After a four month wait, Payson residents and visitors can welcome back the rainbow trout to beautiful Green Valley Park at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.
“Fall is a wonderful time to visit the rim country, see the colors and relax and fish along the grassy shorelines of this popular urban fishery,” said Eric Swanson, Urban Fishing Program manager at the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The Green Valley lakes are located a mile west of Highway 87 on Main Street.
More than 700 Colorado-grown rainbow trout will arrive to kick off a trout season that features 11- to 14-inch fish delivered every two weeks until early May. Some 2-3 pound lunkers will be included.
No other fish species is stocked at Green Valley; however, good populations of bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish can be found in this productive lake ecosystem.
Trout can be caught on small spinners and spoons and with baits such as scented dough balls, worms or salmon eggs. Popular flies for trout are peacock lady and zebra midges fished slowly, 4-6 feet below the surface.
Swanson said that to catch more trout use lighter line in the 2-6 pound range, smaller hooks and a minimal amount of weight. Limits on trout are four per day for licensed anglers and two trout for children under age 14.
Anglers age 14 and over must have an Urban Fishing License or Super Conservation Fishing License to fish Green Valley Lakes. The 2013 Urban licenses are $18.50, but are reduced to $9.25 starting Nov. 1.
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