Family Fishing Statewide

Family fishing opportunities, including Fishing in Las Cruces, are found across the state of New Mexico.

This list is available in PDF format Convenient Family Fishing Locations, the latest New Mexico Fishing Rules and Info booklet, or search and sort the online table below.

For additional information planning your trip, see Regulations for Specific Waters as well as Disability, Age, and Military Benefits.

Take your children fishing - Family Fishing Information from New Mexico Game & Fish
AreaLocationDescription
AlbuquerqueTingley Beach - City of Albuquerque Bio ParkWinter rainbow trout; Summer catfish.
AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque Area DrainsRainbow trout, catfish, bass.
GrantsBluewater LakeTrophy tiger muskie.
GrantsGrants Riverwalk PondRainbow trout and summer catfish. Open to anglers 17 years of age and younger, 65 years and older and individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License).
Santa Fe areaMonastery Lake (near Pecos)Rainbow trout.
Santa Fe areaAbiquiu LakeRainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, kokanee salmon.
Santa Fe areaSanta Cruz LakeRainbow trout. No-wake boats only. Anglers with a canoe can get onto the lake for bluegill fishing in the summer months.
Santa Fe areaCochiti LakeSmallmouth bass, crappie, northern pike, white bas
Santa Fe areaCowles Pond (Pecos River, north of Pecos)Rainbow trout. Youth and individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License) only on the smaller upper pond.
Santa Fe areaUpper Pecos RiverBrown trout and rainbow trout.
Jemez SpringsFenton LakeRainbow trout, brown trout and Rio Grande cutthroat trout
Jemez SpringsSeven Springs Fish Hatchery Brood PondRainbow trout, brown trout; youth 11 years of age and younger.
RatonLake MaloyaRainbow trout.
MoriarityManzanoRainbow trout.
MoriarityCorona PondWinter rainbow trout and summer catfish.
MoriarityEstancia Park PondsRainbow trout.
TaosEagle Nest LakeRainbow trout, kokanee salmon and yellow perch.
TaosHeron LakeKokanee salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout.
TaosRed River Hatchery PondRainbow trout. Youth, senior and individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License) only.
TaosRio GrandeBrown trout, rainbow trout, northern pike, smallmouth bass, Rio Grande cutthroat trout.
Farmington and Bloomfield areasSan Juan RiverWorld-renowned tail-water trophy rainbow and brown trout.
Farmington and Bloomfield areasNavajo LakeKokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish.
Clayton and Springer areasClayton LakeRainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass.
Clayton and Springer areasSpringer LakeNorthern pike and channel catfish.
Santa RosaSanta Rosa LakeWalleye, crappie, bass and catfish.
Santa RosaSanta Rosa Pond at Blue Hole ParkWinter rainbow trout and summer catfish. Youth, senior and individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License) only. Green sunfish, bluegill, channel catfish and largemouth bass.
Santa RosaUte LakeWalleye, channel catfish, white bass, smallmouth bass.
Santa RosaConchas LakeWalleye, channel catfish, white bass and smallmouth bass.
PortalesOasis LakeWinter rainbow trout, summer catfish and bluegill.
RoswellLake Van Community LakeWinter rainbow trout and summer catfish.
HobbsGreen Meadows PondBluegill, summer catfish and winter rainbow trout.
ClovisGreen Acres Pond and Ned Houk PondsWinter rainbow trout and summer catfish.
CarlsbadCarlsbad Municipal Lake and Bataan LakeThe Pecos River is dammed in town creating two city lakes. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass and bluegill.
Las CrucesYoung PondWinter trout and summer catfish.
Las CrucesElephant Butte Lake State ParkBlue catfish, white-bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye.
Las CrucesCaballo Lake State ParkWalleye, blue and channel catfish, white bass and crappie.
RuidosoRuidoso River (Sacramento Mountains)Rainbow trout.
RuidosoGrindstone ReservoirRainbow trout, smallmouth bass and catfish.
Silver City areaGila RiverTrout, smallmouth bass and catfish.
Silver City areaQuemado LakeRainbow trout and tiger muskie.
Silver City areaBill Evans LakeLargemouth bass, rainbow trout and catfish.
Silver City areaBear Canyon ReservoirLargemouth bass, rainbow trout and catfish.
Silver City areaLake RobertsLargemouth bass, rainbow trout and catfish.
Silver City areaRancho Grande PondsRainbow trout and channel catfish
Reference (2017-18 NM Fishing Rules & Info pgs. 44-45)