Featured Story- Desert Pupfish Stocking at International Wildlife Museum

On September 23, 2016, Arizona Game and Fish Department and International Wildlife Museum personnel returned approximately 365 Desert pupfish to the Museum’s native fish refuge pond in Tucson, AZ.  In a cooperative effort with the Arizona Game and Fish Department… Continue Reading →

Back at the Ponds- Chiricahua Leopard Frogs grow out at Bubbling Ponds

Since 2006 Bubbling Ponds Hatchery has been a grow out station for Chiricahua Leopard Frogs. The frogs are either brought to the hatchery as an egg mass or as early hatched tadpoles. The egg masses are generally collected from the… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month- Speckled Dace

Common Name: Speckled Dace Scientific Name: Rhinichthys osculus Appearance: Small minnow, rarely exceeding 7.6 cm (3.0 inches). Color varies from dusky yellow or olive with large black blotches to olive or grayish on back, fading to lighter underside; black spot… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field- Flannelmouth Sucker Survey in Lake Mead

Last month Arizona Game and Fish assisted Bureau of Reclamation in surveying the Colorado River Inflow at Lake Mead for native fish. During the survey 1 Razorback Sucker and over 50 Flannelmouth Suckers were captured. Several other species were captured… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field- Winter Edition

What do fisheries biologists do when they aren’t in the field?     We spend a lot of time working at the computer: entering data and writing reports about the activities we have been doing all year. We also get to… Continue Reading →

Waders in the Water- Assessing Post-Stocking Survival of Roundtail Chub in the Upper Verde River

Programs to recover rare or endangered native fishes commonly rely on hatcheries for supplemental stocking into areas with depleted populations. Roundtail Chub is one such fish that has experienced a decline in number and distribution in Arizona. As part of… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month- Apache Trout

Apache Trout are one of two native trout species in Arizona and also Arizona’s state fish! Common Name: Apache Trout Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus apache Appearance: Apache Trout are yellow-gold in color along their sides and dark olive on their backs…. Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field- Northern Leopard Frogs Translocation into Meath Wash Pond

In March 2016 the Department & USFWS collected 5 Northern Leopard Frog egg masses from Truxton Springs and translocated them to Meath Wash Pond. The egg masses were placed in floating mesh baskets close to the shoreline until the tadpoles… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field: Gila Trout Stocked into Dude Creek

On December 14th, 2016, Region 6 Department staff stocked 200 Gila Trout from the Whiskey Creek lineage into Dude Creek. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mora National Fish Hatchery, made the long trek from New Mexico to Arizona. This is the 2nd… Continue Reading →