Kristy Manuell, Jennifer Graves, and the Apache Trout Crew of the Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Whiteriver, assisted with the youth fishing derby hosted by the White Mountain Apache Tribe Game and Fish Department in June. The derby held at Bog Tank east of McNary, Arizona, hosted over 550 kids who had the opportunity to fish for rainbow trout and win prizes.
Trout were provided by the Alchesay-Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex and the Apache Trout Crew assisted with the kids' fishing tanks, measuring stations, and preparation of meals for the derby participants and their families. There are 17 Apache Trout Crew members this year, including eight local tribal members, who normally work to support the tribe's efforts to recover Apache trout on their lands. Kudos to the White Mountain Apache Tribe Game and Fish Department for another huge and successful youth fishing event!