Fishing News

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

NMDGF Fishing News

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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

Department opens new Albuquerque office Nov. 15

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, NOVEMBER 8, 2018: Department opens new Albuquerque office Nov. 15 SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will officially open the new Northwest Regional Office in Albuquerque at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The new complex, located at 7816 Alamo Road NW, creates a destination that provides the public a place to interact with staff and participate in educational and recreational opportunities. “Our new facility is a great urban resting space for migratory birds and is within close walking distance of one of New Mexico’s urban treasures – The Rio Grande bosque,” said Mike Sloane, Director. “We are excited about the opportunity this presents for us to expand our hunter, angler and wildlife education programs.” The current office, located at 3841 Midway Place, Read more...

Game and Fish investigates fish die off in Pecos River

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, 2018: Game and Fish investigates fish die off in Pecos River SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die off in the upper Pecos River from the village of Pecos to Cowles. The die off is affecting brown and rainbow trout and is being attributed to stress induced by low water conditions and poor water quality throughout late summer and early fall. Most of the fish observed were adult brown trout and a few rainbow trout. The department expects more fish to die through the fall as brown trout undergo spawning stress and flows continue to be very low. Fish that are caught using legal fishing equipment are safe to consume; however, it is not recommended to Read more...

Native fish restoration activity planned for Whitewater Creek

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. 24, 2018: Native fish restoration activity planned for Whitewater Creek SANTA FE – Native fish restoration efforts on Whitewater Creek is scheduled for Oct. 10-21, 2018. As part of the Whitewater Creek Native Fish Restoration Project, the department will remove non-native trout from Whitewater Creek to allow restoration of Gila trout and other native fish to their historic range. This portion of the project starts at the Gila National Forest boundary below the Catwalk National Recreation Trail parking area and continues upstream to the headwaters. The department will apply rotenone based products – CFT Legumine® and Prentox® Rotenone Fish Toxicant Powder™ – to the stream to remove non-native salmonids. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that rotenone is highly effective for removal of fish and Read more...

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...