The Ruidoso River runs from the Sacramento Mountains through Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs into the Hondo River. The river is stocked year-round with Rainbow trout, and Brown trout can also be found here as well. In addition, there is a daily limit of three fish per license. A New Mexico fishing license is a requirement for those 12 years of age and older.
Another section of the Ruidoso River is located on the Mescalero reservation. This section of the river is open from May through September. Permits to fish on this section of the river are available for purchase at the entrance to the reservation.