MAY 6, 2019

Arizona: Two Hatcheries to Close Temporarily, Florida Largemouth Stocked in 3 Lakes

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will close the Canyon Creek and Tonto Creek fish hatcheries, located in the Payson area of the Tonto National Forest, to the public during select dates for pavement repairs. Closure dates are as follows:

  • Canyon Creek Hatchery: May 6-9, May 28-30.
  • Tonto Creek Hatchery: May 10, May 31, June 1.

These closures are necessary for public safety and to allow for proper curing of the slurry seal. For more information, contact the Tonto Creek Hatchery at 928-478-4200 and the Canyon Creek Hatchery at 928-535-5475.

Largemouth bass fry stocked

into Apache, Canyon and Saguaro

We stocked more than 1 million Florida-strain largemouth bass this past weekend into Apache, Canyon and Saguaro lakes! We expect a survival rate of around 2 percent, or 20,000 fish, that could survive into adulthood.

See video of a stocking at Apache Lake, and moreabout why this was the ideal time to stock these fish!