New Mexico Aquatic Resources Education Program

The Aquatic Resources Education provides fun and educational ways to introduce kids and adults to the sport of fishing, angling ethics and fisheries management and watershed monitoring techniques. The program is funded by anglers through the money provided by the Sports Fish Restoration Act – a federal program that taxes motorboat fuel and equipment purchased by anglers.

Learn to fish from a pro — for free! Currently scheduling for July 1-June 30, 2016.

Casting a line and catchin’ fish — the basics of angling –offer fun for entire families in New Mexico’s enchanting outdoors. For those who have never fished or are a little rusty, yet eager to get started, the Fishing Skills Program offers FREE clinics with all the equipment you need for learning from experienced, professional trainers.

Instructing youth on angling techniques through the New Mexico Game and Fish program Aquatic Resources Education.
Students of all ages learn basic skills:

• assembling tackle
• knot tying
• identifying fish and good fish habitat
• casting
• fish handling
• New Mexico’s fishing rules and regulations
• angling ethics
• aquatic food webs
• outdoor safety and fishing safety
• basic and intermediate fly-fishing skills

• Watch for New Mexico Free Fishing Day events on the first Saturday in June each year and local community fishing events in your area.
• Free Fishing Days: see the NMDGF Fishing Calendar for upcoming events.  Statewide fishing clinics will be posted in the spring.
• National Get Outdoors Day (2016 date to be announced). Free fishing clinic and other events at Tingley Beach, ABQ.
• Kids-to-Hatcheries Educator’s Guide and mini-crate can be checked out from any State Fish Hatchery or from the main office in Santa Fe.

To schedule a fishing clinic at your community or school, contact:

Kevin Holladay
Conservation Education Coordinator
Phone: (505) 476-8095
Fax: (505) 476-8116
kevin.holladay@state.nm.us
Dennis Segura
Sport Fishing/Aquatic Resources Education Coordinator
Phone: (505) 476-8119
Fax: (505) 476-8116
dennis.segura@state.nm.us

Watershed Watch is a high school based sport fish monitoring program that studies watershed management practices, benthic invertebrates, water quality and the connections to fish habitat. High school students and educators around the state adopt a stretch of river or stream to monitor on a regular basis.

Watershed Watch offers education for high school students through New Mexico Game and Fish's Aquatic Resources program.

Students venture into the field to analyze water, assess stream conditions, and learn how to fly-fish and spin-cast. Students also learn water monitoring and habitat restoration practices, and what they can do to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Watershed Watch provides valuable career training in fisheries and aquatic resources management as well as the skills needed to become a life-long angler.

Kevin Holladay
Conservation Education Coordinator
Phone: (505) 476-8095
Fax: (505) 476-8116
kevin.holladay@state.nm.us

Sport Fishing / Aquatic Resources
Education Coordinator
Phone: (505) 476-****
Fax: (505) 476-8116

Become an Aquatic Resource Education Volunteer!

  • Teach kids to fish and be good stewards of the aquatic environment.
  • Assist kids in restoring and monitoring the health of our watersheds.
  • Work with natural resource and education professionals in the classroom and the field.

Volunteer Instructor Application

The first Saturday in June and the fourth Saturday in September (NMDGF Fishing Calendar) are free fishing days in New Mexico, when anglers of all ages, resident or nonresident, can fish without a license. The Department of Game and Fish and its community partners conduct free fishing clinics at waters statewide on free fishing day in June.

The Department also invites schools, scouting groups and other community and youth organizations to schedule fishing clinics at other times of the year.To schedule a clinic or for more information, call (505) 476-8095.

Links to Children’s Water Festivals

Children can learn about this vital southwestern resource at festivals offered throughout the year, including:
McKinley County Youth Water Awareness Day City of Gallup.