Come one, come all, to our clubs annual outing at Deadhorse Ranch State Park February 10th thru 12th 2017. If you can’t join us for the weekend come on up for a day trip. We will be in the Quail Loop. Camping sites and camping cabins are still available. Make your reservation soon because this is a popular campground. Go to AZ STATE PARKS website to book your site. Enjoy fishing the stocked lagoons or try the Verde River both are inside the park boundaries. Please let us know if you are coming on our Eventbrite site.
Next outing will be at Cottonwood campground/Abe’s motel on the San Juan River. Start planning now for April 1st thru 5th 2017. It’s my understanding that sites at the Campground go fast. More Info to follow.
From June 11 through 18, we will be in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Considered a fishing mecca of southwestern Colorado, Pagosa Springs offers the opportunity to catch a number of different trout in the abundant streams and reservoirs. On a typical day you can expect to catch cutthroat, brook, brown, and rainbow trout and Kokanee landlocked salmon. Many members have secured spots at Sportsman’s Campground located a short 30 minutes outside Pagosa Springs. Sportsman’s offers RV parking with full hook ups, cabin rentals, and tent sites offering full amenities, including showers and laundry facilities in a quaint family atmosphere. But due to the popularity of the area, RV sites are hard to come by at the campground. A quarter mile away from Sportsman’s is a state campground where you literally can take two steps out your tent or RV and be standing in Williams Creek, the tailwater of the reservoir, catching trout on a stone fly! Downtown Pagosa Springs offers hotels, B&B’s, and timeshares. In fact, you don’t even need to leave town, as the San Juan River is only steps away.
From July 22 through 24, the club will be at Big Lake in the White Mountains. Located at about 9,000 feet elevation, Big Lake offers needed relief from the scorching temperatures in the Valley. The lake is heavily stocked throughout the summer and has a good population of winter holdovers, thus offering the angler a chance to catch a trophy trout. Club members have already started making reservations in Rainbow Campground (around site numbers 48 through 65). You are responsible for making your own reservations, which can be made at http://www.recreation.gov. This is a very popular area, and I can’t stress enough that you should make reservations early, as in now, to be part of the adventure! If you don’t find a site in Rainbow Campground to your liking, there are other campgrounds at the lake, and there are many fine accommodations to be had in the surrounding communities of Greer, Alpine, and Springerville/ Eagar, all a very short drive from the lake. In addition, to help us understand who is attending, if you could register online with AFC at http://afc-biglake-2016.eventbrite.com, we would appreciate it. Our potluck is scheduled for Saturday at 3:00 PM depending on weather (check with other AFC members about the potluck). This is a popular outing every year. I hope you join us!
From August 26-28, we will be at Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim for our annual Crawfish
Festival. The club has reserved Crook Group Campground Loop B. For those planning on spending the weekend, there will be a $23 camping fee. If you can’t make it for the entire weekend, this outing makes a great day trip, as Woods Canyon Lake is only two hours north of the Valley. If you choose to come up for the day, the fee is $5 per carload. Space is limited for weekenders, but there are still nice spots which can be reserved online at Eventbrite or at the general meetings.
As part of our annual tradition, we’ll harvest crawfish from the lake and make the “mud bugs” taste like a shrimp cocktail. What they do to the aquatic environment is the bad news–the good news is that they are delicious! We will do our best to eliminate as many crawfish as possible and feast on the bounty! Hope to see you all there. This is a great outing for the whole family!
To get to the campground, take Highway 87 out of Phoenix to Payson. Turn right (east) on Highway 260 out of Payson. When you reach the top of the Mogollon Rim, turn left on Forest Road 300 at the Woods Canyon Lake turnoff. Follow Forest Road 300 about 3 miles until you reach Forest Road 105 (entrance to Woods Canyon Lake). Turn right and immediately turn right again into the Crook Group Campground.
Special Note: If you sign up on Eventbrite @ https://afc-woodcanyon-2016.eventbrite.com for the Crawfish Festival or the October San Juan trip, you will be entered to win a raffle prize at each of those outings!
The club will venture north to Fool Hollow just outside Show Low. Fool Hollow affords the opportunity to catch a variety of species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, northern pike, and of course rainbow trout. As a home base, Fool Hollow also affords the opportunity to fish the nearby waters of the White Mountains. The lake is best fished from a float tube or boat, but with that said, with help from our club and others, AZG&F has installed fishing docks and fish structures throughout the lake, making it very fishable from shore. The lake has a beautiful campground located at 6,300 feet in elevation and impeccably maintained. Members have made reservations in Mallard/Red Head Campgrounds, and sites are still available! If you decide to join us at a late date, do not discount Cinnamon Teal Camp- ground, which is within shouting distance. Reservations can be made at www.azstateparks.com, Fool Hollow Lake. For those who like the nicer things in life, there are many fine accommodations within minutes of the park! The nights will be crisp, the days warm with the scent of pine in the air, relaxing around the campfire with friends, it doesn’t get any better! Please join us!