New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Rachel Shockley, (505) 476-8071; cell: (505) 470-6832
Public contact: (888) 248-6866
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 23, 2014
FISHING BAG LIMITS, TACKLE RESTRICTIONS LIFTED ON SANTA FE RIVER
SANTA FE – Beginning Monday, June 23, anglers will be allowed to catch and keep unlimited numbers of fish from a two-mile stretch of the Santa Fe River as the City of Santa Fe prepares to stop the flow from city reservoirs. The Department of Game and Fish issued the official emergency salvage order, to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. June 23, and remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 30.
The salvage order will affect only the section of river from Paseo de Peralta two miles downstream to Camino Alire.
Tackle regulations also will be suspended during the salvage period. Fish can be removed from the stream using nets or by other methods and people will not be required to catch fish by using a hook and line, which is usually the case. Anglers ages 12 and older are required to have a state fishing license.
The salvage order will allow anglers to remove trout from the Santa Fe River before it runs dry. The Department stocked more than 500 trout in the river this spring to provide angling opportunities during the recent Children’s Fishing Derby. People have caught most of those fish, but some may remain, mostly in the stretch of river downstream from the Paseo de Peralta bridge.
For more information about New Mexico fishing regulations and angling opportunities, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.