My Story of Richard Alvarez
by Dean Fields, Bass Committee Chairman
Richard C. Alvarez, DPS badge #4009 ( nick named ” Bird ” ) started his career in 1986 as a Patrolman in Globe , AZ. He spent a few years there as a Patrolman, and then promoted to Sergeant and got transferred to Oracle, AZ. He spent another few years in Oracle, and before he got his wish to be transferred back to Globe where he loved spending time fishing Roosevelt lake. He spent many years as a Sergeant for the Globe, Roosevelt , and at one time even the Fountain hills squad while he lived at Roosevelt lake. He was able to get off work and be within a 10 minute drive of launching his boat on Roosevelt lake. Lucky guy! Rich was an avid hunter and fisherman and had better eyesight than most people.
Rich also used to love to escort oversize wide loads all over the state, which is how I met him around 2008. As we would travel all around the state doing these wide loads, I was always extremely impressed with his vast knowledge of the different critical spots along any highway in Arizona. He would always take the lead spot on wide loads, and usually give a very Interesting tour guide type story along the way. He would also be able to spot deer, or any other animal on mountain ranges where most people would need a pair of binoculars to see what he was talking about.
In 2018, Rich started not feeling right and went to the doctor for some testing. They determined in the fall of 2018 that he had stage 4 colon cancer. I remember getting the call from him. It was one of those events that I will never forget. He was optimistic to try a new form of treatment for the cancer.
Around Thanksgiving of 2018 he embroiled in the biggest battle of his life. I have never seen someone with so much courage, and optimism as Rich as he was fighting this terrible disease.. Rich battled valiantly until he passed away on Christmas morning that year. Rich is one of those people that expected a lot of himself and those around him. He was a great leader and did so by example. He is, and will always be dearly missed.
What better way to spend your day than on a beautiful lake fishing and enjoying our great Arizona weather with friends and helping a wonderful cause.
We have numerous activities happening on tournament day that you can participate in. These include heaviest Bass stringer, heaviest Big Bass, heaviest Catfish and biggest Bluegill.
Lots of Prizes
You can win both plaques and cash prizes for 1st through 10th place depending on the contest(s) you participate in.
Something For Everyone!
The tournament includes 2 days of fishing, an awards dinner, fun activities, team awards, and other contest prizes. Each angler receives a tournament bag including a hat, free merchandise/offers from our sponsors, and other items, including a parking pass for your vehicle and trailer while fishing.
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The tournament is a two day event. There will be multiple contests you can participate in and multiple cash prizes and plaques per contest. This is for fun. Prizes are awarded to the top teams in each contest. Raffle prizes will be given away as well. Get your raffle tickets now!
What you need to know…
It’s our goal especially on this 40th anniversary of our tournament to make it the best we can and something friends and families will enjoy for years to come.
Dean Fields, bass committee chair
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What You Get
Parking pass for your vehicle and trailer while fishing.
Each angler receives a hat with tournament logo
Each angler receives a complimentary dinner the first evening of the tournament.
Each angler will receive a gift bag filled with prizes and materials from our sponsors.
Through the raffle and other sponsor gifts anglers have many chances to go home with other prizes.
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Even if you can’t play, you can still participate and show your support.
Don’t forget members get 20% off!
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What You Get
Our sponsorship packages offer you and your business an opportunity to not only support a great cause and get exposure and recognition among the participants, but also with our members within the Department of Public Safety, our over 25,000 followers within the state of Arizona, and the over 10,000 readers of our quarterly magazine which consists of both other businesses and potential customers alike.
We thank you very much for your time and consideration and we look forward to speaking with you should you be interested in supporting us. However, even if you decide to take a pass this year, we hope you’ll help us get the word out to your customers and employees and possibly even attend as a participant. We’d love to see you there.
Roosevelt Lake is the largest lake in Arizona at 15,560 surface acres. It is a favorite of avid anglers searching for the trophy largemouth bass along with smallmouth bass, channel catfish and crappie. The lake is large enough that high power bass boats can zoom for many miles to other portions of the lake. Depending upon lake capacity that varies with the release of water through the dam, there are miles and miles of beach area for camping along the lake’s edges. Water-skiing, jet-skiing, swimming and general boating recreation makes Roosevelt lake a favorite water recreation destination. The lake features several marinas and fee-based camping sites, and contains a wildlife refuge area and is great for bird and other wildlife watching. The lake has a general store.
Roosevelt Lake is a beautiful body of water set in the desert. There is a migratory waterfowl (including Canada geese) and raptors (including bald eagles and osprey) that use the lake during the fall and winter. Small isolated islands and coves offer outstanding opportunities for camping and relaxing in the unique Sonoran Desert. Both Non-Motorized and Motorized boats are allowed at Roosevelt for maximum enjoyment of the water.
Sport fish present: Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Bluegill, Crappie and carp Roosevelt Lake has few rivals in Arizona for producing trophy fish. Previous records for both Largemouth (14 lbs. 8 oz.) and Small mouth Bass (7 lbs. 4 oz.) are catches taken from this lake. Catfish weighing in excess of 60 lbs. have been caught here. Crappies weighting in excess of 1 pound are caught routinely.
Camping: Individuals can camp on the shores of Roosevelt Lake. Some popular sites include; Grapevine, Schoolhouse, Cholla, Indian Point, Cholla Bay, Bachelor Cove.
- Our camping loop for this event is called ‘Jackrabbit Loop’ within the Windy Hill campground.
- Camping is limited to approximately 60 first come first serve spots.
- Due to Covid restrictions, there were NO group sites available this year.
- Anyone that isn’t able to get into the loop we have reserved will need to grab their own spot nearby within the Windy hill campground.
From Mesa: Take State Hwy. 87 (Beeline Highway) north for about 60 miles to the junction of State Hwy. 188. Turn right and follow State Hwy. 188 for 26 miles to the lake. The entire route is paved.
From Globe area: Take State Hwy. 188 northwest 27 miles to the lake. The entire route is paved.
COVID19 Info: Per Govenor Ducey’s executive order requiring permission from the local Health Department for any gatherings of 50 or more people. We submitted the following guidelines with Gila County Health Department for approval of tournaments on Roosevelt Lake. Gila County Health Department has approved fishing tournaments on Roosevelt Lake. The guidelines will need to be followed in order for us to continue holding tournaments during the pandemic.
- Maintain social distancing.
- On-Line Tournament Registration only
- No on-site registration.
- No weigh-in gathering and only one person from each team will weigh-in at a time. All others will remain in their vehicles with their fish in the live well until it is their turn to weigh-in.
- No gathering for awards or awards ceremonies.
- Winners and awards will be announced and dispersed on-line after the tournament has concluded.
- There is no gathering of people.
Lake Statistics & Map
|Location||Gila County, Arizona,
|Primary inflows||Salt River, Tonto Creek|
|Catchment area||5,830 mi² (15,099 km²)|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. length||22.4 mi (35.8 km)|
|Max. width||2 mi (3.2 km)|
|Surface area||21,493 acres (8,698 ha)|
|Max. depth||349 ft (106 m)|
|Water volume||1,653,043 acre⋅ft (2.039 km3) (conservation)
2,910,200 acre⋅ft (3.590×109 m3) (flood control)
|Shore length1||128 mi (205 km)|