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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill and white bass at Ute Lake in New Mexico.

Ute Lake, NM

If you enjoy watersport activities, Ute Lake is a destination to add to your list of favorites. Fishing, boating, sailing, water skiing and swimming are all popular at this 8,200-acre lake in the eastern-central part of the state.

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Ute Lake in New Mexico is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of fish species and outdoor activities. The lake is known for its excellent angling opportunities, with species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, and white bass attracting anglers of all skill levels.

Largemouth bass are a prized catch in Ute Lake, known for their aggressive strikes and acrobatic fights. The lake's coves, submerged structures, and rocky shorelines provide ideal habitats for these feisty fish. Anglers can use techniques such as casting with jigs, soft plastics, or topwater lures to entice largemouth bass. Ute Lake's abundant bass population makes it an appealing destination for bass fishing enthusiasts.

Smallmouth bass are also abundant in Ute Lake, offering an additional angling opportunity. These hard-fighting fish are often found near rocky areas, points, and drop-offs. Anglers can target smallmouth bass using techniques such as casting with jigs, crankbaits, or tubes. The lake's clear waters and rocky structure provide an ideal habitat for smallmouth bass.

Walleye, known for their delicious fillets and challenging nature, are highly sought-after in Ute Lake. These elusive predators can be targeted by trolling with deep-diving crankbaits, casting with jigs, or live bait fishing near drop-offs and submerged structures. Successful walleye fishing often requires understanding their behavior and adjusting techniques based on seasonal patterns.

Catfish enthusiasts will find Ute Lake to be a rewarding destination. The lake is home to channel catfish and flathead catfish, providing ample opportunities for anglers to target these bottom-dwelling predators. Fishing with stink baits, chicken liver, or cut bait near the lake's bottom can attract catfish. The lake's depths and areas with rocky bottoms or structure attract these catfish, offering anglers the chance to reel in sizable catches.

Crappie and white bass are also present in Ute Lake, adding to the angling diversity. Anglers can target crappie using techniques such as vertical jigging or casting with small jigs near submerged structures, brush piles, or areas with vegetation. White bass, known for their schooling behavior and aggressive strikes, can be caught using similar methods. Ute Lake's abundance of crappie and white bass provide exciting fishing opportunities for anglers.

Ute Lake in New Mexico offers excellent fishing opportunities with its diverse fish species and beautiful landscape. Anglers targeting bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, white bass, or other species can enjoy the thrill of the catch while embracing the natural beauty of the lake. Boating facilities and camping amenities further enhance the outdoor experience, making Ute Lake an attractive destination for anglers and nature enthusiasts seeking a memorable fishing adventure and a peaceful retreat in nature.

Fishing enthusiasts can explore 45 miles of shoreline in search of a variety of gamefish. The lake has healthy populations of bass, walleye, crappie, white bass, catfish and sunfish. There is limited access to the shoreline for fishing from the bank, but the adventurous who don't mind a short walk can find places to wet a line. Boaters will find five boat launch ramps and docks available for public use.

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Primary fish species residing in Ute Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass

Ute Lake Amenities

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

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Boating is a popular activity on Ute Lake, with multiple boat ramps available for easy access to the water. Anglers can navigate the lake's surface, explore different fishing spots, and enjoy the scenic beauty 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.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Quay Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Quay Road Af, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

South Side Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off State Road 552 Exd, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Ute Lake Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Loop 540, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Ute Lake State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off State Park Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Ute Lake Marina
100 Marina Lane
Ute Lake State Park
Logan, NM 88426

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Camping facilities near Ute Lake allow visitors to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campers can set up their tents or park their RVs in designated campgrounds, offering a chance to relax under the starry sky, gather around campfires, and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the lake and its surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Ute Lake State Park Campground - 575 487-2284

Ute Lake NM Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Ute Lake
Ute Lake State Park
1800 Loop 540
Logan, NM 88426
575 487-2284


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