Light wavy lines on back. White edge on front of lower fins. Dark body with yellow spots and red spots with halos on sides
Abdomen usually yellow. Large black spots and smaller red-orange spots with halos on sides.
Native. Dark olive-green along back, shading to golden-yellow belly. Small black spots.
Light to dark green with white, irregular spots on head, body, and most of tail. Indented tail fin.
Numerous black spots on silver body. Pink streak along sides.
Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout
Native. State Fish. Red slash marks below jaw. Large, dark irregular spots, mostly near tail.
Brook trout are uncommon in New Mexico. Most brook trout populations occur in smaller and more difficult to access streams around the state. Two of the more easily accessible streams to consider include Cabresto Creek above Questa and Tecolote Creek near Las Vegas.
Several wild populations of brown trout occur throughout New Mexico. The Rio Grande Gorge supports a thriving population of brown trout in a wild setting. Other streams include the Rio Guadalupe in the Jemez and the Cimarron River below Eagle Nest Dam.
See the Gila Trout Recovery and Angling page.
In the 1980’s, lake trout were introduced at Heron Lake and since have established a self-sustaining population. Fishing is usually best during spring and fall months. Low water levels are anticipated in 2014 and may impact access.
NMDGF stocks rainbow trout in a number of waters to provide angling opportunity. The Albuquerque area drains and Tingley Beach are stocked weekly during the winter months. Many of the streams were affected by fires, but Red River, San Juan River and Cimarron River should provide good opportunities for rainbow trout.
Rio Grande CutthroatTrout
See the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout section under Native New Mexico Fish.
Female: Bluish green along back, silvery sides. Pinkish red to orange hue on sides when spawning.
Spawning Male: Long snout, hooked jaws and arched back. Sides turn pinkish red to orange.
Low reservoir levels are anticipated at Heron Lake this year and expected to impact kokanee fishing. Navajo Lake may provide a more favorable alternative for trolling during the 2014 season. Eagle Nest Lake also is stocked every year with kokanee and should provide good trolling.
Sport Fish Restoration Act
A 10-percent federal excise tax on your purchase of fishing equipment and motor boat fuel helps states individually promote sport fisheries. This includes acquiring easements or leases for public fishing, funding hatchery and stocking programs, supporting aquatic education programs, and improving boating facilities for anglers.