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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in NM.

Conchas Lake, El Vado, Elephant Butte Reservoir, Heron Lake and Navajo Lake are the most popular places for fishing in New Mexico, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Conchas Lake
  • Elephant Butte Reservoir
  • Heron Lake
  • Navajo Lake
  • Ute Lake
Bass

Conchas Lake, Elephant Butte Reservoir, Navajo Lake and Ute Lake are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Catfish

Brantley Lake, Conchas Lake, Elephant Butte Reservoir, Navajo Lake and Ute Lake are favorite options for channel, blue, white and flathead catfish. More...

Crappie

Conchas Lake, Elephant Butte Reservoir, Navajo Lake and Ute Lake are the most popular for black and white crappie. More...

Sunfish & Panfish

Caballo Lake, Conchas Lake, Cochiti Lake, Elephant Butte Reservoir and Ute Lake are popular spots to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Walleye

Conchas Lake, Santa Rosa and Ute Lake are the top lakes for walleye fishing. More...

Trout

El Vado Lake Heron Lake and Navajo Lake are the favorite options for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown and lake trout. More...

Striped Bass

Elephant Butte Reservoir is the best option for striped bass and hybrid striped bass. More...

Salmon

Heron Lake and Navajo Lake are the most popular for atlantic, chinook, chum, coho, kokanee, pink and sockeye salmon fishing. More...

Visit the New Mexico fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and destinations in the state. Visit the New Mexico map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in NM at many of the most popular destinations in the state.

 

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