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Rancho Tonto Catch a Trout - Christopher Creek - Tonto Creek - Kohl's Ranch - Arizona...

Rancho Tonto remains open during TONTO Forest Closures and COVID 19.


We'd like to welcome you to the beautiful
Rancho Tonto Catch-A-Trout
where beauty and fun are plentiful!

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.




Rancho Tonto Catch-A-Trout is a day use property that will allow people to come in and fish for Rainbow Trout. Leave your gear at home, Everything's included in the Pole Rental price

BBQ and picnic tables are available for Rancho Tonto Anglers. Grill kits are also available in our gift shop.

Fishing Fees:
  • $1.00 per inch + $1.00 per fish Caught. (No Catch And Release) Pay only for the fish caught.
    (Example: 10 inch fish=$10+$1=$11.00)
  • No license required and there is no limit to what you catch.
  • Free pole rental, including Bait, Net and Bucket
  • Free Cleaning
  • Free packaging & Ice
  • Free Assistance

Handicap accessible fishing

Lodging at our property is not required in order to enjoy the fishing

Call with questions: 928-478-0002

Fishing Rules
•NO PETS/DOGS ALLOWED.
•No catch and release. $30 fine for each fish released.
•No Coolers without permission.
•We have the right to check all cooler boxes, etc., at any time.
•We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

Spring/Fall Hours Daily 11am - 4:00pm

Summer Hours 10am -5pm Daily (Memorial Day - Labor Day)

Fishing by appointment can be scheduled throughout the winter.

Rancho Tonto welcomes the opportunity to host your family reunions, weddings or birthday parties for a nominal fee. Please call to schedule your special event and to inquire about our rates.

Beautiful 3 Bedroom Guest House,
sleeps 9, with full amenities, including DIRECTV
Sunday-Thursday: $250/night
Friday/Saturday/Holidays: $275/night.

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Call (928) 478-0002 for reservations

Rancho Tonto Guest House


(928) 478-0002 - HC2 Box 98 Payson AZ 85541

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34.357836002, -111.098202664
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