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Guide to fishing for spotted, redeye, shoal, smallmouth and largemouth bass in New Mexico lakes.

By Rick Seaman

The purpose of this page is to share basic information about bass fishing and bass lakes in the state. Visit the Bass Knowledge Center for additional, valuable information about bass and bass fishing.

Bass fishing in New Mexico

New Mexico is home to exceptional bass fishing opportunities, attracting anglers with its diverse bass species and stunning landscapes. One of the most sought-after species is the largemouth bass, known for its aggressive strikes and impressive size.

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Anglers can find largemouth bass in various New Mexico lakes and reservoirs, where they often hide near submerged structures, weed beds, or along the shorelines. Techniques such as casting with soft plastic baits, topwater lures, or crankbaits can entice these formidable fighters and provide thrilling battles.

Another popular bass species in New Mexico is the smallmouth bass. These feisty fish are known for their tenacity and remarkable strength. Anglers can target smallmouth bass in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, particularly in areas with rocky structures, submerged logs, or deep pools. Techniques such as casting with jigs, tubes, or crayfish imitations can yield excellent results when angling for smallmouth bass. The breathtaking canyons and river systems of New Mexico provide a picturesque backdrop for these exciting fishing adventures.

In addition to largemouth and smallmouth bass, New Mexico also boasts populations of spotted bass. Although not as prevalent as their largemouth and smallmouth counterparts, spotted bass can still be found in certain lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. They exhibit similar characteristics to largemouth and smallmouth bass, making them a welcomed catch for bass enthusiasts looking to diversify their fishing experience. Anglers can target spotted bass using similar techniques as for largemouth and smallmouth bass, focusing on areas with submerged structures and rocky shorelines.

Whether anglers are seeking the thrill of catching trophy-sized largemouth bass, the tenacious fight of smallmouth bass, or the opportunity to land a rare spotted bass, New Mexico offers an array of bass fishing experiences. With its picturesque landscapes and diverse waterways, the state provides ample opportunities for anglers to pursue their passion and create lasting memories on the water.

Bass Lakes In NM

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The major lakes in New Mexico with healthy populations of bass include Abiquiu Reservoir, Brantley Lake, Caballo Lake, Clayton Lake, Conchas Lake, El Vado Lake, Elephant Butte Lake, Navajo Lake, Red Bluff Reservoir, Santa Rosa Lake, Sumner Lake and Ute Lake.

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Bass In New Mexico

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 15 lbs 13 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 3 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

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Top 5 Bass Fishing Lures For New Mexico

When bass are shallow, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and top water lures are the most productive. As they move deeper, worms and jigs are among the top producers.

New Mexico State Record Bass

The state record largemouth bass was caught from Bill Evans Lake.

The state record smallmouth bass came from Navajo Lake.

The state record spotted bass came out of Cochiti Lake.

Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in New Mexico.

Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on local lakes in the Land of Enchantment.

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