Fishing in New Mexico
There are many species of catfish and even more ways to catch
them. Adults range in size from less than a pound to hundreds of
pounds. They can be found in all types of water including ponds,
streams, lakes and rivers. There are even species which spend a
limited amount of time on dry land. Big giant catfish put up a very
noble fight once hooked.
Catfish Fishing Lakes in New Mexico
You can find catfish in the vast majority of waters throughout
New Mexico. Rivers, ponds, small lakes are likely places to locate
catfish. The major lakes with healthy populations of catfish include
Abiquiu Reservoir, Brantley Lake, Caballo Lake, Conchas Lake, Elephant
Rosa Lake, Sumner Lake and Ute Lake.
The New Mexico state record blue catfish and state record flathead
catfish were both caught from Elephant Butte Lake. Stubblefield
Lake gave up the
Most catfish are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another.
They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their
strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food
sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your
search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught
on most types of fast moving bass lures so don't under estimate
their ability to catch live bait.
Catfish Organizations & Resources
U.S. Catfish Anglers
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