Companies Named 25-Year Concessionaire of Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant
Desert Troon Companies, a Scottsdale-based real estate development and investment firm, is pleased to announce that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved the transfer of the Concessionaire Management Agreement for scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant Regional Park from Skipper Marine to Desert Troon Companies... Full Story


Fur & Feather Animal Rescue - Let's Continue Laurie's Dream
Editor's Note: We were honored to have worked with Laurie when our uncle had to give up his home and his two dogs. Laurie and Brad Beauchamp at Fur & Feather in Pie Town, N.M., gave homes to... Full Story



Great Gadgets For Shooters - John Anderson

Anything that makes your favorite sport more fun, more rewarding, or easier is a welcome gift. For a shooter, there are a lot of great options at a variety of prices. Here are a few great gift ideas... Full Story


Remaining Drought Closures Lifted In The Yakima Basin
Action: Lifts closures in the Yakima Basin. Effective date: Immediately. Species affected: All game fish (trout, whitefish, etc.). Locations: Ahtanum Creek, including the North Fork and Middle Fork... Full Story



STEM - Improving Grade School With Sailing

Excerpt from Scuttlebut Thousands of city fourth graders are enjoying a new twist on science and math lessons while learning basic principles of sailing as part of Set Sail Learn, an engaging... Full Story



27th Annual SCYA Women's Sailing Convention Is The Place To Learn

Where do women sailors go to learn? The Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) will hold its 27th Annual Women's Sailing Convention on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht...Full Story


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Arizona Yacht Club News - Register Now For Ruth Beals Cup Regatta
You can register now for the annual Ruth Beals Cup Regatta, the women-at-the-helm event that honors AYC founder Ruth Beals. You do not have to be a member to race. The regatta will be Saturday...Full Story


Nov. 12 Is Deadline To Update Credit Card Information For Online Spring Draw
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds hunters who applied online for 2016 spring hunt permit-tags that 11:59 p.m. (MST) Thursday, Nov. 12, is the deadline to update their credit...Full Story


Special Presentation On USAS First Offshore Wind Farm
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (USA) - A special presentation on the construction of the USA's first offshore wind farm has been scheduled for Friday, November 6, at the World Maritime Technology Conference...Full Story



Three Of Our Favorites

Throughout boating communities worldwide, parades of lights welcome the holiday season. There is nothing more spectacular than colored lights sparkling on boats as they ply the rivers and lakes and...Full Story


On The Cover - Beware Of A Pelamis Platurus
The wild turkeys on the cover represent the beginning of the holiday season and, of course, are a reminder that Thanksgiving is coming soon. Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the fourth...Full Story



Downstream - Events Calendar, November 2015
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Aqua Stars
At press time these "water ballerinas" were competing in the USA Synchronized Swimming Master National Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich. We wish them the best and will report on the results in our ...Full Story



Brave And Beautiful
Ed Huntsman took this shot six years ago walking up to Havasupai Falls from the Colorado River in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He remembers, "It was awesome rafting from Lee's Ferry completely...Full Story



Colors In The Sky - Over 60 To Soar Above Lake Powell
Over 60 hot air balloons will fly above Lake Powell in the 13th Annual Page Lake Powell Hot Air Balloon Regatta Friday through Sunday Nov 6 – Nov 8. The balloons will lift off each morning at 7...Full Story



It's Shopping Season - Here Are Some Great Gifts For The Angler In Your Life
Every angler loves to get fishing gear as a gift, but if you're not a fisherman yourself, it can be difficult to pick out something useful and appropriate. A great gift for a bass angler is not...Full Story



It's Time Again To Celebrate The Sand, The Water, And More
Welcome to the 4th Annual Sand-Water-RV Expo in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of off-roading, RVing and boating. The 2015 Sand-Water-RV Expo captures the spirit and passion ...Full Story



Life Jacket Recall
Mustang Survival has announced it is voluntarily recalling two selected models of inflatable personal flotation devices (PFDs) manufactured in Canada between September 2014 and September 2015. The...Full Story



NMMA Warns Cuba Cruisers To 'Manage Expectations'
Gaviota Varadero Marina - a new marina built and owned by the Cuban government - is 98 percent unoccupied. Many marinas in Cuba are in disrepair and amenities are difficult to come by. U.S. boaters...Full Story



Roll Call for "MIKE" 10-21-15
A bomb-sniffing combat dog named Mike survived two tours of duty in Iraq but not the streets of a bucolic little town in Wyoming. The 9-year-old Belgian Malinois was shot and killed in Powell last...Full Story



Steve Jobs's Yacht - Venus Launched Posthumously
Editor's Note (Superyachttimes.com): With the movie re: Steve Jobs playing currently, we thought it a good time to run this article about his incredible yacht. Before his death, former Apple CEO...Full Story



Wake Zone: 'In My Opinion'
William “Billy” Edwards went to work last month, just as he has done every day for the past 25 years. He followed in his father's footsteps as a computer consultant. His father was one of the...Full Story



Wallace Winners - Saguaro Lake Cats
Mike Wallace reports that these cats were caught at Saguaro Lake while he was night fishing from shore with his son Aaron. Wallace says, " Most people this time of year have racked the poles, but...Full Story



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23 Leading Distributors Now Offer Clean Way Fuel Fill

FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA (USA) – Twenty-three leading marine products distributors now offer the new Clean Way Fuel Fill™, which prevents boat fuel from spilling on people, boats and in the water....Full Story









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Ballast Water Management (BWM) Program Update

This bulletin provides an update on aspects of the Coast Guard's Ballast Water Management (BWM) program. It includes guidance to comply with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151,...Full Story

Make 'Date Night' Unforgettable In Yuma
YUMA, ARIZONA - Think that enjoying a multi-course gourmet dinner under the stars in a date grove is a treat only available to pashas and potentates? Think again - and enjoy an unforgettable 'Date...Full Story



More Than 125,000 Trout Destined For Area Lakes, Autumn Anglers' Tables
OLYMPIA – With some 125,000 trout scheduled for stocking in western Washington lakes, area anglers should have an excellent chance at phenomenal fishing this fall and through the holiday season....Full Story

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Simple Course, Complex Race
The idea of circumnavigating Sicily appeals to many. The lure of dramatic scenery, active volcanoes, dolphins jumping across your bow and extended summer is intense. For the sailor, the Rolex Middle...Full Story


'Every Kid In A Park' Initiative

Grand Canyon National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program. As of September 1, fourth grade students can now...Full Story











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Gas-Restricted Waters Not An Issue With An Electric Outboard
Many lakes and ponds are off-limits to gasoline-powered boats. Fishermen, photographers and naturalists rely on eco-friendly Flover electric outboard motors to explore these peaceful waters. Flover...Full Story


Great Gifts For Shooters - John Anderson

Ah, it's almost that time of year again! Time for my wife to do all the holiday shopping, decorating, cooking, baking, buying and wrapping gifts, etc. I just do the paying. Since those days will be...Full Story

Largest Black Marlin Ever Landed In California Waters
Caught by Rob Epstein 15 Oct 2015, weighed in 16 Oct at The Marlin Club by Don Wroncy and John Campbell, IGFA...Full Story


Winterizing Your Boat
Unlike this vessel, boats that are properly winterized (yes, even in Arizona) are most likely to enter next year's boating season without damage and ready to hit the water. Check ...Full Story

On The Cover - Fall Covers To Fast Boats
Arizona is a dynamic state with a wide array of climate zones, and conditions particularly in the northern part of the Grand Canyon State allow for a beautiful array of fall foliage colors from...Full Story

Downstream - Events Calendar, October 2015
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Captain's Corner - Captain Dave Esparza
The biggest concern that I have with the boating public is the lack of responsibility. What does that mean? When you sit behind the wheel of a boat, or on a personal watercraft or in front of the...Full Story

Color Me An Arizona Autumn - Carol L Allen
Often hailed as Arizona's capital of autumn, Flagstaff is a leaf peeper's paradise. To experience the season at its most exhilarating visitors flock to the trails around 8,000 feet elevation; where...Full Story


Congratulations, Margie Anderson! - Arizona Game & Fish 2015 Awards Announced
Editor's Note: All of us at Arizona Boating & Watersports/Western Outdoor Times congratulate our Outdoor Editor Margie Anderson on her third win of the Arizona Game & Fish Commission's award...Full Story


Galley Proof - Mmm ... Fish Tacos - Stripers Make Super Fish Tacos
Stripers make for great fish tacos because of their mild, flaky, white meat, and medium texture. Also, the average-sized striper (10-12 inches) naturally fits into taco shells. If anything were meant ...Full Story


Great Gifts For Outdoorsy Types - Margie Anderson
Before you know it, the annual gift-giving season will be upon us. I don't know about you, but I like to start the shopping early to spread the cost over a couple of months. If you've got outdoor...Full Story


In Memory Of Kathryn Marie Graves Martin ("Katie")
We shall miss our visits with Katie at Martin Marine - (and the red licorice she always had on hand for customers and visitors). Katie has been described by those close to her as "a free spirit who...Full Story


McDowell Continues Original Challenged America Mission
Shake Rattle and Troll Outdoors" recently took possession of a 42' Grand Banks trawler. The vessel is of mid-1970s vintage and is powered by twin 135 HP Lehman diesels. The vessel originally was...Full Story


Marlin Makes History
This Pacific blue marlin weighed in at San Diego's Marlin Club at 662.2 # on Sept.23. This is a rare catch for these waters; they are generally found in warmer waters. However, area waters are warm...Full Story


Monster Bash 2015 Marks Eight Years
Monster Bash 2015 is upon us - Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 in Lake Havasu, Ariz. We are excited to announce we will be supporting Monster Bash 2015 as the Title Sponsor. We have the 2015...Full Story


Responsibility - Captain Dave Esparza
The biggest concern that I have with the boating public is the lack of responsibility. What does that mean? When you sit behind the wheel of a boat, or on a personal watercraft or in front of the...Full Story


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Applications Sought For Arizona Game And Fish Commission
PHOENIX -- Governor Ducey's Office of Boards and Commissions is currently accepting applications for the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Applications must be received or postmarked no later than 5...Full Story



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Cultural Demonstrator Series to Continue at Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Starting September 26 the Desert View Watchtower will again host a cultural demonstrator series. The series provides park visitors the opportunity to interact with members of...Full Story


Jimmy Buffett's Search for Perfect "Surfari" Sailboat is Over

NEWPORT, R.I. (September 15, 2015) – Jimmy Buffett's famous lifestyle, delightfully infused with copious amounts of "island escapism," pairs perfectly with the personality of the Surfari 44 that...Full Story

San Diego Blue Marlin
This is a Pacific Blue Marlin weighed in at the Marlin Club at 662.2 #, 23 Sept 2015. This is a rare catch for this waters, they are generally found in warmer waters, but we have warm 74 to 78 degree ...Full Story


Tree Removal and Trimming at Indian Garden, September 28-30, 2015

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Tree removal and trimming will occur adjacent to the Bright Angel Trail near the Indian Garden day-use area Monday, September 28 through Wednesday, September 30. Th work may...Full Story

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Attention Anglers:
As of May 27, 2015, new regulations mandate that all passengers fishing within 12 miles of Mexico's coast and their islands must possess a valid passport. This applies to ¾ day and full-day...Full Story

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Bait Worked Well

Brothers Jackson (10, right) and Vance (8, left) caught some large stripers while fishing with bait along Lake Powell?s shady canyon walls first thing in the morning. Striper boils get the most...Full Story


Forest Service Changes Tonto National Forest Recreation Fees

Tonto National Forest officials are changing recreation fees at campgrounds, day-use sites, boat launches, and shoreline areas beginning on January 1, 2016. In 2004, Congress passed the Federal...Full Story


Paddle vs. Prop: 'Heads Up' When Boats Are Around
When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has led the nation in growth with a 38 percent increase in participation from 2013 to 2014, according to the Outdoor Foundation's ...Full Story

Tony Klarich Celebrates 50, 50 Times Over!
CANYON LAKE, Calif. - There are a lot of different ways people celebrate their 50th birthdays, but water skier extraordinaire, Tony Klarich, did something that's never been done before. He planned to ...Full Story


Find Your Park And Enjoy Two Fee-Free Days

The National Park Service turned 99 years old on Aug. 25. In preparation for next year's big centennial celebration, the National Park Service is inviting everyone to Find Your Park...Full Story

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Going 'Virtual': How Do You Want Your Aids To Navigation?
For recreational boaters, the waterway signposts known as aids to navigation are critical for a safe journey. But, what if an aid to navigation (ATON) such as a floating buoy marking the edge a...Full Story


Grants Available To Help Pay For Visiting-Boater Facilities

Visiting boaters, whether staying over for just one night or a couple weeks, offer real economic benefits and add to the vitality of waterfront communities, marinas and boat clubs. But laying out the ...Full Story


I Can't Tune A Piano, But I Can Tuna Fish?
The San Diego-based sport fishing continues to boat good numbers of blue fin, yellow fin, yellow tail and dorado within U.S. waters. The anglers are coming, the boats are going, and the fish are...Full Story

WDFW Seeks Nominations For Willapa Bay Salmon Advisory Group
OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Sept. 15 for membership on its advisory group for salmon management in Willapa Bay. The advisory group...Full Story


AZGFD Offers 10 Tips For Safe, Responsible OHV Riding

With summer in full swing, many Arizona residents and visitors are planning to hop on their off-highway vehicle (OHV). Before hitting the trail, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds...Full Story

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Celebrate Prescott's Great Outdoors
Please join us for the fourth year this ever-expanding event highlighting the many outdoor recreational opportunities, organizations, resources, equipment, and businesses in the Quad-Cities and...Full Story

Coast Guard: Pointing Lasers At Responders Is Dangerous, Illegal
From U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District External Affairs PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The Coast Guard is warning the public that pointing handheld lasers at Coast Guard boat and aircrews is dangerous and...Full Story

Living History Returns To Grand Canyon
"Echoes from the Canyon," Grand Canyon National Park's popular living history program, returns for the fourth year in a row. Park rangers, in character as historic Grand Canyon figures, will take the ...Full Story


San Diego Scoop

Finally there is conclusive proof that there is much more to San Diego's history than Old Town! San Diego Legends, 2nd Edition contains more than 100 off-the-bubble stories of San Diego's past that,...Full Story

13th Annual Young Angler's Tournament 2015 Results
An army of volunteers began arriving at sunup at Shelter Island pier in Point Loma on Saturday, August 8th. San Diego Sportfishing Council event coordinator Vic Gamboa led the team of volunteers...Full Story

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Destination: Flagstaff
We have been taking our granddaughters on hiking vacations to Flagstaff every summer for the past twelve years or so. Recently, the oldest received a scholarship to NAU and while she was at...Full Story

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El Niño Is 'Significant And Strengthening
Don McDowell - "Shake, Rattle & Troll" Radio El Niño is 'significant and strengthening,' could rival strongest on record even the Super El Niño of 1997. Perhaps more and bigger fish and much...Full Story


Nautical Notes

Starboard: The right side of the boat, as you look toward the bow from the back, is the starboard side of the boat. It comes from the Old English term: steorbored, "the side on which the boat is...Full Story


Portion Of Marine Area 9 Closes To Salmon Fishing

Action: Fishing for salmon is closed south and west of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point to the Hood Canal Bridge within Marine Catch Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet), except angling for salmon...Full Story

Seven Steps To A Clean Gun
A lot of people think that cleaning a gun is a long, involved process that requires mountains of patches, lots of smelly chemicals, and way too much time. I've been cleaning guns for over 50 years...Full Story

The Fine Art Of BBQ
We are about to enter the BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following...Full Story

ADEQ Recommends Limiting Consumption Of Channel Catfish And Largemouth Bass Caught In Bartlett Lake
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, in association with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, has issued a fish consumption advisory recommending that people limit consumption of channel ...Full Story

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Crossing Paths With Washington's Wildlife
It doesn't take much looking across the state this month to see huge aggregations of birds – this year's production of many migrant species that are gathering now and will be moving south soon. ...Full Story


Grand Canyon National Park's Lead Helitack and Paramedic, Eric Graff, Wins National Award

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Tenacious. Diligent. Innovative. These attributes are only a few of the reasons why Eric Graff, Lead Helitack and paramedic at Grand Canyon National Park, received the...Full Story


Pronghorn Antelope Numbers On Rise

TUCSON – After four years of comprehensive, science-based management efforts, the number of pronghorn antelope and their increased distribution through Game Management Units 34A, 34B and 35A in...Full Story

Remembering Jimmy
Jimmy was a gentle soul with the patience of a saint. For me as a child, the Paint Shop held endless fascination. Jimmy not only tolerated my harebrained ideas (like an obsession to paint big...Full Story

Upcoming Teacher and Classroom Programs
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year. We hope that you found both rest and inspiration this summer. We have some very exciting educator workshops planned for the school year. Below you can find...Full Story

WDFW Takes Steps To Reduce Effects Of Drought At Fish Hatcheries
OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are working to minimize the effects of drought on fish at hatcheries across Washington state. More than a dozen of the 83 fish hatcheries operated by the Washington ...Full Story


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Arizona Continues To Improve Hunting/Fishing Education Programs
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Wildlife conservation partners of the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup (HAHWG, pronounced "hog"), which is coordinated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, met in...Full Story

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Commission To Consider Waterfowl Seasons, Discuss Steelhead Management
OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will conduct a public hearing and take action on proposed 2015-16 migratory waterfowl hunting seasons during a public meeting Aug. 7-8 in...Full Story


Missing Man at South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On Friday, July 31, 2015 the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a phone call reporting a missing individual at Grand Canyon National Park. Justin Kremer of...Full Story

Port of San Diego's Festival of Sail Will Grace San Diego's Waterfront
SAN DIEGO—The Port of San Diego 2015 Festival of Sail, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, will transform the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park. More than twenty tall ships and...Full Story

Quillayute River System Tributaries To Close
Action: Closes the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah, and Dickey rivers and all their tributaries, and upper 475 yards of the Quillayute River to all fishing. Effective date: Aug. 1, 2015, until further...Full Story

Straight From The Farm - Local Author Shares Iowa Memories
Retired longtime Tempe newspaper editor and writer-columnist Lawn Griffiths has published Batting Rocks Over the Barn – A Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey. It is published by Xlibris Press, a division of...Full Story

On The Cover - Take A Trip Back In Time
Riordan State Park - Memories In A Mansion - Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic...Full Story

Downstream - Events Calendar, August 2015
Find out what is happening this month. There is something for everyone. Don't forget to send us information on your upcoming...Full Story

Busy At Bartlett - Two Major Events, A New Restaurant/Store On Tap
Day On The Lake The Day on the Lake program is the only adapted watersports program for those with physical and neurological disabilities offered in Arizona. Summer 2015 marks our 19th year of...Full Story

Expert Editors - Outstanding Outdoorsmen Join Our Crew
Western Outdoor Times/Arizona Boating & Watersports welcomes two new editors, Don McDowell and John ("JK") Koleszar, to their staff. McDowell, renowned fresh and saltwater angler and host of...Full Story

Read All About It! - Western Outdoor Times Now Distributed In Downtown Tempe Modular newsracks are in place in a pilot area along Mill Avenue.

The City of Tempe, in partnership with the Downtown Tempe Authority (DTA), solicited bids and awarded a contract to City Solutions Inc (CSI). for the placement of modular newsracks in a pilot area...Full Story

Upper Columbia To Close For Sockeye Salmon Retention
Actions: Close the Columbia River to sockeye retention from Rocky Reach Dam to Chief Joseph Dam. Effective date: One hour after official sunset on July 26, 2015. Species affected: Sockeye salmon...Full Story
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Arizona State Parks Offers Funding For Motorized Trail Projects Grant Deadline - September 1

(Phoenix, AZ - July 17, 2015) - Arizona State Parks is offering funding from the State Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (OHV) for motorized trail projects. Available Funds: A maximum of $750,000...Full Story
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Boutique Air Announces Start Date For Phoenix To Show Low Service
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (July 20, 2015) – Boutique Air announced today that it will be initiating service between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and Show Low Regional Airport (SOW)...Full Story

Coast Guard Bomb-Sniffing Dog Retires
A Coast Guard Explosive Detection K9 retired after six years of service, in a retirement ceremony held at the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Galveston, Texas. Chief Bert, a Coast Guard military ...Full Story

Coho Salmon Caught In Lower Columbia Must Be Released Under New Fishing Rule
OLYMPIA – The early arrival of coho salmon in the lower Columbia River has prompted state fishery managers to clarify a fishing regulation issued earlier this month. A new rule issued today...Full Story

Expert Editors - Outstanding Outdoorsmen Join Our Crew
Western Outdoor Times/Arizona Boating & Watersports welcomes two new editors, Don McDowell and John ("JK") Koleszar, to their staff. McDowell, renowned fresh and saltwater angler and host of...Full Story

Sprague Lake Public Access Closed July 27-Sept. 7 For Boat-Launch Project
SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) public access site on the southwest end of Sprague Lake in Adams County will be closed to all entry July 27-Sept. 7 for a...Full Story

Arizona State Parks Board Seeking Volunteer Advisory Committees Applicants
(Phoenix, AZ - July 17, 2015) - The Arizona State Parks Board is seeking motorized and non-motorized recreation enthusiasts, and scientists from throughout Arizona to serve as volunteer advisors...Full Story
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Cool And Charming: This Is Flagstaff
At an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,135 m), in the midst of the world's largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is a four -season hub of activity where an eclectic mix of small-town charm and endless...Full Story

Idaho Angler Shatters Washington Tiger Trout Sport Fish Record
OLYMPIA – Kelly Flaherty of Priest River, Idaho, has set a new state record for the largest tiger trout caught in Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today. ...Full Story

Kurt R. Davis Assumes Role Of AZGFD Game And Fish Commission Chairman
Davis will lead the five-member commission for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which began July 1. Each commissioner serves a five-year term, staggered. Commissioners customarily serve as chairman during their final year. Davis replaces Robert E. Mansell, who will continue to serve on the commission until his successor...Full Story


We're Looking Forward To October And - Prescott!

What: Prescott's Great Outdoors - Outdoor Recreation Festival & Expo When: Saturday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Watson Lake Park - 3101 Watson Lake Road Why: Please...Full Story

Camp Fire at Bronco Trailhead - July 16, 2015; 5:55 p.m.
Location: Cave Creek Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest Maricopa County, Arizona North and east of Bronco Trailhead, east of Forest Service Road 24; three miles southwest of Humboldt...Full Story

Arizona State Parks Offers Wilderness First Responder Scholarships
(Phoenix, AZ - July 9, 2015) - Arizona State Parks is offering Wilderness First Responder (WFR) scholarships for a Wilderness First Responder course taking place in Flagstaff. The funds for the...Full Story
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Grand Banks 42 Finds Grand New Home
July 8th, 2015 - San Diego California - "Shake Rattle and Troll Outdoors" takes possession of a 42' Grand Banks Trawler. The vessel is of mid 1970's vintage and powered by twin 135 HP Lehman diesels. The ...Full Story


Life Jacket Exchange Station Sunday At Canyon Lake

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold a life jacket exchange event from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 12 at Canyon Lake. Boaters with tattered and worn ski-vest type III...Full Story

Major Donor Gives $5 Million to Maritime Museum for Major Improvements
The Maritime Museum of San Diego has received a $5 million donation from Dan McKinney, a long-time Museum supporter. The gift will fund new improvements at the Museum to make it more immersive for...Full Story

Outdoor Writers Association Honors Arizona Game And Fish Video Producer
PHOENIX - Arizona Game and Fish video producer David Majure recently received five Excellence in Craft Awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Majure was recognized for his work on...Full Story

Sail Aboard California's Official Tall Ship
SAN DIEGO?Set sail to the beautiful waters surrounding Catalina Island aboard the schooner, californian. sailing aboard the californian offers an opportunity to step into the past and experience the romance of tall ship sailing....Full Story

Bartlett Lake - 4th of July Is Only Once A Year!
Well, the BEST place to do that is right here at Bartlett Lake! Located right in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake is the second largest lake in the Phoenix Metro Valley area,...Full Story

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Last week, the EPA held the only public forum on its proposal to raise the ethanol levels in our fuel supply. It was held in the heart of corn country, and no surprise it was decidedly a one-sided...Full Story

Good Company
It's official! The paint is dry, the kennels are in place, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony is complete. The Sojourner Center Pet Companion Shelter opened for business in mid-May. We are truly blessed ...Full Story

Great American Campout Raises Funds For Wildlife
DENVER- Camping in Colorado offers scenic views, solitude and escape. Joining in the Great American Campout June 27 to Sept. 7 means raising funds for wildlife too. Colorado Parks and Wildlife,...Full Story

Recreational Boating Industry Turning to Biobutanol as Alternative Biofuel
Washington, D.C. – June 17, 2015 – Engine manufacturers from across the recreational boating industry have identified biobutanol as a suitable and safe alternative biofuel to ethanol, a...Full Story

Tonto National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions
PHOENIX -- Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest have been lifted, effective at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 2. The fire restrictions, which covered the entire forest, are no...Full Story

AZGFD Offers Tips For Boating Safely, Responsibly
Time on Arizona's many lakes can be fun for the entire family, but great memories can only be made if that fun is done safely and responsibly. The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds boaters and ...Full Story

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Be Water-Safe - It's Summer Swim Time
It's summer in the Southwest, and there's no stronger call than that of water for all of us to cool off. Whether boating, fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, swimming, or participating in any...Full Story


California Recreational Boaters Advised To Exercise More Caution This Summer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An analysis of 2014 recreational boating accidents shows that drought makes boating riskier, according to the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways.......Full Story

Fire Danger High!
Target shooting is prohibited while fire restrictions are in place; fireworks and explosives are prohibited year-round. Vital information is available. Effective immediately, open campfires will be...Full Story

Shooting Accurately
Target shooting is a sport that a lot of families enjoy, but let's face it - the thrill soon wears off if you shoot poorly. I see it all the time on social media: People post "went shooting with the...Full Story

'Smokey' Has Spoken - For Over 71 Years
Smokey Bear (aka Smokey the Bear) is an advertising mascot created to educate the U.S. public about the dangers of forest/wild fires. An advertising campaign featuring Smokey was created in 1944 with ...Full Story

On The Cover - Watson's Remarkable "Rocks"
In her article that features ten places to "Beat the Heat" during an Arizona summer, Margie Anderson notes that one of her favorites is Prescott and nearby Watson Lake. She says that although this...Full Story

Arizona State Parks Urge Campers To Visit
The State Parks in Arizona provide many opportunities for campers. Sue Black, executive director, said, "Come out and visit your State Parks, whether it's for a day trip or a weekend adventure."...Full Story

Captain's Corner - HOT! HOT! HOT! - Yes, And Boating Season Is Here
Well, summer is finally here, we have temperatures well above 100 degrees on a daily basis. It is time to head to the lakes and rivers in the great State of Arizona. Oh, but first — • Do you have ...Full Story

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US SAILING/ RED CROSS ONLINE TRAINING: Ongoing - To make it easier for prospective US SAILING-certified instructors to fulfill course requirements for cpr and First Aid certification, US sailing teams up with the American Red Cross to provide an online training program. Participants can sign up by visiting...Full Story

From The Homefront - Top 10 Things 'Coasties'Wish People Knew About Coast Guard Life
Twice a month, Coast Guard All Hands [features] "From the Homefront," a column for Coast Guard spouses by Coast Guard spouse Shelley Kimball. Shelley has been married to Capt. Joe Kimball,...Full Story


New 'Rock The Boat' Sponsor
Infinity Fabrics, a leader in woven vinyl surfaces, is preparing for growth by updating its logo, brand look and Web site to align with the future of the company. After spending several years......Full Story

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Colorful Sig Sauer P938 Custom From Rio Grande
Brighton, CO, June, 2015--Rio Grande Custom Grips www.riograndegrips.com NEW line of handgun grips for the Sig Sauer P938 pistol are out in force. Now owners of the popular SIG P938 pistol can make a ...Full Story

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Cottonwood Woman Receives $500 Gift Card

PHOENIX – The last thing Jenni Rice expected Wednesday was to get a call from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The Cottonwood woman had been randomly chosen to receive a $500 gift card to...Full Story

Missing Wyoming Man on Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Twenty-two year old Morgan Heimer remains missing on the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park; and a six day search by the National Park Service has turned up no...Full Story

Northern AZ Land Managers Recognized For Leadership In Fire Management
Williams, Ariz., June 8, 2015—For Immediate Release. Managers of both the Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona were recently recognized for the leadership role...Full Story

Slide Rock, Red Rock State Parks Provide Unforgettable Family Vacation Memories
Travel to Slide Rock and Red Rock State Parks in Sedona to create unforgettable family vacation memories. Both parks were selected in a recent travel poll by FamilyFun magazine readers as Top 10...Full Story

Washington Volunteer Named Hunter Education 'Instructor Of The Year'
OLYMPIA - Washington Hunter Education Instructor Steve Mills has been named the 2014 International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) Volunteer Instructor of the Year. Mills, a resident of...Full Story


NMMA Responds to EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard Mandate Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 29, 2015 – Today the EPA released the proposed annual Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates covering 2014, 2015 and 2016 just ahead of the court-ordered June 1 deadline...Full Story
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Recreational Saltwater Fishing Coalition Lauds House Legislation
Washington, D.C. - June 2, 2015 – A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage...More Information

Reminder: June 9 Is Deadline To Apply For 2015 Fall Hunts
PHOENIX – The clock is ticking for hunters who have yet to apply for 2015 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo and...Full Story

Secured For Sea Or Not
This safety alert serves to remind vessel operators and company technical managers of the importance of proper ship's anchor use, stowage, and maintenance. Anchor windlass brakes, riding pawls, and...Full Story

WDFW's 2015 'Citizen Awards' Honor Dedication To Fish And Wildlife
OLYMPIA-Dedicated volunteers carried 35 pound backpacks with gallons of water and thousands of delicate trout fry miles up steep trails to stock mountain lakes year after year. Another group...More Information

WDFW Selects Plan For Leque Island Levees
OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has selected a design concept for a project that addresses chronic dike failures and restores estuary habitat on Leque Island near...More Information


Excerpts From AZGFD Fishing Report - It's A Good Time Of Year For 'Flat Cats'

Tip Of The Week Trout stocking in our mountain streams has begun and will continue every week until September. In the White Mountains region, big holdover trout have been caught at Big Lake, Luna...Full Story





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Expansion Waters Stocked With Catfish
Eleven waters that are part of the Department's program expansion, as well as Tempe Town Lake, have recently received catfish. Those waters included Pacana Pond (Maricopa), Discovery, and McQueen...Full Story



Fish Hatcheries Make Memories, Conserve Wildlife, Boost Economy
Fish hatchery workers across the nation are preparing for their busiest time of the year. During the next two months, Arizona Game and Fish Department employees and volunteers will stock more than...More Information

One less spark could mean one less wildfire
PHOENIX -- A coalition of Arizona-based agencies has an important message for everyone heading outdoors this summer: Be a responsible recreationist. It only takes one spark on dry grass, leaves,...More Information

Only Five
ONLY FIVE -- There are only five naturally occurring populations of spikedace remaining in the world (and possibly just three). So the Arizona Game and Fish Department on Monday, May 11, helped stock ... More Information

WDFW's 2015 'Citizen Awards' honor dedication to fish and wildlife
OLYMPIA-Dedicated volunteers carried 35 pound backpacks with gallons of water and thousands of delicate trout fry miles up steep trails to stock mountain lakes year after year. Another group...Full Story

Accidents On Water Happen; Life Jackets Save Lives
Arizona's boating season is in full swing and the Arizona Game and Fish Department geared up for it with life-jacket exchange stations at four of the state's lakes on May 16. Boaters with tattered...









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HASSLE-FREE -- For years, Accon Marine's Quick Release Bimini Hinges have provided owners with a hassle-free way to install and remove bimini tops. Now, that high-quality and sleek piece of hardware ......Full Story

Arizona Trails 2015 Plan Finalized, Available for Download
Every five years, the staff at Arizona State Parks prepares an information-filled report concerning plans for Arizona's motorized and non-motorized trails and their users. "This plan includes...More Information

At The Ben Avery Range - Shoot For Mastery, Safety, Fun, Fellowship
Maybe you're not old enough to remember Ben Avery. I grew up reading his outdoor stories in the Arizona Republic. Ben loved the outdoors and was a heck of a writer. He started writing in 1928 and...More Information

Lake Powell Fish Report - Reports Confirm Best Fishing In A Long Time
Fish reports from the first part of May are rolling in and all agree that we have seen the best fishing of the year and perhaps the best seen in a very long time. All...More Information

Thirty Lakes In Thirty Weeks
30/30 – Nathaniel Morrison has big plans. At the beginning of the year he completed the construction of an 18-foot wooden sailboat with a small electric motor. The question he was asked most......More Information

On The Cover - Havasu Falls Into Colorful Pool
This is an incredibly beautiful and cool spot to visit in the summer. Havasu Falls is located 1½ miles (2.4 km) from Supai. (Havasupai Trail is the main trail to Supai, Ariz. and to Havasu Falls.) This is but one of the many great stories in this colorful issue. ...More

Barrow's Day On The Lake Offers Adapted Water Sports
Children and adults with physical or neurological disabilities can enjoy water sports in a safe environment during Barrow's Day on the Lake at Bartlett Lake Marina in the (Reprinted With Permission From Raising Arizona Kids Magazine)...Full Story

Enjoy Birding, Caving, Hiking
The area around Sierra Vista Arizona is diverse: everything from pine forests to desert and riparian areas. It makes for a great little vacation, and there is plenty to do down there. Last month I......Full Story

There Is Still Time - San Diego's International Yellowtail Derby
THERE'S STILL TIME -- Will you be fishing the San Diego waters before June 8? San Diego's International Yellowtail Derby is a World Class fishing tournament reminiscent of San Diego's famous......Full Story

Trophy Striper
Steve Roberts from Clear Lake, Iowa, had a great first trip to Lake Powell. He did his homework by reading all the fish reports on Wayneswords.com two weeks before his arrival. When he finally......Full Story

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Free kayak-fishing clinic to be held May 23 at Fool Hollow Lake in Show Low
SHOW LOW – Learn how to paddle and cast May 23 at Fool Hollow Lake in Show Low with a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. kayak fishing clinic. The clinic is free. Reserve a spot with a refundable registration......More Information

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Herbert Linn Pocklington 1927 - 2015

"Herb," (Herbert L.) Pocklington, was a giant of a man as well as a true hero in every sense of the word. A prime example of American upward mobility, he was born in Algonac, Michigan, home town of......Full Story

On The Cover - May/June 2015 Issue Available This Week
Arizona Boating & Watersports explores the Grand Canyon and many other beautiful areas in this upcoming issue....Full Story

Skykomish River hatchery chinook fishery will not open June 1
May 7, 2015 Action: Close the Skykomish River to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon. Effective date: June 1 through July 31, 2015. Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon. Location: The......More Information

Coast Guard, National Safe Boating Council Remind Mariners Importance Of EPIRBs
The Coast Guard and National Safe Boating Council remind recreational boaters of the importance of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons in conjunction with 406Mhz Beacon Awareness Day. An......More Information

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K-9 SAR: The Big Creek Search Dog Team
Ever since dogs were domesticated, they have been assisting humans with hunting, herding, protection, as well as providing companionship. The relationship has evolved along with man and beast, and......Full Story

Legislation Advances to Benefit Saltwater Recreational Fishing
Washington, D.C. – May 1, 2015 – Leaders in the recreational fishing and boating community yesterday highlighted the progress in elevating the importance of saltwater recreational fishing in the......More Information


Skykomish River hatchery chinook fishery will not open June 1

May 7, 2015 Action: Close the Skykomish River to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon. Effective date: June 1 through July 31, 2015. Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon. Location: The......Full Story


Take Aim On The Seven Deadly Sins Of Shotgunning

With the price of shells going through the roof, it pays to improve your shooting. One of the best ways to do that is to spend some time at the sporting clays range. The Ben Avery Sporting Clays......Full Story


The 'Greatest Generation'

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard hosted a celebration to honor a Coast Guard WWII veteran on his 100th birthday in Portsmouth, Va. Linwood "Tick" Thumm and his family joined with Coast Guard......Full Story


Volunteers Put Forth "Monumental" Effort

SONORAN DESERT NATIONAL MONUMENT – Almost two dozen volunteers spent Saturday morning bagging, bucketing or dragging more than four tons of trash – enough to fill a 20-yard dumpster – from......Full Story


Annual Mariachi Festival

Celebrate Kids to Parks Day at the Annual Mariachi Festival in Southern Arizona at Patagonia Lake State Park on May 16 (Phoenix, AZ - April 13, 2015) - Make plans to head south for the sounds of......Full Story

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Arizona AG Supports Bison Management In Grand Canyon National Park
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a letter supporting federal legislation that allows skilled sportsmen to aid in the management of bison herds in Grand Canyon National Park. "This......More Information


Australia Dominates IWWF Water Ski Racing World Championships

The world's best water ski racers gathered in Wellington, New Zealand, for the 19th IWWF World Water Ski Racing Championships. This was New Zealand's second time hosting the Championships......Full Story

Estrella Mountain Regional Park Seeks Input on Master Plan Update
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is currently updating the 1988 Master Plan for Estrella Mountain Regional Park and is seeking input from the community. The goal of the Park Master ...More Information


Living With Moose Presentations Scheduled In Spokane Area

Spokane area residents can learn how to live with moose from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff at three sessions scheduled over the next month. WDFW wildlife biologists,......Full Story


Too Many Tortoises, Not Enough Homes...More Information

Are you fascinated by reptiles? Do you have a yard big enough for a dog, but no time to take one for daily walks? Is someone in your family allergic to pets with fur or feathers? If so, consider......Full Story

Tourism to Grand Canyon National Park Creates $509 Million in Economic Benefits
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that over 4.7 million visitors to Grand Canyon National Park in 2014 spent $509 million in communities near the park. That......Full Story

Close To Home
Sixteen tons - of fish! You may have heard the old song by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "16 Tons." Well, by early April, that's how many catfish and sunfish will have made their way into Community Fishing...More Information

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Follow Wildlife On Secret Paths
WONDERS OF WILDLIFE -- Did you ever wonder how biologists track the movements of animals that swim, fly, slither or hide and how telemetry is used to track those animals? If you subscribe to Arizona......Full Story


Gold Canyon, Ariz. Bobcat

The images are incredible. A bobcat that has scampered to the top of a saguaro cactus -- and it was quite a climb! The photos were captured in Gold Canyon, on the foot of the Superstition Mountains.......Full Story


Spokane area residents can learn how to live with moose from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff at three sessions scheduled over the next month. WDFW wildlife biologists,...

Spokane area residents can learn how to live with moose from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff at three sessions scheduled over the next month. WDFW wildlife biologists,......Full Story

On The Cover
Thanks again go to Bob Brown of Media Directions for another striking photo of a bathing beauty gracing a boat. Even though we know she should be wearing a pfd (and no doubt she donned one just after ...More Information


Upgrades Coming To Ben Avery Shooting Facility's Main Range...

When the Ben Avery Shooting Facility's main range opens bright and early June 4, recreational shooters will zero in on several improvements: An earthen berm that serves as a backstop for 67 shooting......Full Story


WDFW Expands Recreational Shrimp Fishery In Marine Area 7 West

OLYMPIA - Recreational spot shrimpers will have additional opportunity to catch shrimp in the western section of the San Juan Islands next month, state shellfish managers announced today. The...Full Story

Tiera Hanes, Miss Yellowtail Derby
Tiera Hanes, Miss Yellowtail Derby, will be at Day At The Docks in San Diego, Sunday, April 19th. She will be in the Arizona Boating & Watersports/ Western Outdoor Times news magazine / Yellowtail Derby booth. See Tiera Hanes, Leslie Manes and John Campbell (Mr. Yellowtail Derby) and get all the information on the Yellowtail Derby. This is a natural alliance as so many Arizonans visit San Diego -- especially in the summer months -- to enjoy boating, fishing and many of the other attractions that San Diego has to offer...More Information
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Arizona Man Charged In Captive Bengal Tiger Case
A Valley man charged with possessing two Bengal tigers, which are restricted in Arizona, appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court last week. After a nearly year-long investigation, Fahad Zeshawn...


BoatUS 2015 List Of Top Ten Boat Names

Big and small, power or sail, there are many different kinds of boats and so many different kinds of boat owners. But, the one thing they seem to agree on is how boating makes them feel, at least if...Full Story


Captain's Corner

May 15th is ‘Wear Your Life jacket To Work Day,' and May 16th is ‘Wear It Day' Life Jacket World Record Day. Last month's article was about Arizona's best kept secret, the volunteers of the ...Full Story

Fire Extinguisher Recall
A recall involving Kidde fire extinguishers includes some models sold to recreational boaters: Mariner 10, Mariner 110, Mariner 5, and Mariner 5 G. Kidde, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product...Full Story


The 'Greatest Generation'

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard hosted a celebration to honor a Coast Guard WWII veteran on his 100th birthday in Portsmouth, Va. Linwood "Tick" Thumm and his family joined with Coast Guard...Full Story


Three Boating Tips Just For Springtime

Across America at boat launch ramps, the familiar growl of boat motors waking up from their long winter nap heralds the start of the boating season. But what makes boating, fishing or sailing this...Full Story

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