Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 6, 1976 · Page 52
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ftucsou Daily * \ Forecast \ improved : for skiers r, c, »' Mt. Lemmon : open again J All of the state's ski resorts, 1 including nearby Mt. Lemmon » Ski Valley, will be open this * weekend. All report "good to » excellent" skiing conditions. ,"- Up to 12 inches of snow fell -^ this week, on Mt. Lemmon - with more reported yesterday, '", a spokesman said. He rates _' skiing conditions as "excel"- lent". Roads to the area have T been plowed, but chains or £ snow tires are recommended, · he said. '. Sunrise Ski Area operated ; by the White Mountain Apache Tribe near McNary ; has "good to excellent" ski .· conditions with a 16-inch base '. and up to 13 inches of snow '; this week. Roads to the area - require chains, a spokesman *· said. ^.. At the Arizona Snow Bowl ;· near Flagstaff, 12 to 15 inches ~ of snowfall this week has * created "good" conditions on ",a five-inch base. Chains or .;- four-wheel-drive vehicles are "'-. required to reach the area. · All facilities and tows are 'operating at the three stme ·;, resorts. i Meanwhile, Glacier Glide ;, Toboggan Run between Pine -and Strawberry will also open '.for the weekend. Chains or ·"snow tires are recommended. *· .In Colorado, skiing conditions are rated as good to · excellent at Purgatory Ski , Area near Durango and Tellu- ; ride Ski Area, 125 miles south-east of Grand Junction. Both .rareas received up to 24 inches 'Of snowfall this week. Fishing Report , Good trout fishing prospects are in store this weekend at frozen lakes over 6,500 feet in '.the White Mountains, if day,time weather conditions improve; Ice is more than two Jeet thick at most Jakes. - Meanwhile, near Tucson 'more than 4,000 trout were planted at Parker Caynon and cPena Blanca Lakes. WHITE MOUNTAINS: Bio, Good for ratabow, snow veMcle required; Cres- 'cent, Good for rainbow; Lee Vallev. Good for raTnbow; Nelson, Good for rainbow; ConchoV Fair Tor rainbow; Greer Lakes, Fair (or rainbow. - RIM LAKES: Bear Canyon, Inaccessible; Willow Sprlnos, Fair for trout. NORTH-CENTRAL WATERS: Because of variable Ice commons In Ihe North- Central wafers fishermen are'advlsed fo ~ contact the Game and Fish Department ^-Office in Flagstaff at 77«S3J for Ihe fc latest reports before tlshlng on waters t above 6500 feel. r. UPPER COLORADO RIVER: Willow t-Beach, Good for trout; Mohave, Good ..for bass, fair for trout; Mead, Fair for "trout anJ bass; Topock, Fair for bass '"and catfish; Bullhead City, Fair for trout; Havasu, Fair tor bass. "·· SOUTHWESTERN WATERS: Good : -for bass; Painted Rock, Good for caro; -Martinez, Good for crapple, fair all oth. .ers; Yuma Canals, Gone for catfish, (air . for bass; Miltrv, Fair all species. . -.-. SOUTHEASTERN WATERS: Pataoo- . nia. Good ror crapple ana bujeoill; Pena Blanca, Good for trout and crapple; Arivaca, Good for bluegill; Parker J Canvon, Good lor trout. CENTRAL WATERS: Pleasant (up. Oer), Excellent for bass, fair to good all others; Canyon, Good for trout; Roosevelt, Fair for bass and crapple; Apache, ;Falr lor bass; San Carlos, Good for -crappie. Outdoors FRID/VY, FEBRUARY 6, 1976 PAGE 53 Mexican sea bass 'Whoppers' hitting *W lotheater, 1R \ m ' ^*X T^ 'r\ r»n-xi A n^-iy-t n n *. £^K2£ « _ . *. I ^Bfl ^iV ?l * Spec! PUERTO PENASCO, SON., MEX. -- This is the season for big fish at this popular fishing village in Mexico about 100 miles south of Ajo. A dozen or more fish weighing 80 pounds or more have been taken during the past 30 days, including a whopper that weighed 372 pounds. The giant black sea bass was caught by 21-year-old Herman Palacio oh a hand- lined mullet while he fished a reef from his uncle's sport fishing boat, the "Manana Maybe," about 18 miles south of Rocky Point. His uncle is Hector Munro, long-time fishing guide and outfitter at nearby Cholla Bay. Another Mexican fishing guide, Ramon Perez, decided not to be outdone and came back with three fish totalling 430 pounds. The smallest was 80 pounds, the largest weighed 150 pounds. Meanwhile, fishing is considered good for "small" groupers in the 30 to 60-pound class and for pintos weighing up to 12 pounds. A few white sea bass are also appearing infrequently in the sport fishermen's catch as the fish move through the area on an annual up-gu!f migration. Most of the larger fish have been taken from anchored or drifting boats over shallow offshore reefs. Mullet is the most commonly used bait, although a few groupers and pintos have been taken on trolled red and white Martin- type plugs. Exceptions have been the catches of leatherfish this winter. L e a t h e r f i s h , a strange-looking grouper, are · being caught in about 200 foot- depths in muddy bottom Pholo by Bob Courtright rnoiu uy DOO loun 372-pounder on mullet It's not a trick photo. The 372-pound sea bass Herman Palacio caught on.a. handline near Rocky Point is for real. Even though it attracted a big crowd of Cholla Bay, Son., fishermen, it wasn't the largest ever taken from Mexico's Gulf of California. The record for the area weighted more than 500 pounds. Outdoor roundup Fishy hunt seasons to be set ^-Fishing and hunting seasons and open areas for 1976 will be set by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission at a two-day meeting in Phoenix Feb. 20-21. Fishing seasons, limits and regulations will be established on Friday, along with proposed changes in hunting and fishing fees, watercraft and boat engine restrictions, and live bait regulations. Scheduled for the Saturday meeting are hunting seasons and open areas for deer, elk' turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo, bear, mountain lion, predators and small game and birds. Permit numbers for the seasons will be set later in the year. Other items on the Saturday agenda include permit drawing procedures, wildlife areas, game farms, possession limits and a repeal of a rule regulating the sale of buffalo meat. Meetings will start at 9 a.m. each day at Northwest YMCA CITIZEN OUTDOOR EDITOR ll Quimby Strange session ·' The deadline for submitting bills into this ·session of the Arizona Legislature, I'm told, is Monday. That's significant because this could be a very unusual session, unless someone joes something rash between now and then. I can think of no other session in recent years when an extremely controversial bill concerning Arizona's outdoors wasn't introduced. ] This year, about the only thing that could raise an eyelash is a proposal to lower the Requirement of free "pioneer" hunting and fishing licenses from 70 to 65 years. That proposal has been around so long and in so many sessions that it is no longer new. ,, In previous years, Arizona legislative bills have provided much material for this column, and helped fill the gap between late fall hunting seasons and the time when fishing gets good each spring. ; Remember the time when someone drafted a bill to ban off-road travel, then bumbled the language so that every dirt road that didn't have a subdivision sign on it would be closed, too? Or the 1975 bill that would have allowed the shooting of coyotes from airplanes? ' · It's not that some of the same people haven't 'been busy thinking up the bills, it's just that none have been introduced so far this time around. An example of that is a bill a joint committee of sportsman's and stockman groups along with the aid of a Game and Fish Department law enforcement specialist drafted recently because of numerous incidents of ·· nighttime game poaching and cattle shooting in 1975. Their proposed cure could have been worse than the illness, however. And it could have made unintentional violators out of almost every deer hunter who had to take a short walk from camp late at night with a flashlight. (And that includes all of us.) Their bill would have made it unlawful to "cast the rays of a spotlight or artificial light into any field, pasture, woodland, forest, or prairie wherein big game or domestic livestock may be' reasonably expected to be while having in possession readily available for immediate use, a firearm or other device which could be used to take such big game or domestic livestock . . .." Discretion needed That proposal includes just about anywhere in Arizona that isn't paved or in the bottom of a copper mining pit. It also does not define "readily available" firearms. So far, according to Game and Fish assistant director Phil Cosper, no legislator has volunteered to sponsor the bill. Even Cosper agrees that enforcement of the proposal, if introduced and passed, would require a lot of discretion on the part of wardens. The proposed bill, however, closely follows the language of a law in New Mexico'. Which means that a word of warning is in order if you plan to hunt in that state: Bury your rifles or bows under your gear and lock everything in your vehicle before you take that after-dark walk. A friendly warden may be watching. building at 17th Ave. and Missouri St. in Phoenix. The meetings are open to the public. Day to talk "Everything you ever wanted to know about javelinas" is the subject of a talk to be given Tuesday night at the monthly meeting of the South- em Arizona Wildlife Callers. Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist Jerry Day, an expert on the state's interesting pig-like animals, will speak and show color ·slides. Club members will demonstrate techniques used in calling javelinas with a predator call. The meeting will be held at the Cliff Manor Motor Hotel, 5900 N. Oracle Rd., starting at 7:30 p.m. Poivell record PAGE -- A Colorado fisherman who drove all night to reach Lake Powell in time for a fishing derby has set a trout record for the lake with a 12- pound, 12-ounce rainbow. Ronald Gittlin caught the fish near the Wahweap Marina at noon Jan. 30 on a night- crawler worm in about five feet of water. The fish was 28'/ 2 inches long. Harold Johnson, a fishing guide at Wahweap, said the annual trout spawning season, when rainbows "feed in a frenzy" in Wahweap Bay in less than three feet of water, has not yet started. . Gittlin won a three-day trip to Las Vegas. Havasu derby A $10,000 four-month fishing derby has been set Feb. 14- June 13 at Lake Havasu, with qualifying anglers also competing in a championship fish- off in October. The Derby is open to all fishermen. Top prize is $4,000 in cash and $2,000 in merchan- dise for the heaviest largemouth bass catches during the derby. The heaviest striped bass taken will be worth $1,000 in cash. There is no entry fee or forms. Anglers need only weigh their catch at the Havasu marina. Survey on The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting its once- every-five-years survey to determine the value of fish and game by learning how much money is spent by bird- watchers, zoo fans, hunters and fishermen. Approximately 2,000 computer-selected households in each state will be telephoned between now and March. A docent? Volunteers are being used by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to teach wildlife conservation values to school children. Called "docents", the volunteers make their own uniforms and supply transportation to Phoenix classrooms. Although now confined to Maricopa County, the agency plans to take the program statewide. City park fishing derby set The Seventh Annual Trout Derby for children 4 to 13 years of age will be held Sunday, Feb. 15 at Reid Lake in Randolph Park. There is no entry fee and prizes will be awarded in three age categories. The fishing derby is sponsored by the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department and the Sunshine Kiwanis Club. Children will not be required to obtain city fishing licenses for the derby. Additional information may be obtained by telephoning Marlene Elliott at 791-4877. Major bow manufacturer makes limbs in Tucson By BILL QUIMBY Citizen Outdoor Editor There is no sign out front to announce it, but a 16,000- square-foot aluminum building at 2550 N. 14th Ave. is where an archery equipment manufacturer is making part of its bid to become the nation's No. I bowyer. Inside is an indoor archery lane, an archery pro shop and a manufacturing plant that turns out 72,000 fiberglass and wood "limbs' 1 for compound bows sold by the three-year- old Precision Archery Co. The company's headquar- Eagles., too ters is in Mohamet, 111., where metal bow handles are cast and the finished bows are assembled. It picked Tucson as its bowlimb manufacturing site because that is where its plant manager, Gene Ellis, lived. "Eventually, we'll do assembly here, along with arrow manufacturing," Ellis said. "And we've acquired a leather products company t h a t specialized in archery accessories that will be moved here too." Precision Archery may be the fastest growing manufac- turer in the fastest-growing segment of the sporting goods industry. In just three years, it now sells more bows than many long-established and better-known achery brand names, Ellis says. And if you haven't been doing your homework in archery lately, the chances are good you'll not recognize the bows Precision is selling. They are known as compound bows, featuring a strange- looking combination of pulleys and metal cable that works much like a block and tackle hoist. Topock Marsh crowded with visiting birdlif e LAKE HAVASU CITY -- Two Southern bald eagles are among an exceptionally large population of migratory, nesting and visiting birds reported using Topock Marsh at the end of January, according to Robert Delaney, ranger at the Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The bald eagles, both mature, are occupying a nest they started in the Topock-Needles Marsh in January, 1975. Because they are an endangered species, visitors are not allowed near their nest, but the eagles frequently are within binocular range from a viewing platform, or when they soar over the marsh in search of catfish, coots and other food. Two golden eagles are also nesting nearby, according to Delaney. Other birds counted in the marsh, just north of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River, include 1,200 snow geese, 500 to 700 Canada geese, 3,000 to 3,500 ducks (mostly widgeon, gadwall, merganser, pintail, redhead, mallards and buffleheads), 2,000 to 3,000 cormorants, and great blue herons, snowy and common egrets and a few Yuma clapper rails. The rails were once thought to be extinct, but now number about 1,000 to 1,200, according to Delaney. Traditional long bows become increasingly difficult to pull and hold when pulled to full draw. Pulling a compound bow, because of its mechanical advantage, starts out difficult and becomes easy. A compound bow that is rated at 50 pounds draw weight, for example, may require just 30 pounds of effort to hold it at full draw. Precision sells its four types of compound bows at $130 to $300. Part of the reason the company has been able to capture more than its share of the bow market, Ellis said, is because it specialized from its start in compound bows. Many other companies didn't and Ellis is now busy converting much of the manufacturing equipment obtained after the companies went under. Another reason is that Ellis, 34-year-old owner Peter Shepley and a high percentage of the company's employes are avid bowhunters and competitive archers. The Tucson plant, for example, set aside an area for a dozen 20-yard archery lanes because its 33 employes wanted a place to shoot. Starting last Saturday, without publicity, the lanes were opened to the public at $1.50 per hour. More than 50 shooters showed up. Ellis expects to a t t r a c t archery clubs, league shooters and bowhunt- ers who want to use the indoor range for practice. Goodyear Buy of the Week Blackwall B78-13 with trade Fits models of Chevy II, Dart, Falcon, Maverick, Mustang, Valiant Polyester Cord 'All-Weather' 78... 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