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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill and kokanee salmon at El Vado Lake in New Mexico.

El Vado Lake, NM

The feature of El Vado Lake State Park, is the sparkling waters of El Vado Lake, a 3,200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 8 miles southwest of Tierra Amarilla. Drive around the lake and use the hiking trails to access nearly 20 miles of shoreline for fishing from the bank.

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El Vado Lake in New Mexico is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering a tranquil setting and a variety of fish species. The lake is known for its excellent trout fishing opportunities, with rainbow trout and brown trout being the primary targets for anglers. The cool, clear waters of El Vado Lake provide ideal habitat for these trout species, offering a rewarding angling experience in a scenic environment.

Rainbow trout are regularly stocked in El Vado Lake, providing ample opportunities for anglers to reel in these feisty fish. The lake's depths and shoreline areas offer prime spots for casting with lures, flies, or bait to entice rainbow trout. Anglers can enjoy the thrill of catching these acrobatic fish while surrounded by the beauty of the surrounding Carson National Forest.

Brown trout, known for their elusive nature and size, also inhabit El Vado Lake. These wary fish provide a challenge for anglers, requiring patience and skill to entice them to bite. Trolling with deep-diving lures or casting with spinners and flies can be effective methods for targeting brown trout in the lake's deeper waters or near submerged structures.

In addition to trout, El Vado Lake is home to other fish species such as smallmouth bass, northern pike, and perch. Smallmouth bass can be found along rocky shorelines and near submerged structures, providing exciting fishing opportunities for anglers. Northern pike, known for their aggressive strikes and impressive fights, can be targeted by trolling with large lures or casting with swimbaits. Perch can be caught using small jigs or live bait near the lake's bottom.

El Vado Lake in New Mexico provides a rewarding fishing experience with its diverse fish species and scenic environment. Anglers targeting trout, smallmouth bass, northern pike, or perch can enjoy the thrill of the catch while embracing the beauty of the lake and its surroundings. Boating amenities and camping options further enhance the outdoor experience, making El Vado Lake an attractive destination for anglers and nature enthusiasts seeking a memorable fishing adventure and a peaceful retreat in nature.

Find your personal spot and fish for kokanee salmon, rainbow and brown trout. Lake trout are typically caught from boats while trolling and fishing the deeper regions of the lake. The boating public can use the boat launch ramp, marina, rental boats, restaurants and campgrounds.

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Primary fish species residing in El Vado Lake

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Largemouth bass Rainbow Trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Kokanee Salmon

El Vado Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NO

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Boating is a popular activity on El Vado Lake, and boat ramps are available for easy access to the water. Anglers can explore the lake's surface, find productive fishing spots, and enjoy the peacefulness of the surrounding landscape. Boaters can also engage in recreational activities such as water skiing, tubing, or simply cruising along the calm waters of the lake.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Stone House Lodge
Rentals: Pontoon boats
575 588-7274

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

El Vado State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off State Road 112, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

North El Vado Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off El Vado Boat Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Click here for a New Mexico Fishing License.

Camping facilities near El Vado Lake offer visitors the opportunity to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campers can set up their tents or park their RVs in designated campgrounds, allowing them to enjoy evenings under the starry sky, gather around campfires, and relax in the serene ambiance of the lake's surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

El Vado Lake State Park Campground - 575 588-7247

El Vado Lake NM Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

El Vado Lake
El Vado Lake State Park
State Road 112
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
575 588-7247


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