My family and I went fishing here 3 times when we visited my daughter in Sierra Vista which is less then an hour away.
The first time we rented a boat and motored around the lake to find "the perfect fishing spot" according to my husband. He and the grandkids caught 3 fish between the, 1 trout, 1 sunfish, and 1 striped something or other. As you can tell I am not a fishing person. While they guys fished my two daughters and I leaned back and enjoyed the sunny day and watch the hawk go fishing.
The second time we found out that the boat rentals are only open Friday-Sumday (at least in April, I'm not sure if they have more hours in the summer). So husband, son-in-laws, daughter, and grandkids fished off the fishing pier. Since we thought we'd be renting a boat we were totally unprepared and didn't bring any chairs. This wasn't a problem for my dedicated fishermen! They made do with upturned buckets, coolers, and the deck..I say comfortably on a bench under the tree and watched a family of ducks. That day they came back with 4 trouts.
The last time we went we made sure it was a weekend and rented a boat. The fishermen, my husband, 2 son-in-laws, 2 grandkids and one daughter went off in the boat to find their perfect spot...my other daughter, girlfriend, and I spread out our lunch on one of the picnic tables under the shade for the store's front porch. It was great! My girlfriend and I babysat the dog, we had to keep her cool and hydrated, it was such a warm day. We snacked all day, even buying ice cream from the small store, and caught up on each others lives. My daughter decided to try and out do the dedicated fishermen and bought a rod and bait from the friendly man in the store so she could fish off the boat pier. The gentleman who ran the store and boat rental was so helpful that my daughter somehow persuaded him to go to the pier with her and bait her hook. She spent the day going back and forth from fishing on the pier to snacking on the picnic table. While she was snacking the man stayed down at the pier to fish for her.
This time the fishermen returned with a total of 17 trout. There are fishing limits of 6 trout per adult and 3 per child.
This is a great park for a nice day out with the family. It's clean and well maintained. Restrooms are primitive but ok. Plenty of parking and friendly people at the small tackle store.
I'm sure we will return next time we are the area.
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