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Lucky Seven: Kids fishing derby at Lake Roberts

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Posted:   05/31/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT


The Fourth Aldo Leopold Kids Fishing Derby and Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lake Roberts in the Mimbres Valley, north of Silver City.

The day will include a fishing derby, outdoor learning stations and an awards ceremony that includes prizes for the biggest fish and most fish caught.

Saturday is a free fishing day for New Mexico, so fishing licenses are not required. Anglers, however, must still adhere to daily bag limits. For trout, it’s five per day.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the north side of Lake Roberts near the boat ramp. The derby will begin once registration is complete and will conclude at 12:45 pm.

The awards ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will stock the lake with tagged Gila Trout and any child who catches one will receive a prize.

Learning centers will open at 9:30 am and will be staffed by a variety of local, state and federal groups. Visitors will be able to learn about the art of fly fishing and how to identify aquatic insects and animal tracks. There will also be a Native American Art stand and a Living Stream exhibit presented by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Sapillo Volunteer Fire Department will be grilling hotdogs for attendees.

The annual Aldo Leopold Fishing Derby and Festival is hosted by the Wilderness Ranger District of the Gila National Forest along with strong support from the community.

For information, call (575) 536-2250