Opportunities abound to fish in the Mogollon Rim. Trout, both stocked and stream-spawned, inhabit many of the streams just below the Mogollon Rim. The lakes, reservoirs, and lower-elevation rivers are home to a variety of warm-water sport fish. Rim Country is full of lakes stocked with a variety of fish species and all are within an hour from Payson.
Several of Arizona's fishing records have been achieved in and around Rim Country waters. Of those waters, Roosevelt Lake has few rivals in producing trophy fish.