New Mexico Record Fish
For a fish to qualify for a New Mexico Record Fish, anglers must catch one of the 25 fish species that are outlined in the official application and exceed the weight of the current record. For your fish to qualify as a New Mexico Record Fish, you do not have to be a resident of New Mexico. Fish must be taken legally in New Mexico waters that are open to the public without fishing charges or fees.
Current list of New Mexico Record Fish
|Fish Species||Angler||Weight / Length of Fish||Water of Catch||Year Caught|
|Green Sunfish||Misty Crowder||1lb. 6oz. – 13”||Elephant Butte Lake||1996|
|Striped Bass||Jim Secor||54lb. 8oz. – 45”||Elephant Butte Lake||1992|
|Longear Sunfish||Patricia Stout||1lb. 12oz. – 10 ½”||Elephant Butte Lake||1985|
|Largemouth Bass||Steve Estrada||15lb. 13oz. – 26 ½”||Bill Evans Lake||1995|
|Smallmouth Bass||Cale Sanders||7lb. 3oz. – 24”||Ute Lake||2006|
|White Bass||Joe Alexander||4lb. 13oz. – 19 ½”||Bill Evans Lake||1983|
|Spotted Bass||Thomas Forni||5lb. 14.72oz. – 21.5”||Lake Carlsbad||2019|
|Crappie||Oscar Buck||4lb. 9oz. – 16”||Black River||1983|
|Bluegill||Thomas Smith||3lb. 1.5oz – 11 ¾”||Lovington Lake||1963|
|Walleye||G.L. Peppers||16lb. 9oz. – 32”||Clayton Lake||1989|
|Yellow Perch||Bob McFall||2lb. 5 1/3oz. – 16”||Maxwell Lake||1995|
|Kokanee Salmon||Mark Casias||5lb. 0oz. – 22”||Eagle Nest Lake||2021|
|Cutthroat Trout||Elias Mierra||10lb. 2oz. – 24 5/8”||Latir Lakes||1981|
|Brown Trout||C.T. Colgrove||20lb. 4oz. – 34 ½”||Chama River||1946|
|Rainbow Trout||Peter Romero||31lb. 12 1/2oz – 33 ½”||Santa Cruz Lake||1999|
|Lake Trout||Paul Casias||31lb. 6oz. – 41 1/2”||Heron Lake||1999|
|Gila Trout||Todd Polak||4lb. 8oz. – 20”||Gila River||2007|
|Brook Trout||Jack Campbell||5lb. 0oz. – 21”||Hidden Lake||1996|
|Tiger Muskie||Justin Easley||31lb. 14oz. – 56”||Bluewater Lake||2012|
|Northern Pike||Samuel Roy||36lb. 0oz. – 53”||Miami Lake||1974|
|Paul Casias||36lb. 0oz. – 53”||Springer Lake||1978|
|Longnose Gar||Lynn Nymeyer||12lb. 8oz. – 39 ¼”||Pecos River||1986|
|Flathead Catfish||Jim Wilson||78lb 0oz. – 47 ½”||Elephant Butte Lake||1979|
|Channel Catfish||Julie Kulhan||36lb. 8oz. – 38”||Stubblefield Lake||1999|
|Blue Catfish||David Gower||52lb. 1/4oz. – 43 ½”||Elephant Butte Lake||2005|
Rules for qualifying a New Mexico Record Fish
- New Mexico resident and nonresident anglers are eligible.
- Fish must exceed the current state record by one ounce or more.
- Fish must be caught in New Mexico waters that are open to the public without charge or fee. Fish caught at farm ponds, fee-fishing lakes, ponds or streams or in waters restricted to use by club members or club guests do not qualify.
- Fish must be caught by legal methods during open season.
- Fish must be weighed on a certified scale (e.g. grocer, feed store, etc.). Another person (not the angler or
companions accompanying the angler at the time of catch) must witness the weighing.
- Measurements must be made with a metal ruler or tape. Another person (not the angler or any companions
accompanying the angler at the time of catch) must witness the measurement.
- A New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologist or district officer may verify the species.
- A side-view color photograph (visually clear) of the fish is required. The fins must be spread open to the extent possible. Applicants grant permission to NMDGF to use photo(s) provided.
- Application must be received within 30 days of catch.
- Completed application must be signed by the applicant and witnessed by another testifying to the application’s validity.
- The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reserves the right to investigate the identification, methods used and the measure /weight accuracy. NMDGF also reserves the right to reject any application.
To be eligible, you must weigh and measure your catch and fill out the application below. Mail the completed application to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: NM Master Angler, 7816 Alamo Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120 or electronically at email@example.com.