Fishing at Bosque / USFWS

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to cast a line. At Bosque del Apache, anglers can enjoy an opportunity to catch channel catfish, sunfish, largemouth bass, and carp.


Fishing Regulations: 


  • A valid New Mexico fishing license is required and fishing is subject to New Mexico Department of Game and Fish regulations, including species, bag, possession, and size limits.

  • We allow fishing from one-half hour before legal sunrise to one-half hour after legal sunset

  • We allow fishing (angling only) on all canals in areas normally open to the public, including the Interior Drain, Riverside Channel, the east side of the Low Flow Conveyance Channel (Bike Trail), and the wetland unit that the Boardwalk spans.   
  • We do not allow canoeing, boating, floating, swimming or wading in any arroyos, wetlands, or water delivery ditches, canals, drains, or channels. 

  • We do not allow the use of trotlines, firearms, bows and arrows, seining, dip netting, traps, using bait taken from the refuge, taking of turtle, littering, and all other activities not expressly allowed. 

  • You may only enter the fishing and bullfrogging area from the Tour Loop

  • Refuge entrance fees apply.  



    Helpful Information


    • To find another great place to reconnect with a favorite childhood activity or to try it for the first time, make plans to fish at another National Wildlife Refuge near you. Find more information with our online Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuges