New Mexico Fishing

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Number of Fish Species:  85

State Sportfish:  Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

Notable Records:  a 36lb northern pike from Springer Lake, a 78lb flathead catfish from Elephant Butte, a 16lb 9oz. walleye from Clayton Lake, a 31lb 12oz. rainbow trout from Santa Cruz lake.

Fishing Regs: See the regulations (pg 7) here or download (right click, save as) here (New Mexico fishing regs)

Fishing License Info:  

  Residents Non-Residents
Annual $25.00 $56.00
1-day $12.00 $12.00
5-day $24.00 $24.00

For more license info. click here (pg 2).

Quickcast:  New mexico is not exactly a water world but that doesn’t mean it can’t produce some great looking fish!  The famous San Juan River in the North is best known for rainbows and browns.  East of the San Juan is a lake called Eagle Nest Lake and when it comes to trout it may be the best in the state.  Also in the lake are kokanee salmon, yellow perch and northern pike.  Moving southward anglers will find the Rio Chama.  This 130 mile long river is most known for brown trout, cutthroat trout and rainbow trout.  Following the Rio Chama south, anglers will come across Elephant Butte Reservoir.  This 36,000 acre water body is home to striped bass, white bass, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish species and walleye.  Still further south fishermen will find themselves on the Rio Grande.  September through October is probably the best time to pull trout out of the river (especially on fly).  Running parallel but to the East is the Pecos River which attracts fishermen looking to hook into wild brown trout and heavily stocked rainbow trout.