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Go fishing for free Saturday, June 4.

SANTA FE – Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, June 4, as the state celebrates National Boating and Fishing Week.

“Fishing is one of our state’s great cultural traditions,” said Eric Frey, sportfish program manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “And it’s one of the best ways to get kids outdoors.”

Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, June 4, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit

Kids can learn to fish at the annual, free fishing derby on the Santa Fe River at the intersection of East Alameda and Old Santa Fe Trail from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4. Fishing rods, bait and instruction will be provided to those who need it. The river will be stocked with trout before the event. Prizes will be awarded to kids who catch fish.

In Grants, kids can learn to fish at the Riverwalk Pond downtown from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4. The pond will be stocked with catfish and volunteers will provide equipment, instruction, lunch and prizes to participating children at no cost.

Lake Roberts in the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico will be the scene of the fifth annual Aldo Leopold Kid’s Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 4. The lake will be stocked with native Gila trout and volunteers will provide fishing lessons and loan equipment to children. Prizes will be awarded for top catches. The event is free to the public.