Native Aquatics Team

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 →

Native Species of the Month: Bluehead Sucker

Common Name: Bluehead Sucker Scientific Name: Catostomus discobolus discobolus Appearance: Depending on local water conditions, color of skin can vary from entirely silver, to tan or dark brown dorsally, with a white to yellowish white belly; larger fish tend to have… Continue Reading →

Cottonwood Springs Dace Monitoring

In 2016 Game & Fish Biologists stocked two native fish, Longfin and Speckled Dace into a fishless, 1 mile perennial section of Cottonwood Springs on the Prescott National Forest. Speckled Dace were stocked into the upstream portion of the spring… Continue Reading →

Northern Leopard Frogs

In March 2016 the Department & USFWS collected 5 Northern Leopard Frog egg masses from Truxton Springs and translocated them to Meath Wash Pond. That was the first of 3 planned translocations over the next three years. In April 2017,… Continue Reading →

Meath Wash Pond Native Fish Monitoring

In May 2017 the Department sampled Meath Wash pond with hoopnets and minnow traps to evaluate the success of previous Longfin Dace and Roundtail Chub stockings in the pond. No fish were collected in the nets or traps but 20-30… Continue Reading →

Cane Springs Monitoring

The Department sampled Cane Springs Pond last week with hoopnets and minnow traps to monitor the success of the 2013 stocking of Roundtail Chub. Only 4 adult chub were collected but hundreds of fry and 20-30 adult chub were observed… Continue Reading →

Lookout Wash Dace Monitoring

The Region 3 Fisheries Program surveyed Lookout Wash in May 2017. Lookout Wash is a ¼ mile spring on a private ranch in GMU 18A where the Department stocked Longfin Dace in 2013 & 2014. Historically, no fish have been… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field – Rock Creek Longfin Dace Monitoring

On May 11, 2017, Department and Tonto National Forest staff monitored for longfin dace in Rock Creek near Roosevelt Lake. In 2016, longfin dace were translocated from a nearby stream into Rock Creek in order to establish a new population… Continue Reading →

Fisheries Management: Surveying Tanks in Coconino National Forest

On May 2nd- 4th, 2017, Department staff surveyed 15 stock tanks in Coconino National Forest, southwest of Stoneman Lake. These tanks are located above the Rarick Canyon drainage. There are several perineal pools within Rarick Canyon which contain native chub… Continue Reading →

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