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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Rachel Shockley, (505) 476-8071; cell: (505) 470-6832
Public contact: (888) 248-6866
rachel.shockley@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 9, 2014

FREE CHILDREN’S FISHING DERBY JUNE 14 IN SANTA FE

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the City of Santa Fe are sponsoring a free fishing derby Saturday, June 14 for children 11 years old and younger at the Santa Fe River Park from Don Gaspar Avenue upstream to Old Santa Fe Trail. Anglers ages 11 and younger may fish without a license.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will stock 500 rainbow trout in the Santa Fe River for the event. Department staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide fishing information. Children 11 years old and younger who catch the first 10 tagged fish are eligible for prizes the day of the event. Children must be present to win. The derby is from 7 a.m. until noon, and is intended for children 11-years old and under.

"This is a great opportunity for Santa Feans to get outside with their families and enjoy the warm weather and a flowing Santa Fe River," Department Fisheries Chief Mike Sloane said.

If family and friends want to fish after the derby, anglers 12 and older can purchase a fishing license online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Licenses also can be purchased by calling the department during business hours at (888) 248-6866 or through a participating vendor. The daily bag limit is five trout per day and no more than 10 in possession.

Who: Children 11 years old and under

What: Children’s Fishing Derby

When: 7 a.m. – noon Saturday, June 14

Where: Santa Fe River Park (El Parque del Rio) from Don Gaspar Avenue upstream to Old Santa Fe Trail

Parking: Public parking is available at the St. Francis Cathedral lot at 215 Cathedral Place; Archdiocese lot at 251 E. Alameda St. off East Alameda St. New Mexico; and the New Mexico State Land Office at 310 Old Santa Fe Trail.

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