Removing the bag limits on northern pike statewide, liberalizing the striped bass limit on Lake Mead, and expanding the blue-ribbon regulations at Becker Lake to become yearround are just some of the fishing regulation changes being proposed for 2007 and 2008 by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The department proposes removing bag limits for northern pike at Upper Lake Mary and Stoneman Lake, which are the only two lakes in the state with limits on pike. This change would result in no limits on northern pike in Arizona.
The department is also seeking to change the bag limits for stripers at Lake Mead from the current 20-fish limit to unlimited harvest for stripers under 20 inches, and a 20-fish limit for stripers over 20 inches. That would bring the regulations in Mead in line with those already in place at Lake Mohave.
Another proposal is to further develop a blue ribbon fishery at Becker Lake near Springerville by having special regulations year round, which would require artificial lures and flies only with barbless hooks, and a two-trout limit.
Other changes are also being considered. To find out more, visit the department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov.
The two public meetings are scheduled for the Valley — Oct. 2 at the La Quinta Inn, 2510 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix; and Oct. 3, at the AGFD Mesa Regional Office, 7200 E. University Dr., Mesa. Both meetings run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Written comments can be mailed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Commission Order 40, Fisheries Branch, 2221 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85023-4399, or email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Desert Flycasters Club meets tonight at American Legion Post 2, 2125 S. Industrial Park Blvd., Tempe. Pizza at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. Guide Skip Dixon of Lee’s Ferry Anglers will discuss new techniques for fishing the Ferry. The public is invited at no charge. For information, call (602) 320-1573.
• The Arizona Flycasters Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Sunnyslope Community Center, 802 E. Vogel St., in Phoenix. Linn Montgomery, professor of biological sciences at Northern Arizona, will discuss fisheries study programs. The public is invited at no charge. For information, call (602) 992-1434 or visit www.azflycasters.org.
• The Arizona Predator Callers are hosting a predatorcalling seminar, with an emphasis on calling bears, at 7 p.m., Thursday in the F.O.P. Lodge 9, 1450 E. Main St., Mesa. Admission is $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call (480) 654-1411.
FISHING HOT SPOTS
COLORADO RIVER LAKES: This is the leading edge of the great fall fishing. Some of the most spectacular action of the year is just starting at Powell, Mead, Mohave, and Havasu. Surface boils of stripers chasing shad are found all over these lakes. This action can continue through the end of October, but some of the best fishing could occur within the next few weeks. Be sure to have new line on your reels. Aggressively feeding stripers will test your equipment.
Anglers are encouraged to catch and keep all the stripers you can. Recreational boater densities should drop significantly now that summer is coming to a close. Havasu has also come on as a pretty decent smallmouth bass factory.