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Kids Fishing Fair at Tingley Beach on Feb. 23

A family fishing at Tingley Beach. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

February 20, 2013

Trout season is in full swing at Tingley Beach, and on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the BioPark hosts the Kids' Fishing Fair. Activities are designed for children, ages 4-12, with an accompanying adult.

Young anglers can gain hands-on experience learning knot-tying, fly-making and casting from experienced volunteers from New Mexico Trout, a nonprofit that teaches about trout habitat and fishing. Kids can visit discovery stations about the animals that live in and around Tingley Beach, the Rio Grande and the bosque. BioPark staff and volunteers will offer guided hikes in the bosque, a waterfowl identification station and arts and crafts. Kids can also find out how they can be part of keeping the ponds, river and bosque healthy and clean.

"Saturday is going to be a good day to fish and explore the bosque," said Christy Cook, BioVan and Tingley Beach Education Coordinator. "We've partnered with NM Trout, who have decades of experience fishing and teaching kids how to fish. And BioPark staff and volunteers will be teaching kids about some of their local plants and animals, too!"

NM Trout volunteers will be teaching kids' fly-fishing lessons from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. They'll give away a fishing pole to one lucky participant! Anglers of all ages can visit the fishing fair to trade in lead weights for environmentally friendly replacements.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish stocks Tingley's ponds every week with more than 2,200 tripoid rainbow trout. That's more than 1,000 pounds of fish to reel in! Make this event a family outing and try to catch the big one.

Kids' fly-fishing lessons are offered on a monthly basis this spring. A valid fishing license is required for anyone 12 years and older wanting to fish at Tingley Beach. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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