Originally Posted by il_wi_fishing
really a super post, i certainly appreciate the effort that went into to show all the pics
does the state of AZ have natural reproduction in its streams?
Yup. Every fish posted in that report is wild and streambred.
It is actually kind of funny. We have some streams that are largely put and take, like Tonto Creek, that still have wild rainbows and browns that reproduce, and then we have catch and release streams like Canyon Creek which (at least the lower portion) rely exclusively on natural reproduction.
We don't have ANYWHERE near as many streams as most states, and the ones we do have are concentrated up in the higher regions (mogollon rim, white mountains, etc......). Living in a state with more than six million people and at any given time only 200-300 streams, many of them remote, that hold trout can be tough, but there are certainly gems to be found.
Long story short a good number of streams in Arizona, even ones that get hit hard by bait fisherman, have natural reproduction in a lot of areas. Just a few weeks ago the browns and brookies in two of my favorite streams were pairing up and getting on redds- that was one cool trip just to watch that happen.