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Don McDowell and the Shake, Rattle & Troll website provide the outdoorsman the opportunity to get the latest information on fishing, hunting and conservation with emphasis on Don’s efforts in working with the Arizona Fish & Game Department focusing on invasive species such as Mexican Gray Wolves, Feral Hogs, Gizzard Shad along with efforts to monitor and control wildlife populations. Don will show you the pro’s and con’s of wildlife management and periodically spotlight these efforts through guests on his weekly radio show.

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OGT Director Joshua Hurst

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

Saltwater Fishing

Western Outdoor Times/Arizona Boating & Watersports welcomes two new editors, Don McDowell  and John ("JK") Koleszar, to their staff.

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

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

Don and Guests typically run on the Malihini skippered by Capt Bill Wilkerson.
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Freshwater Fishing

The 3rd annual Arizona event will be held Saturday September, 19th 2015 at Lake Pleasant Harbor.

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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 need precipitation this winter from the West Coast .

What does this mean to you, the angler? Extreme warm water currents have swung into the California coast bringing an early abundance of the migratory tuna and warm water species not normally found so close to our fishing grounds. [ read full article ]

The Mogollon Sporting Association (MSA) elects new Officers and Directors
President, Jack Koon
Vice President, James Goughnour
Treasure, Barb Underwood
Secretary, Pam Bossert.
Directors are Butch Bossert, Mike Newland, Ted Pettet and Mike DeWees.

She and her husband, William, say running CycleZone Motorsports and Marine has been the American dream come true.  But that dream is about to come to an abrupt halt, and it all has to do with envelope marked urgent that contained an alarming letter.  Article & Video

Prescott Valley shop owner takes Trademark infringement hit from AutoZone.  "Well, I think customers can come to us because we have developed a real good reputation," Lenna Hamm said. "We're in a small town, so we work really hard."

Come join AZ bass fishing expert and former guide Jerry Tate on September 12th and 13th from 10 a.m. thru 2 p.m. as he shares a lifetime of valuable bass fishing knowledge with you.  One of Lake Pleasant's most successful big bass anglers, Jerry will be in our Fishing Department for these sessions.


Derrick Franks knows how to put those Stripers on the line and in your boat.

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James Goughnour at Dunanby Lodge

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40lb Chinook King caught & released

34lb Chinook King

Any Salmon over 30lb is called a "Tyee"

Getting started early

Rim Country Fishing Report August 29, 2015
By: James Goughnour

The AZGFD summer trout stocking program is coming to an end for the Rim Country lakes and steams. Stocking have ended for Haigler Creek and the East Verde River. The Tonto and Christopher Creeks as well as Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes will continue to be stocked for another few weeks. There are still many trout in these lakes and streams, so now that temperatures are starting to cool, its a perfect time to catch some great rainbow trout. An experienced trout angler told me recently that Tonto Creek would be a good place to fish for the next several weeks. Power baits and small spinner baits are the best choices of baits for late summer trout fishing.

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake is being described as good by local anglers. We're in a full moon phase which helps bass feed during the night. In addition, the water flows into the lake have increased recently due to the monsoon rains. These two factors make bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake exciting during August and September. Based on many reports received, we can state that there are larger amounts of bait fish this summer than we have seen for a few years. No one can say for certain why this is happening, but a large supply of bait is essential for a fishery to improve. Those wolf-packs of schooling bass coordinating attacks in deeper water are becoming more active each week. This is typical of a September activity but it does appear to be happening early on Roosevelt Lake this year. These schooling bass, when attacking bait balls will grab anything moving, so if you see these boils, get a bait in the water as fast as you can. It may only last a minute or two but it can be very exciting. Also keep in mind that its normally the smaller 12" to 15" bass that are typically chasing bait. The larger bass are in deeper water picking off what falls and using less energy to get a free meal. A spoon that falls past the attacking smaller bass can land one of those larger bass swimming below the action.

The lake level has been hovering around the 42% full mark and the temperatures continue to reach the high 80's during the afternoons. The big change is the increased water flows into the lake. The Salt River is flowing at over 100% and the Tonto Creek is sporadically flowing when the storms occur. This has resulted in increases of the lake water levels on some days. Its been since early spring, that we've see the lake level increase. The water is still very clear so smaller sized line and smaller baits will work better for a Drop-Shot and Texas-Rig techniques.

Crappie anglers are reporting a good night time bite. Live minnows fished about two feet below a split shot weight is about the only bait used for night time crappie fishing. If your fishing for crappie during the day, a 2" curly tailed grub on a 1/16th to 1/8th weighted jig head hook is a good choice. Look for schools of crappie to be in 20 to 30 feet and always near structure or cover.

Rim Custom Rods here in Payson builds custom fishing rods and can repair any broken rod. In many cases, the rod can be repaired in minutes while you wait. Rim Country Custom Rods can be reached at 928-468-0263 or at our website

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