Payson angler Kirk Cowell landed a nice-sized 5 1/2 pound, 22-inch smallmouth bass last Thursday at Roosevelt Lake while fishing with his father Dan Cowell.
Kirk boated the fish about 5 p.m. across from Cholla boat ramp using minnows as bait. Father and son also had good luck with other species boating an assortment of largemouth and crappie.
Now that the spawn has begun at the lake, fishing conditions are reported as ideal.
Game and Fish reports indicate that the lake level is 30 percent of capacity but boat ramps and Cholla and Windy Hill are operable.
Crappie fishing is rated excellent. 1-inch to 2-inch jigs with chartreuse tails or in red/white patterns are producing. Shore anglers are catching crappie near the bridge.
By using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, plastic worms and jigs off main lake points in 2 to 10 feet of water, bass fishermen have been successful
The Payson High School wrestling club has hooked up the PHS Key Club to host a benefit steak dinner from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 27 on the cement basketball courts north of the old gym. The menu will include steak, baked potato, salad, beans and beverage. Tickets priced at $5 each are available from any PHS wrestler or Key Club member. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
The monthly steak dinners are one of the chief revenue-producing benefits for extracurricular activities.
The money is used to purchase items that cannot be bought with usual athletic department funds.
The Pine Strawberry Horsemen's Association will sponsor a "Working Ranch Horse" competition May 7 at the Mary Ellen Randall Memorial Arena in Pine.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. with competition set to start at 10:30 a.m. Participants will be grouped into one of four classes -- junior horse, novice, open and youth.
Entry fee is $20 for junior horse and novice, $30 for open and $10 for youth.
All classes will have a payback with a 70/30 spilt between first and second. The event will also feature a raffle and prize-give-aways.
Call 476-0809 or 476-4685 for more information.
A little help from their friend
The Baldy and Blondes who participated in the Rocky Point Triathlon recently wish to thank their team sponsor, Jerry Neslund of Trailwood West. (Due to a computer glitch, Neslund's name dropped off the article that appeared last Friday about the Mexico event).
"We couldn't have done it without his help," said "baldy" Dan Basinski.