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 Drains Rainbow trout, catfish, bass.
CarlsbadCarlsbad Municipal Lake and Bataan Lake The Pecos River is dammed in town creating two city lakes. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass and bluegill.
Clayton and Springer areasSpringer LakeNorthern pike and channel catfish.
Clayton and Springer areasClayton Lake Rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass.
ClovisGreen Acres Pond and Ned Houk PondsWinter rainbow trout and summer catfish.
Farmington and Bloomfield areasNavajo Lake Kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish.
Farmington and Bloomfield areasSan Juan RiverWorld-renowned tail-water trophy rainbow and brown trout.
GrantsBluewater LakeTrophy tiger muskie.
GrantsGrants Riverwalk Pond Rainbow trout and summer catfish. Open to anglers 17 years of age and younger, 65 years and older and individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License).
HobbsGreen Meadows PondBluegill.
Jemez SpringsFenton Lake Rainbow trout, brown trout and Rio Grande cutthroat trout
Jemez SpringsSeven Springs Fish Hatchery Brood Pond Rainbow trout, brown trout; youth only under 12 years of age.
Las CrucesElephant Butte Lake State Park Blue catfish, white-bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye.
Las CrucesYoung PondWinter trout and summer catfish.
Las CrucesCaballo Lake State Park Walleye, blue and channel catfish, white bass and crappie.
MoriarityEstancia Park PondsRainbow trout.
MoriarityCorona PondWinter rainbow trout and summer catfish.
MoriarityManzano LakeRainbow trout.
PortalesOasis Lake Winter rainbow trout, summer catfish and bluegill.
RatonLake MaloyaRainbow trout.
RoswellLake Van Community LakeWinter rainbow trout and summer catfish.
RuidosoRuidoso River (Sacramento Mountains)Rainbow trout.
RuidosoGrindstone Reservoir Rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and catfish.
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 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 areaAbiquiu Lake Rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, kokanee salmon.
Santa Fe areaMonastery Lake (near Pecos)Rainbow trout.
Santa Fe areaUpper Pecos RiverBrown trout and rainbow trout.
Santa Fe areaCochiti Lake Smallmouth bass, crappie, northern pike, white bass.
Santa RosaUte Lake Walleye, channel catfish, white bass, smallmouth bass.
Santa RosaConchas Lake Walleye, channel catfish, white bass and smallmouth bass.
Santa RosaSanta Rosa Lake Walleye, crappie, bass and catfish.
Santa RosaSanta Rosa Pond at Blue Hole Park Winter rainbow trout and summer catfish. Youth, senior and individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License) only. Green sunfish, bluegill, channel catfish and largemouth bass.
Silver City areaGila River Gila trout, smallmouth bass and catfish.
Silver City areaQuemado LakeRainbow trout and tiger muskie.
Silver City areaBill Evans Lake Largemouth bass, rainbow trout and catfish.
Silver City areaBear Canyon Reservoir Largemouth bass, rainbow trout and catfish.
Silver City areaLake Roberts Largemouth bass, rainbow trout and catfish.
TaosRio Grande Brown trout, rainbow trout, northern pike, smallmouth bass, Rio Grande cutthroat trout.
TaosRed River Hatchery Pond Rainbow trout. Youth, senior and individuals with disabilities (Handicapped Fishing License) only.
TaosHeron Lake Kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout.
TaosEagle Nest Lake Rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and yellow perch.
Reference (2016-17 NM Fishing Rules & Info pgs. 44-45)