Catch A Trout Field Trip

TIA Families please join us for a “family picnic” field trip to Payson on Friday, September 16th. We will depart the parking lot of Shepherd of the Hills at 8:30 am and carpool via parent & teacher vehicles.

First we will visit Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery and then go to Rancho Tonto Catch-a-Trout. Students can catch rainbow trout in the pond. A basic pole and bait will be provided.


There is a fee for each fish caught ($2 + $1 per inch, with an average of about $15 per fish caught). There is no catch & release. Whatever you catch you need to keep and pay for. Brenda, the owner of Rancho Tonto Catch-a-Trout, will assist in helping to clean and cook the fish. We will make fish filets and fish tacos. Older students can learn how to prepare the fish and assist with the cooking.

We will have a sign-up sheet for side dishes that families can bring so we have a full picnic (and something for people who don’t eat fish).

We will have fun activities and yard games for students and parents to play. After we are finished with our picnic at Catch-a-Trout, families are welcome to join us for a hike at Horton Creek. There will be some places to get in the water.

What to Bring & Wear:

  • Food items for our picnic (a sign-up sheet will go out soon)
  • Yard games, if you have them
  • Water bottle
  • Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty (school appropriate pictures & wording)
  • Hiking boots
  • Water shoes
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

Catch A Trout in the News

Photos of the Grounds

Rancho Tonto Catch-A-Trout is nestled below the Mogollon Rim. The original homestead of Sam Haught, aka Green Valley Sam to those that remember MGM’s Leo the Lion, which was rescued from hell’s gate wilderness by Sam Haught. Over the past 85 years this homestead has provided many great memories for families and friends, this lush property that borders Tonto Creek, is now open to the public for far greater memories. Read more about the Haught family history in Arizona: Learn More

Map and Directions

Click on “Directions” to map directly to their parking lot.

Lisa Ristuccia

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