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

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...

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 Society. Wethington, a 21-year veteran of the department, received the society’s Fish Head of the Year Award at a recent meeting in Farmington. The award honors career achievement. Wethington, 53, is a New Mexico Highlands University graduate and a Kirtland native. He has been stationed at the San Juan River below Navajo Dam his entire career. He has overseen numerous habitat improvement projects in the river designed to mitigate low water flows and maintain the high-quality trout fishery. The world-renowned fishery boasts an estimated 70,000 trout averaging 16 to Read more...

Outdoor Adventures hunting and fishing show in Albuquerque this weekend

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, Feb 16, 2017: Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show in Albuquerque this Weekend ALBUQUERQUE – The annual New Mexico Outdoors Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show is back at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque this weekend. There’ll be plenty to see and do at this year’s event, hosted by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Visitors will 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. Admission is free to all licensed anglers, hunters and trappers. Youths younger than 18 get in free and it’s just $3 for everyone else. The event will Read more...

Department of Game and Fish resumes stocking winter trout waters

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, Nov. 21, 2016: Department of Game and Fish resumes stocking winter trout waters SANTA FE – Anglers can catch trout all winter long as the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has resumed stocking its winter trout waters. Every fall, the department switches from stocking catfish in the summer to trout in the winter at popular fishing waters such as Tingley Beach and the drains in the Rio Grande valley around Albuquerque and at many lakes and ponds in the southern half of the state. Catfish thrive in warmer water while trout prefer it much cooler, and these waters are ideal for this kind of stocking program. “Winter’s a great time of year to enjoy southern New Mexico’s warmer weather and the great trout fishing found Read more...