Angling hopefuls will have the opportunity to showcase their skills at the Fourth Annual Fall Classic Trout Tournament Oct. 18 at Woods Canyon Lake.
The tournament is conduced each year to benefit the Payson Community Christian School.
The event casts off at 5 a.m. and wraps up 4 p.m. at the lake 30 miles east of Payson.
At the conclusion of the tournament, an awards ceremony will be held at the dock house during which trophies for first, second and third place will be doled out. The awards are for largest fish and total weight of all fish caught. There is a six-fish per person limit.
Tournament rules dictate the minimum size fish that may be counted is eight inches. Smaller fish can be weighed in if it is going to die.
Also, a valid Arizona fishing license and trout stamp is required. Tournament competitors must fish Woods Canyon Lake only and there is no pre-fishing allowed after Oct. 1. The tournament will take place regardless of weather and final decisions will be made by the tournament director.
Since weigh-in is at the dock house, anglers may catch and release.
Among the baits popular with past tournament competitors are Z-rays, Panther Martin spinners, worms, corn and power baits.
The entry fee is $15 per person if pre-registered before Oct. 11. After the deadline or on the day of the tournament, the fee is $20 per person.
Only the first 100 to register will be allowed to participate.
For more information, call the Payson Community Christian School at (928) 474-8050.