The New Mexico fishing regulations have one standard set of limits for the entire state with some special regulations that apply to protected waters like the San Juan river below Navajo Dam. Junior and senior residents also receive a discount on their fishing licenses.Buy a License
New Mexico Fishing License Costs
|Angling License Fees||Resident||Nonresident|
|Annual Fishing License – 12 Years and Older||$25.00||$56.00|
|One Day Fishing||$12.00||$12.00|
|Five Day Fishing||$24.00||$24.00|
|Junior Annual Fishing (12-17)||$5.00||$15.00|
|Senior Annual Fishing (65-69)||$8.00||NA|
|70 Years and Older Annual Fishing||$0.00||NA|
|Handicapped Annual Fishing||$8.00||NA|
|Second Rod Validation||$4.00||$4.00|
|Habitat Improvement Stamp||$5.00||$5.00|
|Habitat Management and Access Validation||$4.00||$4.00|
While fishing in New Mexico, persons 12 years and older must possess a valid New Mexico Fishing License or Game Hunting & Fishing License. Fishing-license years begin April 1 and end March 31. Licenses are valid for one license-year only. A New Mexico Fishing License is not required on tribal reservations and private Class-A lakes.
- Licenses are not required for New Mexico resident and nonresident anglers under 12 years of age.
- Junior Fishing Licenses are available to New Mexico resident and nonresident anglers 12–17 years of age.
- Senior Fishing Licenses are available to New Mexico residents anglers 65–69 years of age.
Free Licenses for New Mexico residents 70 years and older are available at all NMDGF offices and license vendors. Free licenses for 100%-disabled veterans are available by application at the NMDGF Headquarters in Santa Fe, NM. These fishing licenses do not require a Habitat Stamp, Habitat Management & Access Validation or a Second Rod Validation. Free Senior Fishing Licenses are not available to nonresidents.
Handicapped Fishing Licenses are available to New Mexico residents with severe physical or developmental disabilities. This license requires the holder to purchase and possess a Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management & Access Validation.
Second Rod Validation
To fish with two rods, anglers 12–69 years of age must purchase a Second Rod Validation. This validation is not required for New Mexico residents 70 years and older or 100%-disabled veterans. All other license regulations, such as bag and possession limits, remain the same.
Gila Trout Fishing Permit Free for Select Locations
A Gila Trout Fishing Permit is required to fish in the Special Trout Water reaches of Black Canyon and Mogollon Creek. This permit is free and available online and at local NMDGF offices.
See below for exceptions.
|Trout and Kokanee Salmon||5 per day, 10 in possession|
|Lake Trout||2 per day, 4 in possession|
|Cutthroat Trout||2 per day, 2 in possession|
|Gila Trout||Willow and Gilita Creeks: 2 per day, 2 in possession|
|Black Bass||5 per day|
|Catfish||15 per day|
|Crappie||20 per day|
|Striped Bass||1 per day|
|Northern Pike||10 per day|
|Tiger Muskie||1 per day|
|Walleye||5 per day, 14 inch minimum|
|White Bass||25 per day|
|Yellow Perch||30 per day|
|All Other Warmwater Gamefish||20 per day|
|Other General Regulations for New Mexico|