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New Mexico Fishing

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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.

Major New Mexico Lakes

New Mexico major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in New Mexico, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in New Mexico, see the list below, which also includes state records.

New Mexico Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Abiquiu Reservoir is a 5,200-acre lake in the northwestern part of the state, 2 miles north of Canones, NM.

Brantley Lake is a 4,000-acre lake in the southeast of the state, 15 miles south of Artesia, NM.

Caballo Lake is a 11,400-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Caballo, NM.

Conchas Lake is a 9,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 20 miles northwest of Tucumcari, NM.

Eagle Nest Lake is a 2,400-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Eagle Nest, NM.

El Vado Lake is a 3,200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 8 miles southwest of Tierra Amarilla, NM.

Elephant Butte Reservoir is a 36,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Truth or Consequences, NM.

Heron Lake is a 5,900-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Tierra Amarilla, NM.

Navajo Lake is a 15,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, 15 miles northeast of Bloomfield, NM.

Red Bluff Reservoir is an 11,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, 15 miles south of Malaga, NM.

Santa Rosa Lake is a 3,800-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Santa Rosa, NM.

Sumner Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 15 miles northwest of Fort Sumner, NM.

Ute Lake is a 8,200-acre lake in the eastern-central part of the state, at Logan, NM.

Bonita Lake offers great trout fishing in New Mexico

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.

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Fish for big bass in New Mexico

Excellent largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in NM.

If you enjoy Mexico bass fishing, try Baccarac, Comedero, El Salto, Huites or Mateos for world class bass fishing.

Fish Species in New Mexico

Fishing for bass in New Mexico

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

NM State Record: 15 lbs 13 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

NM State Record: 6 lbs 14 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

NM State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for catfish in New Mexico

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

NM State Record: 36 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

NM State Record: 78 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

NM State Record: 52 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for crappie in New Mexico

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

NM State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for walleye in New Mexico

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

NM State Record: 16 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for trout in New Mexico

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

NM State Record: 31 lbs 12 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

NM State Record: 10 lbs 2 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

NM State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

NM State Record: 20 lbs 4 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

NM State Record: 31 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for panfish in New Mexico

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

NM State Record: 3 lbs 1.5 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

NM State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

NM State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

NM State Record: 4 lbs 13 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

NM State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for salmon in New Mexico

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

NM State Record: 4 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for striped bass in New Mexico

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

NM State Record: 54 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for other species in New Mexico

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

NM State Record: 12 lbs 8 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

NM State Record: 36 lbs 0 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.

 

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