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Your Source for Fishing, Hunting and Conservation News & Tips

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.

Offshore Fishing? You Need a Gear Bag

OGT Director Joshua Hurst

Commision Chairman Kurt Davis

Fisheries Chief Chris Cantrell

Asst to Director  Jim Paxon

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

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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Congratulations to James Denton for bagging a large white tail scoring 118 5/8” according Safari Club International. Nice buck!

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With Special K on the spotting scope, Donnie McDowell's Bull scores 318,
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We have also scheduled the rest of the habitat dates:
Thursday February 11 and Friday February 12
Monday March 14 and Tuesday March 15

Amberle Jones
Aquatic Habitat Specialist
Phone: 623-236-7593
Arizona Game & Fish Department

AZGFD 2016 Award Banquet


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Patriotic Viewpoint

February 4, 2016

ROOSEVELT: The top discussion among Rim Country anglers has again been the water flow into Roosevelt Lake. The latest rain and snowfall have both the Salt River and the Tonto Creek flowing at well above normal rates. The Salt River is flowing at twice its normal rate while the Tonto Creek is flowing at five times its rate for this time of year. The lake level is slightly below the 48% full mark, which is up from 46% last week and 5% higher than the lake level at this time last year. All this water rushing into the lake has discolored the water especially near the ends of the lake. In addition, the water coming in, is colder than the middle of the lake which is about 51 degrees in the morning, rising to 54 degrees in the afternoon. Mid lake coves with shallow depths of water can reach the 56 degree mark.

BASS: Due to these changes in the lake conditions, bass seem to be more scattered and unpredictable. Recent angler reports indicate that some fish are near the ends of the lake where the fresh water is entering where a Flipping Jig or Texas Rig worm were reported successful. Other anglers reported a deep water bite using a weighted spoon or a large slow rolled Spinner Bait. The afternoon bite is better than the morning bite from most reports. During the afternoon, anglers reported success using a Drop-Shot technique or Texas Rigged worms. So if you plan to fishing Roosevelt Lake during the next couple of weeks, be prepared to experiment. One more tip to keep in mind is that chartreuse and blue colors are seen better by fish in dirty water.

CRAPPIE fishing was also impacted by the recent storms. Anglers reported a slow bite after the storm, but reports are getting better as each day is more calm and the bright sunshine heats the water. Trolling a small curly tail jig in 20 foot deep water is the standard winter technique for crappie. The main lake area around Wind Hill continues to be the hot spot this year for crappie.

The Community Fishing Program which is sponsored by AZGFD will be stocking Green Valley Lake The week of February 8-13th. I noticed a sharp decline in the number of people fishing the last couple of weeks due to the bad weather. With this new stocking, there well be lots of nice rainbow trout available. Salmon eggs and power-bait are the two most common baits reported from Green Valley.

Bill Luke Bass Days, March 18th through the 20th is on Lake Pleasant. This is the tournament that pays for the top 10 largest fish weighed in each hour. $10,000 will be paid for the biggest bass overall and $2,000 for the daily biggest bass. In addition to fishing, there are many family related activities during Bass Days, check them all out and register at

Wild West Bass Trail on Roosevelt Lake Feb. 13, 2016

Payson, Arizona - The Wild West Bass Trail is headed to Roosevelt Lake Feb. 13, 2016 for the first of four Team Events

The tournament will feature as many as 100 Teams competing for the 100% payback and the first step towards the Arizona Team Championship Tournament which will be held on Lake Mead, June 25 & 26th. Top award for the Championship is a Ranger boat with an Evinrude Outboard

"We're going to have some great weather for fishing and it's anyone's guess whether it will be a winter pattern or spring type fishing with as warm as it has been the last week." said local Bassmaster Elite Series pro Clifford Pirch.

There are a lot of bass in the lake," Pirch added, "the key is going to be getting on the right school of fish to bring in those bigger bass." Pirch, who won a tournament a few weeks ago on Apache Lake with an astonishing 34.29 pound bag for five bass, would like to repeat that success on Roosevelt Lake.

Anglers will take off from the Cholla Recreational Site at safe light each morning (~7:15 AM). The weigh-in will be held in the upper parking lot of the Cholla site beginning at 2:30 p.m. The weigh-in is free and open to the public. The Mogollon Sporting Association will be providing hot sandwiches, chips and drinks for a donation.

The Wild West Bass Trail tournament on Roosevelt Lake hosted by the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson. The registration in the Mazatzal Bingo Room, is Friday, February 12th, from 4:00-6:00 PM with the Rules Meeting beginning at 6:30 PM

Payson, AZ - Gila County Roundtable Meeting Notice

The Gila County Roundtable members will be holding their next meeting with the Arizona Game & Fish representatives on Tuesday, February 16th, starting at 6:00 PM, at the Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce Building. Representatives from the AZGFD will update the community on the status of the Florida Strain Bass that were stocked last spring, habitat and other updates related to Roosevelt Lake and Rim Country. These meeting are open to the public and we encourage everyone to attend this very important meetings.

If you're wondering about how the Arizona Game and Fish Department project of stocking Florida Strain largemouth bass into Roosevelt Lake is going, well, it may be a little too early to make any conclusions. However, there are early indications that a robust population of catchable, 8" to 10" bass will be in the lake by next fall. In 4 to 5 years, the hope is that trophy bass will be available in this rejuvenated fishery. These Florida Strain Bass stockings, coupled with increased rainfall and an upcoming habitat improvement project, has the lake on its way back to being a premier bass fishing lake in Arizona.

"This progress is has been made largely due to the Arizona Game & Fish Department, Commissioners, Aquatic Branch Chief and the Gila County Roundtable members working together to identify significant problems, develop the correct solutions and then invested time and money to ensure success" said James Goughnour, Gila County Roundtable Chairman. "The warm water hatchery at Bubbling Ponds, where Florida Strain Bass are being raised, will ensure a long term solution to future catastrophic events within Arizona lakes. This is an example of the of visionary thinking we need to keep Arizona lakes the best in the west fisheries", said Goughnour.

Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo, April 2-3

Jan. 27, 2016

PHOENIX - Mark your calendars! The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo, presented by Shikar Safari Club International, will be held Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Admission and parking are free.

Want to know what the Expo is like? Take a look at this video promoting last year's (2015) Expo.

There's hands-on fun for all ages. See all sorts of live wildlife. Check out the huge kids' fishing tanks. Learn target archery and try other shooting sports in a safe, supervised environment on the range. Get a feel for specialty shooting disciplines like clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder, and air gun.

Don't miss the always popular cowboy mounted shooting competition. See OHV and ATV exhibits. Give kayaking a try at the "Lake Paddlemore" kayaking pond. Hike a field course and learn cool camping tips. Get information about boating and how to stay safe on the water. Talk to experts about wildlife, hunting and fishing tips, and more.

You can also visit with more than 150 exhibitors, including outdoor recreation and conservation groups, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.

Once again, admission and parking for the Expo are free! You may want to bring some cash for the many food and beverage concessionaires that will be on-site, or for the commercial vendors who will be selling outdoors-related goods or services. For those who want to try shooting sports, there is a nominal charge for ammunition at some of the target shooting venues.

Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. The 2016 Outdoor Expo is easy to get to, located on Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 in Phoenix.

The title sponsor for this year's event is Shikar Safari Club International.

For more information, visit

2016 pronghorn and elk hunt draw information available online

PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2016 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information online at

The department now is accepting paper applications for hunt permit-tags. Paper applications can be mailed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or dropped off at any department office statewide. The online application service for the random draw is expected to be available in mid-January.

The printed 2016 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklets are expected to be available next week at department offices and license dealers statewide. All applications - paper or online - must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Postmarks do not count.

In the meantime, the department is encouraging all hunters to sign up for a free AZGFD Customer Portal account. The portal allows customers to create a secure account where they can manage and view their contact information, as well as their license and draw results information and bonus points, in their personal "My AZ Outdoors" section. A portal account also provides convenient access to the online license purchase and draw application systems.

It's easy to create an account. Just click on the "Sign in to Account" button in the upper right-hand corner of the home page and then select the "Create an Account" option, filling in the requested information. A portal account is mobile-friendly, so customers can view their information on their smartphones.

As a reminder, a valid hunting license (or combination hunting and fishing license) is required to hunt wildlife in Arizona. No one under 14 may hunt big game without having completed a Hunter Education course. While it is not necessary for anyone 10 to 13 to complete a Hunter Education course before applying for a hunt permit-tag, these courses fill quickly. Consider registering now by visiting or calling 623-236-7239.

For more information, visit, or call (602) 942-3000.

RAMLITE: Of Lites & Lasers: I'm Impressed

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 protection certainly is a matter of individual choice, and I personally choose the Colt Combat Elite Series 80, 1911 .45ACP. One problem, though, with the Colt 1911 and other quality hand guns is they don't have a factor rail system for the addition of lights and lasers.

Being a regular customer at Lookout Mountain Outdoors, 17232 N. Cave Creek Road for my gun and shooting needs, in PHOENIX, owner Joe Notcha turned me on to this high-tech, custom-made, rail-laser- flash assembly for my 1911.

Amazing Accuracy

The RAMLITE for my Colt 1911 was made specifically for my hand gun in two days! It has a high capacity magnet in the housing and has a precision fit on the bottom of my stainless frame. No assembly required. The unit comes with a red laser and a three-position flashlight up to 500 lumens.

My next stop was ben avery Shooting Range to dial it in and get zeroed. The laser I found was easily zeroed to my irons sights, three shots. So then I'm thinking, when I take the unit off and put back on, I would have to zero it again. Nope. I was amazed the laser remained zeroed after multiple removals and installs. The accuracy is amazing.

Confidence Is Paramount

With the addition of the RAMLITE on my personal weapon of choice, I have the confidence to use it in tight quarters on security details or home and for personal protection situations. I know precisely what and where my bullet is going hit, no question. Shooting with confidence is paramount.

Another key feature is that the three-position flashlight remains on the level you have chosen is an intricate part of the assembly. When you hear a noise in the middle of the night, it alleviates the question, "Damn, where's my flashlight?" It seems like my handgun and flashlight are never in the same place at the same time.

Ensure Quality, Fair Price

Every product RAMLITE sells is produced in PHOENIX, Ariz ., and made with their own hands. They are a small company with few people doing lots of work. They work 12-14 hour days (including weekends) to ensure you get a quality product at a fair price. While others in the industry have doubled or even tripled their prices over the last few years, they have kept costs down and have not artificially raised their prices.

The RAMLITE is available for your personal hand gun at Lookout Mountain Outdoors. Talk to Joe Notcha and he'll get you fitted with a custom RAMLITE unit, if not in stock, in less than three days.

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What is "Challenged America?"

The mission of the SRTO Operation “Challenged America” Outreach Program is to offer veterans and or disabled veterans with physical, emotional and psychological conditions, an opportunity to learn saltwater fishing skills and techniques while enjoying the saltwater fishing experience aboard our motor vessel “Challenged America”. “Challenged America” is a twin diesel engine 42’ Grand Banks Trawler, equipped with handicap boarding gate and ramp into the salon with an Aft head to provide sanitation facilities to accommodate a wheel chair or walker assistance type devices. “Challenged America” is crewed by an experienced saltwater Captain, crew and expert anglers catering to the veterans to maximize their saltwater fishing experience.

Operation “Challenged America” is modeled after the SRTO “Our Warriors on the Water” bass boat-fishing program and our participation with “Heroes on the Water” kayak fishing program, getting our veterans on the water to learn bass fishing skills and techniques. The value of these missions provide life skill experiences not known or that have been forgotten from times past or childhood memories. We present a stress free environment and platform that allows the veteran to recalibrate their thoughts with positive influences distracting from the negative experiences and mind set they may be harboring.


Millions are now aware of these ongoing crimes against humanity and assaults to the planetary environment. Because of the hundreds of partnerships that were formed to help fund the production of both documentaries "What in the World are They Spraying?" and "Why in the World are They Spraying?" people everywhere are awakening to the horrors of global geoengineering damage and chemtrail poisoning. As a matter of fact, the entire production was funded by private donations.

AN UNCONVENTIONAL SHADE OF GREY is a call to action documentary film which will focus on taking the necessary action(s) in stopping chemtrail/geoengineering programs. Award Winning Director/Producer Michael J. Murphy of both "What in the World are They Spraying?" and "WHY in the World are They Spraying?" will be taking his investigation further into the geopolitical realm and addressing what we, as a society, must do to put an end to these destructive programs.

Governments around the world are meeting this year in France (2015) with the goal of establishing a global climate treaty that will most likely include the legalization of geoengineering. While it is clear that these programs have been in full scale deployment for several years, their legalization will:

- Create global governance,
- Remove our ability to take legal action,
- Establish open funding for such programs,
- Create a well-funded public perception campaign

This is essential to those who benefit and, if successful, will make it exceedingly more challenging to get these programs stopped.

Another theme of AN UNCONVENTIONAL SHADE OF GREY will focus on the fact that ongoing geoengineering programs change the temperature of our planet, change our weather patterns and mimic most of the claimed consequences of "Global Climate Change". Because of this, it is literally impossible to prove or determine why the planet is warming. Since the climate treaty and other global warming mandates are being built around the concept that CO2 is the source of climate change as well as the fact that pervasive geoengineering programs are being left out of all climate models, they are without question flawed, inaccurate and fraudulent.

AN UNCONVENTIONAL SHADE OF GREY will address ways that we, as a movement, can take legal steps in demanding that all climate change laws, treaties and mandates are immediately rescinded until all geoengineering programs are stopped. It is only then that we can truly determine if the planet is warming.

The "Polar Vortex" in the Pacific has been said to be manmade and, therefore, the cause of the historic and catastrophic California drought. The question is who benefits and what does this mean to the future of California and other states in the future. We will be interviewing various meteorologists, farmers, water rights advocates, and anti Agenda 21 activists for an in depth look at the geopolitical implications of a geoengineered drought.

Film trailer about Geo-engineering

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Shake, Rattle & Troll Radio Lineup for Feb 14th

Sundays, 7am - 9am
KFNX 1100AM Listen Live

Don McDowell...........Host
John Koleszar..........President AZ Deer Assoc
Matt Augee.............Rob Oneil-Shot Osama; Veterans Coalition
Alex Miliken...........John McCain Camp
Tackle Master Rick.....H&M Landing Tuna Report
James Gougnhour........Rim Country Fishing Report