Fish'n Fun at the ABQ BioPark
Tingley Beach's annual fishing derby to feature freshly stocked pond, prizes for anglers.
04/05/2017 - Anglers will cast their lines to catch a fish - and maybe a prize - at Tingley Beach's Annual Fishing Derby from 6:45 a.m.- 4 p.m. this Saturday, April 8.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will stock Central Pond with an extra 5,000 rainbow trout, including 200 tagged fish, for this event.
Lucky fishers who catch a tagged trout will win a prize. To receive prizes, tagged trout must be caught during the event. Prizes will also be awarded for largest fish caught that day.
"This is a fun, free event," said Kathy Lang, Curator of Tingley Beach. "We invite anglers of all ages to test their fishing skills and see if they can catch one of our tagged trout to win some great prizes donated by our sponsors."
While anglers of all ages are welcomed, fishing licenses are required for those 12 and older.
The event is sponsored by City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department, Los Pinos Fly & Tackle Shop, Quality Baits, Sportsman's Warehouse and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Tingley Beach will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7, so staff can prepare the area for the fishing derby.
The BioPark Conservation Committee is also sponsoring a post-derby clean up event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, April 10. Clean up volunteers will help scour the shoreline and landscaping for discarded monofilament fishing line and trash.
Monofilament endangers waterfowl - ABQ BioPark staff members catch, untangle and treat about 100-150 tangled ducks and geese each year. Tingley Beach staff members also regularly encounter birds that have swallowed fish hooks, turtles that have gotten caught in fishing line and other animals with preventable injuries.
"The BioPark does its best to rescue and rehabilitate these animals, but prevention is the best way to look after their health," said Lang. "We invite anglers and other community members to head back to Tingley Beach on Monday to help us protect our local wildlife."