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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Rachel Shockley, (505) 476-8071
Public contact:  (888) 248-6866
Rachel.shockley@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 9, 2014:

PECOS CANYON FISHING, CAMPING AREAS TO REOPEN -
REMEMBER TO BUY YOUR LICENSE OR PERMIT BEFORE YOU GO

TERRERO – Two popular fishing and camping areas in Pecos Canyon will reopen April 18 for the first time since last summer's wildfires and subsequent flooding.

The Bert Clancy and Terrero fishing and recreation areas are among four State Game Commission-owned properties along N.M. 63 that were closed after the Tres Lagunas and Jarosa wildfires. The nearby Mora and Jamie Koch fishing and recreation areas also were closed, but have since reopened.

The Department of Game and Fish wants everyone to enjoy our properties and to remember rules require everyone older than 18 who uses commission-owned properties to have either a valid hunting or fishing license or a Gaining Access Into Nature permit. Visitors are advised to purchase a license or permit before their trip, as they are not available in the canyon and telephone coverage is spotty. Licenses and permits are available online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us, by phone at (888) 248-6866 or at license vendors. There are no license vendors in the canyon.

Trout fishing in the Pecos River should be good this spring and through the summer. The department plans to stock the river regularly with rainbow trout raised at Lisboa Springs Hatchery. The department also recently stocked nearby Monastery Lake with 17-inch trout from Los Ojos Hatchery and plans to stock more big fish there this spring.

For more information about New Mexico fishing and to purchase licenses and permits, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us or call toll-free (888) 248-6866.

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