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New Mexico - A Guide to Fishing Trout, Bass, and Catfish

Since the first Territorial Game Warden was appointed in 1903, New Mexico's wildlife managers have fought to restore the heritage of this diverse state.

Bringing back the majestic elk and being the first state to successfully trap antelope are among the agency's top achievements. Seven hatcheries now provide kokanee salmon, rainbow and cutthroat trout, and warm-water fish species for stocking. River otter and Mexican wolf restoration programs demonstrate the state's dedication to continued restoration of the state's complete suite of species.

Director Tod Stevenson came out of retirement to lead the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. During his 30 years with the agency, Tod gained experience in every aspect of the agency's law enforcement operations and resource management efforts. At one time or another he held every position from conservation officer to district wildlife supervisor, law enforcement operations and resource division chief, assistant director, and, ultimately, to deputy director. After less than two years off, Tod came back to active duty to continue guiding the Department's many conservation efforts.

For more information about New Mexico:

Official State Travel/Tourism Web Site:

New Mexico Game and Fish:

State bird: Roadrunner (Greater Roadrunner)

State flower: Yucca flower

State vegetable: Chiles and Frijoles (refried beans)



State agencies often require licenses, permits or certifications for a wide range of activities impacting fish, wildlife and boater safety. States work to prevent overcrowding and control the harvest of game on wildlife management areas. The links below will help you find license and permit information, and how to apply.