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Rancho Tonto Catch-A-Trout

HC2 Box 98, Forest Road 289, Payson, AZ
928-478-0002
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Ranked #8 of 13 Attractions in Payson
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

We spent the day here with grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncles, and cousins. It was a perfect day to spend with the kids and everyone had some good old relaxation. We caught fish and barbecued them right up afterward. It was a great experience for the kids. This is a beautiful and clean place with charm around every corner. We had... More

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Salton Sea, California
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We happened to see the sign for this private fishing ranch and stopped in. The grounds were beautiful with a nice store/visitor center, a WELL stocked artificial pond, a large cabin that is rented out and my favorite-an old barn down in the draw.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Kids have to catch a fish if you want them to keep at it...and my four year old grandson is no different, but this place was overpriced and a little sad. Not much attempt was made at making it feel natural. The shallow cement pond looked like exactly that. Fish were overcrowded and seemed starved. No need for bait since... More

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Mesa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I took my kids and had a blast. We fished, the guy that cleaned the fish for us was really nice and interactive with my boys, he showed them how to clean a fish, showed them the heart and all the other guts. (To have them clean the fish for you cost $1) The landscape is worth the trip, we... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

1- As noted, you keep what you catch, and you'll catch a fish every time the line hits the water. Pace yourselves. 2- The owners have been friendly and helpful every time over years of enjoying their property/business with our young sons. We in fact stopped in (03-30-14) after a tour of the hatchery, and while they really don't open... More

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Payson, Arizona, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We did not fish but it was a lot of fun watching the little kids fish and catch them. We had been out for a weekend drive and picnic and decided to check it out. The looks on the faces of the kids was well worth the stop.

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Payson, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great for kids to catch trout and then go to the fish hatchery near-by. Nice scenery in the area. While there, stop at Kohl's Ranch about 1 mile east on 260..

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Chandler, Arizona
1 review
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Don’t go! Don’t go! That is the first thing I can tell you. I have taken my grandchildren there in the past and have paid the outrageous cost of $10 per fish, just to give them the experience…but no more! The last straw was when I took my 80 year old mother there, that she could just see the grounds,... More

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Payson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Our family recently spent an afternoon fishing at Rancho Tonto and had a marvelous time. We caught several fish and used their facility to picnic and grill our fish. The fish were delicious! We had a terrific time and will defintely be revisiting soon.

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Phoenix, AZ
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

For every one who didn't like Rancho Tonto just what do you expect? Expensive fish? Yes, but you are not paying for a fish you are paying for the experience It is there for you to catch fish it is made easy for the kids My granddaughter caught her 3 fish in about 45 minutes (took my time setting her... More

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