Regulations for Specific Waters

Click the tab headings below to learn more about regulations for specific waters, including a quick list of waters specified only for youth, persons with disabilities, or seniors.

LocationInformation
Abiquiu LakeSpecial Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1, October 1–December 31.
Alto LakeShore fishing hours 5 a.m.–11 p.m.; Boat hours Sunrise to sundown; Restricted to boats without motors only; City boating permit required; Special Summer Catfish Water2; No trotlines.
Alumni Pond

Winter Trout Water3; Special Summer Catfish Water2; No trotlines.

Animas River (San Juan Co.)No bag or possession limit for channel catfish or striped bass (page 27).
Bataan LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Bear Canyon LakeWinter Trout Water3; No trotlines; Boats restricted to oars or electric motor only.
Big Dry Creek (Catron Co.)Closed to fishing from Golden Link Cabin upstream through its headwaters.
Bill Evans LakeTrophy Bass Water 10; Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines; Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
Black Canyon Creek (Grant Co.)Closed to fishing November 1–June 30 upstream of waterfall barrier at Black Canyon Campground; Special Trout Water4; Gila Trout Permit5 (free) required.
Black RiverWinter Trout Water3.
Blue Hole Park Pond (Santa Rosa)Open only to anglers 11 years of age or younger6, 65 years and older7 and individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8. Special Summer Catfish Water2; No trotlines.
Bluewater ReservoirOne tiger muskie, 40 inches or longer.
Bonito LakeClosed until further notice due to Little Bear Fire.
Bosque RedondoSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Bottomless Lakes State ParkWinter Trout Water3; No trotlines; Fishing with baitfish
is illegal.
Butler Street ReservoirOpen 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Cabresto Creek (Cabresto Canyon to the headwaters, not including Lake Fork or
Cabresto Lake)
Special Trout Water4.
Capulin Creek (Bandelier/Dome Wilderness, Sandoval Co.)Special Trout Water4.
Canada Tio GrandeSpecial Trout Water4.
Carlsbad Municipal LakeWinter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Carrizozo LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Chaparral Lake

Special Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.

Charette Lakes (upper and lower)Open to fishing from noon March 1–noon October 31; Boats may be used only during fishing seasons and are restricted to trolling speeds.
Cimarron RiverSpecial Trout Water4.
Clayton LakeTrophy Bass Water 10; Open to fishing from noon March 1–noon October 31; Boats may be used only during fishing season and are restricted to trolling speeds.
Cochiti LakeBoats restricted to trolling speeds; Spillway closed to fishing.
Columbine CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Conchas LakeSmallmouth bass less than 14 inches must be released.
Conoco LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2; No trotlines.
Corona Pond (Silver Pond)Special Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Cowles Pond (smaller of the two ponds)

Open only to anglers 11 years of age or younger6
or anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8.

Dennis Chavez Pond

Winter Trout Water3; Special Summer Catfish Water2; No trotlines.

Eagle Nest LakeOpen 6 a.m.–9 p.m.; Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1, October 1–December 31; Day use only, camping available at Eagle Nest Lake State Park; Posted portion near dam is closed to fishing. There are no bag or possession limit for northern pike. All northern pike caught must be kept in possession. No pike may be intentionally returned to the lake.
El Vado LakeSpecial Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1, October 1–December 31.
Escondida Lake

Special Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.

Estancia Pond

Open only to anglers 11 years of age or younger6, 65 and older7 or anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8. Winter Trout Water3; Special Summer Catfish Water2; No trotlines.

Eunice Lake

Special Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.

Fenton LakeBoats restricted to oars or electric motors only; Parking area open to vehicles from
6 a.m.–9 p.m. May 1–October 31 and from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. November 1–April 31.
Frijoles Creek (Taos County)Special Trout Water4.
Gavilan CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Gilita CreekSpecial Trout Water 4; Gila Trout Permit 5 (free) required.
Glenwood Hatchery Brood PondOpen during daylight hours from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
Grants Riverwalk PondOpen to all anglers. Special Summer Catfish Water2. Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Greene Acres LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Green Meadow LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines; Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
Grindstone LakeShore fishing hours 5 a.m.–11 p.m.; No boats allowed within fenced or buoyed areas near intake and water diversion structures; City boat permit required; Boat hours Sunrise to sundown; Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only; Boats restricted to trolling speeds.
Harris Pond (Las Vegas)Open only to anglers 11 years of age or younger6.
Harry McAdams Park Ponds (Hobbs)Open to anglers 11 years of age and younger6, 65 and older7 or anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8; Winter Trout Water 3.
Heron Lake

Boats restricted to trolling speeds; Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1 open November 8–December 31.

Hopewell LakeBoats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
Iron Creek (Catron Co.)

Closed to fishing upstream of the constructed waterfall barrier.

Italianos CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Jack’s CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Jackson Lake

Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only.

Jal LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Laguna Madre (Maxwell Lakes)

Posted area within 150 feet of the outlet is closed to fishing.

Laguna del Campo

Open to fishing May 1–October 31 during daylight hours from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset; Open to anglers 14 years of age and younger and up to two parents or guardians directly supervising youth angler(s); Open to anglers 65 and older7 or anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8; No boats or flotation devices allowed.

Lake Maloya/Lake Alice (Sugarite State Park)Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only; Open during daylight hours only.
Lake RobertsTrophy Bass Water 10; Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only. No trotlines.
Lake VanSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Liam Knight Pond (Corrales Community Pond)

Special Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.

Little Creek (Catron Co.)Closed to fishing from the barrier upstream through all tributaries.
Main Diamond Creek

Closed to fishing above the confluence with South Diamond Creek.

Maxwell Lakes 13 & 14Open to fishing at noon March 1–October 31; Boats restricted to trolling speed.
McKenna Creek (Catron Co.)

Closed to all fishing.

McKnight Creek (Grant Co.)Closed to all fishing.
Mineral Creek (Catron Co.)

Special Trout Water 4. Gila Trout Permit5 (free) required.

Mogollon Creek (Grant and Catron Co.)Closed to fishing year-round upstream of Trail Canyon; Open to fishing, July 1–October 31 downstream of Trail Canyon to FS Trail 153; Special Trout Water4; Gila Trout Permit5 (free) required.
Monastery Lake

Open during daylight hours 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset; No boats or floating devices allowed; Ice fishing is not allowed.

Morphy Lake

Open to fishing March 1–October 31 (weather permitting); Boats restricted to oars or electric motors.

Nabor Creek & Nabor Lake

Special Trout Water4.

Navajo LakeSpecial Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1 October 1–December 3;. Designated no-wake areas closed October 1–November 7, (page 17).
Ned Houk Pond

Winter Trout Water3; Special Summer Catfish Water2; No trotlines.

Oasis State Park

Special Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines; Boats and flotation devices are not allowed.

Palociento CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Pecos RiverSpecial Trout Water4 and Winter Trout Water3; Summer Catfish Water2 in Villanueva State Park.
Perch Lake

Special Summer Catfish Water2 ; Winter Trout Water3. No trotlines.

Pine Lodge CreekClosed for Rio Grande cutthroat trout restoration.
Pine River

Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1, October 1–December 31.

Quemado Lake

Bag limit for tiger muskie is one fish 40 inches or longer; Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only.

Rancho Grande Ponds

Summer Catfish Water2 ; Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.

Red River

Special Trout Water4.

Red River City Ponds

Middle pond is open only to anglers 12 years of age and younger and anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8; Large pond is open with no age restrictions; Ponds are open to fishing March 1–November 15.

Red River Hatchery Pond

Reserved for anglers 11 years of age and younger6, 65 and older7, and anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8; No boats or flotation devices are allowed; Open daylight hours 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset; Daily bag and possession limits are three (3) trout.

Rio Cebolla

Special Trout Water4.

Rio ChamaSpecial Trout Water4; Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1, October 1–December 31 from El Vado Lake to the western boundary of Rio Chama WMA.
Rio CostillaSpecial Trout Water4; Camping allowed in designated areas only with permission from Rio Costilla Cooperative Livestock Association.
Rio de las VacasSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio de los PinosSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio GrandeSpecial Trout Water4;Winter Trout Water3 downstream of Elephant Butte Reservoir.
Rio GuadalupeSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio las AnimasSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio RuidosoSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio Santa BarbaraSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio ValdezSpecial Trout Water4.
Rito del PadreSpecial Trout Water4.
Roswell Kid’s Pond (Spring River Park)

Open only to anglers 11 years of age and younger6;Special Summer Catfish Water2; Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.

San Antonio RiverSpecial Trout Water4.
San Gregorio LakeRestricted to boats without motors only.
San Juan River (below Navajo Dam)No bag or possession limit for channel catfish or striped bass (page 27); Special Trout Water4, only two flies per line may be used.
Santa Cruz Lake

Open 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Ice fishing is not allowed.

Sapillo Creek (Grant Co.)

Gila Trout Permit5 (free) required.

Sargent Wildlife AreaSpecial Trout Water4.
Sheep Corral Creek (Grant Co.)

Closed to all fishing.

Seven Springs Hatchery Kid’s PondOpen 8 a.m.–5 p.m. to anglers 11 years of age and younger6.
Shuree PondsSpecial Trout Water4; Open to fishing July 1–December 31; Daylight hours from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset; One pond is posted for anglers 11 years of age or younger6; Restricted to boats without motors only.
Snow LakeBoats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
South Diamond Creek and Tributaries (Catron and Sierra Co.)Closed to fishing.
South Fork Rio Hondo (Taos County)Special Trout Water4.
Springer LakeBoats restricted to trolling speeds only when water storage is less than 1,000 acre feet; Ice fishing is not allowed.
Stubblefield Lake

Posted area within 150 feet of the outlet is closed to fishing.

Spruce Creek (Catron Co.)

Closed to all fishing.

Sumner Lake (Stilling Basin)Winter Trout Water4.
Tanques CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Timberon Ponds

Summer Catfish Water2. No trotlines.

Tingley Beach Kid’s PondOpen sunrise to sunset; Special Trout Water4, South Pond only; Winter Trout Water3; Special Summer Catfish Water2; No trotlines; No boats or flotation devices; Children’s pond open to anglers 12 years of age and younger; Bag limit of four fish for the central and children’s ponds.
Trail Canyon Creek (Kathrine Co.)

Closed to all fishing.

Ute Lake

Smallmouth bass less than 14 inches must be released.

Valle VidalSpecial Trout Water4; Open to fishing July 1–December 31 during daylight hours from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
Valles Caldera National PreserveSpecial Trout Water4; Fishing permits are available at the Valle Grande Entrance Station and can be obtained upon arrival on the date fishing will take place. For further information visit http//www.nps.gov/vall.
West Fork Gila and All Tributaries (Catron Co.)

All tributaries to West Fork of Gila closed to fishing; Headwaters to East Fork confluence Gila Trout Permit 5 (free) required.

West Fork Luna CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Whitewater Creek (Catron Co.)

Special Trout Water 4; Gila Trout Permit 5 (free) required.

Woodrow Canyon CreekClosed to all fishing.
Willow Creek (Rio Arriba Co.)

Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1 open November 10–December 31.

Willow Creek (Catron Co.)

Special Trout Water 4; Gila Trout Permit 5 (free) required.

Yerba CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Young PondWinter Trout Water3; Special Summer Catfish Water2. No trotlines.

Endnotes:
1 Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season
2 Special Summer Catfish Water
3 Regular and Winter Trout Water
4 Special Trout Water
5 Gila Trout Permit Water
6 Licenses are not required for Anglers 11 years of age or younger
7 Senior Fishing License
8 Handicapped Fishing License
9 Junior Fishing Licenses
10 Reduced bag limit of two (2) largemouth bass. Spearfishing and bowfishing for largemouth bass in these waters is prohibited.

Reference (2019-20 NM Fishing Rules & Info pg. 28-32)

Endnotes

Youth Only Waters:
Must be 11 years of age or younger6 to fish in most Youth-Only Waters. A fishing license is not required.
Harris Pond (Las Vegas)
Shuree Kid’s Pond (the Valle Vidal)
Seven Springs Hatchery Brood Pond (Jemez Mountains)
Roswell Kids Pond (Spring River Park)

Youth and Individuals with Disabilities8 Only Waters
Cowles Pond (north of Pecos): Smaller of the two ponds.
Red River City Kid’s Pond (middle pond): Open only to anglers 12 years of age or younger.

Youth, Senior7 and Individuals with Disabilities8 Only Waters
Estancia Park Lake (Estancia)
Harry McAdams Park Ponds (Hobbs)
Red River Hatchery Pond (Red River)
Blue Hole Park Pond at Blue Hole Park (in Santa Rosa)

Youth Under Age 14, Senior and Disabled (Handicapped) Only Waters
Laguna del Campo (Burns Canyon Lake, near Los Ojos Hatchery): Up to two parents and/or guardians may fish if directly supervising a child or children 14 years of age or younger

Endnotes:
1 Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season
2 Special Summer Catfish Water
3 Regular and Winter Trout Water
4 Special Trout Water
5 Gila Trout Permit Water
6 Licenses are not required for Anglers 11 years of age or younger
7 Senior Fishing License
8 Handicapped Fishing License
9 Junior Fishing Licenses
10 Reduced bag limit of two (2) largemouth bass. Spearfishing and bowfishing for largemouth bass in these waters is prohibited.