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Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 6:07 am | Updated: 6:13 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Game and Fish Department have issued an advisory recommending that consumers limit consumption of fish caught from Alamo Lake west of Wickenburg and Coors Lake west of Bagdad.

The advisories resulted from the recent discovery of mercury in fish caught at the lakes.

The advisories are slightly different for each lake and cover an indefinite period of time. At Alamo, the advisory applies to largemouth bass, black crappie and channel catfish consumption. At Coors Lake, the advisory applies only to largemouth bass and sets no consumption limits for bluegill or black crappie.

The advisory recommends that people limit consumption of bass and black crappie at the respective lakes as follows:

• Children under age 6: no consumption.

• Women of childbearing age: one 8-ounce fish meal per month.

• All other adult women: three 8-ounce fish meals per month.

• Adult men: four 8-ounce fish meals per month.

For catfish at Alamo Lake, the consumption guideline is slightly different:

• Children under the age of 6: no consumption.

• Women of childbearing age: one 8-ounce fish meal per month.

• All other adult women: five 8-ounce fish meals per month.

• Adult men: six 8-ounce meals per month.

State officials say this advisory does not limit use on either lake for fishing, bird watching, swimming or other recreation.

If you have any specific questions about health effects from mercury, call (800) 367-6412.

OUTDOORS FOR WOMEN

Does your wife, girlfriend, mother or daughter yearn to learn skills such as fishing, canoeing, Dutch oven cooking, rappelling or basic camping? These are among more than two dozen classes taught at the "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" weekend offered April 2-4 at Camp Friendly Pines near Prescott.

These popular camps, offered twice a year, introduce women to the outdoors by teaching camping, survival and general outdoor recreation skills in a supportive, non-threatening manner with a mostly female staff. The weekends have earned a reputation for quality. Meals, gear and lodging are all provided and it’s a wonderful place to meet new friends and future hiking or camping partners.

Enrollment is open to women age 18 and older, registration is $195 and early reservations are suggested. Online registration can be made at www.azwildlife.org. For more details, call coordinator Linda Dightmon at (623) 979-4612. The "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" weekend is sponsored by the Arizona Wildlife Federation in partnership with the Phoenix Chapter of the Safari Club International and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

SHOW

Practically every recreation vehicle on wheels, as well as a few that aren’t, will be featured at the 52nd annual Sportsmen’s Vacation & RV Show scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at the Phoenix Civic Plaza at 111 N. Third St.

The $10 million outdoor recreation display will feature western America’s largest display of recreation vehicles, including motor homes, mini homes, travel trailers, fifthwheel trailers and truck campers.

In addition, vacation and RV resorts and tourism agencies will offer free information on traveling and camping in the West. Other displays will feature retrieving dogs, seminars, a live-action river stocked with fish, plus a sea lion show.

Show hours are 2 to 10 p.m., Thursday; noon to 10 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for ages 7 through 12 and ages 6 and younger will be admitted free. Discount coupons are at all area 7-Eleven stores.

CLUB EVENT

The Chandler Community Services and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, assisted by the Chandler Rod & Gun Club, will be offering free fishing, games, prizes and lots of fun from 7 to 10 a.m., March 6, at the Desert Breeze Park in Chandler.

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