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October 19th, 2009

Payson residents and visitors can welcome back the trout to beautiful Green Valley Park on Tuesday, October 20.  Over 900 Colorado-grown rainbow trout will be delivered to kick off the trout stocking season that features 11-14 inch rainbow trout delivered every two weeks.  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 just a mile west of Highway 87.  The fish stocking program at Green Valley is different from all other Urban Fishing Program waters.  Rainbow trout are the only species stocked by the Department during an eight month season that starts in mid October and continues through early May.  No catfish, bass or sunfish are stocked at Green Valley, however good populations of bass, crappie and sunfish can be found in these highly productive lakes.

Trout can be caught on small spinners and spoons, by fly fishermen using nymphs or wet flies, and by baits such as scented dough baits, worms or salmon eggs.  Remember to use lighter line in the 2-6 pound range, smaller hooks and a minimal amount of weight. Limits on trout are 4 per day for licensed anglers and 2 trout for children under age 14.

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