Yes you heard me, Fish the Santa Fe River now! The Department of Game and Fish has issued an emergency salvage order allowing the public to harvest an unlimited amount of fish by any means from the Santa Fe River between Camino Cabra and Camino Alire from today through June 30.
The salvage order was requested by Santa Fe city government as water flowing into the riverbed from upstream reservoirs will be insufficient to sustain fish. The salvage order will allow licensed anglers to remove trout from the Santa Fe River before it runs dry.
The department had stocked hundreds of rainbow trout in the river for the June 4 children’s fishing derby. Anglers caught most of those fish, but some may remain in the river between Camino Cabra and Camino Alire.
Tackle regulations will be suspended during the salvage period through 11:59 p.m. June 30.
Fish can be removed from the river using nets or by other means.
Anglers ages 12 and older are required to have a state fishing license.