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Santa Fe hoping to rejuvenate Kids Fishing Derby June 1

SANTA FE, N.M. — City of Santa Fe officials are hoping to have better luck with this year’s annual Kids Fishing Derby.

Two years ago, the fishing derby was washed out when an thunderstorm the afternoon before the event created a storm surge and washed downstream the approximately 500 rainbow trout the state Department of Game and Fish had stocked the Santa Fe River with.

Last year, nearly the opposite happened. The event was put off because water levels in the river were too low due to a way below normal snow pack that limited spring runoff.

Weather permitting, this year’s event will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 1, along the Santa Fe River between Old Santa Fe Trail and Don Gaspar Avenue.

During that time, anglers age 12 and younger will be allowed to fish without a license. Children can bring their own or borrow a rod. Those who catch fish will be eligible to win prizes, according to a news release.

After the derby ends at noon, older family members will be able to join in. The daily bag limit is five, with no more than 10 trout in possession.

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