Fishing News

Fishing News2019-04-01T10:21:16-06:00

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.

Important Reminders

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

Red, Green or Xmas: New Special Trout Waters, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

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

Mar
14
Sat
2020 Governor’s Special Hunt Auction & Banquet @ National Hispanic Cultural Center
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm

Buy Your Tickets Today!

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has partnered with the New Mexico Hunger Action Fund to host the 2020 Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Banquet.

Once again, the department will auction over a dozen premier hunting and fishing packages to benefit the Game Protection Fund of New Mexico. The event starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 14 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

  • Opens 5 p.m. Saturday., Mar. 14.
  • Dinner served at 7 p.m.
  • Auction begins at 8 p.m.

Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on one of many spectacular hunts, including elk, ibex, oryx , mule deer, coues deer, pronghorn, turkey, upland game hunting and premier fishing excursions.

There will be many other items in the auction including raffles and games. Proceeds benefit the New Mexico Hunger Action Fund. Tickets for the event are $600 for a reserved table for 10, $125 per couple and $75 for a single.

Seating is limited, so don’t delay!

Icon of 2020 Governor's Special Hunt Auction and Banquet (Flier) 2020 Governor's Special Hunt Auction and Banquet (Flier)

Bill Evans Lake WMA temporary road closure

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB 5, 2020: Bill Evans Lake WMA temporary road closure SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting a restoration project to improve fish habitat at Bill Evans Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Silver City. To ensure public safety during construction the northwest access road will be closed starting Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen Friday, Feb. 14 at noon. The southern access road, including the boat ramp, will remain open throughout the project. The project will improve habitat for several sport fish species such as largemouth bass, channel catfish, rainbow trout and bluegill. It will focus on increasing spawning areas for adult fish and hiding areas for juvenile fish, ultimately improving angling at Bill Evans Lake [...]

Need a New Year’s Resolution? Take the Trout Challenge!

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN 1, 2020: Need a New Year’s Resolution? Take the Trout Challenge! SANTA FE - Anglers in New Mexico are very fortunate to have such diverse fishing opportunities, especially when it comes to trout. With six different trout species, all within a few hours of each other, catching several, or all of them, can be quite the challenge. Today, January 1, 2020, the Department of Game and Fish has launched the New Mexico Trout Challenge (NMTC). This challenge, which is the first of its kind for New Mexico, will encourage anglers in our state to catch five of New Mexico’s trout species. The five trout species that anglers will be challenged to catch are the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Gila trout, brown trout, brook trout and rainbow [...]

Monastery Lake closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DEC 31, 2019: Monastery Lake closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions SANTA FE – Monastery Lake, near Pecos, has been closed to fishing until further notice due to unsafe ice conditions. Ice fishing is not allowed at the Benedictine Monastery lake leased through the Department’s Open Gate program. A thin layer of ice has formed on the lake prompting the closure. The lake will reopen when there is sufficient open areas of water available to allow fishing from the bank. Anglers can find good winter trout fishing in the Albuquerque area drains, at Tingley Beach and at other fishing waters throughout the state. Visit our website for more information on trout species, a list of convenient fishing locations and fish stocking reports. ###

Eagle Nest Lake State Park Open to Ice Fishing

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us New Mexico State Parks Division Public contact, Christina Cordova: (505) 476-3363 christing.cordova@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DEC 31, 2019: Eagle Nest Lake State Park Open to Ice Fishing EAGLE NEST, NM – Eagle Nest Lake State Park is now open to ice fishing. According to the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource Department’s State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish, current measurements indicate that ice thickness exceeds the minimum standards. The State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish jointly manage the lake and surrounding area. The surface of Eagle Nest Lake is now open to walk-in access or access by snowmobiles and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) for ice fishing and other recreational activities on the ice. Side-by-side and Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) are prohibited. The only access [...]

Fish for free in New Mexico on National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 28

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 25, 2019: Fish for free in New Mexico on National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 28 SANTA FE – Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 28 by going fishing for free. On this special day, New Mexico residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a license at public waters statewide. All other fishing rules apply. “We want to encourage New Mexicans to take their families outside to enjoy their wildlife resources and celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day. A day of free fishing is a great way to do that,” Director Mike Sloane said. Are you new to fishing? Come to the Gallinas Riverfest in Las Vegas Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Department staff will join Hermit’s Peak Watershed [...]