Fishing News

Fishing News2018-03-26T09:25:34+00:00

NMDGF Fishing News

Welcome to the fishing news page. Department-wide news can be found under Home → NMDGF News.

 

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

Residents of New Mexico who are active duty military or veterans can receive 50% discounts on licenses, permits and stamps. See page 4.

Red, Green or Xmas: New Special Trout Waters

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

Keeping New Mexico TrueTM, new designations for Special Trout Waters are easy to identify. Signs with the new Red Chile Water, Green Chile Water and Xmas Chile Water symbols are posted at each location and list bag limits and tackle restrictions. See pages 16–19 for complete information and locations.

No Longer Special Trout Waters

Doctor Creek, Goose Lake, Laguna del Campo, Red River Hatchery Pond, Rio Grande downstream of Elephant Butte Reservoir, Rio Pueblo and the central and kid’s ponds at Tingley Beach are no longer designated Special Trout Waters. Reduced bag limits still apply in some of these waters. Specific information is listed on pages 13–14.

New Winter Trout Waters

Alumni Pond, Corona Pond, Estancia Pond, Perch Lake, Rancho Grande Ponds, Roswell Kid’s Pond, and Rio Grande downstream of Elephant Butte Reservoir.

New Trophy Bass Waters

Bill Evans Lake, Clayton Lake, and Lake Roberts now have reduced bag limit of two (2) largemouth bass. Spearfishing and bowfishing for largemouth bass in these waters is prohibited (pages 6 and 25).

Bill Evans Lake, Clayton Lake, and Lake Roberts now have reduced bag limit of two (2) largemouth bass. Spearfishing and bowfishing for largemouth bass in these waters is prohibited (pages 6 and 25).: Liam Knight Pond, Pecos River within Villanueva State Park, Rancho Grande Ponds, and Timberon Ponds.

Aztec Pond

Now designated as Regular Trout Water.

Aztec Pond

Now designated as Regular Trout Water.

Grants Riverwalk Pond

Now open to all anglers.

Brantley Lake

Catch-and-release restriction lifted, statewide bag and possession limits now apply.

Free Mobile App Available

Free mobile app with easy access to maps, fishing reports, license purchases, rules and regulations, Operation Game Thief and “New Mexico Wildlife” magazine at: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/home/mobile-app/.

Dates to Remember

Oct
13
Sat
80th Anniversary Celebration @ Glenwood Fish Hatchery
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The community of The Glenwood, New Mexico invites you to an 80th Anniversary Celebration and free* Fall Fishing and Outdoor Education Fiesta for the Glenwood Fish Hatchery.

80th Anniversary Celebration Glenwood Fish Hatchery

  • Free fishing 17 years and younger (*Fishing license required for anglers 18 years and older)
  • Off-highway vehicle safety training
  • Archery and atlatl ranges
  • Spin -casting games
  • Wildlife skins & skulls
  • Hatchery history and tours
  • Bird-watching walks
  • Door prizes, hot dogs and cold drinks

Stocking Gila trout in Gwynn Tank is only one of many firsts for this species in Western New Mexico

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. 20, 2018: Stocking Gila trout in Gwynn Tank is only one of many firsts for this species in Western New Mexico SANTA FE – Gwynn Tank, located in the Gila National Forest in Western New Mexico, received its first batch of 203, 10-inch Gila trout. Jill Wick, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Colorado Basin Native Fish Supervisor, said “stocking Gila Trout in Gwynn Tank is part of the department’s long-term plan to provide recreation opportunities for this rare native trout in conjunction with ongoing recovery efforts.” Releasing this batch of Gila trout into Gwynn Tank was over a year in the making. In April 2017, a team of biologists set out on the first successful mission to collect wild Gila trout eggs. According Read more...

Fish for free in New Mexico on National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 22

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 20, 2018: Fish for free in New Mexico on National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 22 SANTA FE – Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 22 by going fishing. It is a day to fish for free in New Mexico, a special day when all anglers­­ – 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. Adults and teens interested in learning to fly-fish in New Mexico are invited to the Pecos National Read more...

Game and Fish investigates fish die off at Quemado Lake

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, AUG. 10, 2018: Game and Fish investigates fish die off at Quemado Lake QUEMADO – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die off at Quemado Lake, following reports earlier this week that fish in the lake were dying. The die off affected multiple species including tiger muskies, goldfish, grass carp, crayfish and fathead minnows and is being attributed to low oxygen levels. “Due to recent weather patterns across the state, including drought and high temperatures, die offs have also been noted in the Pecos River, Coyote Creek, Rancho Grande Ponds and areas around Elephant Butte” said Eric Frey, sportfish program manager. Fish that are caught using legal fishing equipment are safe to consume, however, it is not recommended to collect and Read more...

Annual Fishing Derby sets record, teaches youth valuable fishing and shooting skills

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Cody Johnston: (575) 291-2138 gary.johnston@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG 6, 2018: Annual Fishing Derby sets record, teaches youth valuable fishing and shooting skills HOBBS – Everyday is a great day to go fishing, but clear skies and great prizes set the bait for success at the sixth annual Hooked on Fishing Derby at Harry McAdams Park in Hobbs, New Mexico. The City of Hobbs and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish held the July 28 event for youth 11 and under. Over 225 youth registered for the record setting derby; topping the 2017 high of 175 registered youth. “It was a great day for the event – not too hot,” said conservation officer Andrew Jolliff. “Along with fishing, participants enjoyed archery and pellet gun activities with department staff instruction.” This year, more than two-dozen Read more...

Game and Fish reopens properties and begins stocking fish again in the Santa Fe National Forest

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, July 9, 2018: Game and Fish reopens properties and begins stocking fish again in the Santa Fe National Forest SANTA FE – The State Game Commission has reopened properties within the Santa Fe National Forest to coincide with the U.S. Forest Service’s announcement to reopen the forest starting Monday, July 9. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has also scheduled fish to be stocked in waters within the forest boundaries, including Monastery Lake, Pecos River and Fenton Lake. State Game Commission properties adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest, including campgrounds and fishing areas in Pecos Canyon, the Bluebird Wildlife Management Area and Fenton Lake Wildlife Management Area have been reopened. Statewide, anglers, campers and hikers who use state wildlife areas are urged to continue Read more...