Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation Fish and Wildlife Department
P.O. Box 1480, Window Rock, Arizona  86515
Phone: (928) 871-6451
Fax: (928) 871-7069
Contact: Gloria Tom, Fish and Wildlife Director

The Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for developing and recommending policies, rules, and regulations and management plans relating to the fish, wildlife, and native plant resources on the Navajo Nation; and to provide predator and animal control services on the Navajo Nation. The Department consists of Wildlife Enforcement, Research & Management, Natural Heritage Program, and Animal Damage/Animal Control Sections.

Tribal trust lands of the Navajo Nation support a number of cold and warm water reservoirs, all man-made, that comprise the bulk of the Tribe’s recreational fishing program. The segment of the San Juan River watershed that transects tribal lands provides limited recreational fishing opportunities for residual populations of warm-water species like channel catfish, though the San Juan River is not actively managed as a recreational fishery by the Tribe. Similarily, the entire Little Colorado River watershed found on tribal lands is also managed exclusively for native fish species.

Recreational fishing opportunities on the Navajo Reservation include both cold and warm water species stocked in the Tribe’s 17 man-made reservoirs, which are predominately managed as put-and-take fisheries. Rainbow and Cutthroat trout are the key cold-water recreational species with Channel catfish and Largemouth bass comprising the Tribe’s warm-water recreational fishing program. A majority of the Tribe’s man-made reserviors and impoundments are off-stream structures that rely upon seasonal run-off for their annual water supplies, with the remaining few reservoirs receiving water through tribal irrigation diversions (Morgan Lake, Ganado Lake, Cutter Dam) or perennial stream sources (Wheatfields, Tsaile, Manyfarms Lake, Asaayi) that present no significant native fish management conflicts in managing these man-made recreational fisheries. Navajo reservoirs/impoundments that comprise the bulk of NDFW’s recreational fishing program include: Antelope (3 surface acres – cold water fishery), Asaayi (36 acres - cold), Aspen Lake (3 acres - cold), Berland Lake (7 acres - cold), Blue Canyon Dam (varies - cold), Chuska Lake (100 acres – cold/warm), Cowsprings (varies - warm), Cutter Dam (varies - cold), Ganado Lake (350 acres – warm), Manyfarms Lake (1000 acres – warm), Morgan Lake (1260 acres – warm), Red Lake (900 acres – warm), Round Rock (80 acres – cold/warm), Todacheenie (4 acres – cold), Trout Lake (18 acres – cold), Tsaile (260 acres – cold/warm), Wheatfields (250 acres – cold) and White Mesa (varies – cold).

The bulk of NDFW’s native fish management efforts are focused within the Little Colorado River and San Juan River basins that transect Navajo Nation lands. NDFW is actively involved with the USFWS in directing management efforts aimed at restoring native fish populations and renovating riparian habitats within both of these watersheds. Management efforts within the Little Colorado River watershed are focused on Humpback chub recovery/restoration, while efforts within the San Juan River watershed have been directed at restoring habitat/populations of Razorback sucker, Pike minnow and Bonytail chub.





Southwest Tribal Fisheries Commission    P.O. Box 190  Mescalero, New Mexico  88340  •  (575) 464-8768