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

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 [...]

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, JULY 3, 2018: Native fish restoration activity planned for Whitewater Creek SANTA FE – Native Gila trout restoration efforts on Whitewater Creek are rescheduled for July 10-11, 2018. Due to water conditions the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish was unable to implement the project as previously scheduled. 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 to its native range. This portion of the project starts at the Gila National Forest boundary below the Catwalk National Recreation Trail parking area and continues upstream approximately 2 miles to the intersection with Gold Dust Trail (Forest Trail #41). The department will apply CFT Legumin®, 5 percent rotenone and Prentox® Prenfish Toxicant [...]

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish continues stocking waters with catchable fish

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, June 28, 2018: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish continues stocking waters with catchable fish SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will continue to stock catchable fish in open waters, despite the long hot days and forest closures. As forest closures across northern New Mexico continue, fish that were originally planned to be stocked in waters within the boundaries of closed forests will be rerouted to nearby waters. “Regardless of the closures, the fish we are producing need to be stocked,” Assistant Chief of Fisheries Kirk Patten said. “Locations such as Eagle Nest Lake, Heron Lake, San Juan River, Rio Grande near Pilar and Rio Chama below El Vado will receive higher than normal numbers making fishing in these waters even [...]

Game Commission properties that adjoin the Carson National Forest closed to access

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, JUNE 27, 2018: Game Commission properties that adjoin the Carson National Forest closed to access SANTA FE – Due to drought and extreme fire danger, State Game Commission properties adjacent to the Carson National Forest, including the north and south Colin Neblett, Elliott Barker, Urraca, Rio de los Pinos Wildlife Management Areas and the campground and day use areas along NM 515 leading to the Red River Fish Hatchery will be closed to all public access beginning today. The closure will coincide with closures on the Carson National Forest announced this week by the U.S. Forest Service. The closure order prohibits all public access and recreational activities on those properties. Campgrounds, parking areas, trails and trailheads will be closed to the general public. Department of Game and [...]

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, JUNE 12, 2018: Native fish restoration activity planned for Whitewater Creek Santa Fe – Native Gila trout restoration efforts will continue in Whitewater Creek June 20-21, 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 to its native range. This portion of the project starts at the Gila National Forest boundary below the Catwalk National Recreation Trail parking area and continues upstream approximately two miles to the intersection with Gold Dust Trail (Forest Trail #41). The department will apply CFT Legumin®, 5 percent rotenone and Prentox® Prenfish Toxicant Powder™ to the stream to remove non-native salmonids. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that rotenone is highly effective for removal [...]