Child anglers from Ruidoso and the surrounding area can meet at Grindstone Lake on Saturday for an annual competition to win money.
The annual Ruidoso Youth Fishing Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lake for children 12 and under.
The event is free and parking fees have been waived for participants.
Children will be taught how to hook and cast their line from sponsoring agency staff, then head to the lake to hopefully hook one or more fish to the lake belonging to the town of Ruidoso and surrounded by the forest. Lincoln National.
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Prizes are offered for the largest fish, the smallest fish and the most fish caught.
Each prize is worth $ 100, and the event will also offer door prizes throughout the day.
Although staff can provide fishing rods and equipment, competitors have been advised to bring their own rods, lines and bait as stocks are usually depleted.
Lincoln National Forest wildlife biologist Larry Cordova kicked off the event in 1994 after leaving Washington for New Mexico when he noticed that most of the fishermen in his new home state were adults.
“I started this event because I wanted to show kids the joy of fishing and being outdoors,” Cordova said. “When we started it was a small event with just a few kids, but over the years the event has grown. We have added activities, prizes and presentations. I like to think that maybe one of those first kids is now teaching their kids how to fish.
The event in its 26th year this year is sponsored by the US Forest Service, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Ruidoso Parks and Recreation Department, Trout Unlimited, Mescalero Tribal Fish Hatchery, US Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Little Bear Archery, Dynamic Disc Golf, South Central Mountain Resource Conservation & Development Council, and Boy Scouts of America.
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Where to fish in Ruidoso
Besides Grindstone Lake, the Ruidoso area has several other places for both novice and experienced anglers and women. Fishing licenses are generally required and can be acquired through the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game.
Alto Lake – The lake north of Ruidoso is stocked year round with catfish and allows non-motorized boats with a boating license. Permits are available from the Parks and Recreation office at 535 Resort Drive, Ruidoso.
Bonito Creek – Northwest of Ruidoso is Bonito Creek which runs from Bonito Lake Dame to Fort Stanton and Hondo. Rainbow trout and brook trout can be fished in the upper part of the creek.
Mescalero Lake – Located on the Mescalero Reserve at the Mountain Gods Inn, this lake is stocked and open daily. To fish or boating on the lake, visitors must purchase a daily fishing permit from the hotel reception where equipment can be rented or purchased. There are also pedal boat rentals.
Ruidoso River – This river flows from the Sacramento Mountains through Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs into the Hondo River. It is stocked all year round with rainbow trout and brown trout. On the Ruidoso River there is a daily limit of three fish per license.
Weeping springs Trout Lake – The lake is about 4 miles east of the Ruidoso Downs Racecourse and is stocked with trout. The site is intended for beginners or young children, and a fishing license is not required. The lake charges a price per inch fishing fee which includes all bait, equipment and cleaning of any fish caught. Seeping Springs Trout Lake is open March through September for camping and fishing.
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