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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 .


The rules are being changed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the recovery and management of the Mexican Gray Wolf.  Major impact on Hunters and Ranchers in New Mexico, Arizona and now Utah

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The Arizona Chapter of Heroes on the Water is participating in Carry The Load this year. We invite you to join our team and walk with us on Memorial Day, May 25th at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.  [more information]

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Oklahoma Confirms New Record Rainbow

Angler Paul Glover of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, caught the record-breaking fish on April 4 from the Lower Illinois River below Tenkiller Ferry Dam. The trout weighed 11 pounds 4.32 ounces, measured 29 3/16 inches in length and 16 9/16 inches in girth.

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May 8: Yellowtail Fishing-Malihini Sportfishing - Rock Pile/Coronado Island Mexico
May 9: AZGFD Annual Wildlife Fair/Outdoor expo - Green Valley Park, Payson AZ
May 30: Car/Truck Show-Dillons-Fastrac - Dillon's Restaurant-59th Ave
Jun 21: Wild at Heart Adventure - Yellow Tail / Blue Fin-on the Malihini @ H&M Landing

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Rim Country Fishing Report 
May 3, 2015 

By: James Goughnour 

BASS: Excellent on Roosevelt and Apache Lakes. Spawning is slower, but definitely not over. Bass are moving to deeper and darker water which is an early summer pattern for western lakes. In the early morning, bass are chasing shad in shallow water, but as the sun gets higher in the sky, the bass retreat to more comfortable surroundings. During May you'll want to be on the water early and look for a reaction bite. As the sun rises "follow the fish" to deeper water. The timing of when the fish will move can vary from day to day and experienced anglers know to watch the bird activity. Many times, diving birds will show anglers exactly where the bait fish are swimming. Reaction type baits including top water baits were reported successful recently. Small paddle-tail swim baits in the 2' to 5" range will be extremely successful over the next several weeks. As the sun gets higher in the sky, a drop-shot worm will be effective. If the water is clear, use a translucent color such as a Morning Dawn, If you're fishing stained water, switch to an opaque color such as Aaron's Magic. Jigs and Texas-Rigged worms will also catch good numbers of fish in the springtime. 

CRAPPIE: Slightly better recently on Roosevelt Lake but many crappie anglers continue to express frustration with low catch rates. Most crappie anglers are trolling for crappie in 15-20 feet depths using a grub tail bait tipped with a minnow. The Florida strain bass will help the crappie population but it will take some time to see the results. In the mean time, crappie anglers that drove the extra distance to Apache Lake recently reported good crappie numbers. 

TROUT: The trout lakes and streams on the Rim and north of Payson are being stocked as part of the summer trout stocking program. Also, Green Valley Lake right here in Payson is part of the AZGFD Community Fishing Program and is stocked with nice rainbow trout every other week. Power-baits in all colors are reported successful as well as small crank-baits and spinner-baits

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