Anglers were delighted to hook several large trout at Green Valley Park after the Arizona Game and Fish Department stocked the lakes last week.

On Monday, two men pulled in two rather large trout, the largest topping out at six pounds.

DJ Craig, who lives near the park and frequently fishes there, documented the catches. He said it is the largest trout he has seen caught at the lake. The men were reportedly using PowerBait and fishing near the boat ramp at the largest lake.

Nick Walter, a spokesperson with the AZGFD, said the three lakes at Green Valley Park were stocked March 5 and 11. While he didn’t know for sure when the larger fish were added, he believes it was on the March 11 stocking.

“They have been seeing some pretty big hogs coming off,” Walter said of the stockings.

On March 11, 533 fish (weighing a total of 400 pounds) were added to the three lakes. That means the average fish weighed around three-quarters of a pound.

The fish came from a hatchery in La Jara, Colo.

AZGFD also stocked the Green Valley lakes in February. Stockers had to chop through the ice to then add the fish.

The largest rainbow trout caught in Arizona inland waters on hook and line weighed 15 pounds 9.12 ounces and was caught at Willow Springs Lake in September 2006, according to online AZGFD records.

The next trout stocking of GVP takes place the week of April 1-5.

Read more about the stocking of area streams in Jim Strogen’s fishing column on page 15.

Contact the editor at abechman@payson.com

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