Fish Species

Game Fish of Ariona

Click into the detail page to see more information, view photos and discussion thread about each fish. 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.
  1. Apache Trout

    The Apache is one of Arizona’s two native trout species and is the Arizona state fish. Found only in White Mountain lakes and streams on forest...
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  2. Arctic Grayling

    The Arctic grayling is native to Siberia and North America as far south as Montana, introduced into Arizona in 1940. The dorsal fin is oversized,...
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Brook Trout

    Brook Trout: (Salvelinus fontinalis) Description Native to North America: most of eastern Canada from Newfoundland to the western side of the...
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  8. Brown Trout

    Brown Trout: (Salmo trutta) Description Exotic from Europe. Introduced in Arizona in 1931. Olive-brown with yellowish brown sides. Some orange or...
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Cutthroat Trout

    Cutthroat Trout: (Oncorhynchus clarki) Description Original range included coastal streams from Alaska to northern California, eastward through...
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  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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