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LEGAL HEAT’S CONCEALED CARRY CLASS: Sportsman’s Warehouse has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes meeting the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Arizona CCW Permit and the Utah CCW Permit in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These CCW permits will allow combined concealed carry reciprocity in approximately 37+ states. Legal Heat’s concealed carry class covers firearms safety, firearms handling, firearms transportation, firearms storage, ammunition, self-defense laws, firearms laws, and concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a “test” or a range requirement. The Utah (UT) and Arizona (AZ) multi-state CCW permit course is open to residents of any state. You do NOT have to reside in the states of Utah or Arizona to qualify to apply for these multi-state permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited. https://mylegalheat.com 877-252-1055 We look forward to seeing you for a great class!
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For February the students asked if the class could tie Jim's Bikini Leach which some of the students found to be very effective on trout. Now they want to learn how to tie it. Please Join us!! No experience needed. Everyone is welcome, all you need is the desire to learn.
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LEGAL HEAT’S CONCEALED CARRY CLASS: Sportsman’s Warehouse has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes meeting the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Arizona CCW Permit and the Utah CCW Permit in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These CCW permits will allow combined concealed carry reciprocity in approximately 37+ states. Legal Heat’s concealed carry class covers firearms safety, firearms handling, firearms transportation, firearms storage, ammunition, self-defense laws, firearms laws, and concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a “test” or a range requirement. The Utah (UT) and Arizona (AZ) multi-state CCW permit course is open to residents of any state. You do NOT have to reside in the states of Utah or Arizona to qualify to apply for these multi-state permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited. https://mylegalheat.com 877-252-1055 We look forward to seeing you for a great class!
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Fishing Report For Avondale

Good
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
Water temperatures should fall from 60s in early December to 50s by the end of February, which means that slowing down any type of presentation is going to be key to good fishing on Alamo. Using top-water baits or other reaction-style baits fished quickly may not be the best strategy for the winter months on Alamo. Instead, fish crankbaits or spinnerbaits slowly, or fish deeper and slower with plastics such as drop shot rigs. Fishing in or around cover for bass is going to continue to be a winning strategy for bass on Alamo Lake. Black crappie fishing should be continue to be good this winter, though it may not be as fast and furious as anglers experienced last spring and fall. Good reports of crappie ranging in size from 9 to 16 inches, with the possibility of even larger fish, have been coming in recently. Trolling jigs tipped with minnows or small crankbaits in 10-25 feet of water, especially near cover, should produce during the morning and late in the day. For something different, try anchoring in deeper water during the night, deploying underwater lights, which attract bait and crappies, and then using jigs tipped with bait to catch crappies. Channel catfish fishing should be throughout the fall. Just anchor near cover and use any of the prepared catfish baits as well as chicken livers or stink bait, or other baits like hot dogs or shrimp. Other fish such as bluegill, redear sunfish, tilapia and common carp are a lot of fun to catch. Many types of baits should work for these species.
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Poor
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
Largemouth and smallmouth bass are present in all sizes and fishing is expected to be poor throughout the winter. During the winter fish become less active, their response is usually slower, and they tend to move to deeper water, though you can still find fish in the shallows year round. Try drop shot and jigging with Kastmasters and spoons. When in doubt, throw a live worm on the bottom and see what bites! Shore fishing is best at the main launch area and at Burnt Corral. Dirt roads allow you to drive around the lake, take a short hike to the water and fish from the shore. The lake provides many coves to fish by boat. For walleye fishing, head toward the upper area of the lake past the no-ski buoys and fish Bronco Creek. A successful walleye technique involves a trolling shad pattern with crankbaits in 10 to 30 feet of water. Make sure you have your Tonto Pass which can be purchased online and from a variety of convenience stores and sporting goods stores.
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Fair
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
Lake temperatures are cooling down from the 70s in November. With the current weather outlook, water levels may be lower than usual. Fish tend to be most active during the 90-minute windows surrounding the sun and moon rise and fall. When the moon is at full or new moon stage, the effect is stronger. There are many apps that you can use that display this information for you. As fishermen know, severe weather changes have an impact on the way fish feed. If a cold front is approaching, the fish tend to move deeper into the water and lay low. Barometric pressure is a good indicator. If pressure changes quickly, the fish tend to be less likely to show interest in your bait. If the pressure change is gradual the fish will respond favorably. Largemouth bass fishing is expected to be fair throughout the winter. During the winter fish become less active, their response is usually slower, and they tend to move to deeper water, though you can still find fish in the shallows year round. Try drop shot and jigging with Kastmasters and spoons. When in doubt throw a live worm on the bottom and see what bites! When focusing on largemouth bass, fish near shady areas with overhangs or drop-offs. It?s expected to be a fair year for crappie. Try fishing around submerged trees or on shelves. Try using live minnows or jigs tipped with minnows. Flathead catfish are present throughout the lake, but are more common upriver or by the dam. Look for spots where the water is murkier with vegetation or rocky covering nearby. Fishing for catfish should be great this fall. Try using catfish baits like chicken livers for smaller catfish. To catch a trophy size try using live sunfish or carp collected on site.
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Good
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
During a normal winter, vehicle access to Big Lake is more difficult due to heavy snow and road closures. The U.S. Forest Service normally closes State Route 273 and State Route 261 after the first significant snowfall. Only access from US 191 near Alpine is open, though snow drifts may make vehicle access impossible. Despite summer algae blooms, anglers have been doing well for rainbow trout on bottom and for cutthroat trout in Railroad Cove. Fish until winter weather and road closures inhibit access! Big Lake Store has closed for the season. Big Lake may partially or completely ice over throughout the winter; anglers should use caution and check recent weather reports when ice fishing.
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Fair
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
Lake temperatures are cooling down from 70s in November. Water levels this fall should be relatively stable with minimal fluctuation. Winter trout stocking began the week of Nov. 5. Rainbow Trout will be stocked into Canyon Lake once a month through February. Check out the winter stocking schedule! Canyon had minor fish kills related to golden algae during the spring that included species other than shad. We conducted a fish survey in early April to evaluate the population and observed dead fish throughout the lake. However, we also captured quite a few fish that were doing well during our fish surveys, which indicates a good number of largemouth bass and other fish species survived the fish kills. Largemouth bass are present in all sizes and fishing is expected to be fair throughout the winter. Canyon is known for its large bass; however, it?s a little harder to catch fish here if you aren?t familiar with the lake. During the winter fish become less active, their response is usually slower, and they tend to move to deeper water, though you can still find fish in the shallows year round. Try drop shot and jigging with Kastmasters and spoons. Recently the Palo Verde ramp underwent a renovation and is now open. Shore anglers can try fishing off of Acacia day-use recreational area where habitat is placed near the buoys. Shore anglers should also try their luck at the newly renovated Boulder Recreational Area. This recreational area is restricted from motorized watercrafts and is a great place to kayak and there is also a fishing pier. During our recent fish survey we caught quite a few largemouth bass in the back of the cove. Make sure you have your Tonto Pass which can be purchased online and from a variety of convenience stores and sporting goods stores.
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Fair
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
Water temperatures are low and the spawning season has concluded, so wild brown trout are in their overwintering habitat. This means the biggest and slowest pools. There may be some stocked Apache trout left near the West Fork Campground. Try nymphs and Wooly Buggers dead drifted through the pools. Small Kastmasters may draw out a few fish during the warmest parts of the day. West Fork Black River upstream of Hayground Creek is catch and release, artificial lure or fly only with single point barbless hook. Hayground Creek is closed to all fishing. Shelf ice will continue to form and hinder fishing until spring temperatures warm water up. Black River-East Fork Water temperatures are low and the spawning season has concluded, so wild brown trout are in their overwintering habitat. This means the biggest and slowest pools. There may be some stocked Apache trout left between Diamond Rock and Buffalo Crossing Campgrounds. Try nymphs and Wooly Buggers dead-drifted through the pools. Small Kastmasters may draw out a few fish during the warmest parts of the day. Shelf ice will continue to form and hinder fishing until spring temperatures warm water up.
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Fair
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
For kids and novice anglers, nightcrawlers on the bottom or under a bobber in rocky areas are a good way to go for bluegill or green sunfish. More experienced anglers can try crankbaits, jigs and nightcrawler rigs around underwater rocky structure, where large smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and walleye lurk.This is a great lake to catch trophy-sized walleye. Catch catfish in early fall with nightcrawlers or chicken livers on the bottom. Despite low water levels this year, water quality remains good. Cool winter temperatures will decrease fish activity, so fish in the warmest parts of the day or near shallower water. Fool Hollow Lake may partially or completely ice over throughout the winter, but ice conditions are generally unsafe for ice fishing.
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Unknown
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
4% full. When the lake is full, there are a lot of spawning fish. No New Reports
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Unknown
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
CLOSED
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Good
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
Fishing should continue to be good as the water temperatures fall from the upper lower 60s in December to the 50s later in the winter. Due to the low water temps, the key to successful winter fishing in this desert lake is going to be fishing slow. To catch largemouth bass this time of year, be sure to fish slowly. Plastics may be the best option; some of the best plastic baits for Havasu are weightless Texas-rigged Ikas, Roboworms on a dropshot rig, or weightless Texas-rigged senkos. Due the the cold temps, baits like top-water lures such as frogs or walk-the-dog type of baits, or reaction baits like spinnerbaits or crankbaits are not going to be quite as successful as during the warmer months, though it never hurts to have them rigged up just in case. For largemouths, it is generally best to fish around structure such as weedbeds, emergent vegetation, boat docks, or artificial habitat. Early in the winter, smallmouth bass will generally be in deep water and occasionally will be difficult to locate. As the winter progresses, smallmouths will generally move shallower in preparation for the spawn. Targeting smallmouth will generally require anglers to fish different locations than largemouths; it is usually best to fish rocky points, ridges, shorelines, or canyons. As with largemouth bass fishing, the key to success will be fishing slowly. Many of the same baits work for both large and smallmouth bass. Striper fishing was fairly good throughout most of the fall, we have been getting a few reports of limits of stripers, though the limits have been tending to consist mostly of 12 to 16 inch fish. There is still a chance of catching a 15-plus pound fish, but not as good as in years past. Using live shad for bait is a good bet any time of the year. Using your electronics to find schools of threadfin or gizzard shad will generally help you locate stripers, as these fish are the main forage for striped bass in Lake Havasu. As always, fishing on the bottom or trolling with live shad or cut anchovies should be a good bet. Even though it is not prime time for boils, always keep an eye out for ?boils? or where birds are actively feeding ? these boils could be your best bet for some fast and furious action. Use top-water lures, spoons, or swimbaits that resemble shad to take advantage of these boils. Night fishing with dead bait for stripers is another option that may be successful. When doing this, anchor on a point near a drop off and fish with cut anchovies or threadfin shad. To increase your chances of success, bring some underwater lights to attract both bait and stripers.
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Good
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
As of mid-August, the lake level was at 1,078 feet. This is about 3 feet lower than it was last year at this time. Fall often comes all at once on the Colorado River. One day it?s summer and 105 degrees and the next it?s 85 and windy. Look for the largemouth bass to stay in a summer type pattern until around Halloween. Between Halloween and Thanksgiving look for largemouth very shallow hitting anything moving. Often they are keying in on late hatching insects and will hit buzz baits, spinners, and poppers with reckless abandon! If that?s not working, try jigging with split-tail jigs, jig and pig, or Yamamoto jigs and grubs off lake contours at 20 to 30 feet. The lake is at historic low levels, so key in on inflow areas like Sandy Point and up the Overton Arm. Threadfin shad hold to areas that have muddy or stained water. The striped bass will be with them definitely feeding heavy throughout the fall. Try trolling anchovies over reefs and around main lake points until you locate a school. Then very often you can catch as many as you want to filet, within the limit of coarse (20 stripers over 20? and unlimited under 20? per person). This pattern can work all winter long, you just may have to go deeper. Channel Catfish will go through a high activity period also during the fall. Fresh cut baits (bluegill and carp) typically work well, along with shrimp, nightcrawlers, and minnows.
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Fair
Sat, Jan 12, 2019
Lake temperatures are cooling down from the 70s. Water levels should slowly rise throughout the winter as water is being pumped into the lake through the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal. The eagle closure is Dec. 15 to June 15, to prohibit boaters from reaching the upper end of the Agua Fria River via the main lake. The area above the closure provides prime spawning grounds for striped bass. These stripers tend to congregate in the Aqua Fria River arm during the closure. The Department, in coordination with Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land Management, have worked to get more angler access without causing a negative effect to bald eagles. The joint effort has resulted in reopening the access road off of Table Mesa Road and constructing a primitive boat launch area that is open for a brief time period each spring allowing access to Lake Pleasant above the eagle closure. To catch striped bass, try using live shad, anchovies, silver Kastmasters, plastic swimbaits and top-water lures. Largemouth bass numbers have been reported to be better than previous years and fishing is expected to be fair throughout the winter. During the winter fish become less active, their response is usually slower, and they tend to move to deeper water, though you can still find fish in the shallows year round. Try drop shot and jigging with Kastmasters and spoons. Try your luck at striped bass fishing top-water shad imitation lures targeting shad boils that pop up throughout the lake. Scan the surface until you find a boil then cast into and around the edges using top-water baits or swimbaits. Anglers have good success fishing anchovies under lights at night. The lights draw in schools of shad and the striped bass are drawn to those schools. Flathead catfish are present throughout the lake but are more common in the Aqua Fria River arm or by the dam. Look for spots where the water is murkier with vegetation or rocky covering nearby. Fishing for catfish should be great this winter. Try using catfish baits like chicken livers for smaller catfish. To catch a trophy size, try using live gizzard shad, sunfish or carp collected on site.
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About Sportsman's Warehouse Avondale

Opened in 2016, Sportsman’s Warehouse in Avondale, AZ is near the White Tank Mountains, Lake Pleasant, Bartlett Lake, and the Salt and Gila Rivers. National Gunsmithing services are coming soon! If you like hunting, we’re here to get you all set up with everything you need. Popular pursuits include javelina, dove, quail, elk, bear, coyote, mountain lion, Coues and mule deer. If fishing is more your speed, we have all of your tackle to catch the bass, catfish, or crappie that you’re after. We also carry plenty of supplies for backpacking, camping, or hiking South Mountain. Our shop services are available to spool reels, fishing pole repair, mount and boresight rifle scopes, cut arrows, tune bows in our 9-yard archery lane, and anything covered by your Firearm Service Plan. No matter the weather or time of year, we’ve got the seasonal accessories to fit your outdoor adventure. While you’re in the area, be sure to check out local events like the Litchfield Fishing Derby, Hellzapoppin Rodeo, Buckeye Days Senior Pro Rodeo, NASCAR, and MLB spring training.

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