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New Mexico Bass Fishing

All about fishing for spotted, redeye, shoal, smallmouth and largemouth bass in New Mexico lakes.

Bass Fishing Lakes In New Mexico

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

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

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Bass fishing in New Mexico

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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Catch big bass!

The New Mexico state record largemouth bass was caught from Bill Evans Lake and the NM state record smallmouth bass came out of Navajo Lake. Cochiti Lake had been home to the NM state record spotted bass.

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Learn the lifecycle of a bass

The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit New Mexico bass fishing lakes. Bass become active in spring and begin the spawning process in shallow water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall they migrate into the shallows again and feed heavily preparing for their move to deeper water to wait out winter. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.

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