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 LakeOpen 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Posted area near the outlet is closed to fishing.
Animas River (San Juan Co.)No bag or possession limit for channel catfish or striped bass (page 18).
Aspen Canyon Creek (Grant Co.)Closed to all fishing.
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.
Bernardo Waterfowl AreaBoats restricted to no motors; No trotlines; Posted access only.
Big Dry Creek (Catron Co.)Closed to fishing from Golden Link Cabin upstream through its headwaters.
Bill Evans LakeWinter Trout Water3; No trotlines; Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
Black Canyon Creek (Grant Co.)Open to fishing July 1-October 31; Special Trout Water4; No limit for brown trout above the fish barrier; Gila Trout Permit5 (free) required.
Black RiverWinter Trout Water3.
Blue Hole Park Pond (Santa Rosa)Open only to anglers under 12 years of age6, 65 years and older7 and individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8. Special Summer Catfish Water2.
Bluewater Reservoir One tiger muskie, 40 inches or longer.
Bonito LakeClosed until further notice due to Little Bear Fire.
Bosque del Apache NWRSpecial regulations apply; Information available at refuge office.
Bosque RedondoSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Bottomless Lakes State ParkWinter Trout Water3; No trotlines; Fishing with baitfish is not allowed.
Brantley ReservoirCatch and release for all fish.
Butler Street ReservoirOpen 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cabresto Creek (Upper Cabresto Creek and its tributaries from Cabresto Canyon to the headwaters) Special Trout Water4, catch-and-release only fishing for cutthroat trout and unlimited take for other trout.
Capulin Creek (Bandelier/Dome Wilderness, Sandoval Co.)Catch and release fishing only.
Carlsbad Municipal LakeWinter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Carrizozo LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Chaparral LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Charette Lakes (upper and lower)Open to fishing March 1-October 31; Boats may be used only during fishing seasons and are restricted to trolling speeds.
Cimarron RiverSpecial Trout Water4.
Clayton LakeOpen to fishing at noon March 1-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.
Conchas LakeSmallmouth bass less than 14 inches must be released.
Conoco LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2.
Conservancy Park / Tingley Beach Kids PondOpen sunrise to sunset; Winter Trout Water3; Special Trout Water4; Special Summer Catfish Water2; No trotlines; No boats or flotation devices; ChildrenÕs pond open to anglers 12 years of age and younger; Bag limit of four fish for the central and childrenÕs ponds.
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 under 12 of age6 or anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8.
Doctor CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Eagle Nest LakeOpen 5 a.m.-10 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 is 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 LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Estancia Park LakeOpen only to anglers under 12 years of age6, 65 and older7 or anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8. Special Summer Catfish Water2.
Eunice LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Fenton LakeBoats restricted to oars or electric motors only; Parking area is open to vehicles from 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Gilita CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Glenwood Hatchery Brood PondOpen during daylight hours from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
Grants City Pond Open to anglers under 17 years of age9, 65 years and older7 or anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8; Special Summer Catfish Water2.
Green Meadow LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines; Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
Greene Acres LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Harris Pond (Las Vegas)Open only to anglers under 12 years of age6.
Harry McAdams Park Ponds (Hobbs)Open to anglers under 12 years of age6, 65 and older7 or anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8; Winter Trout Water3.
Heron LakeBoats restricted to trolling speeds; Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1 open November 11-December 31.
Hopewell LakeBoats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
Iron Creek (Catron Co.)Closed to fishing upstream of the constructed waterfall barrier.
Jackson LakeBoats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
JackÕs CreekSpecial Trout Water4.
Jal LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Laguna del CampoOpen to fishing May 1-October 31 during daylight hours from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset; Open to anglers 14 years of age or 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.
Laguna Madre (Maxwell Lakes)Posted area within 150 feet of the outlet is closed to fishing.
Lake Maloya (Sugarite State Park)Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only; Open during daylight hours only.
Lake RobertsBoats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
Lake VanSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines.
Little Creek (Catron Co.)Closed to fishing from the barrier upstream though all tributaries.
Main Diamond CreekClosed to fishing above the confluence with the East Fork of Diamond Creek and the South Diamond Creek drainage.
Maxwell Lakes 13 & 14Open to fishing at noon March 1-October 31; Boats restricted to trolling speed.
McAllister LakeClosed to all fishing due to fish kills by low water conditions and golden algae blooms.
McKenna Creek (Catron Co.)Closed to all fishing.
McKnight Creek (Grant Co.)Closed to all fishing.
Mogollon Creek, East Fork (Grant Co.)Upstream of Trail Canyon is closed to fishing. Downstream of Trail Canyon is open to fishing July 1-October 31; Special Trout Water4; Gila Trout Permit5 (free) required.
Monastery LakeOpen during daylight hours 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset; No boats or floating devices allowed; Ice fishing is not allowed.
Morphy LakeOpen to fishing March 1-October 31 (weather permitting). Boats restricted to oars or electric motors.
Nabor Creek & Nabor LakeSpecial Trout Water4.
National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs)Inquire at refuge offices for regulations.
Navajo LakeSpecial Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1 October 1-December 31.
Ned Houk PondWinter Trout Water3; No trotlines. Special Summer Catfish Water2.
Oasis State ParkSpecial Summer Catfish Water2 and Winter Trout Water3; No trotlines; Boats and flotation devices are not allowed.
Pecos RiverSpecial-trout and Winter Trout Water3.
Perch LakeSpecial Summer Catfish Water2.
Pine Lodge CreekClosed for Rio Grande cutthroat restoration.
Pine RiverSpecial Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1 October 1-December 31.
Quemado LakeBag limit for tiger muskie is one fish 40 inches or longer. Boats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
Red RiverSpecial Trout Water4.
Red River City PondsSmall (middle) pond is open only to anglers 12 years of age and younger and anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8. Large (east) pond is open with no age restrictions. Special Trout Water4; Ponds are open to fishing March 1-November 15.
Red River Hatchery Pond Special Trout Water4; Reserved for anglers under 12 years of age6, 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 CebollaSpecial Trout Water4; Unlimited take of brown trout from McKinney Pond to the headwaters.
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 los PinosSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio GrandeSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio GuadalupeSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio las AnimasSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio PuebloSpecial Trout Water4.
Rio RuidosoSpecial Trout Water3.
Rio ValdezSpecial Trout Water4.
Roswell Kids Pond (Spring River Park)Open only to anglers under 12 years of age6. Special Summer Catfish Water2.
San Antonio RiverSpecial Trout Water4.
San Gregorio LakeBoats restricted to no motors.
San Juan River (below Navajo Dam)No bag or possession limit for channel catfish or striped bass (page 18); Special Trout Water4, only two flies per line may be used.
Santa Cruz LakeOpen 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Ice fishing is not allowed.
Sargent Wildlife AreaSpecial Trout Water4.
Seven Springs Hatchery Brood PondOpen to anglers under 12 years of age6.
Sheep Corral Creek (Grant Co.)Closed to all fishing.
Shuree PondsSpecial Trout Water4; Open to fishing July 1-December 31; Daylight hours from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset; One pond is reserved for anglers under 12 years of age6; Boats restricted to no motors only.
Snow LakeBoats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
South Diamond Creek and Tributaries (Catron and Sierra Co.)Closed to fishing.
Springer LakeBoats restricted to trolling speeds only when water storage is less than 1,000 acre feet; Ice fishing is not allowed.
Spruce Creek (Catron Co.)Closed to all fishing.
Stubblefield LakePosted area within 150 feet of the outlet is closed to fishing.
Sumner Lake (Stilling Basin)Winter Trout Water3.
Tingley Beach Kids Pond See page 9, Conservancy Park / Tingley Beach Kids Pond.
Trail Canyon Creek (Grant Co.)Closed to all fishing.
Tucumcari Wildlife AreaBoats restricted to oars or electric motors only.
Ute LakeSmallmouth 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 Preserve A 7-day Vehicle Pass ($20) or an NPS Senior/All America Pass is required. A $40 preserve only annual pass is available. Each angler, regardless of age, is required to obtain a free Valles Caldera National Preserve fishing permit for each day of fishing on the preserve. Fishing permits are available at the Valle Grande Entrance Station and can be obtained upon arrival on the date fishing will take place. Reservations are no longer accepted. For further information visit http//www.nps.gov/vall.
Vermejo River System (Vermejo Park Ranch)Unlimited take of brook trout.
West Fork Gila and All Tributaries (Catron Co.)Closed to fishing upstream of the waterfalls between Forest Service Trail No. 151 crossing of the West Fork of the Gila River near White Creek Cabin and Forest Service Trail No. 151 crossing of the West Fork of the Gila River near Lilley Canyon.
Willow Creek (Catron Co.)Special Trout Water4.
Willow Creek (Rio Arriba Co.)Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season1 open November 13 –December 31.
Woodrow Canyon CreekClosed to all fishing.
Young PondOpen to all anglers. Special Summer Catfish Water2.

Endnotes:
1 Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season.
2 Special Summer Catfish Waters.
3 Winter Trout Waters.
4 Special Trout Waters.
5 Gila Trout Permit.
6 Licenses are not required for Anglers 11 years of age or younger.
7 Senior Fishing Licenses.
8 Handicapped Fishing Licenses.
9 Junior Fishing Licenses.

Reference (2016-17 NM Fishing Rules & Info pg. 8-12)

Endnotes

Youth Only Waters:
Must be under 12 years of age6 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 Small (middle) Kid’s Pond (Red River): Open to anglers under 12 years of age6 or younger.

Youth, Senior3 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)
Grants City Pond (Grants): Open to anglers under 17 years of age9, 65 years and older7 and anglers/individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License)8.

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 Waters.
3 Winter Trout Waters.
4 Special Trout Waters.
5 Gila Trout Permit.
6 Licenses are not required for Anglers under 12 years of age.
7 Senior Fishing Licenses.
8 Handicapped Fishing Licenses.
9 Junior Fishing Licenses.