NM: Saturday is Free Fishing Day – No License Required

The summer vacation season is officially upon us, and what
better way to celebrate than a day of free fishing at any of New
Mexico’s public waters?

Saturday, June 4 is Free Fishing Day in New Mexico, a special
day when the State Game Commission grants anglers of all ages,
residents and nonresidents, a day of free fishing in public waters
statewide. No license, stamps or special permits are needed,
although bag limits and all other fishing rules apply.

Also Saturday, the Department of Game and Fish, the U.S. Forest
Service and other conservation partners will conduct several free
fishing clinics at waters across the state. Anglers of all ages are
encouraged to participate. All you need is basic fishing equipment
and a desire to fish in New Mexico’s great outdoors.

At least 130 volunteers and more than 20 Department staff will
be at the clinics to provide fishing instructions and information
about New Mexico’s fish and fish habitat. Young anglers will learn
the basics: how to bait hooks, tie knots, catch fish and the
correct way to release them. They’ll also learn how to be
responsible anglers and how to get the most out of the Department’s
Fishing Rules and Information Booklet. Waters at almost all the
clinics will be generously stocked with catchable-sized trout or
channel catfish before the events.

Saturday’s fishing clinics include:

Eagle Rock Lake, Red River, 8 a.m. to noon, trout.

Roswell Wal-Mart, 7 to 11 a.m. — The Department of Game and Fish
will generously stock a large swimming pool with big catfish for
this event.

Blue Hole Park Pond, Santa Rosa, 8 a.m. to noon, catfish.

Las Cruces Alumni Pond, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., catfish.

Lake Roberts, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The Third Annual Aldo Leopold Kids
Fishing Derby and Festival will feature special activities and
fishing for trout, bass and catfish. As a bonus this year, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service will stock the lake with more than 200
large native Gila trout.

Tingley Beach, Albuquerque, 8-11:30 a.m., trout and catfish.

Aztec Fishing Pond, Riverside Park, 8-11:30 a.m., trout.

Grants Riverwalk Pond, 8 a.m. to noon, trout and catfish.

For more information about the clinics, please contact Kevin
Holladay at (505) 476-8095 or keven.holladay@state.nm.us.


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