Fishing News

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

NMDGF Fishing News

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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

Cimarron River open for fishing

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, MAY 25, 2017: Cimarron River open for fishing SANTA FE – A closed section of the Cimarron River is open to angling again after restoration of the damaged area is complete. A 1.5 mile stretch of the river off N.M. Highway 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 is open again to angling. “As a cautionary measure anglers should eat no more than three meals of fish per month from the spill area,” said Eric Frey, sportfish program manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Read more...

Boat inspections prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact: James Dominguez (505) 476-8163 james.dominguez@state.nm.us Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 25, 2017: Boat inspections prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species SANTA FE –Boaters will encounter inspection stations at New Mexico lakes this summer as the battle to keep aquatic invasive species out of the state’s waters continues. “The boating public’s cooperation has been essential in our fight to prevent destructive invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels from infecting our waterways,” said James Dominiguez, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Largely due to mandatory inspection stations, New Mexico remains free of zebra or quagga mussel infestation but is surrounded by states where the invasive species have taken root. The mussels can attach to boats and grow quickly, leading to encrusted equipment and clogged water pipes. Their Read more...

Public fishing on private ponds now available near Reserve

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 27, 2017: Public fishing on private ponds now available near Reserve RESERVE – Anglers now can fish at two spring-fed ponds on private property outside of Reserve under a new Open Gate lease negotiated by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The ponds at Rancho Grande Estates off N.M. 180 about seven miles west of Reserve will be stocked by the department with trout and catfish and already have some bass and bluegill in them. A fishing license is required and normal tackle and bag limits apply. “It’s really exciting for us and the community,” said Jennifer Swenson, who owns the property and the nearby Adobe Café and Bakery and Hidden Springs Inn. “The fishing is a real draw for some of our guests.” Read more...

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. Friday, April 21. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish leases the lake for public fishing from the Benedictine Monastery in Pecos. The owners requested that the lake be temporarily closed. Anglers are encouraged to take advantage of other nearby fishing opportunities on the Pecos River and at Cowles Ponds where fishing habitat renovations have taken place as recently as last year. Game wardens will monitor the lake during the closure and signs will be posted at the main gate. The angling public’s cooperation will be greatly appreciated. The lake will reopen to the Read more...

Fishing season begins April 1; don’t forget your new license

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 30, 2017: Fishing season begins April 1; don't forget your new license SANTA FE – A new fishing season is approaching fast, and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish would like to remind anglers to purchase a 2017-18 fishing license when they go on sale opening day, Saturday, April 1. Licenses can be purchased 24 hours a day on the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, during business hours at department offices and license vendors statewide, or by calling the department Information Center, (888) 248-6866. For anglers’ convenience, Information Center phone lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, giving everyone a chance to purchase a license on opening day. The fishing license year runs April 1 to March 31. Read more...