HELPING TO CONTROL THE FISH POPULATION
CONTROL THE FISH
Do you like to fish? I certainly do and I take my responsibility to help control the fish population here in Arizona pretty darn seriously, too:) When I was younger, I spent many hours at Lake Pleasant bottom fishing for catfish and pulled some nice fats ones out - often using chicken livers on a treble hook, stuffed into a piece of nylon hose as bait. I also pulled out plenty of white bass, largemouth bass and a few bluegills, as well. It was always fun to just start a little fire right there on the shore and cook em up with butter, salt and cornmeal.
As I started to get a little older I enjoyed the heat less and less and started gravitating to the mountains of northern and eastern Arizona for all of my camping, hiking, wildlife watching and fishing adventures. I've absolutely fallen in love with trout fishing and have climbed mountains, hiked many miles, fought a colony of Mexican Free-Tailed Bats, ran from a bear and slept out in the open air - even on a small paddle boat once - to get to the best fishing holes. There's just nothing like standing in a mountain stream in the pine trees floating a worm down stream or working a rooster tail across a pool. The weather is awesome and the fish are, too. One of my favorites is the Apache Trout which is native to the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. They are absolutely beautiful - a rich olive green body with a sparkly, golden under belly. I love the way they glisten in the sunlight on the end of my line. The Black River in eastern Arizona is where I usually catch them tho they are also found in Becker Lake in Springerville and other White Mountain lakes and streams.
Another cool catch is the trout's cousin, the Arctic Graying. They're stocked in Lee Valley Reservoir, east of Show Low - not too far from Big Lake. Basically you fish them the same as you do a brook, brown or rainbow trout, tho they seem to be a bit harder to catch in my experience. They put up a good fight and their large, sail-like dorsal fin and narrow waist sets them apart from the other species of fish in the area. They are also a striking lavender/purple color during certain times of the year, which is really unique. The fishing rules at Lee Valley Reservoir are a little tight, but it's an absolutely beautiful place to hang out for the day and catching one of these beauties would be the icing on the cake. There's plenty of hiking and camping opportunities in the area as well as a good chance to see some elk, so I highly recommend a visit.
All in all, we really have a great selection of fish throughout the state of Arizona, including:
What a great way to spend a day - or a week - with the folks you love. Camping, hiking, wildlife viewing and fishing is a fantastic bonding experience and can create memories that your children and grandchildren can hang on to for life. I'll never forget the time my son John Jr. pulled a 16" Brown Trout out of Becker Lake in Springerville AZ when he was just a little dude. He was so excited and so were his mom and I. Or the time my daughter Mandy touched her first trout at Black River. She squealed like a little piggy and we all died laughing. I remember when my mother-in-law Sheila had a nice sized rainbow trout on her line - also at the Black River. It got off the hook and she literally ran out into the water and caught it with her bare hands! Her butt in the air and a huge smile on her face. You just can't make this stuff up. Kim and I now live just a few miles from where all of that happened and, tho the kids are grown and living their own lives (we miss them terribly), still hope to do a lot of fishing and make a lot of new memories in the future.
So, why am I writing an article about fishing on the Gold Shot Exterminating pest & pigeon control company website? Because it's fun - that's why. Because fishing is one of the really good slices of life. I love to fish and just wanted to share a little bit of the info that I've gathered through the years about fishing with my customers. Hope to see you at the stream with a big one on your line soon:) Happy Fishing!
John H. Goldshot
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