Tracy Stephens, Native Trout and Chub Coordinator, AZGFD

August 10, 2017
7:00 pm
Sunnyslope Community Center

Growing up in Wisconsin, Tracy Stephens spent her summers outside camping and fishing for walleye and crappie with her family.  Time outside and great science teachers developed her interest in field biology.  While attending college, Tracy worked seasonally in fisheries for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources before landing a summer technician job with Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  After receiving her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Tracy spent over 15 years working for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, primarily in the Jackson Region.  As a regional fisheries biologist, Tracy was responsible for managing fisheries in the Snake River headwaters and worked with a variety of species, including Snake River Cutthroat Trout, Bluehead Sucker, and Northern Leatherside Chub.   Some of the projects she completed included a survey of alpine lakes in Grand Teton National Park, extensive drainage surveys of remote waters, and planning and implementing a chemical treatment project of a wilderness lake to remove non-native rainbow trout.  She also organized the annual Jackson Kids Fishing Day, a free community event held every June.  In March, 2017 Tracy began work with AZGFD as the Native Trout and Chub Coordinator.

Also Tracy will be speaking at the Zane Grey Trout Unlimited Meeting at Bass Pro Shop on August 3rd at 7:00 pm.

Bring a Buddy – Kayak fishing – Sponsored by Lower Gear Outdoors

Bring a Buddy!
Win a Free day rental of Pro Angler 12 Hobie
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AZ Kayak & Motorless Anglers Presentation
by Marvin Forte and Brian Soefje
Also featuring Dallas Shewmaker, Owner, LowerGear Outdoors
Kayak fishing is on the rise, and for good reason. The cost of entry is low, and the ongoing costs are nearly nothing when compared to other watercraft. Kayak fishing is stealthy and puts the angler closer to the water and more in tune. If you have considered getting into kayak or motorless fishing, this presentation could save you tons of time and energy. Marvin and Brian will share their experience and expertise fishing with a spinning rod, bait caster or fly rod. Multiple angling kayaks and watercraft will be on display. Marvin and Brian will also cover some of the best waters to kayak fish in Arizona, as well as answering your questions.
Marvin Forte
Marvin is on Native Watercraft’s ProStaff.
He’s one the administrators of Arizona Kayak & Motorless Anglers, a fishing club and Facebook group of over 1,900 members.
As Chapter Coordinator for the Arizona chapter of Heroes on the Water, he gives back to veterans, active military and first responders, spreading the excitement and relaxation of kayak fishing.
He’s participated in over 20 kayak fishing tournaments in Arizona, placing first, second and third.
“One of the great things about kayak fishing in Arizona, is that I can get out on the water 12 months out of the year, and when summer gets too hot, I hit the mountains for some cooler temps and different species. Some guys see a fishing kayak as a stepping stone to a bass boat, but not me. I’d rather be in a kayak than a bass boat any day. Close to water, in touch with nature, authentic. That’s why I kayak fish.”
Brian Soefje
Brian is on Hobie’s Kayak Fishing Team, Cactus Wren Outdoor’s Pro Staff, and Kistler Rod’s Regional Team. He’s also the Secretary of the Arizona Chapter of Heroes on the Water.
A regular kayak tournament angler, Brian has placed first place in over eight tournaments and he is well on his way to qualifying for the 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship.
He’s a certified AZ Game & Fish Fishing Instructor, a regular speaker at Bass Pro Shops and the International Sportsman Expo in Scottsdale. He’s an active member of the AZ Kayak and Motorless Anglers club and Facebook group (1900+ members strong. He hosts his own YouTube channel under his alias, AZKayakFisherman.
“I was introduced to the new sport of kayak fishing five years ago and I caught the bug. I enjoy fishing from a bass boat but kayak fishing is incredible! You will now see me on an Arizona lake pretty much every weekend and even some weekdays. I enjoy teaching and love talking about this great sport.“

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