World class trout fishing
Some people don’t think of New Mexico as a fishing destination, but they would be blown away by some of the trout streams and reservoirs this state has to offer. The famous San Juan River has recently been reported as having as many as 12,000 fish per mile - a simply mind boggling number. The high canyons and blue ribbon trout streams make for great scenery while you’re casting to big rainbow trout or fishing for musky on an isolated lake.
New Mexico boasts probably the best fishing in the Southwest. It is one of the few states where you can catch the indigenous Gila trout, which has made an astonishing recovery thanks to the US Fish & Wildlife Service after approaching extinction only a decade ago. These unique fish are closely related to the rainbow trout, but have distinct black spots on the forward part of their yellow bodies, similar to a cutthroat. Fishing for these unique trout is now available in many of New Mexico’s rivers and streams.
- 42° 11° Dec-Feb
- 63° 30° Mar-May
- 87° 52° Jun-Aug
- 66° 32° Sep-Nov
Top fish species to target in New Mexico
Fisheads San Juan River Lodge
Recent studies have suggested that there are more then 15,000 fish per mile..Located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, the San Juan River is world renowned for providing some of the most rewarding trout fishing you will ever experience.
Tiger muskie fishing and ice fishing trips are our specialty! FE Guide service operates guided fishing trips at Bluewater Lake State Park and Cow Creek Ranch. We accommodate fishing from boat, from the shore, or even ice fishing during the winter months. Come see why Fish Enchantment Guides is so excited about getting you out on the water at these locations. Endless adventures await as we take a journey fishing in the great Land of Enchantment! Tiger muskie fishing is what we do! If our team of guides isn’t on the water with clients, you’ll find us on the water fishing ourselves. FE Guides aren’t just “fisherman”, we’re “muskie fisherman”. This is what we do, it’s our passion, our life style. First and foremost we remain stewards of the fishery, guiding is second to that. That’s why you won’t see FE Guides on the water in July and August when the water temps are so high that delayed release mortality is through the roof. It truly is a one of a kind, world class fishery and we treat the fish with the respect they deserve! Come enjoy this amazing experience with FE Guides. We are properly licensed and insured and our guides reputations speak for itself; there’s no better group of guys to take you tiger muskie fishing at Bluewater Lake. FE Guide customers fish from a 2000 Lund 20’ Fisherman with a 200 Mercury Verado with a 9.9 kicker. The other boats in the fleet include a clean 17′ Bass Tracker, an 18′ Astro, and a 18′ Ranger. We are fortunate to have some amazing Sponsors and because of their innovative products you’re sure to have the best tackle and equipment on the market in your hands when your fishing with us!
Doc Thompson's High Country Anglers
Ute Park, NM
Doc Thompson Doc started High Country Anglers in 1995 thinking he could make a living as a fly fishing guide in New Mexico. Thousands of guide trips later he is still alive and guiding. Doc worked many summers at the Philmont Scout Ranch in the 1980s and early 1990s then moved to New Mexico after graduating from the University of Missouri. He started HCA based on his passion for fly fishing, trout, and New Mexico; all with customer service. Doc’s patience, calm demeanor, fun nature and professionalism are reasons he has many returning customers to fly fish in New Mexico. He loves to boost the learning curve, share new tricks with “old dogs” and expand fly fishing horizons. It is often the experience and the journey of fishing that leads to the most memorable days. As Doc says; “All guides love to fish, but I also love to guide.” Doc is the longest operating Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide in New Mexico and is an Orvis Fly Tier-Designer. He has been honored as the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year and Orvis Fly Tier of the Year. He's been a finalist for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year in 2012 and 2014. Doc presents seminars on fly fishing, fly selection and other programs to fly shops and fly fishing clubs throughout the country.
Dos Amigos Anglers
We are New Mexico's premier all inclusive guide service and our shops are full service. We are licensed and permitted for public and private waters around Taos, Eagle Nest, Cimarron, Red River and Angel Fire. Whether your looking for a half, full, or multi-day fly trip we can accomodate you, your family, corporate groups and family reunions.
The Reel Life
Santa Fe, NM
Welcome to Santa Fe’s premier Fly Shop and Guide Service! We specialize in guiding public and private waters throughout northern New Mexico. Our full service fly shop is conveniently located inside the De Vargas Mall and stocks everything you need to make your next fishing trip a success. Our staff of patient and professional instructors can help you maximize your time on the water, all the while improving your Fly Fishing skills. We guide full and half day trips on the Pecos, Chama, Rio Grande, Brazos, Jemez and more! In March of 2014 The Reel Life was purchased d by Nick Streit and Ivan Valdez and the store was moved to its current location inside the De Vargas Mall at 526 North Guadalupe. Both native New Mexican's, Nick and Ivan have extensive expireince fly fishing and guiding in the Santa Fe area. Nick also owns the Taos Fly Shop and has built a reputation as one of New Mexico's top guides. When he was 17 he was on the Junior US Fly Fishing team that placed 2nd in Europe. Nick has guided and fished all over the world, cutting his teeth on rivers from Alaska to Argentina, not to mention the salt flats of the Caribbean.