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Fish Manager 09-28-2017 08:16 AM

Arizona Trout Challenge Changes
Arizona Game and Fish Department
For immediate release, Sept. 29, 2017

AZGFD makes change to Wild Trout Challenge

Requirement to catch Gila trout temporarily suspended

PHOENIX The Arizona Game and Fish Department is temporarily suspending the requirement for anglers to catch a Gila trout in order to complete the Wild Trout Challenge.

With the closure of Frye Creek, there is no longer a wild population of Gila trout open to fishing.

The Arizona Trout Challenge, which requires anglers to catch six of the eight total species in Arizona, remains unchanged since the will not affect anglers trying to catch stocked Gila trout in Frye Mesa Reservoir. But this area is still under a closure issued by the Coronado National Forest.

In June, the 48,000-acre Frye Fire severely impacted the habitat in Frye Creek and nearby Ash Creek, and both populations of Gila trout, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, were effected by post-fire flood events that moved large amounts of ash, sediment and debris through the creeks.

Survey crews did not find any Gila trout in the creek, said Tracy Stephens, AZGFDs Native Trout and Chub Coordinator.

More Information:

Frye Creek Closure:

Arizona Trout Challenge:

Forest Closure Order:

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