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 →

Native Species of the Month – Yaqui Chub

Common Name: Yaqui Chub Scientific Name: Gila purpurea Appearance: The Yaqui Chub (Gila purpurea) is a medium-sized minnow, which are seldom more than 7.0 in long, and more typically less than 5 in. Coloration is dark brown to black overall… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field – Harden Cienega Creek Chub Monitoring

On April 24 -25, 2017, Department staff monitored for chub in upper Harden Cienega Creek. Chub were previously restricted to lower Harden Cienega Creek below a series of natural waterfalls. In 2015, Department staff moved chub above these waterfalls in… Continue Reading →

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 →

A Day in the Field – Stocking Gila Trout into Ash Creek

On December 8th, 2016, Department staff along with help from the U.S. Forest Service and University of Arizona students, stocked 150 Gila Trout from the Whiskey Creek lineage into Ash Creek. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mora National Fish… 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 →

A Day in the Field – Gila Topminnow in the Superstition Wilderness

On 11/23/2016, Arizona Game and Fish Department staff ventured into the Superstition Wilderness to monitor for Gila Topminnow in LaBarge Canyon. The existence of Gila Topminnow in LaBarge Canyon was previously unknown to Department biologists until December 2015 when a… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field- Chiricahua Leopard Frog Release at Dry Lake Tank

During July of 2016, AGFD personnel released Chiricahua leopard frogs at two wildlife water tanks in the White Mountains near Big Lake. Approximately 50 adult frogs were released at each tank in efforts to establish self-sustaining wild populations. The released… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field-Surveying McGee Wash

The Region III Fisheries Program surveyed McGee Wash (a tributary to Trout Creek) for the first time in September 2016. We were looking for the presence of perennial water and whether any fishes were present. Nonnative Green Sunfish were abundant,… Continue Reading →

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