Fish Species

These are the most popular game fish in Arizona. There are more species than listed below that may be protected such as the native Gila Trout or they may not be considered "Game Fish" or a sport fish. The information below is mostly compiled from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. I've added the Common Carp and Grass Carp or White Amur as a game-fish. You can find Tiger Muskie in Lake Powell, mainly on the Utah side.

Game Fish of Ariona

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  1. Tiger Trout

    More tiger trout eggs will be received this summer to be raised for stockings in May and June of 2017. Tiger Trout, a hybrid cross between a male...
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  2. Grass Carp

    Grass Carp aka White Amure: (Ctenopharyngodon idella) Description Gold to greenish silver back fading to yellowish white underside, thick body;...
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  3. Common Carp

    Common Carp: (Cyprinus carpio) Description Native to Asia, yellow to golden brown or olive sides, white belly, scales have a dark spot at the...
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  4. Bigmouth Buffalo

    Bigmouth Buffalo: (Ictiobus cyprinellus) Description Non-native. Introduced to Arizona in 1918. Heavy bodied fish. Back is gray to olive-bronze...
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  5. Desert Sucker

    Desert Sucker: (Catostomus clarki) Description Native to Arizona. Body sharply bi-colored, olive-brown above and deep-yellow below. Scales on...
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  6. Tilapia

    Tilapia Description Exotic from Africa and coastal rivers of Israel. At least four varieties of tilapia have been introduced into Arizona since...
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  7. White Crappie

    White Crappie: (Pomoxis annularis) Description Non-native that originated from the Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and Mississippi River basin, west to...
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  8. Black Crappie

    Black Crappie: (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) Description Native to the Atlantic slope from Virginia to Florida, the Gulf slope west to Texas and the...
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  9. Black Bullhead

    Black Bullhead: (Ameiurus melas) Description Black bullheads are native to the Great Lakes area down to Northern Mexico and the Gulf region....
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  10. Yellow Bullhead

    Yellow Bullhead: (Ameiurus natalis) Description Non-native originally found in Atlantic and Gulf slope drainages to the Mississippi River basins....
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  11. Flathead Catfish

    Flathead Catfish : (Pylodictis olivaris) Description Native to the lower Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin. Introduced into Arizona in...
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  12. Channel Catfish

    Channel Catfish: (Ictalurus punctatus) Description Original range was the central drainages of the U.S. to Southern Canada and Northern Mexico....
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  13. Bluegill

    Bluegill: (Lepomis macrochirus) Description Native to the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin. Introduced to Arizona in 1932. The...
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  14. Redear Sunfish

    Redear Sunfish: (Lepomis microlophus) Description Native to the Savannah River in South Carolina to Nueces River in Texas, north in Mississippi...
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  15. Green Sunfish

    Green Sunfish: (Lepomis cyanellus) Description Native to the Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and the Mississippi River basin. Introduced into Arizona in...
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