A day of fishing for Socorro County youth is coming up with the annual Community Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, March 31, at Escondida Lake, beginning at 8 a.m.
The Fishing Derby is a great way to teach youth about sportsmanship and fishing techniques in a fun atmosphere with their families or other responsible adults. All youth anglers must be registered for the derby to receive a free jar of bait, free lunch, and raffle prizes.
Youth anglers 12 years of age and over must have a valid New Mexico State fishing license. Please note: this is the last day of the 2012 fishing license, however it is only $5.
Only fish caught between the official start and end times (8 a.m. till noon) will count toward the derby prizes. In each division there will be a first, second and third place prize for the heaviest limit of fish.
To get to Escondida Lake, take I-25 north from Socorro, take exit 152 east and continue north 1.4 miles at the bend in the road.
The annual Fishing Derby is a partnership of community organizations, businesses, individuals and governmental agencies, including the County of Socorro, City of Socorro, Socorro Valley Bass Club, Socorro Disabled American Veterans, The Eagles Club, Harold’s Southwestern Gifts, Barbara’s Dream Kitchen (Gloria Anaya), Socorro Electric Cooperative, Ernie and Ernestine Silva, Phillip Montoya and Socorro County Sheriff Department, Socorro General Hospital, John Brook’s Supermart, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce.