Saguaro Lake April 2016 Survey Results
The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted a fisheries survey on Saguaro Lake April 18th-21st, 2016. This survey was designed to evaluate trends in fish communities and determine fish population structure over time. The effort continued using standardized methods of monitoring to ensure comparable fish population data across the state.
The survey was comprised of 14 shoreline gill nets, set for a total of 261.53 hours and 19 electrofishing sites, totaling 4.64 survey hours. A total of 509 fish were collected from gill nets representing 7 species. Electrofishing resulted in 595 fish of 11 species collected. The most abundant fish species collected from gill nets were Yellow Bass (64.4%) followed by Largemouth Bass (17.8 %). Bluegill (54.6%) was the most abundant species caught electrofishing, followed by Largemouth Bass (40.5%).
The reservoir currently supports a quality Largemouth Bass fishery. Largemouth Bass were collected during our electrofishing survey at a rate of 51.7 fish per hour. Bluegill were captured at a rate 69.8 fish per hour. Read the full report!