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All about fishing for flathead, blue and channel catfish in New Mexico.

Catfish fishing in New Mexico

Catfish Waters In NM

You can find catfish in the vast majority of waters throughout New Mexico. Rivers, ponds and 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 Butte Reservoir, Navajo Lake, Red Bluff Reservoir, Santa Rosa Lake, Sumner Lake and Ute Lake.

New Mexico catfish fishing video.

In this video Kris Flores and his daughter Isa, fish for catfish at Elephant Butte Lake.

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

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Catfish fishing from the bank

The New Mexico state record blue catfish and state record flathead catfish were both caught from Elephant Butte Lake. Stubblefield Lake gave up the NM state record channel catfish.

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. Catfish are found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers throughout New Mexico. 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.

Camp out and catch some catfish!

Additional catfishing information resources.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

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 fishing information for states with catfish.