On April 17 Arizona Game and Fish Department, with help from Arizona Trout Unlimited, tried a new stocking technique and planted Gila Trout eggs in Grapevine and Frye Creeks near Prescott. As of the end of May, of the approximately 19,000 Gila Trout eggs planted in Grapevine Creek the representatives returned to determine the survival rate. They found hundreds of 20-30 mm Gila Trout in each of the pools that were stocked with eggs and even in a few pools where eggs were not stocked. The success rate will continue to be monitored through the summer and the following years.
In April, Arizona Game and Fish Department tried a new approach to stocking—they successfully planted Gila trout eggs into Frye Creek! After two days of egg stocking, participants became seasoned professionals at this procedure. Everything went smoothly and about 24,000 eggs in ten separate redds were planted. They also moved substrate and build up redds in each of the pools, however the substrate available was really great! We ask that everyone keep hopes high that these eggs will hatch and establish!