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  • Abiquiu Reservoir
  • Brantley Lake
  • Caballo Lake
  • Conchas Lake
  • Eagle Nest Lake
  • El Vado Lake
  • Elephant Butte Reservoir
  • Heron Lake
  • Navajo Lake
  • Red Bluff Reservoir
  • Santa Rosa Lake
  • Sumner Lake
  • Ute Lake

Fishing Boats For Rent In New Mexico

The state of New Mexico offers fishing at a variety of elevations delivering a broad range of fishing from trout and salmon to bass, crappie, catfish, walleyes and more. While we focus here on the major fishing lakes in New Mexico the state also offers pond, stream and river fishing as well.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, white bass, yellow perch, coho salmon, stripers, longnose gar and northern pike in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. Ice fishing is available at several lakes, most winters.

Major New Mexico Lakes

New Mexico major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a detailed list of primary fish species in NM, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Abiquiu Lake is a 5,200-acre lake in the northwestern part of the state, 2 miles north of Canones.

Brantley Lake is a 4,000-acre lake in the southeast of the state, 15 miles south of Artesia.

Caballo Lake is a 11,400-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Caballo.

Clayton Lake is a 176-acre lake in the northeast corner of the state, 12 miles northwest of the town of Clayton.

Conchas Lake is a 9,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 20 miles northwest of Tucumcari.

Eagle Nest Lake is a 2,400-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Eagle Nest.

El Vado Lake is a 3,200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 8 miles southwest of Tierra Amarilla.

Elephant Butte Lake is a 36,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Truth or Consequences.

Farmington Lake is a 215-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, on the northeast outskirts of Farmington.

Heron Lake is a 5,900-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Tierra Amarilla.

Navajo Lake is a 15,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, 15 miles northeast of Bloomfield.

Red Bluff Reservoir is an 11,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, 15 miles south of Malaga.

Santa Rosa Lake is a 3,800-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Santa Rosa.

Springer Lake is a 450-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 5 miles northwest of the town of Springer.

Stone Lake is a 450-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 15 miles south of Amargo.

Sumner Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 15 miles northwest of Fort Sumner.

Ute Lake is a 8,200-acre lake in the eastern-central part of the state, at Logan.

Fish Species & State Records in New Mexico

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 15 lbs 13 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 3 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 36 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 78 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 54 lbs .25 oz

Crappie

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 9 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 31 lbs 12.5 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 2 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 20 lbs 4 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 31 lbs 6 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 1.5 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 4 lbs 13 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 5.3 oz

Salmon

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 6 oz

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 0 oz

Striped bass

Striped Bass

Striper

World record: 81 lbs 14 oz

State Record: 54 lbs 8 oz

Other species

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 12 lbs 8 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 36 lbs 0 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 38 lbs 2 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Bonita Lake offers great trout fishing in New Mexico

For additional information about fishing in New Mexico visit the New Mexico Game and Fish website. Chick here to apply for a New Mexico fishing license.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in New Mexico and other boating information.

New Mexico Fishing Guide Services. You can find a listing of New Mexico fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide in New Mexico or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.

If you enjoy Mexico bass fishing, try Baccarac, Comedero, El Salto, Huites or Mateos for world class bass fishing.

 

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