A Day in the Field – Update on Narrow-headed Gartersnakes at the Pinetop Wetlands

We are encouraged to report that in late March, Department staff captured and weighed 3 of the 4 Narrow-headed Gartersnakes that were released from the Northern Arizona University facility into the Pinetop Wetland enclosure last summer. They were found under the… Continue Reading →

#TrendingNow – Floods favor native fishes

This winter was pretty wet in parts of Arizona, resulting in small floods in some streams. Some notable peak discharges were ~7,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) in Fossil Creek, 6,290 cfs in the Santa Maria River, 14,000 cfs in… Continue Reading →

Meath Wash Pond Northern Leopard Frog Egg Translocation

In April 2017 the Department collected 2 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 emerge. These… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field – Razorback Sucker Larval Collection

Every year, tens of thousands of Razorback Sucker larval fish are collected from Lake Mohave by Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Marsh and Associates, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and Arizona Game and Fish Department. Although these fish still… Continue Reading →

Fish and Wildlife Service withdraws proposal to list two fish species in AZ and NM under the Endangered Species Act

Arizona Game and Fish Department NEWS RELEASE April 6, 2017 Arizona Game and Fish Department applauds federal decision to withdraw proposed listing of two fish species under Endangered Species Act Science provided by AZGFD to professional fisheries committee helped inform… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month – Yaqui Catfish

Common Name: Yaqui Catfish Scientific Name: Ictalurus pricei Appearance: The Yaqui Catfish is very similar in appearance to the Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus). Coloration is dark gray to black dorsally while the underside of the fish is white to grayish…. Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field – Lime Creek Gila Topminnow Survey

On March 16, 2017, Arizona Game and Fish Department and Salt River Project staff surveyed for Gila Topminnow in Lime Creek, a tributary of the Verde River. During the survey, 133 Gila Topminnow and 114 Longfin Dace were captured using… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field – Roundtail Chub Survey at Roundtree Canyon

The Department recently surveyed Roundtree Canyon to monitor the population of Roundtail Chub. The chub were originally stocked in 2008 to establish a new population within the species’ historic range. Three augmentations to the original stocking occurred between 2009 and… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field- Lake Mohave Razorback Sucker Round-Up

This month was the annual Razorback Sucker Round-Up. During this event fish biologist from Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Marsh and Associates, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and Arizona Game and Fish all gather at Lake Mohave to set trammel… Continue Reading →