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Rancho Tonto Catch-A-Trout

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HC2 Box 98, Forest Road 289, Payson, AZ
+1 928-478-0002
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Labor Day Weekend Fun!

Our family took a trip to Willow Springs Lake to let our daughter and her boyfriend, both college... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Paradise Valley, Arizona
Not for the serious angler

If you own your own gear, have a fishing license, fish in lakes and streams regularly, are looking... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good14%
  • Average6%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible14%
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“fish hatchery” (5 reviews)
“catch fish” (4 reviews)
“fresh trout” (3 reviews)
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HC2 Box 98, Forest Road 289, Payson, AZ
+1 928-478-0002
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Our family took a trip to Willow Springs Lake to let our daughter and her boyfriend, both college students, try to catch their first trout. It was a beautiful day but way too many people. The fishing at the lake didn't work out at all....so...More

1  Thank ILuvHawaiiclh
Reviewed 8 August 2017

If you own your own gear, have a fishing license, fish in lakes and streams regularly, are looking for a challenge...this really isn't for you. Rather it is a pleasant smallish pond stocked with some of the hungriest trout that I have ever seen. I...More

Reviewed 13 July 2017

A beautiful place in the White Mountains just east of Payson. Very laid back beautiful grounds. Fresh trout direct from Idaho. Nice size to give your young child/grandchild a thrill. Catch and take home to eat. $1 an inch. Poles and bait etc provided. On...More

1  Thank phxaz54
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I love this place! It's green and restful and beautiful and restful. The owners are friendly and fun to be around, and the fishing is great. Highly recommended.

Thank TinaTerry47
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Their website indicates one night only reservations available Sun-Thur. I tried making a reservation for this Tue night and they told me the minimum was two nights. This is the second time I have had a negative experience with Rancho Tonto and I haven't even...More

1  Thank RoadWarriorWalt
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

This was by far one of the best family activities we have done in a long time. Randy the owner was fantastic. He fully explains what to expect and then provides assistance on landing all the fish we caught, (6) in less then 5 minutes....More

Thank Top552
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

We spent most of Memorial Day weekend trying to catch fish with our two kids, without so much as a nibble. We wanted to leave on a good note and ensure they would want to fish again at some point and Rancho Tonto did not...More

Thank Jessica C
Reviewed 10 May 2017

With the limited stocking of Arizona waters this year this is an excellent opportunity for young children to have success fishing. Smiles are immeasurable but at $1.00 an inch adds up quickly. Not for a serious fisherman but great way to interest kids in the...More

1  Thank UWLAW68
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Wanted to take grand-kids to a Trout Farm. Have taken our kids to several around the country. Found "Rancho Tonto" on the internet. Didn't like what I saw in various reviews, but loved the idea of having a cabin right outside the pond where the...More

1  Thank RoadWarriorWalt
Brenda S, Owner at Rancho Tonto Catch-A-Trout, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and your family. Please know that we are a seasonal business. Our Fall hours as stated on our web site are Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 5pm thru the end October. RANCHO TONTO is...More

Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

The weather was awesome and if you are looking for a relaxing weekend in Payson, make this one of your stops. They even have a cabin to rent for a group.

1  Thank Aretha V
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11 August 2016|
Response from Brenda S | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
the price is $1 per inch on all fish caught so if you catch a 12 inch fish it will cost $12. This fee includes the pole rental, bait, cleaning and packaging with ice and no fishing license is needed.