Twelve-year-old Ryan Mortenson picked the perfect minute in an already perfect day to bring his fishing pole to Green Valley Park Lake.
Thursday was the opening day of trout season, and just before 1 p.m., 425 pounds of trout about 700 fish were released into the GVP waters.
"I come out here every day, because I live in the condos across the street," Ryan said. "I catch lots of bass here. This is great there's no trout in the lake right now."
According to Richard Wiggins of the Arizona Urban Fishing Program, whose crew handled the trout-stocking job, the fish were trucked to Payson from Blue, Ariz., near the New Mexico border.
Additional truckloads of trout will be emptied into the park's trio of lakes every three weeks until the middle of May, Wiggins said.
Rent-free fishing poles are available for use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department building on the southeast end of the main lake. Children 14 and younger can fish in the lakes for free. Older anglers require an Urban Fishing License, available everywhere fishing licenses are sold.
For more information, call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, 474-5242 ext. 7.