Additional public meeting scheduled on fisheries management in Haigler Creek Arizona

Haigler Creek - Haigler Creek, AZ (Gila County)

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host another meeting to discuss the current and proposed management of sport fisheries on Haigler Creek and receive public comment, this time from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix.

The meeting will be held in the Quail Room (adjacent to the main entrance). The department headquarters are located at 5000 West Carefree Highway (1.5 miles west of I-17).

The department manages portions of Haigler Creek, located in the Tonto National Forest east of Payson, as a wild rainbow trout and brown trout fishery, as well as a put-and-take rainbow trout fishery. The proposal calls for the department to reintroduce native Gila trout into Upper Haigler Creek with the goal of developing a catch-and-release fishery for this unique trout species.

Game and Fish held public meetings on this subject last month in Payson and Young.

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