Fishing constituency group Anglers United donates $25,000 to fund-raising effort.
Holiday giving has come early for Roosevelt Lake anglers. Angler constituency group Anglers United has donated $25,000 for purchasing sub-adult Florida-strain largemouth bass to combat the increasing and overwhelming gizzard shad populations at Roosevelt Lake.
The Department during the past year has been soliciting such donations.
“The generosity of Anglers United is amazing,” said Chris Cantrell, AZGFD fisheries chief. “This project shows us another example of how the anglers have stepped up to help further conservation in Arizona. Anglers United, AZ Anglers, and Midweek Bass Anglers Club have made this effort a success, and we look forward to identifying another project in 2015 that needs additional financial support.”
This puts the total amount raised for Florida-strain bass stockings in Roosevelt Lake at more than $32,000.
In April, the Department partnered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to stock about 500,000 fry of Florida-strain bass.
The Department will be closing the donation solicitation for this project on Dec. 31 and will be ordering the largemouth bass to arrive from Florida this spring. To contribute to a thriving Roosevelt Lake fishery, visit http://www.azgfd.gov/bassDonations.
If you have ever wanted to join a fishing club and give back, Anglers United and Midweek Bass Anglers Club are two great options. For more information, contact Martin Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org (Anglers United) and John Reichard at email@example.com (Midweek Bass Anglers Club).