NMDGF Fishing News
Welcome to the fishing news page. Department-wide news can be found under Home → NMDGF News.
Department offices may be closed or have restricted access due to the Covid-19 public health crisis. Customers can purchase licenses by credit card online or by phone. Please check the Department’s website for updates.
New Mexico Bass Challenge
Catch New Mexico’s four bass species to complete the New Mexico Bass Challenge.
New Aquatic Invasive Species Threats
Recently discovered New Zealand Mud Snails and moss balls containing zebra mussels pose threats to New Mexico’s waters. You can help stop the spread! (See page 35.)
Lower Rio Bonito
New trout angling opportunity available on Bureau of Land Management property near Lincoln, NM.
Rio Costilla Native Trout Restoration
Anglers are reminded that Rio Costilla within Valle Vidal is undergoing a Rio Grande cutthroat trout restoration project and will be fishless until 2022.
It’s Illegal To Possess, Transport and Stock Live Game Fish
It is illegal to possess, transport or stock live game fish into any water (except in the water where legally caught) without a permit from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF).
New Mexico Trout Challenge
Catch New Mexico’s five trout species to complete.
Buy a License Online, by Telephone or at License Vendors
Licenses and stamps can be purchased online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us beginning March 23, 2020. The NMDGF Information Center is open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., except holidays, to answer questions and sell licenses: 1-888-248-6866. Licenses and stamps 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.
Boating Regulations and Registration
Special Trout Waters: Red, Green or Xmas
Designations for Special Trout Waters are easy to identify. Signs are posted at each location with bag limits and tackle restrictions for Red Chile Water, Green Chile Water and Xmas Chile Water. See Special Trout Waters.
Dates to Remember
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled a public meeting in order to allow the Citizen Advisory Committee to discuss Habitat Stamp Program Maintenance Activities. Members of the Public are invited to attend this meeting (to be held virtually) in order to offer feedback and ask questions.
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XP664KmOQv2HkDaJMdShiQ. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Comments can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Habitat Stamp Program Manager, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; or by email, Daniel.Lusk@state.nm.us, or in person at the meeting listed above.
Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 25, as the state celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, Sept. 25, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
For information about where to fish and what to use, consult the department’s weekly fishing and stocking report. Maps of public fishing waters, lists of where to find family-friendly fishing and tips on how to fish also can be found on the department website.