Fishing at New Mexico State Parks
Fishing, of all varieties, is one of the most popular activities at NM State Parks.
State Parks and the NM Department of Game and Fish are partners in supporting the
In northern NM, trout is king when it comes to sport fishing. Rainbow, brown, lake and cutthroat trout can all be found in cold water lakes, rivers and streams.
Probably the most famous trout fishery is at the San Juan River at Navajo Lake State Park. The first 4 miles of the river below Navajo Dam is Special Trout Water with restrictions on the type of tackle used and the size and number of fish you can keep.
Of course, the San Juan is not the only place to fish for trout and other parks with good trout fishing are: Bluewater Lake, Cimarron Canyon, Eagle Nest Lake, El Vado Lake, Fenton Lake, Heron Lake, Clayton Lake, Coyote Creek, Morphy Lake, and Sugarite Canyon State Parks.
As might be expected, southern parks are better known for warm water fisheries, including; sunfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass and catfish.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park is best known for white and striped bass fishing, but you can also catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, and catfish. This is a large lake and a fishing guide can help you find the best places to catch a lot of fish. You can also go it alone from the shoreline or a boat.
Bowfishing - Bowfishing is a growing sport around the country and is allowed at all of our lake parks. Only bowfishing for nongame species
is allowed and no fishing permit
Professional fishing guides can help you have a successful fishing trip, and guides
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