Game & Fish cracks down on Tingley Beach fishers

Game and Fish officers are cracking down on fishermen at Tingley who are catching more than they should or fishing without a license. Last Saturday alone, officers caught six fishermen in their net.

It’s a pond that gets stocked weekly.

“It’s kind of that old classic supply and demand,” said Game and Fish Captain Tim Cimbal. “And the demand is pretty high.”

It’s no secret that people love to fish at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque. 

“It’s pretty good. There’s a lot of good cats in here, a lot of good trout,” said Carlos Vasquez, Albuquerque resident. “I caught a few bass out here, so it’s a good fishing hole.”

However, recently, Game and Fish have found not everyone is following the rules of the pond.

“Being as popular as this water is, it does get patrolled quite regularly by our conservation officers,” Cpt. Cimbal said.

Last weekend, Game and Fish ticketed at least six fishermen, with the violations ranging from throwing dead fish back and fishing with a net, to fishing without a license and extreme overfishing.

One man was even caught with 41 fish when the limit is four.

“That person who takes advantage of it and catches more fish than they are supposed to—hence breaking the law—they’re just robbing that opportunity from the next fisherman,” Cpt. Cimbal said.

Statewide the fishing limit is usually five fish per person, but it’s different at Tingley because of its popularity. KRQE News 13 spoke to people fishing in the area who say a four fish limit is plenty.

“Why even take that much, you know?” said Eddie Palacios, Albuquerque resident. “Just take the little bit if you’re going to eat ’em. Four is good enough you know.”

“You don’t to be taking home 20 to 30 fish a day and then you leave the other fishermen out here with nothing,” Vasquez said. “You know, that kind of sucks.”

The fishing limit is four for trout and two for catfish. Game and Fish says the citations given out at Tingley range from $75 to $125.

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