Arizona members turn invasives into meals

At the 14th Annual Bill Luke Bass Days at Lake Pleasant, Arizona B.A.S.S. Federation Nation volunteers spent 280 hours catching stripers and bow fishing for carp to relieve the pressure on the lake's largemouth population. Every striper or carp caught was turned over to the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center to feed birds of prey receiving rehabilitation treatment there.

"The Center only has a $35,000 annual operating budget with a large chunk being spent buying food," explained Don McDowell, conservation director for the Arizona B.A.S.S. Federation Nation. "Their food usage is 3 to 5 pounds of fish per day."


This article is part of the Fisheries Management segment of the larger report, 2011 Annual Achievements in B.A.S.S. Conservation.