Fishing News

Fishing News 2017-12-07T09:17:34+00:00

NMDGF Fishing News

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

 

New Special Trout Waters

  • Rio Chama from the USGS gaging station located below Cooper’s Landing to the Rio Nutrias confluence. Catch and release with use of artificial fly or lure and single barbless hook only.
  • Mineral Creek from its confluence with the San Francisco River to its headwaters. Daily bag limit of two trout, any length. Any legal tackle or bait.
  • Whitewater Creek from the Catwalk National Recreational Trail parking area upstream to headwaters, including all tributaries. Daily bag limit of two trout, any length. Any legal tackle or bait.

New Gila Trout Permit Waters

(Free permit required).

  • Gilita Creek, Mineral Creek, Sapillo Creek, West Fork Gila River (headwaters to East Fork confluence), Whitewater Creek, and Willow Creek (including tributaries).
  • West Fork Gila River mainstem reopened to fishing. Tributaries (upstream of McKenna Creek) remain closed to fishing.

Kokanee Snagging at Navajo Lake Closure

  • Kokanee salmon snagging closed within the buoyed “no wake” areas at the Pine boat ramp and Sims mesa boat ramp (including the shoreline) between October 1 and the first Thursday of November. Remainder of Navajo Lake open for Kokanee snagging October 1-December 31.

New Special Summer Catfish Waters

  • Alumni Pond
  • Alto Lake

Buy a License Online or by Telephone

Licenses and permits can be purchased online.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish 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.

Licenses and permits also may be purchased at any NMDGF office or over the counter (OTC) at local vendors.

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.

Bowfishing

Bowfishing is a legal means to take game fish in reservoirs and lakes open to fishing. Bowfishing is not allowed in any special trout water, river or stream. Local ordinances or prohibitions may apply at a specific location or water, and the local managing agency should be contacted prior to bowfishing. Crossbows may not be used to bowfish. All daily bag and length limit(s) for species and waters apply.

Dates to Remember

Feb
16
Fri
Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2018 – Day 1 @ Manuel Lujan Bldg, Expo NM
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Event Dates Announced:
Day 1: Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Day 2: Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Day 3: Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come see the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. New models of off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display. And as always, outfitters, guides and conservation organizations will be on hand to offer their services and advice.

Interested vendors please contact estelle.gonzales@state.nm.us for more information.

2018 Exhibitor Packet

Feb
17
Sat
Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2018 – Day 2 @ Manuel Lujan Bldg, Expo NM
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Event Dates Announced:
Day 1: Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Day 2: Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Day 3: Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come see the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. New models of off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display. And as always, outfitters, guides and conservation organizations will be on hand to offer their services and advice.

Interested vendors please contact estelle.gonzales@state.nm.us for more information.

2018 Exhibitor Packet

Feb
18
Sun
Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2018 – Day 3 @ Manuel Lujan Bldg, Expo NM
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Event Dates Announced:
Day 1: Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Day 2: Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Day 3: Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come see the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. New models of off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display. And as always, outfitters, guides and conservation organizations will be on hand to offer their services and advice.

Interested vendors please contact estelle.gonzales@state.nm.us for more information.

2018 Exhibitor Packet

Cimarron River fish safe to eat, tests show

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DEC. 11, 2017: Cimarron River fish safe to eat, tests show EAGLE NEST – Recent tests of trout in the Cimarron River show that the fish are now safe to eat because no traces of pollution were found from a 2016 fuel spill. A 1.5-mile stretch of the river off N.M. 64 within the Colin Neblett Wildlife Area and Cimarron Canyon State Park was closed in December 2016 after a tanker truck overturned and spilled approximately 1,100 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel into the river. The area between mile marker 291 to the Perryville Fishing Access Area was reopened to angling in May 2017 after successful restoration efforts, but anglers were advised to eat no more than three meals of fish per month from the spill Read more...

Upcoming enhancements of San Juan River at Navajo Lake State Park

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, NOV. 28, 2017: Upcoming enhancements of San Juan River at Navajo Lake State Park Expect temporary closures of day-use areas FARMINGTON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will begin a river enhancement project on Dec. 15 on the San Juan River at Navajo Lake State Park from Simon Point Day-Use Area downriver to the Crusher Hole Day-Use Area. Temporary closures of multiple day-use areas are expected until April 2018. The project will include a new boat takeout at Crusher Hole Day-Use Area. The Crusher Hole area will be closed to the public from Dec. 15, 2017, through March 1, 2018. There will be no access to the boat takeout at Crusher Hole while the new takeout is constructed. Bolack Day-Use Area will be closed Read more...

Public urged to catch fish in Estancia Park Pond as water level drops

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Nov. 1, 2017: Public urged to catch fish in Estancia Park Pond as water level drops SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish has issued an emergency salvage order allowing the public to harvest an unlimited amount of fish by any means through Nov. 10 from Estancia Park Pond. The salvage order was requested by the Town of Estancia as one of the town's wells that supplies the pond is currently out of service and fish soon may begin dying as the water level drops. Tackle regulations will be suspended during the salvage period that runs through 11:59 p.m. Nov. 10. The salvage order will allow anglers to use nets or other means to remove fish from the pond. Anglers ages 12 and older are Read more...

Cutthroat trout featured on new license plate

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact: Information Center (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 25, 2017: Cutthroat trout featured on new license plate SANTA FE – A new Share with Wildlife program license plate available to the public features a Rio Grande cutthroat trout, New Mexico's state fish. “Anglers and everyone who enjoys our state's fish and aquatic habitats will love this new license plate,” said Ginny Seamster, program coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “And it’s all for a good cause, conserving wildlife.” Since 1981 the Share with Wildlife program has funded wildlife research, habitat enhancement, education and rehabilitation projects around the state. Many of these projects benefit nongame species in need of conservation. The program relies upon donations, including the purchase of special license plates from Read more...

Public meetings will address trespassing on private land

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 11, 2017: Public meetings will address trespassing on private land ALAMOGORDO – Representatives of the Department of Game and Fish and the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office serving Otero and Lincoln counties will conduct public meetings Oct. 16-17 to address trespassing on private lands and the obligations of landowners, hunters and anglers. District Attorney John Sugg and department conservation officers will discuss various issues regarding trespass laws, including sign posting requirements, written permission to use private lands for hunting and fishing, and possible penalties for violations. Meeting times and sites: Oct. 16 Corona: 9 to 11 a.m., Corona Senior Center, 451 Main St. Capitan: 1 to 3 p.m., Capitan Senior Center, 115 Tiger Drive. Hondo: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Hondo High School, 111 Don Pablo Lane. Read more...