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Green Valley Lake kicks off its season this Saturday, May 20

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 17, 2017

Load of Jess Ranch rainbows to be delivered this week

GREEN VALLEY LAKE — While most lakes throughout the Southland already have their fishing seasons in full swing, little Green Valley Lake amidst its unique alpine setting is just getting its party started, kicking off its regular season this weekend starting Saturday, May 20. In preparation for the annual event, the lake will receive a hardy stocking of rainbow trout from Jess Ranch Hatchery this week after receiving some DFW plants already recently.

A NEW TROUT RECORD for Green Valley Lake was posted in 2016 with this 15.2-pound rainbow caught by Chuck Jewel. What will the 2017 season bring?

“We're happy to announce our grand opening date of May 20 and we are officially open for our stockholders to start receiving their passes as of May 15,” said Lake Manager Brent Deaton. “With a delivery from Jess Ranch coming this week, we're looking forward to a great season. Fishing has been great for the past few weeks. The state has been stocking weekly for the past month and we estimate about 2,500 pounds has already been released into our lake.”

Green Valley Lake is now back on its regular fee permit pricing ($15 for adults and ($10 for kids, seniors, veterans and active duty military). Boat rentals will be offered at a discount Tuesdays through Thursdays, Deaton said. The lake is also bringing back its “Bobber Monday” promotion, in which the angler catching the biggest trout by noon of each Monday will receive a bobber — the angler collecting the most bobbers throughout the season will earn a trophy. “It's something we did two years ago and we are excited to bring it back,” said Deaton.

Generally speaking, GVL often boasts very good fishing for its opening weekends most years, and a wide variety of trout baits can be highly effective at the lake. Mice Tails, minijigs, trout worms, dough baits, nightcrawlers, trout spinners and spoons are all productive to varying degrees at times throughout the season.

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