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
Updated 7-24-2020
AreaLocationDescription
Albuquerque area Albuquerque Area Drains rainbow trout, catfish and bass.
Albuquerque area Tingley Beach–City of Albuquerque Bio Park winter rainbow trout and summer catfish.
Carlsbad area Pecos River is dammed in town creating city lakes, Carlsbad Municipal Lake and Bataan Lake rainbow trout, channel catfish, spotted bass, largemouth bass and bluegill.
Chama area Brazos River rainbow trout and brown trout.
Chama area El Vado Lake trout, bass and salmon.
Chama area Heron Lake kokanee salmon, rainbow trout and lake trout.
Chama area Rio Chama River rainbow trout and brown trout.
Clayton and Springer areas Canadian River (Mills Canyon) channel catfish.
Clayton and Springer areas Clayton Lake rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass.
Clayton and Springer areas Lower Charette Lake rainbow trout, yellow perch and grass carp.
Clayton and Springer areas Springer Lake northern pike, channel catfish, yellow perch, bull head catfish, largemouth bass and crappie.
Clovis area Green Acres Pond and Ned Houk Ponds winter rainbow trout and summer catfish.
Cuba area Rio Las Vacas River rainbow trout and brown trout.
Cuba area San Gregorio Lake rainbow trout.
Deming area Trees Lake winter rainbow trout, summer channel catfish and largemouth bass.
Espanola area Abiquiu Lakesmallmouth bass, crappie and walleye.
Espanola area Rio Chama River Below Abiquiu Dam (seven miles of special trout waters) rainbow trout and brown trout.
Espanola area Santa Cruz Lake rainbow trout. (No-wake boats only. Anglers with a canoe can get onto the lake for bluegill fishing in the summer months.)
Farmington and Bloomfield areas Farmington Lake rainbow trout and largemouth bass.
Farmington and Bloomfield areas Jackson Lake rainbow trout.
Farmington and Bloomfield areas Navajo Lake kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill and channel catfish.
Farmington and Bloomfield areas San Juan River world-renowned tail-water trophy rainbow and brown trout.
Fort Sumner Area Bosque Redondo Pond winter trout and summer catfish and bass.
Fort Sumner Area Sumner Lake walleye, crappie, smallmouth bass, white bass, catfish, bluegill and winter trout.
Grants area Bluewater Lake trophy tiger muskies, rainbow trout and channel catfish.
Grants area Grants Riverwalk Pond rainbow trout and summer catfish.
Hobbs area Green Meadows Pond winter rainbow trout, summer catfish and bluegill.
Jemez Springs area Fenton Lake rainbow trout, brown trout and Rio Grande cutthroat trout.
Jemez Springs area Seven Springs Fish Hatchery Brood Pond rainbow trout and brown trout. (Youth only under 12 years of age.)
Las Cruces area Caballo Lake State Park walleye, blue and channel catfish, white bass and crappie.
Las Cruces area Elephant Butte Lake State Park blue and channel catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill and walleye.
Las Cruces area Ruidoso River (Sacramento Mountains) rainbow trout.
Las Cruces area Young Pond winter trout and summer catfish.
Moriarity area Corona Pond winter rainbow trout and summer catfish.
Moriarity area Estancia Park Ponds rainbow trout and summer catfish.
Moriarity area Manzano rainbow trout.
Portales area Oasis Lake winter rainbow trout, summer catfish and bluegill.
Quemado & Reserve areas Quemado Lake rainbow trout and tiger muskie.
Quemado & Reserve areas Snow Lake rainbow trout.
Raton area Eagle Nest Lake rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, yellow perch and northern pike.
Raton area Lake Maloya rainbow trout, yellow perch and bullhead catfish.
Roswell area Berrendo Creek/Red Bridge Open Gate winter rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish.
Roswell area Lake Van Community Lake winter rainbow trout, summer catfish and bluegill.
Roswell area Open Gates on Pecos River at US 380 and US 70 white bass, catfish, bluegill, longnose gar.
Ruidoso area Alto Lake winter rainbow trout, largemouth bass and summer catfish.
Ruidoso area Grindstone Reservoir rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and catfish.
Ruidoso area Ruidoso River (Sacramento Mountains) rainbow trout.
Santa Fe area Cochiti Lake smallmouth bass, crappie, white bass and northern pike.
Santa Fe area Cowles Pond (Pecos River, north of Pecos) rainbow trout. (Youth and handicapped only on upper smaller pond.)
Santa Fe area Monastery Lake (near Pecos) rainbow trout.
Santa Fe area Upper Pecos River brown trout and rainbow trout.
Santa Rosa area Conchas Lake walleye, channel catfish, white bass and smallmouth bass.
Santa Rosa area Santa Rosa Lake walleye, crappie, bass and catfish.
Santa Rosa area Santa Rosa Pond at Blue Hole Park summer catfish, green sunfish, bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth
Santa Rosa area Ute Lake walleye, channel catfish, white bass and smallmouth bass.
Silver City area Bear Canyon Reservoir largemouth bass, rainbow trout and channel catfish.
Silver City area Bill Evans Lake largemouth bass, rainbow trout and channel catfish.
Silver City area Gila River Gila trout, smallmouth bass and catfish.
Silver City area Lake Roberts largemouth bass, rainbow trout and channel catfish.
Taos area Red River City Ponds rainbow trout (Middle pond is open only to anglers 12 years of age and younger and anglers/individuals with disabilities.)
Taos area Red River Hatchery Pond rainbow trout. (Youth, senior and handicapped anglers only.)
Taos area Rio Grande brown trout, rainbow trout, Rio Grande cutthroat trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass.
Timberon area Timberon ponds Catfish and rainbow trout.

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