In Arizona's White Mountains we've got Arctic Grayling too!
Angler's both young and old enjoy year around
fishing in the White
Mountains. Arctic Grayling are just one of the many species of fish available
to the avid fisherman! In Arizona, anglers may take fish by one line with hooks
or artificial lures. Purchase of a "two pole"stamp on Arizona's
fishing license allows anglers to fish simultaneously with two poles.
Fishing in Arizona is governed by Arizona State Law. A valid
fishing license is required. Licenses may be obtained from the Arizona Game
& Fish Department or any authorized vendor.
Description: Non-native to Arizona, Arctic Grayling were
introduced to Arizona in the 1940. The dorsal fin is large, dark-gray, blotched
with pale spots, with cross-rows of deep blue spots and edged with red or
orange. The dorsal fin has 17 to 25 rays. The tail fin is forked. The body has
scattered black spots on silver-gray, sometimes pink sides. Scales larger than
for trout. Length: 12 to 16 inches. Weight: 6 ounces to over 1 pound.
Location & Habitat: Grayling are found in Lee Valley Reservoir
and a few small high mountain lakes in the White Mountains. They spend most of
the year in the lake then "run" up stream to spawn in the spring.
Food habits: Their main diet is the adult and larvae of aquatic
Angling: Grayling are caught on both wet and dry flies. A Royal
Coachman or a black or brown Woolly worm often work very well. Note: Special
Table Quality: The meat is white, flaky and good tasting.
Information courtesy Arizona Game & Fish
Department. Published with the permission of: Arizona Game & Fish
Department Region 1, Pinetop. HC 66, Box 57201, Pinetop, AZ 85935, (928)
367-4281. If you would like to visit the home page for the Arizona Game &
Fish Department, you may find the Department at