Rainbow trout stocking at Lees Ferry to be discussed at March 5 public meeting

Stocking intended to boost trout population and sport fishing opportunities

Rainbow trout fishing at Lees Ferry has declined since 2014. (Photo/Arizona Game and Fish)

Rainbow trout fishing at Lees Ferry has declined since 2014. (Photo/Arizona Game and Fish)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) plans to stock rainbow trout this spring into the lower three mile walk-in section of Lees Ferry, a blue-ribbon trout fishery below Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona.

A public meeting on the proposed stocking and the current status of the Lees Ferry fishery will be held March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the old lodge across from Marble Canyon Lodge on U.S. Hwy 89 A in Marble Canyon.

The overall rainbow trout fishery at Lees Ferry has been in decline since early 2014. Recent AZGFD creel survey results in the last few years have shown a dramatic decrease in angler catch rates.

Although rainbow trout fishing during the past year seems to have recovered somewhat in the upper portion of the river with reports of large rainbow trout being captured, trout fishing in the walk-in area has not recovered as quickly as the department had hoped.

This stocking is intended to boost sport-fishing opportunities for rainbow trout at this walk-in portion.

Lees Ferry is regarded as one of the top tailwater rainbow trout fisheries in the nation, and fishing at this massive, clear-running river has a profound impact on the local economy near Marble Canyon.

Game and Fish plan to stock trout at this portion of Lees Ferry as necessary throughout 2018.


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