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New Mexico Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown and lake trout in New Mexico lakes and streams.

Trout fishing in New Mexico

NM Trout Fishing Waters

Caballo Lake, Eagle Nest Lake, El Vado Lake and Heron Lake are the larger lakes in the state with a population of trout. In addition, some smaller lakes and rivers may also contain trout.

Visit the New Mexico Game & Fish website for information regarding trout stocking in New Mexico.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

New Mexico Record Trout

The New Mexico state records were caught from:
Brook trout - Hidden Lake
Brown Trout - the Chama River
Cutthroat trout - Latir Lakes
Lake trout - Heron Lake
Rainbow trout - Santa Cruz Lake

Fishing for trout in New Mexico

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

NM State Record: 31 lbs 12 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

NM State Record: 10 lbs 2 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

NM State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

NM State Record: 20 lbs 4 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

NM State Record: 31 lbs 6 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Additional trout fishing information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Cutthroat Trout Conservation

Trout Conservation

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the habits of trout

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate New Mexico waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

Camping and campgrounds nearby fishing

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