New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007


Buy Dad a license and take him fishing for Fathers Day

SANTA FE – Instead of breakfast in bed this Fathers Day why not buy dad a license and take him fishing.

“I can’t think of a better gift for Father’s Day,” says Alexandra Sandoval, director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “Who wouldn’t want to spend a day outdoors fishing New Mexico’s waters?”

The fishing season began April 1 and angling conditions statewide couldn’t be better so why not visit the department’s website,, call the department’s Information Center, (888) 248-6866 or stop by a license vendor today and buy dad a license.

To find a good place to fish visit the fishing section of the department’s website and consult the weekly fishing and stocking report and family fishing locator.

Licenses purchased online or through the Information Center can be emailed, downloaded and printed. Information Center staff also can sell other licenses and answer general questions.

Fishing licenses cost $25 for state residents. Most anglers are required to purchase a $4 state habitat management and access validation stamp. Anglers intending to fish on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service lands will need a $5 federal habitat stamp.

Resident military veterans or active duty service members receive a 50 percent discount off their fishing license and stamps.
Children under the age of 12 do not need a license to fish, and anglers age 70 and older qualify for a free license. Please consult the Fishing Rules and Information Booklet at for more information. Printed versions are available at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish area offices and soon will be at license vendors statewide. For weekly angling and stocking reports please visit