New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 13, 2010:

FISHING BAG LIMITS, TACKLE RESTRICTIONS LIFTED FOR COWLES PONDS

SANTA FE -- Beginning Monday, Sept. 13, anglers will be allowed to catch and keep unlimited numbers of fish from Cowles Ponds in upper Pecos Canyon as the U.S. Forest Service prepares to dredge the ponds to improve fishing.

The Department of Game and Fish issued the official emergency salvage order, which will remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 19, 2010. At that time, the Forest Service will close the two ponds so dredging work can begin.

Tackle regulations also will be suspended during the salvage period. Fish can be removed from the ponds with nets, spears or by other methods, although swimming at the ponds is prohibited. The smaller of the two ponds will continue to be open only to handicapped anglers and children younger than age 12. Anglers ages 12 and older are required to have a state fishing license.

For more information about the salvage order and New Mexico fishing regulations and angling opportunities, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us  or call (505) 476-8000.

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