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Santa Fe, NM – Moving quickly to take advantage of a narrow and closing window in which flows from municipal reservoirs into the Santa Fe River would be high enough to support the event, the City of Santa Fe and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are working together to hold the Annual Santa Fe Kids Fishing Derby on June 17th at the Santa Fe River Park.
The initial event, scheduled for June 3rd, was postponed after heavy rains collapsed the temporary dam that was installed to help maintain water levels and contain the fish for the event.
Councilor Ron Trujillo said, “This event is something kids look forward to every year, and it’s unfortunate what happened last week, but Mother Nature had other plans. But we’re glad to move forward now because the City of Santa Fe is committed to the kids and making sure they get their day out fishing on the Santa Fe River.”
Streamflow below Nichols Reservoir into the Santa Fe river is strictly governed based on inflow from spring runoff into municipal reservoirs. Once runoff levels drop the streamflow needs to be high enough to support the release of fish into the river, so time was of the essence if the event was going to happen this year.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has agreed to stock 500 Rainbow Trout, the same number released for the initial event.
All children 11 and under will be able to fish the river from 7:00am to 12:00noon, and anyone of any age with a New Mexico fishing license and appropriate validations will be able to fish after the event.
Kids who make a catch during the event will be eligible for prizes, and staff will be on hand to answer questions about New Mexico’s fishing tradition.
The daily bag limit is five trout per day and no more than 10 in possession