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DEC accepting comment on proposed changes to freshwater sportfishing regulations

Date: 9/27/2016 12:15:00 AM

Walleye, black bass and northern pike proposals: n Establish an 18-inch minimum size limit and daily creel limit of three walleye for Titicus Reservoir (Westchester County); Sacandaga Lake and tributaries and outlet and Lake Pleasant and tributaries

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Johnson wins big at Mead

WMI central

Date: 9/23/2016 5:05:00 AM

He won the first tournament of the season, Wild West Bass, at Lake Pleasant. It will be televised on the Pursuit and Fox Sports West. That was followed by a second place finish at Roosevelt Lake. Johnson is in the running for Angler of the Year

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Spend an evening under the stars at Lake Pleasant

Peoria Times

Date: 9/23/2016 12:38:00 AM

Join local astronomy experts, Tony and Carole La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant, as they bring the universe and planets to you. Learn about the planets, star clusters and nebulas

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National Park Admission Free Tomorrow to Celebrate Public Lands Day

The Center for Public Intergrity

Date: 9/23/2016 12:20:00 AM

Some of the parks planning service projects this weekend include Saguaro National Park, the Grand Canyon, Turkey Creek, Aravaipa Canyon, Cataract Lake, the Cerbat Foothills, Lake Pleasant and Glen Canyon. For details or to find a project, visit the website

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My Turn: Why you should vote yes for Prop. 400, Peoria

Date: 9/22/2016 3:43:00 PM

Proposition 400 improves public safety by building a permanent and more efficient fire station on Lake Pleasant; hiring additional police officers and park and trail rangers; and funding Alternative Response Vehicles to respond more efficiently to medical

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• River: Agua Fria River
• Length: 114 Miles
• Surface Area: 9,222 Acres
• Volume: 688,500 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 1,459 Square Miles
Lake Pleasant, one of the important artificial reservoirs surrounding the Phoenix metropolitan area. Created by the Waddell (Pleasant) Dam, which was finished in 1927, the lake originally had a surface area of 3,700 acres and served as a private irrigation project. At 76 feet high and 2,160 feet long, the original Waddell Dam was, at its completion, the largest agricultural dam project in the world. The lake was filled by the Agua Fria River, capturing a large watershed throughout Yavapai County.

Construction of the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct, which began in 1973, soon diverted water from the Colorado River to the lake, converting the lake from an agricultural project into a storage reservoir for the project. Completed in 1994, the New Waddell Dam tripled the surface area of the lake, submerging the old dam beneath its waters. Shortly after the completion of the dam, the area experienced a prolonged drought, and while the lake grew considerably it would not reach full capacity until early 2005. Although still fed by the Agua Fria River, the CAP aqueduct is the primary source of water for the reservoir.

Lake Pleasant is used as a major water sports recreation center for the Phoenix metro area, as well as serving as an important storage reservoir for the rapidly growing region. A number of boat docks and beach access make the lake a popular destination for scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
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