Last month, earth-moving equipment showed up for work at the site of the new Scorpion Bay Marina and Yacht Club on the west side of Lake Pleasant Regional Park, north of Peoria.
Located just north of the park’s operations center in an area commonly known as “Dirty Shirt,” the new marina is a $20 million project of Lake Pleasant Marina Partners.
The 164-acre project is being developed under a 35-year concession agreement with Maricopa County and will be located in a park-like setting featuring state of the art facilities for the boating public.
Initial work began with clearing of areas for the marina’s dry boat storage facility. At build-out, the marina will offer a modern, floating dockage system with high-tech wave attenuation for protection of the on-the-water portion of the facility. Plans also call for floating restrooms as well as a boating accessory, convenience and deli store, covered and uncovered boat storage slips, boat rentals, a tram system for parking areas and a launch ramp.
“We expect the first phases of the project to be finished by March or April,” said Dennis Gorney, owner of Sun Country Marine boat dealership in Phoenix and a partner in the marina.
Other principals in the development of Scorpion Bay Marina are Mike Pretasky Sr. of Skipper Marine Development, which owns and operates 22 marine facilities throughout the country, including 15 in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Florida and Ohio, and Dave Pretasky, who owns marinas and marine-related businesses in the Midwest.
According to officials at the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, the new marina will be a financial boon, with $4 million in revenues expected, all of which will be reinvested in the park.
For information on Scorpion Bay Marina and to reserve a slip or boat storage, visit www.scorpionbaymarina.com or call toll free, (800) 636-2628.
• The Arizona Flycasters Club will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the cafeteria of Phoenix Cortez High School, 8828 N. 31st Ave. Scotty Johnson of Defenders of Wildlife will do an audio/visual presentation on how Arizona has been affected by climate change and how it impacts our rivers, lakes and streams.
For information, call Craig Mernitz at (602) 739-2385.
• The Arizona Predator Callers will host a mountain lion hunting seminar presented by Steve Craig at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 9, 1450 E. Main St., in Mesa. Admission is $5 for nonmembers and free for students under age 18. Refreshments and door prizes are included in the admission price. For information, call Mike Burris at (480) 654-1411.
• Also, Bass Pro Shops continues to offer a variety of Outdoor Skills Workshops. Visit www.basspro.com for details and dates.
Fishing hot spot Canyon Lake: This is a good time to target largemouth bass, yellow bass, catfish and sunfish, but it is also possible to catch some walleye, smallmouth bass and trout. Reports of good numbers of largemouth falling for plastic worms have been coming in, as well as some amazing reports of huge trout being caught on bobbers and nightcrawlers from the upper end of the lake just below the Apache Lake dam. A few are also being caught on inline spinners.
Canyon is going to be lowered this fall for work on the dam, so get up there and catch all of the fish you can now. For a complete fishing report from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, go to www.evtrib.com.