ossession of and use of any baitfish once fishing is illegal, except as defined below. Baitfish may not be used in Special Trout liquids, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge or Bottomless Lakes plot Park. Bluegills and sunfish (genus Lepomis) borne legally by angling may be used as live or dumb bait in the water where taken.
Commercially packaged and processed dumb fish are not considered baitfish and are approved for use in all liquids where the use of bait is true. Roe, viscera, and eyes of game fish borne legally may be used in all liquids where the use of bait is accurate. Chumming is allowed in all waters, but Special Trout Waters. Goldfish or bullfrogs (including larval stages, i.e. tadpoles) may not be used as live or tiring„ tiresome bait in any waters. Salamander larva (waterdogs) may be weak in all waters where the use of bait is legal.
Live and tiring„ tiresome baitfish use exceptions
Live and/or tiring„ tiresome baitfish are approved for the drainages and waters depressed in the table below. This includes Regular Trout waters (for locations in table only) where the use of bait is legal.
Approved live and/or tiring„ tiresome baitfish locations
Rio Grande Drainage: Fathead minnow, red shiner and shad
Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs: Fathead minnow, red shiner, shad and golden shiner
Canadian River Drainage: Fathead minnow, red shiner, white sucker and shad
San Juan River Drainage: Fathead minnow and red shiner
Gila River and San Francisco River Drainages: Fathead minnow only
Pecos River Drainage (excluding Bitter Lake resident Wildlife Refuge and Bottomless Lakes State Park): Fathead minnow and red shiner
Approved dead-only baitfish (cutbait) locations
Statewide: celebrated carp
Heron Reservoir: White sucker
Baitfish may merely be taken for personal use and merely by anglers who are currently licensed or 11 existences of age or younger. Permitted methods for taking minnows include: angling, dip nets, cast nets, traps and seines. Seines may not be longer than 20 feet, and the mesh size may not be larger than 3/8-inch square. All protected species of fish (including endangered and threatened species) occupied with seines, nets, and traps must now be returned to the water.
A trotline (throw line, limb line, set line, jug line, or “Yo-yo” line) is a line minus a rod or reel attached. It performs not need to be handheld nor closely attended. Trotlines are limited to 25 hooks. Trotlines belonging to two or additional people may not be joined or tied together. Anglers may not fish with more than one trotline. Anglers may not check, pull up, or tamper beside the trotline of another person. Any humanoid using a trotline must attend it personally at least while every calendar day and remove or drip all game fish that are caught.
A person fishing plus a trotline must attach an identification tag that is visible above the stream line. The identi- fication tag must list the angler’s Customer Identification Number (CIN). Anglers 11 years of age and younger should list their Customer Identification Number (CIN) or their name and day of birth on the identification tag.
Trotlines may be weak to take game fish in most warm waters, however, trotlines may not be used in any trout waters (including Winter Trout Water), except: Abiquiu Lake; Rio Chama downstream from the northern boundary of Christ in the Desert Monastery; Gila River downstream from the junction with its east fork; Navajo Lake; and Rio Grande downstream from its junction by the Rio Chama. Trotlines may not be faded in Special Summer Catfish Waters.
This article was available by www.wildlife.state.nm.us with title Warm Water Regulations – New Mexico Department of Game & Fish.
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