NMDGF Fishing News
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It’s Illegal To Possess, Transport and Stock Live Game Fish
It is illegal to possess, transport or stock live game fish into any water (except in the water where legally caught) without a permit from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF).
New Baitfish Rules
Baitfish use now allowed in Regular Trout Waters with updated baitfish species by drainage and body of water. Processed and packaged fish are no longer considered baitfish and can be used statewide where bait use is legal. Bullfrogs, dead or alive, cannot be used as bait.
New Requirements for Trotline Tagging
Trotlines identification tags must list the angler’s Customer Identification Number (CIN).
New Spearfishing and Bow Fishing Rules
Crossbows may now be used. Spears can be discharged above and below the water surface.
No Trotlines in Special Summer Catfish Waters
Trotlines may not be used in Summer Catfish Waters.
Buy a License Online or by Telephone
Licenses and permits can be purchased online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us. The NMDGF Information Center is open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., except holidays, to answer questions and assist with purchases: 1-888-248-6866. Extended hours for the new license year are Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Licenses and permits also may be purchased at local vendors or any NMDGF office.
50% Discounts for Resident Military and Veterans
esidents of New Mexico who are active duty military or veterans can receive 50% discounts on licenses, permits and stamps. See page 4.
Boating Regulations and Registration
Basic boating regulations: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/spd/ or call: 1-888-667-2757. Boater registration information: www.mvd.newmexico.gov or call: 1-888-683-4636.
Red, Green or Xmas: New Special Trout Waters
Designations for Special Trout Waters are easy to identify. Signs are posted at each location with bag limits and tackle restrictions for Red Chile Water, Green Chile Water and Xmas Chile Water. See pages 18–21 for complete information and locations.
Dates to Remember
Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 28, as the state celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, Sept. 28, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
For information about where to fish and what to use, consult the department’s weekly fishing and stocking report. Maps of public fishing waters, lists of where to find family-friendly fishing and tips on how to fish also can be found on the department website.