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Aug 11, 2022

Important AZGFD Updates

Arizona's Patagonia Lake Flathead Catfish Advisory - Recent fish tissue analyses saw elevated mercury levels.

Eating Recommendations: Adult limit of 2-1/2 oz. uncooked weight/week. Children <13 years old maximum 2 oz. uncooked weight/month.

Page Springs Hatchery Closing Continues - AZGFD is still working to source the bacterial outbreak & treat infected fish. The fish haven't responded well, so an expanded approach is being taken. The nearby Bubbling Ponds Hatchery is also closed, being involved in the outbreak research & treatment.

2 vaccines (immersion & injection) will be used when fish are returned. Anticipated opening dates are Oct. 18 for Page Springs & Aug. 30 for Bubbling Ponds.

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Aug 11, 2022

Texas Trinity River Has Winding Forks & Many Lakes to Visit! Come See

Texas Trinity River is a major water source for the state. Lakes provide fishing, boating, camping & lots of family fun. Follow its course, we'll show the way.

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Aug 05, 2022

Hotels on Lakes in California for a Fabulous Lakeside Vacation Trip

Hotels on lakes in California are everywhere in this wonderful state. Look lakeside for the best views and beaches. We have top choices for you. Best variety.

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Jul 30, 2022

Pecos River Texas Side Flows Southeast Through Vast Terrain - See It!

Pecos River Texas has history! Has lakes that are gems in the rough! Its waters can be oasis-like. They meander through desolate W. Texas. Follow the flow.

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Jul 28, 2022

Red River in Texas Flows Thru Panhandle & TX-OK Border - Discover It!

Red River in Texas has lakes & riverside interests along its course. We take you along its flow to see where it takes you.

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Jul 24, 2022

Texas Lakes and Rivers - Major Waterways That Deliver For You!

Texas Lakes and Rivers are so useful for the state. For residents, workers & visitors. What are they? Where do they go? Find them & enjoy!

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Jul 24, 2022

Texas Colorado River - Don't Mess With the State's Own!!

Texas Colorado River is all its own right inside the state of Texas. It winds through countryside, ranchland & cities. Mkes for lots of enjoyment riverside.

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Jul 03, 2022

Outbreak at Page Springs Hatchery Says AZGFD
Fish Stockings Affected

Arizona Game & Fish stopped fish stocking for now from Page Springs Hatchery. As a bacterial infection in trout was detected by UA lab from cultured samples.

The University Lab ID'ed Lactococcus garvieae, a similar bacterium to streptococcus. The 1st time it's been found in AZ, so they're working on determining the source.

Symptoms of infected fish include eye bulge & erratic/sluggish swimming. It can be lethal or they can even have no symptoms.

Of course AZGFD never stocks symptomatic fish. But it's possible in May & June non-symptomatic carrier fish from Page Springs were stocked in lakes.

Fish-to-human transmission of this bacterium is rare & extremely unlikely. Always follow FDA advice for cooking fish to internal temp of 145F. Or until milky white & flaky.

Fishery managers began methods to control this outbreak. Affected stockings will be replaced with fish from Canyon Creek & Tonto Creek hatcheries for July.

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Fish Stockings Affected"

Jul 02, 2022

Best Arizona Lakes for Fun & Relaxing Recreation - It's All Here!

The best Arizona lakes you'll ever want to visit are in the mountains, deserts & everything in between! We've got boating, swimming, great fishing! What more?

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Jun 30, 2022

No. AZ Lee Valley Reservoir Stocking Change

Stocking of Apache trout will cease for now. The Silver Creek Hatchery is closing for renovations. This is affecting Apache trout stocking here & in some White Mountain Rivers.

Apache trout stocking will resume once the hatchery is again running normally, when the work is completed. That's expected to affect fishing season into 2023.

However AZGFD says "it will lead to increased production capability for... more and healthier fish in the future."

The fish currently at Silver Creek Hatchery are being stocked before it's closed. This will happen by July 15th.

The stocking schedule is regularly updated at the AZGFD website. They maintain a spreadsheet for you. We've provided it here:

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Jun 19, 2022

Fishing Big Lake Arizona - Top Tips For the Best Fishing Trip!

Fishing Big Lake Arizona in the White Mountains is a sporting dream for many. How can we make the best of it? As Arizonans, we've gathered some great tips!

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Jun 18, 2022

Arizona Lakes and Rivers Reveal Fun Things to Do - Let's Find Out!

Arizona lakes and rivers speak to us! Just get to one & suddenly you'll find the wonderfully fun adventures you can have. Come on over, we'll show you!

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Jun 18, 2022

Boating Lakes in New Mexico - Have Fun & Beat Summer Heat

Boating lakes in New Mexico are in the mountains & deserts. Boats rentals at some. Camping, swimming, kayaking, water toys galore! All kinds of summertime fun!

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Jun 12, 2022

Best Lake Camping in Arizona - Find Your Own Lakeside Camping Dream!

The best lake camping in Arizona ranges from mountains to deserts. It depends on the season or your own taste. We know the greatest places for you to try.

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Jun 10, 2022

AZ Fishing License Auto Renew Update

Arizona Game & Fish has a video to help those who'd like to have auto-renew for their AZ fishing/hunting licenses.

They saw the need when realizing some were forgetting to do the last step of three needed steps. Watch their video with the link below to visually see the 3-steps for setting up fishing, hunting, or fish/hunt combo to automatically renew upon expiration.

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Jun 09, 2022

Eldorado Park Lakes & Ponds - Bird Flu

AZGFD reports avian influenza was confirmed June 7th, in 3 nestling cormorants at Eldorado Park in Scottsdale. There are multiple lakes & ponds + the Eldorado Park Creek there.

The 1st confirmed cases of avian flu H5N1 in AZ, which is spreading in the US.

People are low risk to catch it from birds, but if you're around birds for some reason take the basic precautions: gloves, masks, hand-washing.

AZGFD is contacting falconers, wildlife rehabs, etc. about the detection, to advise them.

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Jun 08, 2022

New Mexico Jicarilla Fishing

Jicarilla Apache Game & Fish reported:

Southwestern drought has severely impacted Jicarilla lakes. Options for fishing have diminished. Hayden & La Jara Lakes have dried up. Dulce & Horse Lakes are ultra-low, & not stocked. For 2020 Stone, Mundo & Enbom Lakes were stocked.

They recommend getting your trout fishing in soon, before heat slows the fishing. The weather is warming up quickly

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Jun 07, 2022

Arizona Monsoon Season is Its Own Unique Weather System - Discover It!

Arizona monsoon season is really loved & looked forward to by most local Arizona people. Our videos, pics & words help explain why. We love our AZ weather!

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Jun 06, 2022

Lake Cabins in Arizona - Book Now for Phenomenal Getaways!

Your lake cabins in Arizona choices vary from lakefront to views of the lake. A hidden rest in the pines? We've found the best!

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Jun 03, 2022

Lake Mead Arizona is Popular for Water Recreation - We Get You There!

Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the Arizona side of the lake has plenty of fun water sports. Boat rentals, fishing, best camping spots + see Hoover Dam

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