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Important 2018 NM Fishing License Info - New Fishing license required April 1, 2018.

The new season will begin April 1, 2018 and new Online licenses will be required.  For your convenience, Float 'N Fish has a terminal set up at the store and can arrange for the purchase of your license. 

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New Mexico Fishing License   

April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019

License Type Resident NonResident
Annual Fishing $25.00 $56.00
One-day Fishing $12.00 $12.00
Five-day Fishing $24.00 $24.00
Junior Annual Fishing (age 12 - 17) $5.00 $15.00
Senior Annual Fishing (age 65 - 69) $8.00 NA
70 and Over Annual Fishing* FREE NA
Handicapped Annual Fishing $8.00 NA
Duplicate License $6.00 $6.00
Habitat Improvement Stamp $5.00 $5.00
Habitat Management & Access Validation $4.00 $4.00
Second Rod Validation $4.00 $4.00
*No Habitat Improvement Stamp, Habitat Management Stamp and Acccess Validation or Second Rod Validation is required with this license.  This free license is available to New Nexico residents ONLY.

License Requirements
ALL persons 12 years or older, while fishing in New Mexico, must have on their person a current New Mexico fishing license.  Anglers 11 years of age and younger do not need a fishing license.  Resident anglers 70 years of age and older need a Free Fishing License available at any Department office or license vendor.  New Mexico fishing licenses are not required on Tribal Reservations and private Class "A" Lakes. 

License Year
The Fishing License year is April 1 - March 31.  Annual licenses expire March 31.  New licenses are needed each April 1.

Second Rod Validation
A vaildation that allows anglers to use two fishing rods in all waters.  A Second Rod Validation must be purchased by anglers ages 12 - 69 prior to fishing with two rods.  A Second Rod Validation is free to resident anglers 70 and older.  Bag and Posession Limits remain the same. 

Habitat Stamp
A Habitat Improvement Stamp is required for all anglers from age 12 through 69 who fish on US Forest Service and BLM lands in New Mexico and must be purchased separately.  Only one stamp need be purchased in any license year and is required for 1-day, 5-day, or annual fishing license.  Habitat improvement funds are used for such projects as restoration of lakes and trout streams.  The river below Navajo Dam through the Community of Navajo Dam does not require a Habitat Stamp.

Habitat Management and Access Validation
A Habitat Management and Access Validation must be purchased separately by all anglers, hunters and trappers.  Only those younger than 18, 100% disabled Resident Veterans and resident anglers 70 and older are exempt from purchasing this validation.  Only one validation need to be purchased in any license year and is required for 1-day, 5-day, or annual fishing licenses.

Veterans and Active Duty Military
New Mexico residents who are active duty military or veterans can receive a 50% discount on fishing licenses, stamps and permits. 

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Fishing Regulations San Juan River Regulations - STW
New Mexico Game and Fish applies two sets of regulations to the San Juan River.  The river from just below the dam to just above Crusher Hole near Cottonwood Campground is part of New Mexico's Special Trout Water (STW).  This is the section locally referred to as the Quality Water.  In recent years this area has changed to a catch release area only where all trout caught must be returned to the river.  In the STW section of the river you are permitted to fish with up to 2 flies/artificials with single barbless hooks. 

San Juan River Regulations - Lower River, Regular Regulations Section
The river below the STW boundary upstream of Cottonwood Campground is considered Regular Regulations water by the state of New Mexico.  In this section you may fish with bait and barbed hooks, you may also keep trout according to the current NM regulations.


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