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Fishing Rules & Licenses

Please abide by state and local fishing rules and guidelines.

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Fishing at Tingley Beach is regulated by the N.M. Game and Fish Department.

Tingley Fishing Rules

  • You are responsible for knowing and understanding New Mexico fishing rules.
  • Bag limit for trout is four fish per day. Bag limit for catfish is two fish per day.
  • Live bait fish may NOT be used or released into the lakes. This includes — but is not restricted to — minnows, tadpoles and goldfish.
  • Chumming is prohibited.
  • Pole fishing only — no trotlines. A Second Rod Validation may be purchased with your fishing license, but bag limits remain the same.
  • Take your catch home to clean it.

N.M. Fishing Licenses

The fishing year is April 1 to March 31.

All anglers 12 years old and older must have a current fishing license in their possession.

Licenses are not available for purchase at Tingley at this time.

License Type Resident Non-resident

Annual Fishing

$25 $56

One-day Fishing

$12 $12

Five-day fishing

$24 $24

Junior annual Fishing (ages 12 - 17)

$5 $15

Senior annual Fishing (ages 65 - 69)

$8 N/A

Annual Fishing age 70 and over


Handicapped Annual Fishing

$8 N/A

Game Hunting and Fishing

$30 N/A

Junior Game Hunting and Fishing

$15 N/A

Sr. or Handicapped Game Hunting and Fishing

$20 N/A

Duplicate License

$1 $1

Habitat Improvement Stamp*

$5 $5

Habitat Management and Access Validation**

$4 $4
Second Rod Validation $4 $4

*Required for anglers ages 12 - 69 for fishing on Forest Service and BLM lands

** Must be purchased separately by all anglers, hunters and trappers age 18 - 69. 100% disabled veterans are exempt.

Most guests select the annual package for a total of $35.00 for NM residents.

(Includes the Annual Fishing License, the mandatory Habitat Management and Access Validation, the Habitat Improvement Stamp and the Vendor Fee.)

A one-day fishing license can be purchased for a total of $17.00. (Includes the One-Day Fishing License, the mandatory Habitat Management and Access Validation, and the Vendor Fee.)