A favorite getaway for Tucson Amphitheater basketball coach Pat Derksen is a visit to Payson and an angling outingith his two children to Green Valley Park.
The Derksens can now begin scheduling their next trip because the Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced trout stockings at GVP will begin the week of Oct. 11.
Game and fish policies prohibit making public the exact date of the stocking.
Payson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind estimates the first stocking will be 800 to 900 pounds of catchable-sized (9 to 12 inches) rainbow trout.
After the first stocking, the game and fish department will continue planting trout every other week until March. Follow-up stockings are usually about 600 pounds, Schwind estimates.
There are no fish stockings in the summer due to high lake temperatures and the risk of transporting fish that time of year.
All anglers 14-years-or-older must have a current Arizona license when fishing at Green Valley Park. No trout stamp is required.
For a Class U Urban license, the fee is $16 for a calendar year.
A Class D one-day-only permit is $8.50. Anglers 70 years and older who have lived in Arizona for 25 years may receive a Pioneer license free of charge. Veteran complimentary licenses also are available.
Licenses may be purchased at any Game and Fish office or any of the 350 license dealers or sporting goods statewide. Fishing licenses also can be purchased at the Arizona Game and Fish Department website.
For those without poles, the P&R department has an ample supply of quality equipment to loan to people 18 years and older with a driver's license.
According to Game and Fish, the state's urban fishing program is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country. The program is a partnership between AGF and the town of Payson to intensively stock and manage park lakes for fishing recreation.
For more information about fishing at GVP, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.