Heat's On, But It's Cool In High Mountain Lakes


The heat is on, which means temperatures are soaring to 110 degrees in the Valley of the Sun, and this will create the mass migration on the Beeline through Payson on the weekend.

The escape is to the Rim Country with 7,500 feet elevation and a much cooler climate for campers and weekendishermen. In most cases, the campgrounds fill to capacity while any other wide spot along the Rim roads will beccupied by an RV or a tent.


Mike Foree navigates a boat at Woods Canyon Lake during a midweek fishing outing. Along with Foree is Dr. John Royer.

In addition to the heat, the $4-plus gas prices are contributing to shorter and closereekend mini-vacations. The Mogollon Rim with the lure of six trout lakes and camping in the cool ponderosa pine forest creates the perfect weekend getaway.
For the local Payson residents, the weekend may be the time to catch up on yard work, have a barbecue in the back yard, or maybe watch a Diamondbacks game on the tube. The goal is to stay off the roads and be safe.
During the week, with Payson being in the heart of Rim Country, one can take a quick 30- or 40-minute trip and be at most of these Rim lakes after a full day of work and still have plenty of daylight for at least three hours of fishing.

The point is, from Monday through Thursday, the trout waters of Knoll, Blue Ridge, Bear Canyon, Willow Springs, Black Canyon and yes, even Woods Canyon, have very light fishing pressure.
Even in the dog-days of summer, the late afternoon bite can be very good on any of these waters whether using bait, lures, or various fly presentations.

After a relatively hot day in Payson with temperatures in the 90s, the cooler climate of any of the Rim lakes can be a welcome respite and might even require a light jacket or sweatshirt after sundown.
ake advantage of where you live and visit some of these quick getaways. During the weekake your family or a friendo one of our Rim lakes, beat the heat, have some good fishing, and yes, even a little solitude at one of these popular weekend destinations.

This week, enjoy God's creation, the Arizona outdoors.

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