Fishing season begins April 1

Time to buy a new license

Fishing in Cimarron Canyon. (Chronicle file folder)
Fishing in Cimarron Canyon. (Chronicle file folder)

The new fishing season begins April 1 in New Mexico which means anglers must buy a new license before venturing out to their favorite waters. Anglers can buy a new license online, over the phone or from a vendor. 

Fishing licenses cost $25 for state residents. Most anglers also are required to purchase a $4 Habitat Management and Access Validation Stamp. Anglers intending to fish on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service lands also will need a $5 federal Habitat Stamp. 

Starting this year, resident military veterans or active-duty members receive a 50 percent discount off their fishing license and stamps. New Mexico residents who are 100-percent disabled as a result of having served in the armed services will remain eligible for a free fishing license.

Children younger than age 12 do not need a license to fish, and anglers age 70 and older qualify for a free license. Please consult the Fishing Rules and Information Booklet here for more information. Printed versions are available from vendors or at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish area offices. Anglers also can call the department’s Information Center at 888-248-6866 during normal business hours for customer assistance or to purchase a license over the phone.

Anglers must have their license with them while fishing.  For weekly angling and stocking reports, please visit here or check the online Sangre de Cristo Chronicle for regional reports.

The fishing license-year runs April 1 to March 31.

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