Guide To Popular Panfish Fishing Options In New Mexico
All about fishing for sunfish in NM lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of New Mexico you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, white bass and yellow perch. 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, Clayton Lake, Conchas Lake, Elephant Butte Reservoir, Navajo Lake, Red Bluff Reservoir, Santa Rosa Lake, Sumner Lake and Ute Lake. Eagle Nest Lake offers ice fishing for yellow perch.
Top Producing Panfish Lures & Bait
Check out the top producing lures and bait for bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass and warmouth, as well as other smaller sunfish. Click here for the best lures for white bass, yellow bass, white perch and yellow perch.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 1.5 oz
World record: 2.2 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz
World record: 1.75 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 4 lbs 13 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 5.3 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
New Mexico State Record Sunfish
The state record bluegill was caught from Lovington Lake.
The state record green sunfish came from Elephant Butte Lake.
The state record longear sunfish came from Elephant Butte Lake.
The state record white bass came from Bill Evans Lake.
The state record yellow perch was caught from Lake 13 (Maxwell).
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
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, insects, crustaceans and worms. Their competitive nature amongst themselves, for food, makes them relatively easy to catch.
Bluegill Fishing Basics Video
The core principles shown in this video will work for most sunfish, perch and other panfish.
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 source.
Sunfish information in other states.
Learn the lifecycle of a panfish
There is a host of panfish anglers can pursue. Visit the panfish fishing page for details on many of these sunfish you might encounter in New Mexico fishing waters.