Fishing News

Fishing News2021-06-01T08:23:45-06:00

NMDGF Fishing News

Welcome to the fishing news page. Department-wide news can be found under Home → NMDGF News.

Social distancing is a challenge for all outdoors enthusiasts; the itch to get outside just keeps growing. But this is a time for all New Mexicans to pull together for the overall health of all our citizens and stay home. The Department reminds recreationists it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and contact land managers for properties of interest when restrictions are lifted.

To help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 the following are closed to the public:

Outdoor recreationists should consult their local government’s website for information regarding specific city and town lake and recreation area access.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM): www.blm.gov/new-mexico
U.S. Forest Service (USFS):  www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates
New Mexico State Lands: www.nmstatelands.org/resources/recreational-access/
New Mexico State Parks: www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/
New Mexico Open Gate Properties: www.wildlife.state.nm.us/hunting/maps/open-gate-program/
New Mexico Wildlife Mgmt Areas: www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/state-game-commission-lands/

What’s New

COVID-19

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.

Important Reminders

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

Basic boating regulations: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/spd/ or call: 1-888-667-2757. Boater registration information: www.mvd.newmexico.gov or call: 1-888-683-4636.

Special Trout Waters: Red, Green or Xmas

Red, Green or Xmas: New Special Trout Waters, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

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

Jun
15
Tue
Habitat Stamp Program Public Meeting @ Virtual Meeting
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm

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.

Sep
25
Sat
National Hunting & Fishing Day 2021
Sep 25 all-day

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.

Public Meeting: Habitat Stamp Program Citizen Advisory Committee to Discuss Maintenance Projects

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 8, 2021: Public Meeting: Habitat Stamp Program Citizen Advisory Committee to Discuss Maintenance Projects SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled a public meeting to allow the Citizen Advisory Committee to discuss Habitat Stamp Program maintenance activities. Members of the public are invited to attend this virtual Zoom meeting Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in order to offer feedback and ask questions. More information about this meeting is available on the NMDGF webpage http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/habitat-stamp. Copies of the proposed projects are also available on this webpage. Those interested in attending and participating in this meeting are encouraged to pre-register and attend the meeting on the Zoom webinar platform. Comments can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game [...]

Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 5

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 3, 2021: Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 5 Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, June 5, as the state celebrates National Boating and Fishing Week. Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, June 5, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit the Department’s website. “This is a great time to take your family fishing and teach them a skill that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment,” said Mike Sloane, Director for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Before heading out, anglers are encouraged to check current fire restrictions. For information about where to fish and what to use, consult the Department’s weekly fishing [...]

Public Meeting: Habitat Stamp Program Citizen Advisory Committee to Prioritize Projects for 2021-2022

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 12, 2021: Public Meeting: Habitat Stamp Program Citizen Advisory Committee to Prioritize Projects for 2021-2022 SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled a public meeting on May 21 at 5:30 p.m. to allow the Citizen Advisory Committee to prioritize proposed projects for the upcoming fiscal year. Members of the public are invited to attend this meeting (to be held virtually) in order to become familiar with the proposed projects and to offer feedback and opinions. Information about how to attend and participate in this virtual meeting will be available on the Department's Habitat Stamp webpage. Copies of the proposed projects are also available on this webpage. Comments on the proposed projects can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of [...]

Fisheries rule changes topic of public meetings

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 26, 2021: Fisheries rule changes topic of public meetings SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the Fisheries, Manner and Method and Commercial Use of Fish rules. The proposals are available on the Department’s proposals under consideration webpage. To provide information on proposed changes and gather public comments, two public meetings will be conducted via Zoom. The meetings will be held May 19 and May 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Click here to register for the May 19 webinar. Click here to register for the May 20 webinar. Presentation slides will be posted on the Department’s proposals under consideration webpage prior to the meetings so attendees can follow along. If you do not have access [...]

State Game Commission expands agreement with State Land Office

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN 26, 2021: State Game Commission expands agreement with State Land Office SANTA FE – At the Jan. 15, 2021, State Game Commission Meeting, a unanimous vote finalized a four-year agreement between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico State Land Office. The easement will allow hunters, anglers and trappers to access state trust lands in exchange for an annual payment of $800,000 and $200,000 of habitat improvement projects on state trust land. “This is a wonderful agreement that increases opportunities for hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationists,” said State Game Commission chairwoman Sharon Salazar Hickey. “The Department of Game and Fish and the State Land Office worked together, to find balance for the benefit of all New Mexicans.” The Department of Game [...]

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