Fishing Near Taos

There are several rivers, streams, and lakes to fish in the Taos area.  All, except for the Canadian River, have cold-water fish (trout and Kokanee salmon) only.  For specific information, be sure to review the New Mexico 2011 - 2012 Fishing Rules and Information or check out the New Mexico state wildlife fishing website.



BITTER CREEK - A small tributary to the Red River. Cutthroat trout.
CABRESTO CREEK - A small tributary to the Red River northeast of Questa. Rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout. Some private land.
CABRESTO CREEK LAKE FORK - A small tributary to Cabresto Lake six miles northeast of Questa. Cutthroat, brook, and rainbow trout.
CABRESTO LAKE - A 15-acre lake six miles northeast of Questa. Rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout.
CANADIAN RIVER - A medium-size stream flowing through New Mexico from Colorado to Texas east of Ute Lake. Warm-water fish.
CIMARRON RIVER - A small stream flowing from Eagle Nest Lake through Cimarron to Springer. The Department owns the first seven miles downstream of the lake. Brown and rainbow trout.
CLEAR CREEK - A small tributary to the Cimarron River in the Colin Neblett Wildlife Area. Cut- throat trout.
COLUMBINE CREEK - A small tributary to the Red River near Questa. Cutthroat and rainbow trout.
COSTILLA CREEK - A medium-size river flowing from Colorado west into Costilla Lake then into the Rio Grande. Brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout.
EAGLE NEST LAKE - A 2,000-acre lake south of Eagle Nest owned by the Department. Kokanee salmon, yellow perch, rainbow, and cutthroat trout.
EAGLE ROCK LAKE - A three-acre lake one mile east of Questa, adjacent to the Red River. Rainbow trout.
GOOSE CREEK - A small tributary to the Red River. Rainbow and cutthroat trout.
GOOSE LAKE - A five-acre lake at the head of Goose Creek, a tributary to the Red River. Rainbow and cut- throat trout.
HEART LAKE - A three-acre lake near the head of Cabresto Creek. Cutthroat trout.
HORSESHOE LAKE - A five-acre lake near the head of the east fork of the Red River. Cutthroat trout.
LATIR CREEK-WEST - A small tributary to the Rio Grande near Cerro. Cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout.
LOBO CREEK - A small tributary to the Rio Hondo 10 miles north of Taos. Rainbow and cutthroat trout.
LONG CANYON - A small tributary to the Rio Hondo 10 miles north of Taos. Brown trout.
LOST LAKE - A six-acre lake at the head of the West Fork of the Red River near Red River. Cutthroat trout.
MIDDLE FORK LAKE - A six-acre lake at the head of the middle fork of the Red River. Rainbow and cutthroat trout.
PIONEER CREEK - A small tributary to the Red River entering from the south above Red River. Cutthroat and rainbow trout.
PIONEER LAKE - A two-acre lake at the head of Pioneer Creek above Red River. Rainbow and cutthroat trout.
RED RIVER - A mountain stream that joins the Rio Grande south of Questa. Mostly rainbow and brown trout with some brook and cutthroat trout at higher elevations.
RED RIVER STATE HATCHERY
RIO GRANDE  - A major river originating in Colorado and flowing south through New Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico. North of Cochiti Lake there is brown trout, smallmouth bass, some channel catfish with northern pike in the Rio Grande Gorge above Pilar. South of Cochiti Lake there is warm-water species (channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass) with rainbow trout in the tail waters below reservoirs.
RIO HONDO (HONDO RIVER) - A small tributary to the Rio Grande 12 miles north of Taos. Rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout.
RIO HONDO-SOUTH FORK - A small tributary to the Rio Hondo near Taos Ski Valley 10 miles north of Taos. Brown and cutthroat trout.
SAN CRISTOBAL CREEK - A small tributary to the Rio Grande near Taos. Cutthroat trout.
SAWMILL CREEK - A small tributary of the Red River upstream of the town of Red River. Cutthroat trout.
SHUREE LAKES - Three small lakes on the Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest. Rainbow trout.
TOLBY CREEK - A small tributary to the Cimarron River in the Colin Neblett Wildlife Area near Eagle Nest. Brown and cutthroat trout.
WILLIAMS LAKE - A 10-acre lake at the head of the Hondo River near Taos. Cutthroat trout.