New Mexico Fishing License

Lakes and streams provide fishing opportunities across Philmont's backcountry. At several backcountry camps, trained staff facilitate fly fishing programs for thousands of participants each summer.

Do I need a fishing license?

  • Youth 12 years and younger: No, you do not need a license to fish in New Mexico.
  • Youth 13-17 years old: Yes. You may purchase a special Philmont Youth 10-Day fishing license at the Tooth of Time Traders in base camp, or at certain backcountry camps. If you'd like, you may purchase a NM Youth Annual License instead (not available in the backcountry).
  • Adults 18 years and older: Yes, you must purchase a New Mexico fishing license (details below). This license can be purchased online, or at the Tooth of Time Traders* in base camp. Adult fishing licenses are not available for purchase in the backcountry.

License Type NM Resident Non-Resident
1-Day $17.00 $17.00
5-Day $29.00 $29.00
Adult Annual $30.00 $61.00
Youth Annual $10.00 $20.00
Philmont Youth 10-Day $2.00 $2.00

All prices include a mandatory $4.00 Habitat Mangement access stamp and a $1.00 vendor fee. All Annual Licenses begin April 1 and end March 31. Licenses can be purchased online through the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish website, but we recommend that you purchase your license here at Philmont to ensure that the dates of your license correspond to the dates fishing will be available on your trek.

*If you would like to purchase a NM fishing license at the Tooth of Time Traders in base camp, you may choose to register for a Customer Identification Number (CIN). This will allow Philmont staff to process a fishing license for you more quickly using your driver's license as identification.


About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.