Guide To Great Trout Fishing Locations In New Mexico
All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown and lake trout in local lakes and streams.
Abiquiu Reservoir, Caballo Lake, Eagle Nest Lake, El Vado Lake, Heron Lake, Navajo Lake, Springer Lake, and Stone Lake are some of the larger lakes in the state with a population of trout. In addition, some smaller lakes and rivers may also contain trout. Several lakes in the state offer ice fishing for trout.
Trout Species In The State
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 31 lbs 12.5 oz
World record: 41 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 10 lbs 2 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 20 lbs 4 oz
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 31 lbs 6 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
New Mexico State Record Trout
The state record rainbow trout was caught from Santa Cruz Lake.
The state record cutthroat trout was taken out of Latir Lakes.
The state record brook trout was taken out of Hidden Lake.
The state record brown trout came from the Chama River.
The state record lake trout was caught in Heron Lake.
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.
Additional trout information
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.
Trout locations and info, by state.
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.