I think my favorite time to fish is in the spring. I love the new leaves on the trees as they appear, yet the forest is still open enough along the creeks to see pools that thick vegetation might hide during the summer. It is nice to have cold water in the Rim Country streams and lakes that will be stocked regularly with trout starting the last week of March and the first week of April.
In Payson, there are still plenty of trout in all three of the Green Valley lakes through early May. As the water warms, the bluegills and crappies become more active and are fun to catch.