Fish for free Saturday at Farmington Lake

Farmington Recreation Center hosts fishing derby at the lake

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Jeremy Friis of Farmington, front, and Gabriel Salazar of Bloomfield get some fishing in on Friday June 3, 2016, at Farmington Lake.
  • Children should register online at
  • People can also participate in the Flash Your Fish challenge.
  • People without fishing licenses can fish for free on Saturday.

FARMINGTON — The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish is waiving fishing license requirements on Saturday in celebration of National Boating and Fishing week.

While license requirements are waived, bag limits and other rules and regulations must still be followed, according to a state press release.

In connection with the free fishing day, Farmington will waive fees to Farmington Lake on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the Farmington Recreation Center will host a fishing derby from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the fishing pier. Early registration is recommended.

Children who do not have a fishing pole can use ones that were provided by the state Department of Game & Fish, said Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department spokesperson Christa Chapman.

Chapman said winners will be determined based on the total inches of fish each child catches. For example, a child who catches four fish that are each five inches long will have a total of 20 inches of fish, she explained.

The child who catches the biggest fish will also receive a prize.

Gabriel Salazar of Bloomfield gets some fishing in on Friday June 3, 2016, at Farmington Lake.


Children will be divided into four age groups: 6 years old or younger, 7 to 9 year olds, 10 to 12 year olds and 13 to 15 year olds.

There is a limit of 100 young participants, so families who are interested should register online at For more information about the fishing derby, call 505-599-1184. 

People who take selfies with the fish they catch can also enter the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau "Flash Your Fish" contest, which is going on all summer.

Photos can be entered in the contest on the Visit Farmington Facebook page, through Instagram using the hashtags #JoltYourJourney and #FlashYourFish while tagging Jolt Your Journey, or by emailing the photo to Winners are selected randomly each month and are eligible for $100 or other prizes.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.