Status of Gila Trout Recovery Streams on Mt. Graham

Waders in the Water – Status of Gila Trout Recovery Streams on Mt. Graham Department staff recently surveyed Ash and Frye creeks on Mt. Graham in the Pinaleño Mountains that were impacted by the Frye Fire. Both creeks are Gila Trout… Continue Reading →

McGee Wash Sunfish Removal Project

A Day in the Field – McGee Wash Sunfish Removal Project Department staff surveyed McGee Wash (a tributary to Trout Creek) for the first time in September 2016 and found nonnative Green Sunfish abundant, native Desert Suckers common and Roundtail… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month: Gila Trout

Common Name: Gila Trout Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus gilae Appearance:  Gila Trout have iridescent gold sides that blend to a dark copper on the gill plates.  They have small, profuse spots on their body typically occurring above the lateral line from… Continue Reading →

Gila Topminnow in Action Against Mosquitos

Featured Story – Gila Topminnow in Action Against Mosquitos Believed to have been the most abundant native fish in Arizona waters, the range and number of Gila Topminnow (Poeciliopsis occidentalis) within the state has declined dramatically due to habitat degradation… Continue Reading →

Summer Internships Come to a Close

Waders in the Water – Summer Internships Come to a Close As our internship season comes to a close at the Arizona Game and Fish Department, we would like to recognize our Native Aquatic Program interns for their outstanding performance… Continue Reading →

Roundtail Chub Survey at Sycamore Creek

A Day in the Field – Roundtail Chub Survey at Sycamore Creek Sycamore Creek, a tributary to the Agua Fria River, is home to the native Roundtail Chub (Gila robusta). Last week, the Department surveyed a series of pools along Sycamore… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month: Colorado River Pikeminnow

Common Name: Colorado River Pikeminnow Scientific Name: Ptchocheilus lucius Appearance: The Colorado River Pikeminnow, once known as the Colorado River Squawfish, is North America’s largest minnow (family Cyprinidae). Historically, individuals grew up to 6 feet long and weighed more than… Continue Reading →

Habitat Assessments of Blue River Tributaries

 A Day in the Field – Habitat Assessments of Blue River Tributaries In mid-July, Department biologists completed habitat assessments of two tributaries in the upper Blue River drainage, Raspberry and Foote creeks.  These assessments were conducted to evaluate the suitability of… Continue Reading →

#TrendingNow – The Gila Trout Mission

The Gila Trout Mission – Salvage of Mount Graham Gila Trout after the Frye Fire Last week, Department biologists with help from the Mora National Fish Hatchery salvaged Gila Trout from two streams on Mount Graham following the 48,000-acre Frye… Continue Reading →