For many, many years now, the Gila trout of Arizona and New Mexico was put on the endangered species roster. Many man-hours of work have been paid to separate Gila’s from competing fish, dangers from ferocious forest fires, and toxic chemicals. The Mora National Fish Hatchery & Technology Center’s efforts in New Mexico have been very fruitful. Reasons follow:
By separating gene stock at the hatchery, students of fishery and scientists have worked to study the fish and bring up the Gila trout under controlled conditions, then letting them go into the Gila trout’s ancestral habitat.
Creeks and streams in Arizona and New Mexico have been modified to ensure a safe existence for the Gila fish stock and at the same time its population increase. In 2011, the trout stocks became viable and strong enough to permit limited sport fishing.
Diamond Creek, McKnight Creek, McKenna and Iron Creek, Spruce Creeks, Black Canyon, Sheep Corral Canyon, McKnight Creek, Big Dry Creek, Upper Mogollon Creek, White Creek, Upper Little Creek and Whiskey Creek in New Mexico are the Gila trout’s areas. In Arizona Dude Creek,Raspberry Creek, Gap Creek, and Chitty Creek hold Gilas.
Read about this rare and relatively unknown indigenous species of trout fish. http://john000.hubpages.com/hub/The-Gila-Trout-of-Arizona-and-New-Mexico