Fishing News

Fishing News 2018-03-26T09:25:34+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

Buy Dad a license and take him fishing for Fathers Day

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, JUNE 15, 2017: Buy Dad a license and take him fishing for Fathers Day SANTA FE – Instead of breakfast in bed this Fathers Day why not buy dad a license and take him fishing. “I can’t think of a better gift for Father’s Day,” says Alexandra Sandoval, director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “Who wouldn’t want to spend a day outdoors fishing New Mexico’s waters?” The fishing season began April 1 and angling conditions statewide couldn’t be better so why not visit the department’s website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, call the department’s Information Center, (888) 248-6866 or stop by a license vendor today and buy dad a license. To find a good place to fish visit the fishing section of the department’s website and consult Read more...

Free fishing derby on the Santa Fe River this Saturday

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, June 1, 2017: Free fishing derby on the Santa Fe River this Saturday SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the City of Santa Fe are sponsoring a Kids’ Fishing Derby this Saturday on the Santa Fe River. The event is for children 11-years old and younger from 7 a.m. to noon at Santa Fe River Park from Don Gaspar Avenue upstream to the Old Santa Fe Trail. No license required and there will be prizes for successful anglers. The department will stock about 500 rainbow trout in the river for the event and staff will be available to provide information and instruction. Anyone who wishes to fish in that stretch of river can do so after noon, no license required as Read more...

Annual Lake Roberts kid’s fishing derby features big Gila trout

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 30, 2017: Annual Lake Roberts kid’s fishing derby features big Gila trout LAKE ROBERTS – Head into the Gila National Forest Saturday, June 3 for the sixth annual Aldo Leopold Kid’s Fishing Derby at Lake Roberts. Native Gila trout from the Mora National Fish Hatchery, including some record-breaking, retired brood stock will be put into the lake just before the derby, said Jill Wick, Gila trout biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Certified scales will be on site to officially weigh fish. The state record Gila trout, weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20-inches in length, was caught in the Gila River in 2007. Lake Roberts is off N.M. 35 north of Silver City in southwestern New Mexico. The event will feature Read more...

Free fishing Saturday, June 3

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 30, 2017: Free fishing Saturday, June 3 SANTA FE – Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, June 3, as the state celebrates National Boating and Fishing Week. “This is a great time to take kids fishing and teach them a sport that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment,” said Eric Frey, sportfish program manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, June 3, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Kids can learn to fish at the annual, free fishing derby on the Santa Fe River at the intersection of East Alameda and Old Santa Fe Read more...

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...