1930: PAGE'S FISH HATCHERY; Fishing Season.


"Mr. and Mrs. James Page, who have lived at the Page ranch for 40 years, which ranch boasts of the largest spring in this section, are preparing to welcome a record crowd at the opening of their swimming pool on Sunday next. The large concrete swimming pool, which was constructed last year, will be filled with running water and a large crowd of people who are fond of the aquatic sport are expected to be present for the official opening."

"The trout farm at the spring will also be open to the public on June 1st, and Mr. Page is promising an abundance of fish for those followers of Isaac Walton who care to indulge in the popular sport with the rod and reel. One hundred thousand trout eggs will be hatched this season and the fishing ponds will be well filled with large trout, Mr. Page says."

"Page's Fish Hatchery has recently been incorporated with capital stock of $10,000, and the officer are James Page, president; J. E. Page, treasurer; and John Lane, secretary."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; May 30, 1930; page 8, column 6.)


"The trout season which opens in Arizona streams and lakes on next Sunday morning and remains open until September 30, will be the greatest of all times, it is predicted by State Game Warden R. L. Bayless, who has just returned to Phoenix from a general survey of the 300 miles or more of trout streams in Northern Arizona."

"The inhabitants of this particular section of Northern Arizona are particularly fortunate in that Oak Creek is so readily accessible to anglers, and for the first time in many seasons, is unusually well stocked with large trout. All of the fishermen, actual and would be, of the district, have been busy for weeks checking over their paraphernalia, and Saturday night and Sunday morning will see a general exodus to Oak Creek in time to start fishing one minute after 12 o'clock on June 1st."

"John G. Fishburn, without whom it would be impossible to open the season, will leave Bisbee Saturday and drive straight through in time for the opening of the season. Perry M. Ling and others will also be there."

"Since the close of the trout season last year, the state fish and game department has been busy stocking the streams with gamey trout from the three fish hatcheries which have been running to capacity. The four natural lakes of the mountain timber lands are also full of water, with perch, bass, and catfish awaiting the rush of anglers to these summer resorts."

"Aside from the vast mileage of state trout streams open to the public during the season, there are three licensed fish farms in Arizona, two of which are trout farms, and one a bass farm."

"James Page's spring trout farm on Lower Oak Creek near Cornville is one, and Walter L. Haught's trout farm on Pine Creek, five miles east of Payson, and William T. Bianconi's bass farm near Prescott are the other two which are now open to anglers."

"These trout farms raise their own fish for commercial purpose and are licensed and regulated by the state fish and game department."

"The four natural lakes of Northern Arizona which are so very popular with outdoor seekers, are located just south of Flagstaff, between the Verde District and that place, and are Lake Mary, Mormon Lake, Marshall Lake and Stoneman Lake, and are all well stocked with bass, yellow perch and catfish."

(Verde Copper News; May 30, 1930; page 1, column 3.)


"The highway leading from the Verde District to Oak Creek Canyon was black with cars from early dawn until the wee small hours on Sunday, when everybody and his brother tried to be present and accounted for at the opening of the trout season."

"No large catches were reported, however, and it is thought that the great number of people on the creek and the cold winds which have visited this section for the past several days accounted for the comparatively empty creels."

"It was estimated by some of the Jerome residents that there must have been in excess of 1500 cars beyond the Indian Gardens, and it is said that every pool had more than its quota of anglers."

(Verde Copper News; June 3, 1930; page 1, column 4.)


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