Apache Trout

Apache Trout (Oncorhynchus gilae apache)

Description: Native to Arizona. Body color is yellowish-gold; tip of the head and back dark olive. Dorsal, anal and pelvic fins are white tipped. Orange to red cutthroat mark usually present under lower jaw. Dark, bold spots on dorsal and tail fin. Body spotting is sparse and may extend below lateral line. Two small black spots on either side of pupil, give appearance of black stripe through eye. Length: 6 to 24 inches. Weight: 6 ounces to almost 6 pounds. Location and Habitat: Found only in White Mountain lakes and streams and are one of two trout native to Arizona. The Department is increasing their efforts in stocking Apache trout in Arizona. Food: They feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects. Angling: They are easily caught fishing wet or dry flies, worms or salmon eggs. The same techniques used to catch rainbow trout work very well on Apache trout. Table Quality: The meat is firm, flaky and is considered excellent eating.