We sample Eagle Creek annually to collect long-term fish monitoring data. We have routinely collected 6 native fish species in the upper …
June sucker Chasmistes liorus is an endangered species endemic to Utah Lake, Utah. The lake historically supported 13 native fish species, but …
The late W.L. Minckley, Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, amassed an extensive reprint library during his four-decade-long professional career, …
A series of ponds were constructed adjacent to the river on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Imperial National Wildlife Refuge (INWR). These ponds were built to provide off-channel habitat free of nonnative fishes for the survival and reproduction of bonytail and razorback sucker. Marsh & Associates was contracted to conduct a three-year project to determine the suitability of these ponds for native fishes
Razorback sucker have been stocked into the lower Colorado River for nearly 30 years, but stocking was accelerated in recent years to meet requirements of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion of lower river operations (USFWS 1997). The purpose of this project was to assess survival of stocked fish by performing an intensive, opportunistic survey that targeted razorback sucker in approximately 282 km of river from Parker Dam downstream to Yuma.
Though functionally extirpated in the wild, bonytail continue to be stocked into the mainstem lower Colorado River. Lake Havasu serves as one of the primary stocking locations and is unique among all stocking sites because bonytail are occasionally recaptured during routine monitoring trips and by sport fish anglers–a feat that is encountered nowhere else.
During the few years of Lake Mohave’s filling after the closure of Davis Dam in 1951, the razorback sucker experienced a local population boom within the new lake. It is suspected that the big river fishes inundated the historical floodplains and the isolated lakes and ponds provided ample nursery habitat and a refuge from predation.