Catch fish, win cash in NM Game and Fish event

Created: 07/03/2014 2:15 PM
By: Web Staff

The Department of Game and Fish is hosting a special fishing event starting this Independence Day holiday weekend.

The department will release five large trout into state waters across New Mexico that have been tagged for cash prizes totaling $1,000. It is up to anglers to decipher clues pointing to the whereabouts of the fish, then find and catch the fish for prizes.

Local chambers of commerce will provide the cash awards. Lucky anglers who catch one of the five trout can redeem the numbered tag from the fish for $200 at the nearest chamber of commerce.

The event begins July 3 and ends when all the fish have been caught and prizes claimed or September 2, whichever occurs first.

Follow the Department of Game and Fish and the Tourism Department on Facebook, at and to receive clues guiding anglers to the location of the fish. The departments will release weekly clues throughout the event starting today.

All participants must follow all New Mexico fishing rules and regulations. Anglers 12 and older must purchase a fishing license. Licenses can be purchased online at, by calling the department during business hours at (888) 248-6866 or through a participating vendor.

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