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Annual Lake Roberts kid’s fishing derby features big Gila trout

LAKE ROBERTS – Head into the Gila National Forest Saturday, June 3 for the sixth annual Aldo Leopold Kid’s Fishing Derby at Lake Roberts.

Native Gila trout from the Mora National Fish Hatchery, including some record-breaking, retired brood stock will be put into the lake just before the derby, said Jill Wick, Gila trout biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Certified scales will be on site to officially weigh fish. The state record Gila trout, weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20-inches in length, was caught in the Gila River in 2007.

Lake Roberts is off N.M. 35 north of Silver City in southwestern New Mexico. The event will feature free fishing lessons and fishing rods and tackle for children to borrow. There also will be games and prizes for the kids. Although the fishing derby is for youths, the lake is open to fishing for anglers of all ages. June 3 is Free Fishing Day at public waters throughout New Mexico. No license is required, although bag limits and all other fishing regulations apply.
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