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Posted: 08/20/12 08:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have wintered in Mission, TX for the past four years so have no experience with Arizona locations. We have been asked for some good fishing locations in Arizona for a three month stay this coming December, January and February. Can anyone recommend a Snowbird location in Arizona for an avid fisherman?


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I live in Yuma, AZ and there are a few lakes and canals in the area. Lots of snow bird traffic through here too. Stay away from northern AZ, I've heard there is too much regulation over the lakes up there.


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One Caution,

In AZ all fish are catch-able but NOT ate-able. Check locally & State agencies to make sure you can eat the fish because of farming & mining runoff! Fish are like a big sponge when it comes to contaminates. In a past role in life, we used local fish flesh/meat to measure the level of every contaminate known. Be careful of the fish in the Colorado River in Yuma. Yes, I have completed past sampling there but that was years ago. For the Colorado, the Dept of Water Resources in Sacramento is a good source, I know for a fact they use to take samples. Maybe not any longer with budget issues but do take the time to find out if local fish is safe to eat.

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LOL, Northern AZ has the same regs as the rest of the state.

In the winter time you will want to stay out of the mountains as we do get snow. In Southern AZ south of Tucson there are 4 fishing lakes I know of. 3 of the lakes' fish are safe to eat. Here are a couple of sites that will help.

http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/where_fish.shtml

http://www.aa-fishing.com/az/arizona-map.html

A really nice park central the lakes I mentioned is De Anza RV Resort in Amado, AZ. We have friends from Idaho staying the winter in this park and they love it, plus we are nearby.

http://deanzarvresort.com/

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Second Roosevelt Lake and any of the lakes down stream are also great. As for the warning we get the same thing here on the Great Lakes and if they're cleaned properly there is no problem. We use to camp at Apache Lake when we lives in AZ.





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I got the spot roosevelt lake az by globe az , huge bass and crappie , theres a CG about three miles from the lake spent a mon there full hook up and the cleanest restrooms I,ve ever seen ,a bait shop and store outside the gate , I gotta ask my wife the name ,

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harold1946, Yeah just because I worked & was trained in the field makes me an alarmist. Eat on friend!

Looked at the map and none of the lakes in the South are listed so here are the four I know, Arivaca Lake, Parker Canyon Lake, Patagonia Lake & Pena Blanca Lake. Arivaca Lake is the only one of the three you can't eat the fish when I was last over there. I will be kayaking the lake on Friday and will check if anything has changed. A couple million dollars was spent over the last two years cleaning Pena Blanca Lake so now the fish can be consumed (all new restock). Yeah, I don't know what I am talking about!


I'm not picking on Arizona or California. You should always check to see it the fish are safe to eat no matter where you are. You would be surprised how many USA rivers & lakes don't meet safe water standards. Fish amplify the safety issue. They are at the top of the food chain and absorb all the contaminates of everything they eat. AND then we eat them, LOL! Also the advisories tend to be downplayed, been there and fought for accurate reporting.

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Here is a link to the advisory, http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/water/assessment/download/fca.pdf

Once an advisory has been issued it remains in effect no matter the age. The advisory only changes after work / dollars are spent to clean up the problem and this may mean a mine site or farming upstream from a body of water. It takes YEARS!

Hope this helps. Again, this is not just an issue here in AZ. It is Nationwide! New Orleans use to have the best tasting water in the USA but not safest to drink. There are many perimeters to the issues of water safety. I finally went into Fiber Optic Engineering because of my conflict with inaccurate or incomplete reporting to the public. Got tired of beating my head against the wall, LOL!

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rocmoc is being a bit of an alarmist. The amount of fish that one would have to be consume to have an affect on an adult would be in excess of 5-8oz. meals per month. The Arizona Game and Fish Dept. has all the advisories at www.azgfd.gov


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You missed a couple more that have warnings. Lynx Lake and Granit Dells.
But the amount that one would have to consume is quite high. I would think that with your training you would also have that knowledge.
The warnings are clearly posted at all the lakes concerned, all one has to do is read.
With the way you are stating it one would get the impression that eating fish will kill. Maybe a better choice of wording would have not made you seem like an alarmist.

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