Another Gold Trout Caught At Green Valley

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Count 72-year-old Obie Weaver among the handful of Rim Country anglers who have recently taken rare "gold trout" out of Green Valley Park.

Weaver caught the fish, which tipped the scales at 1 pound, 12 ounces and measured 15 1/2 inches in length, while fishing on the east side of the main lake near the spillway.

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Obie Weaver with his Gold Trout.

"I went in right after the lake was stocked and caught my limit every day for about two weeks," Weaver said.

The Rim angler caught the fish on a rainbow-colored Berkeley power bait.

Weaver, who fishes on an Arizona Game and Fish Pioneer license, says he knows of about four "goldies" that have been taken out of GVP but there could be more in the lake.

"They are waiting to be caught," he said. "I think the fish stocker out of Colorado put the fish in the lake."

Earlier this year, Payson angler Dennis Zubek caught a similar fish at GVP.

After doing some research, he called it an "albino cross" trout that is being developed, for easier sight-fishing, in a hatchery near LaJara, Colo.

Weaver calls GVP his favorite winter fishing spot, but when summer rolls around, he's more apt to be found at Willow Springs.

"That's a good spot, too," he said.

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