Thank you all for your concern regarding the Mount Graham trout populations. We were able to conduct surveys of Frye and Ash creeks this week. Unfortunately we did not find Gila Trout in either stream. We did not survey Grant Creek, but did look at it from the road and anticipate the fishery was lost as well. We also looked at upper Marijilda Creek and it appears to be the least impacted of the four streams.
The Commission issued an emergency closure for Frye Creek last week and we will be putting out a press release soon. We will also be modifying the Wild Trout Challenge to remove the Gila Trout until we have a wild population that can be opened to fishing.
The pools on Frye are filled in with sediment. Ash Creek was severely impacted and doesn’t have a stable channel for most of the upper section. I am out of the office today and will share pictures with you next week.
We hope to assess Marijilda this fall and plan to conduct habitat surveys on Frye and Ash creeks next year to monitor conditions. We installed temperatures loggers in Frye but could not find suitable locations in Ash.
We have not been able to access Grapevine Creek yet, which was impacted by the Goodwin Fire. We plan to survey the creek within the next month, as soon as the Forest Service allows access.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support of the Native Trout Program. I know you invested a lot of time and energy in these streams. We’re working to prioritize future projects and I look forward to working with you.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a good weekend,
Tracy, AZGFD Native Trout & Chub Coordinator
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s “Arizona Wild Trout Challenge“ is challenge enough. Tyler Coleman takes it to the next level, doing the challenge in 5 Days. The following articles were written by Tyler for the Orvis blog. Tyler, Anastasia and Sebastian are my heroes.
Written by Tyler Coleman
I first heard of the Arizona Game and Fish Wild Trout Challenge while volunteering on a native-trout stocking expedition. We stocked a creek that had been destroyed by wild fires and had not been inhabited by fish for 15 years. The goal of AZGF is to introduce the native Gila trout to this creek until they get to a self-sustaining level, which would allow for a catch-and-release fishery. Click below for the complete 5 day series.>>>Click below for the 5 articles, describing the 5 day, 5 native trout challenge.
Click here for “The Arizona Wild Trout Challenge, Day One”
“The Arizona Wild Trout Challenge, Day Two”
“The Arizona Wild Trout Challenge, Day Three”
“The Arizona Wild Trout Challenge, Day Four”
“The Arizona Wild Trout Challenge, Day Five”
Jake Yeager spoke last night at the Zane Grey Trout Unlimited meeting on the Canyon Creek restoration. This has been a valuable and very successful partnership between AZGFD and Trout Unlimited. Below is a picture of the astonishing recovery. Check out Jake’s complete presentation.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Night fishing at many desert bass lakes has been excellent, and in the morning, many will be chasing bait. Try top-water lures and swim baits in the mornings… Read or download complete article below.
By Mike Anderson
By the Numbers – Native Fish Recovery Progress
What difference does 10 years make for native fish recovery? Answer: the establishment of at least 112 new populations in the wild and captivity, across 18 species of native fish in Arizona. Over the past decade, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has stocked approximately a quarter million warm-water native fish.