There is good news for local anglers — Green Valley Lake has been stocked again with catchable rainbow trout. Every two weeks throughout the winter and spring months, our local fishing waters receive hundreds of trout to add to those already living in the lake.
In addition to this fishing bonanza, Green Valley Lake was the welcome recipient of an extra stocking of incentive or bonus fish, which adds to the excitement of wetting a line.
These trout average 13 to 16 inches with a few being even larger, tipping the scales at a whopping 4 pounds! This is a true trophy trout and can be a real fight on medium light spinning tackle.
Green Valley Lake is a part of the Arizona Game and Fish urban fishing program, which requires an urban license that can be purchased in the sporting goods department at the local Walmart for a fee of $18.50. This license allows fishermen to try their luck at any of the waters statewide that are designated as urban waters.
Licensed anglers have a daily limit of four trout, while children 13 years and younger do not need a license, but their daily possession limit is two trout.
Green Valley Lake is the perfect place to introduce a child to fishing and the chances of catching a fish are excellent during the peak stocking period.
On any given day, the lake is lined with fishermen of all ages trying to hook one of these lunker trout or maybe a bass or catfish. Jack Sinke has been fishing the lake since its creation 20 years ago and said, “It’s a great place within the city limits which gives me the chance to fish at least three times per week and be close to home.”
This past week, I watched him fight a trophy trout as he landed a healthy 4-pound, 20-inch rainbow. My adrenaline was flowing just seeing that fish and the excitement it was creating among the other anglers who were nearby.
“In all my years fishing this lake, I have only caught one larger,” Jack said.
If you haven’t purchased that urban fishing license and taken advantage of the angling opportunity at Green Valley Lake, now is the time to act. The waters will only get better throughout the remainder of the stocking season, which concludes in early May.
Additional bonus trout will be put into the lake, adding excitement in the hope of catching a trout of a lifetime.
This weekend, enjoy the Rim Country, God’s creation.