AZ Council Trout Unlimited Planning Meeting

The Arizona State Council (AZ-TU) hosted a very successful November Annual Planning Meeting: Many State and Federal Agencies and other Conservation and Fishing Organizations from throughout the state participated in the day-long Meeting at the Bass Pro Shop in Mesa, AZ.

On Saturday November the 22nd, 2014, Joe Miller, Trout Unlimited National Leadership Council Arizona Representative, Bob Youtz, TU State Council Chairman, Jim Walker, Zane Grey TU Chapter President, and Brad Powell, TU staff, conducted an all-day face to face AZ-TU State Council planning meeting with fantastic participation from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US National Forest Service, all the state’s TU chapters, the major fly fishing clubs in the state, the Arizona Wildlife Foundation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, representatives from the Department of the Interior’s Adaptive Management Workgroup for the Colorado River Glenn Canyon Dam (Lees Ferry Fishery), The White Mountain Lakes Foundation, Arizona Audobon Society, and a number of other conservation oriented groups.
Some highlights of the meeting were presentations from AZGFD Fisheries Chief Chris Cantrell on recent state wide Angler Preference surveys indicating a lot of fishing and very good satisfaction levels among anglers, and the announcement of plans for stocking Tiger Trout (bigger, faster, meaner) next year. Also, AZGFD representatives Curt Gill and Jake Jaeger reported on scheduled stream restoration work for Canyon Creek to be done this winter, with more work next year, and planned work to start next year on the lower portions of Haigler Creek (browns, rainbows). Christopher Creek is also on the near future schedule. They also reported very good increase in the number of brown trout “Redds” – spawning nests, found in Canyon Creek after the most recent placement of gravel in the creek bed. Native Trout Program manager Mike Anderson reported on progress with stream temperature monitoring for Apache and Gila trout, expansion of Apache trout stocking in streams, and the planned opening of a stream for Gila trout Catch and Release.
Lees Ferry reports by John Hamill of TRCP and Gary Stinson of Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation indicated progress on the LTEMP EIS for Glen Canyon dam, and that the Lees Ferry Fishery Research & Management Plan being worked on by recreational fisheries representatives sponsored by IFFF and TU, together with AZGFD, was progressing very well. There were comments that USFWS now views the management of Lees Ferry for Rainbow Trout as an important element for the management of the endangered chub species further down the river.
John Rohmer and Tim Oliver of White Mountain Lakes Foundation reported on foundation activities, focusing on Crescent Lake and upcoming efforts on the Little Colorado River. Trout Unlimited members reported on TU’s anticipated Southwest Trout Initiative, an effort that has really already begun with locally driven projects and activities; the national organization is now formalizing recognition and support of that effort in their 2015-2020 Strategic Planning Process.
Other organizations also participating in or represented at the meeting were the Western Rivers Action Network and the Wildlife Resource Partners sponsored by Audobon Arizona and the Arizona Wildlife Federation, Fly Fishing Clubs (Arizona Fly Casters AFC, Desert Fly Casters DFC, Northern Arizona Fly Casters NAF, White Mountains Fly Fishers, Payson Fly Casters, Sun City Grand Flycasters, Verde Fly Fishing Club), the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup (HAHWG), Project Healing Waters, Salt River Project (SRP) and others.

Position on Native and Wild Non-Native Trout Adopted

Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited

SUMMARY of POSITION ON NATIVE AND WILD NON-NATIVE TROUT

Adopted 6-5-2014

 AZTU and the Arizona chapters of Trout Unlimited value and work to re-establish and preserve robust populations of native trout and their original streams and ranges in Arizona.  They are our first priority.

We also hold wild populations of non-native trout of great importance and constantly work to preserve them and the waters they occupy for the fisheries values they provide.

If it is not possible to establish a self-sustaining population of native or wild trout in a water system, AZTU and individual TU Chapters may elect to support alternate means of providing fish for sport-fishing purposes.

We have established clear guidelines and procedures to assure that any actions we take regarding all these fishes, their streams and ranges, are well thought out.

Ref: The Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited

Native And Wild Non-Native Salmonid Management Position – ADOPTED 2014-04-03

Fourth Annual Arizona Native Trout Workshop Wrapup

The 2013 Arizona Native Trout Workshop was sponsored by Arizona Game & Fish Department and the Arizona Trout Unlimited State Council.

Interested parties gathered in Phoenix to network, to share knowledge, and to develop and promote future plans for native coldwater fish species in Arizona.

2013 Native Trout Conference / Workshop

A wealth of information was developed through presentations, breakout sessions and general discussions. The following materials and presentations are now available for free download:

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Third Annual Arizona Native Trout Workshop

The 2012 Arizona Native Trout Workshop was sponsored by Arizona Game & Fish Department and the Arizona Trout Unlimited State Council.

**View welcome video from Chris Wood, CEO of Trout Unlimited!

Interested parties gathered in Phoenix to network, to share knowledge, and to develop and promote future plans for native coldwater fish species in Arizona.

This year’s meeting was highlighted by presentations on the the devastating effect of wildfires on Arizona’s native trout, and on the efforts to restore their natural habitat.

A wealth of information was developed through presentations, breakout sessions and general discussions. The following materials and presentations are now available for free download:

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