New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Rachel Shockley, (505) 476-8071; cell: (505) 470-6832
Public contact: (888) 248-6866



SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish, in collaboration with area chambers of commerce and the New Mexico Tourism Department, want to make your fishing experience a little richer with a special fishing event starting this holiday weekend.

The department will release five large trout into state waters somewhere in New Mexico that have been tagged for cash prizes totaling $1,000. It is up to anglers to decipher clues pointing to the whereabouts of the fish, then find and catch the fish for prizes. Local chambers of commerce will provide the cash awards. Lucky anglers who catch one of the five trout can redeem the numbered tag from the fish for $200 at the nearest chamber of commerce.

The event begins July 3 and ends when all the fish have been caught and prizes claimed, or September 2, whichever occurs first. Follow the Department of Game and Fish and the Tourism Department on Facebook, at and respectively, to receive clues guiding anglers to the location of the fish. The departments will release weekly clues throughout the event starting today.

All participants must follow all New Mexico fishing rules and regulations. Anglers 12 and older must purchase a fishing license. Licenses can be purchased online at, by calling the department during business hours at (888) 248-6866 or through a participating vendor.

Visit the Department of Game and Fish website, to view fishing rules, event details and information about how to claim prizes.