Category: Fisheries Management

Learn how Arizona Game and Fish biologist manage the sport fisheries throughout 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,...

Fishing for Bass on Beds

A question that always comes up this time of year is should anglers target largemouth bass on spawning beds? The answer is ….well….complicated.  Actually, it isn’t that complicated as far as the fish goes.  What’s complicated is the anglers and all the various opinions out there. Biologically, sight fishing bass...

Fishing huge for local economies around the nation

The American Sportfishing Association and Southwick Associates created a new series of one-page infographics for all 435 Congressional districts in all 50 states. The 2017 infographics provide fishing participation and economic data at the Congressional district level. The information in the report and infographics use data from the most recent U.S. Fish...

Creel Survey at Patagonia Lake

It’s not always about the fish when managing Arizona’s fisheries resources.  Understanding the anglers that use those resources is an equally important part of the equation.  There’s no better way to gain that understanding than by asking the anglers themselves. The Department recently completed a yearlong creel survey at Patagonia...

Making fishing better at Rainbow Lake

On February 17, Department biologists began their annual efforts to control illegally introduced Northern Pike in Rainbow Lake in Pinetop-Lakeside.  The pike were likely stocked by a naïve or selfish angler in the late 1990s and began to do very well in the shallow weedy lake. And though a few...