At sunset Monday, April 6, 2020, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will close multiple Wildlife Managements Areas and Open Gate properties to promote public safety.
- Bear Canyon Reservoir near Mimbres
- Bill Evans Lake Wildlife Management Area near Silver City
- Colin Neblett Wildlife Management Area near Eagle Nest
- Rio Costilla Cooperative Livestock Association (RCCLA) Open Gate public fishing access near Costilla
- Rio de los Pinos Wildlife Management Area near Tres Piedras along the New Mexico/Colorado border
“The health and safety of New Mexico’s hunters, anglers, outdoor recreationists, small communities and healthcare workers is our top priority,” said Director Mike Sloane. “We cannot ignore the crowds that have begun gathering at these popular fishing areas and have taken this action for the protection of all New Mexicans.”
The Department of Game and Fish encourages everyone to follow guidelines to stay home, only travel for essential purposes and practice social distancing, staying at least 6-feet from others.
Department offices, Monastery Lake, Seven Springs Brood Pond, hatcheries and the Tour Loop at Bernardo Wildlife Management Area are also closed.
The Department reminds anglers it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and contact land management agencies for properties of interest when restrictions are lifted.