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, JUNE 3, 2007:

FISHING BAG LIMITS, TACKLE RESTRICTIONS TO BE LIFTED ON SANTA FE RIVER

SANTA FE -- Beginning Monday, June 4, anglers will be allowed to catch and keep unlimited numbers of fish from the Santa Fe River as the City of Santa Fe prepares to reduce the flow from city reservoirs. The Department of Game and Fish issued the official emergency salvage order, to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. June 4, and remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 10.

Tackle regulations also will be suspended during the salvage period, and fish can be removed from the stream with nets, spears or by other methods. Anglers ages 12 and older are required to have a state fishing license. Fishing will be limited to daylight hours.

The salvage order was issued to allow anglers to remove trout from the Santa Fe River before it runs dry. The Department stocked more than 700 trout in the river this spring to provide angling opportunities while the water flow was plentiful. Most of those fish have been caught, but some remain, mostly in the stretch of river downstream from Patrick Smith Park .

For more information about New Mexico fishing regulations and angling opportunities, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us .

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