NMDGF Fishing News
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New Mexico Trout Challenge
Become a member of the New Mexico Trout Challenge Hall of Fame.
New angling opportunity in Deming, New Mexico.
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).
Baitfish use is allowed in Regular Trout Waters as allowed. Processed and packaged fish are not considered baitfish and may be used statewide where bait use is legal. Bullfrogs, dead or alive, cannot be used as bait.
Buy a License Online, by Telephone or at License Vendors
Licenses and stamps can be purchased online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us beginning March 23, 2020. The NMDGF Information Center is open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., except holidays, to answer questions and sell licenses: 1-888-248-6866. Licenses and stamps also may be purchased at local vendors or any NMDGF office.
50% Discounts for Resident Military and Veterans
Residents of New Mexico who are active duty military or veterans can receive 50% discounts on licenses, permits and stamps.
Boating Regulations and Registration
Special Trout Waters: Red, Green or Xmas
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 Special Trout Waters.
Dates to Remember
Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, June 6, as the state celebrates National Boating and Fishing Week.
Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, June 6, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
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.
Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 26, as the state celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, Sept. 26, 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.