Fishing News

NMDGF Fishing News

Welcome to the fishing news page. See also the Public Comment page for proposals under consideration (including Rio Costilla Restoration and 2015 Statewide Fisheries Management Plan) by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

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 Snagging at Navajo Lake Closed: Oct. 1–Nov. 9

  • 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.

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

Monastery Lake to be closed Thursday, April 20

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 18, 2017:

Monastery Lake to be closed Thursday, April 20

SANTA FE – Monastery Lake near Pecos will be closed to the public from noon Thursday, April 20, through 6 a.m. Read more…

Fisheries biologist receives lifetime achievement award

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 6, 2017:

Fisheries biologist receives lifetime achievement award

SANTA FE –New Mexico Department of Game and Fish fisheries biologist Marc Wethington has received a lifetime achievement award from the American Fisheries Read more…

Free Fishing Day Saturday, September 24

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 22, 2016:

Free fishing this Saturday

SANTA FE – Fishing is free, no license required, this Saturday, Sept. 24, on all public waters in New Mexico.

Residents and nonresidents can fish without Read more…

Free family fun at Outdoor Expo Aug. 20-21

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 16, 2016:

Free family fun at Outdoor Expo Aug. 20-21

ALBUQUERQUE – If you’ve wanted to learn to shoot a firearm, catch a fish, try archery or paddle a kayak, visit Read more…