Category: A Day in the Field

Learn how fisheries biologist manage, maintain, and enhance sport fish in Arizona.

Palo Verde and Cibola Divisions the Colorado River Flathead Catfish Survey

Conditions in both the Palo Verde and Cibola Divisions of the Colorado River should be perfect to go out and catch some flathead catfish.  In May, our Yuma-Region Fisheries Program conducted an annual electrofishing trend survey targeting flathead catfish on the Palo Verde and Cibola Divisions of the Colorado River. Water...

Imperial Division of the Colorado River flathead catfish survey

The flathead catfish population in the Imperial Division backwaters appears to be doing well. In May, the Arizona Game and Fish Department Yuma Region Aquatic Wildlife Program conducted an annual electrofishing trend survey targeting Flathead Catfish on the Imperial Division of the Colorado River. See the survey technique we use...

Apache Lake Spring 2017 Bass Survey

The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted their spring Bass survey at Apache Lake this past April. Surveys include gill get and an electrofishing boat to survey locations around the entire lake. During the survey, we caught multiple species of fish including Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Bass, Walleye, Sunfish,...

Fish population of Alamo Lake doing well despite extremely low water level

The Arizona Game and Fish Department completed the annual fall electrofishing trend survey of Alamo Lake in December, 2016.  This was a unique year because the elevation of the lake was 1078 feet MSL during the survey which is 51 feet below full pool elevation of 1,129.00 feet MSL! These...

Channel Catfish Survey at Parker Canyon Lake

The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted a hoop net survey targeting Channel Catfish at Parker Canyon Lake. The survey was completed this past August. The goal of the survey was to evaluate the reintroduction of Channel Catfish that were stocked in 2012 and 2013. Previously Channel Catfish were stocked...

Fall netting surveys completed around Pinetop

Fall netting surveys have been conducted at Lee Valley Lake, Carnero Lake, and Becker Lake to gather data on the size and growth of trout in these reservoirs.  Lee Valley Lake contained only Arctic Grayling, all of one age class approximately 12 inches in length.  No Apache Trout were found...

Lake Mead Striped Bass going strong

On October 4-6, 2016 the Department’s Region III Fisheries Program out of Kingman surveyed a portion of Lake Mead.  Fall fish community surveys have been done at Lake Mead to monitor species richness, relative abundance, and population structural indices since 2004. With the help of the Nevada Department of Wildlife,...

Check out the last Flathead Catfish Survey Video from Roosevelt Lake

Watch a video from last week’s Flathead Catfish Survey at Roosevelt Lake. If there was ever any question on how great the Roosevelt Lake Flathead Catfish population is just watch this video! In our longest video yet, you can see all the Flathead Catfish popping up around the Chase boat. ...

A Day in the Field: Roosevelt Lake Flathead Catfish Survey Results Fall 2016

The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted their annual Flathead Catfish electrofishing survey last week at Roosevelt Lake, October 3rd through October 5th. We caught a total of 131 Flathead Catfish in the 3 day survey! The Flathead Catfish were collected, weighed, measured, and tagged with an anchor tag. All...