Fishing Tournaments Greenlit As Golden Algae Declines At Salt River Lakes

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 10:04am
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 5:05am
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There’s good news for anglers on Salt River reservoirs: The Arizona Game and Fish department has cleared three lakes to once again host fishing tournaments.

In March, the department warned of a population explosion of golden algae at Apache Lake.

The fast-growing invasive plant, which exudes toxins that hurt gill-breathers such as fish and clams but pose no known risk to humans or pets, affected Saguaro and Canyon lakes as well.

Now, algae levels in all three lakes have dropped low enough for fishing tournaments to resume.

Game and Fish will continue to monitor Salt River lakes and recommends that visitors still avoid eating fish that are found dead or dying.

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