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: 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 →

A Day in the Field- Meath Wash Pond

In 2012 Meath Wash Refugium Pond was created by Brown “Skip” Harris with the support of the Arizona Game & Fish Department. A permanent 1.5 – 2 acre pond with a maximum depth of 10 feet and average depth of… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field- Cane Springs Refugium Pond

In 2010 the owners of Cane Springs Ranch and AZGFD turned their half acre bass pond into a native fish refugium pond. They removed some shoreline vegetation, drained and re-contoured the pond, lined the upper 2/3 of the pond with… Continue Reading →

Featured Story: Update on the Fossil Creek Native Fish Restoration Project

In 2004, the Department, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Public Service, and Northern Arizona University staff began efforts to restore Fossil Creek as a refuge for native fish. The first phase of… Continue Reading →

Native Species of the Month- Humpback Chub

Common Name: Humpback Chub Scientific Name: Gila cypha Appearance: Humpback chub are large olive to silvery fish with a fleshy hump located behind their head. This hump begins developing at 3-4 years of age. They can reach up to 500… Continue Reading →

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

This December Arizona Game and Fish assisted Bureau of Reclamation, Marsh and Associates, Nevada Department of Wildlife and Nation Park Service in surveying for Razorback Suckers as they arrived at the spawning grounds in Lake Mohave. We captured over 75… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field- Horseshoe Ranch Pond Native Fish Monitoring

On October 13, 2016 Region 6 Conservation and Mitigation Program (CAMP) conducted a native fish monitoring survey at Horseshoe Ranch Pond on the Department’s Horseshoe Ranch property. Multiple native fish species were introduced to the pond in 2015 and 2016…. Continue Reading →

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