in New Mexico for Bluegills, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish,
White Bass, Yellow Perch and Other NM Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout New Mexico and around the world
for that matter. They can survive in waters that provide their
natural food source of minnows, crustaceans, insects and worms.
Their competitive nature amongst themselves for food, makes them
relatively easy to catch.
Sunfish Lakes In New Mexico
It's been said 'they're everywhere'. And when it comes to sunfish,
that's basically true. They populate ponds, rivers, parks, canals,
small lakes and are a major part of the food chain in major lakes
including Abiquiu Reservoir, Brantley Lake, Caballo Lake, Conchas
Lake, Elephant Butte Reservoir,
Rosa Lake, Sumner Lake and Ute Lake.
The New Mexico state record bluegill sunfish was caught from Lovington
Lake, the NM state record green sunfish and longear sunfish both
came out of Elephant Butte Lake and the state record yellow perch
was caught from Lake 13 (Maxwell).
Panfish are prolific spawners and repopulate the waters as fast
as they are harvested. A common problem with panfish fishing is
that the waters are under-fished causing panfish to overpopulate.
As a result they tend to stay small in size due to lack of food
The list of panfish is comprised of many fishes each called by
a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
Check for New Mexico bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 2.1 lbs.
World Record: 1.75 lbs.
Anglers love the longear sunfish for several reasons. They feed
on the surface making them vulnerable to fly fishermen, they are
easy for kids to catch on worms or cut baits and they make great
bait for larger predator fish. The longear sunfis prefers water
temperatures from 75 to 80 degreesand is sometimes called red-belly
bream, red perch, blackear and red bream. Use ultralight tackle,
they'll eat just about anything edible.
World Record: 6.8 lbs.
USA Record: 3.75 lbs
For general information on local fishing visit the
Fishing home page.
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NM Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in New Mexico.