Christopher Smith

Invasive Smallmouth Sentenced To Death

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More “invasive smallmouth bass” are being sentenced to death via poisoning in Arizona. A Fossil Creek stream is slated to have all the fish species poisoned and then have the populations rebuilt to remove the smallmouth bass in favor of native species such as the chub.

Invasive Smallmouth Sentenced To Death

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are hosting a public meeting at the Verde Ranger District office at 300 East Highway 260 starting 5 p.m. Aug. 29 to discuss removing unwanted smallmouth bass from a unique native fish haven in Fossil Creek using rotenone, a naturally occurring piscicide.

Rotenone affects gill-breathing species such as fish, has a short life span, and quickly biodegrades into harmless substances. Fossil Creek was originally treated to remove unwanted non-native fish in 2004 to create this unique sanctuary for native aquatic species, including chub.

During 2004, a large multi-agency effort involving many stakeholders successfully removed all nonnative fish from this unique travertine stream. Prior to the original renovation, nonnative predatory and competitive fishes such as smallmouth bass were one of the primary causes for the decline of native fish in Fossil Creek. Their presence now threatens all of the native aquatic species in the creek, including the unique native sport fishery for chub. Source

Everything Smallmouth hates to see smallmouth bass sentenced to death because we love smallmouth bass as a game fish and find it interesting that we don’t poison the waterways to remove the snakehead fish but will do it to remove smallmouth bass. Why not collect these fish and relocate them to areas where smallmouth bass populations are threatened?

Fossil Creek, Arizona

Looking at this beautiful stream, I can see why they want to preserve the pristine environment!

Do you think this is a losing battle and the smallmouths will repopulate this waterway?

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4 Responses to Invasive Smallmouth Sentenced To Death

  1. Bob Andersen September 11, 2012 at 7:06 am

    This is typical arizona mentality, and AZGF is once again demonstrating their inability to manage a fishery. Why is keeping a round tail chub in a river system more important than allowing SBM to flourish, because they are native??? so what. Chubs are like carp, and just because SMB are flourishing, AZGF want to go and “Fix” the issue so it can be “Pristine”. I guess pristine to AZGF is a creek that s been poisoned. Fossil creek could turn into a great place to fish and catch a few SMB, but not if AZGF has anything to say about it. I guess it round tail chub for dinner, YUM……no thank you. What a bunch of idiots.

  2. Bob Johnson February 16, 2013 at 10:36 am

    What everyone is forgetting is it’s not just the fish that die, but the other fauna in the stream too. Everything from mayflies to crawfish die. What is amazing is how truly ignorant the tools at F&W are.

  3. Mark P. Nowell February 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Once again, here we go; because we as sportsmen/women are letting government “tools” decide what’s best for our great country this is and will be the kind of lunacy we will get EVERY time! How many times must we see this kind of crap to finally stand up and demand that these idiots MUST do as we wish them too??
    Killing EVERYTHING in a stream or river just to try and “fix” a problem that only they can see?? Why do we allow this kind of thing to happen? We know electro-shocking of fish works just fine and does little if any harm to fish; it’s used by all most every state to conduct fish counts. why can’t the AGF use ES to stun, remove and transport these so-called unwanted species to other area’s where they are desperately needed? PLEASE let your voice be heard on this.

  4. Z May 12, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Yeah, why would we use stupid old science to make our management decisions when we could have totally awesome bass in every river and lake??!!!

    God obviously put those unique desert fishes there so we could kill them all and replace them with bass.

    The bass really need our help, people! They’re like, almost extinct and stuff.


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