Guide To Great Fishing In New Mexico
All about fishing in the Land of Enchantment
The state of New Mexico offers fishing at a variety of elevations delivering a broad range of fishing from trout and salmon to bass, crappie, catfish, walleyes and more. While we focus here on the major fishing lakes in New Mexico the state also offers pond, stream and river fishing as well.
Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, white bass, yellow perch, coho salmon, stripers, longnose gar and northern pike in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. Ice fishing is available at several lakes, most winters.
Major New Mexico Lakes & Species
Lake & Fish Chart
This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a detailed list of primary fish species in NM, plus state fish records, see the list below.
Fishing lake sizes and locations in the state.
Abiquiu Lake is a 5,200-acre lake in the northwestern part of the state, 2 miles north of Canones.
Brantley Lake is a 4,000-acre lake in the southeast of the state, 15 miles south of Artesia.
Caballo Lake is a 11,400-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Caballo.
Clayton Lake is a 176-acre lake in the northeast corner of the state, 12 miles northwest of the town of Clayton.
Conchas Lake is a 9,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 20 miles northwest of Tucumcari.
Eagle Nest Lake is a 2,400-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Eagle Nest.
El Vado Lake is a 3,200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 8 miles southwest of Tierra Amarilla.
Elephant Butte Lake is a 36,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Truth or Consequences.
Farmington Lake is a 215-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, on the northeast outskirts of Farmington.
Heron Lake is a 5,900-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Tierra Amarilla.
Navajo Lake is a 15,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, 15 miles northeast of Bloomfield.
Red Bluff Reservoir is an 11,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, 15 miles south of Malaga.
Santa Rosa Lake is a 3,800-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Santa Rosa.
Springer Lake is a 450-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 5 miles northwest of the town of Springer.
Stone Lake is a 450-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 15 miles south of Amargo.
Sumner Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 15 miles northwest of Fort Sumner.
Ute Lake is a 8,200-acre lake in the eastern-central part of the state, at Logan.
Fish Species & State Records in New Mexico
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 15 lbs 13 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 7 lbs 3 oz
World record: 9 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 36 lbs 8 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 78 lbs 0 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 54 lbs .25 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 16 lbs 9 oz
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 31 lbs 12.5 oz
World record: 41 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 10 lbs 2 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 20 lbs 4 oz
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 31 lbs 6 oz
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 1.5 oz
World record: 2.2 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz
World record: 1.75 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 4 lbs 13 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 5.3 oz
World record: 33 lbs 7 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 6 oz
World record: 9 lbs 10 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 0 oz
World record: 81 lbs 14 oz
State Record: 54 lbs 8 oz
World record: 50 lbs 5 oz
State Record: 12 lbs 8 oz
World record: 55 lbs 1 oz
State Record: 36 lbs 0 oz
World record: 51 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 38 lbs 2 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
For additional information about fishing in New Mexico visit the New Mexico Game and Fish website. Chick here to apply for a New Mexico fishing license.
Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in New Mexico and other boating information.
New Mexico Fishing Guide Services. You can find a listing of New Mexico fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide in New Mexico or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.
Fish for big bass
Excellent largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.
If you enjoy Mexico bass fishing, try Baccarac, Comedero, El Salto, Huites or Mateos for world class bass fishing.
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