New Mexico Bass Fishing Information

Local Bass Fishing Info.

The Best Bass Fishing Lakes in New Mexico

While bass are not the most popular freshwater gamefish in New Mexico, the state still ranks as one of the top states when it comes to largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities. While many bodies of water in New Mexico produce their share of big bass every now and then, the ones listed below are known for consistently kicking out numbers of sizeable bass, which is why they're listed as the best bass lakes in New Mexico. 


  1. Elephant Butte is known for monster largemouth bass, but also contains big smallmouth bass.  The Butte is one of the more popular lakes in New Mexico, but despite the pressure, it continues to support a very healthy bass population in the 3-6 pound range, with true trophy bass in the lower double-digits getting caught every year.  The abundant shad population combined with a wide variety of cover and structure contribute to its continued success.
  2. Conchas Lake contains an ample population of quality smallmouth and largemouth bass eager to smack your lure.  The clear water lends to some outstanding topwater fishing, and the nonstop action from 2-4 pound smallmouth bass is enough to draw serious bass anglers from all around.
  3. Ute Lake, while known for its walleye fishing, continues to produce healthy numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass.  Ute Lake offers plenty of action, and giant bass exceeding 6 pounds have recently been caught. Ute Lake's clear waters and beautiful surroundings make each outing memorable and worthwhile.


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