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River Fishing Trip in Navajo Dam

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Fishing in Raton
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Fishing in Raton
trip description for Vermejo Reserve Premier Fly Fishing in Raton

Get ready for the fly fishing experience of a lifetime on this beautiful reserve in New Mexico! On this all-inclusive trip, you'll be staying in the beautiful Costilla Fishing Lodge as you enjoy exclusive access to private New Mexico Rivers with expert fly fishing guides. **The Reserve:** With snow capped alpine tundra, 19 fishable lakes, and over 550,000 stunning acres of picturesque lands, this place is the jewel of northern New Mexico. Its diverse landscape is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elk, bison, black bears, and mountain lions. Whether riding horseback through open fields, exploring turn-of-the-century charcoal kilns, or fly fishing for Rio Grande cutthroat trout, there is has something for everyone! **The Fishing:** Lure the catch of a lifetime in one of the best natural fishing havens. Fishermen have been coming to here for over 100 years for its 19 fishable lakes and over 30 miles of silver-streaked streams. Test your fly fishing and deep nymphing skills in this world-class fishing sanctuary! **Your Lodge:** Costilla Fishing Lodge is a wonderfully secluded getaway, located 45 minutes from the Main Lodge. Constructed using the property’s own timber and stone, this solar-powered eco-friendly lodge is certified LEED Silver. Enjoy incredible views from the expansive porch, relax in front of the grand stone fireplace, and enjoy meals from a dedicated chef. Tucked away in high country at 10,000 feet in elevation, Costilla Fishing Lodge offers direct access to untamed wilderness and fishing lakes. Breathe in the crisp alpine air and soak in the stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range as you cast for Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout. Costilla Fishing Lodge has 8 luxurious guest rooms. It is available to book per room (2 Guests), or as a full buyout (16 guests). Bookings are for a minimum of 2 nights. Peak Season Rates (May 15-Sept 30, Nov 22-30, Dec 21-Jan 2): Full buyout is $12,500/night, single rooms start at $1700/night Non-peak Season Rates (Jan 3-May 14, Oct 1-Nov 21, Dec 1-Dec 20): Full buyout is $11,900/night, single rooms start at $1600/night **Additional Information:** Rates include 3 meals daily, all non-alcoholic beverages and two daily activities including horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, shooting sports, 3D archery, geocaching, and disc golf. Excludes: alcoholic beverages, transfers, private guides, spa services, photo sessions, cooking classes and curated dining experiences. $650 per person, per night is applied if minimum occupancy is exceeded. Any one (1) child, aged 11 and under, is included when staying with two paying guests in the same Costilla Lodge room. Private guides are available at a rate of $475/8 hours or $350/4 hours, for up to 4 guests. All Costilla Fishing Lodge guests require and are issued a state fishing license upon arrival. The fee is included in the rate. Read More

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Raton

Vermejo Reserve Premier Fly Fishing

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Fishing in Raton
Fishing in Raton
Fishing in Raton
trip description for Vermejo Luxury Fly Fishing in Raton

Get ready for the fly fishing experience of a lifetime in beautiful New Mexico! On this all-inclusive trip, you'll be staying in the beautiful Costilla Fishing Lodge as you enjoy exclusive access to private New Mexico Rivers with expert fly fishing guides. **The Reserve:** With snow capped alpine tundra, 19 fishable lakes, and over 550,000 stunning acres of picturesque lands, this is the jewel of northern New Mexico. Its diverse landscape is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elk, bison, black bears, and mountain lions. Whether riding horseback through open fields, exploring turn-of-the-century charcoal kilns, or fly fishing for Rio Grande cutthroat trout, there's something for everyone! **The Fishing:** Lure the catch of a lifetime in one of the best natural fishing havens. Fishermen have been coming to here for over 100 years for its 19 fishable lakes and over 30 miles of silver-streaked streams. Test your fly fishing and deep nymphing skills in this world-class fishing sanctuary! **Your Lodge:** Costilla Fishing Lodge is a wonderfully secluded getaway, located 45 minutes from the Main Lodge. Constructed using the property’s own timber and stone, this solar-powered eco-friendly lodge is certified LEED Silver. Enjoy incredible views from the expansive porch, relax in front of the grand stone fireplace, and enjoy meals from a dedicated chef. Tucked away in high country at 10,000 feet in elevation, Costilla Fishing Lodge offers direct access to untamed wilderness and fishing lakes. Breathe in the crisp alpine air and soak in the stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range as you cast for Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout. Costilla Fishing Lodge has 8 luxurious guest rooms. It is available to book per room (2 Guests), or as a full buyout (16 guests). Bookings are for a minimum of 2 nights. Peak Season Rates (May 15-Sept 30, Nov 22-30, Dec 21-Jan 2): Full buyout is $12,500/night, single rooms start at $1700/night Non-peak Season Rates (Jan 3-May 14, Oct 1-Nov 21, Dec 1-Dec 20): Full buyout is $11,900/night, single rooms start at $1600/night **Additional Information:** Rates include 3 meals daily, all non-alcoholic beverages and two daily activities including horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, shooting sports, 3D archery, geocaching, and disc golf. Excludes: alcoholic beverages, transfers, private guides, spa services, photo sessions, cooking classes and curated dining experiences. $650 per person, per night is applied if minimum occupancy is exceeded. Any one (1) child, aged 11 and under, is included when staying with two paying guests in the same Costilla Lodge room. Private guides are available at a rate of $475/8 hours or $350/4 hours, for up to 4 guests. All Costilla Fishing Lodge guests require and are issued a state fishing license upon arrival. The fee is included in the rate. Read More

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Raton

Vermejo Luxury Fly Fishing

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Fishing in Navajo Dam
Fishing in Navajo Dam
Fishing in Navajo Dam
trip description for San Juan - float trip in Navajo Dam

Embark on a serene and unforgettable fishing experience with our exclusive float trip on the legendary San Juan River. This trip is designed for one or two people, allowing for a personalized and immersive adventure. Step aboard our comfortable 15' Hyde drift boat, specially crafted for navigating the river's currents with ease, as you prepare to discover the beauty and bounty of this renowned fishing destination. As you float along the tranquil waters of the San Juan River, you'll have the opportunity to test your skills and indulge in the art of drift fishing and fly fishing. Cast your line with precision and finesse, as you target the elusive Brown Trout and the vibrant Rainbow Trout, known to inhabit these pristine waters. Our experienced guides will be by your side, offering expert tips and advice to help you maximize your chances of landing the catch of a lifetime. The San Juan River is not only a fishing paradise but also a sanctuary of natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and serene surroundings as you navigate the river's bends and riffles. This float trip offers a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement, allowing you to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate your spirit. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the charm and allure of the San Juan River on our exclusive float trip. Whether you're an experienced angler or a beginner, our knowledgeable guides will ensure a memorable and rewarding fishing excursion. Book your trip today and get ready to create lasting memories in the heart of nature's playground. Read More

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San Juan - Float Trip

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in New Mexico

What are the best fishing trips in New Mexico?

The best fishing trips in New Mexico are:

Why should I book a fishing trip in New Mexico with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 4 trips in New Mexico, and the most popular trips in the area are Vermejo Reserve Premier Fly Fishing guided by Vermejo, San Juan River - Wade Trip guided by Thomas, and Vermejo Luxury Fly Fishing guided by Vermejo.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in New Mexico? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in New Mexico.

What types of fishing trips are common in New Mexico?

River fishing is the most popular type of fishing in New Mexico as well as lake fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in New Mexico are: 1. brown trout, 2. rainbow trout, 3. brook trout, and 4. rio grande cutthroat trout.

The most common fishing techniques in New Mexico are fly fishing, drift fishing, and sight casting.

How much does a New Mexico fishing trip cost?

Prices in New Mexico can range anywhere from about $350 to $11,550, but the average price for a half day trip in New Mexico is $340. The average price for a full day trip in New Mexico is $5,712.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in New Mexico?

The most popular season for fishing in New Mexico is summer, and most anglers book their trips 0 days in advance.

Do I need a New Mexico fishing license and what are the bag limits in New Mexico?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in New Mexico, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in New Mexico. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in New Mexico.

What is fishing in New Mexico about?

Fishing in New Mexico offers anglers a diverse range of experiences amidst stunning landscapes. Whether casting a line in the tranquil waters of mountain lakes or the meandering streams of the high desert, this state is a haven for fishing enthusiasts of all kinds. One of the most renowned destinations is the Rio Grande, where the river cuts through dramatic canyons and supports a thriving population of trout, bass, and catfish. Anglers here can enjoy not only the thrill of the catch but also breathtaking views that stretch for miles.

For those seeking a more secluded adventure, New Mexico boasts numerous alpine lakes tucked away in the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains. These pristine waters are often stocked with trout, making them ideal spots for fly fishing or simply unwinding amid serene surroundings. Chama River, nestled in the northern part of the state, is another favorite among anglers for its clear waters and excellent trout fishing opportunities.

The state's diverse climate and geography mean that fishing is a year-round activity in New Mexico. From the arid landscapes of the southern deserts to the cool pine forests of the northern mountains, each region offers its own unique fishing experience. Whether you're a novice or seasoned angler, New Mexico provides ample opportunities to connect with nature and reel in memorable catches. Moreover, the abundance of public lands ensures that there's always a new fishing spot waiting to be explored, promising both relaxation and adventure for anyone with a rod and reel.

What are the most popular months to go fishing in New Mexico?

Fishing seasons in New Mexico are as diverse as the landscapes that define the state. Depending on where you fish, the seasons can vary widely in terms of what species are available and the techniques anglers use. Spring marks the beginning of the prime fishing season for many rivers and streams, as the waters begin to warm up and fish become more active. This is an excellent time for trout fishing in rivers like the Rio Grande and the Pecos, where anglers can enjoy the thrill of catching rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout.

As summer arrives, high-altitude lakes in the mountains become accessible, offering a cool retreat for anglers seeking to escape the heat of the lowlands. These lakes are typically stocked with trout and provide excellent opportunities for fly fishing or bait fishing from the shore. Summer is also the season for warm-water species like bass and catfish, which thrive in the state's reservoirs and larger rivers. Anglers can try their luck at Elephant Butte Lake or Navajo Lake, where these species abound and fishing tournaments draw enthusiasts from across the region.

Fall brings its own charm to New Mexico's fishing scene, with cooler temperatures and vibrant foliage enhancing the experience. Trout fishing remains excellent in many streams, and as the waters cool, fish become more active again after the summer heat. This season also signals the start of kokanee salmon runs in lakes such as Heron Lake, providing a unique fishing opportunity for those looking to target these prized fish. Overall, the fishing seasons in New Mexico cater to a wide range of preferences and techniques, ensuring that anglers can enjoy their favorite pastime year-round amid the state's stunning natural beauty.

What types of fishing are popular in New Mexico?

Fishing in New Mexico offers a variety of types and techniques suited to its diverse aquatic environments. One popular method is fly fishing, especially renowned in the mountain streams and rivers like the San Juan River. Here, anglers wade into clear, cold waters to cast delicate flies that mimic insects, enticing trout like rainbow and brown with their lifelike movements. The challenge and artistry of fly fishing make it a favorite among purists and those seeking a serene, immersive experience in nature.

For those targeting larger game fish in the state's reservoirs and lakes, conventional baitcasting and spinning techniques prevail. Anglers often use lures or live bait to attract bass, catfish, and walleye, particularly in waters such as Elephant Butte Lake or Navajo Lake. These techniques require skill in casting accuracy and understanding fish behavior, making it an engaging pursuit for anglers of all levels. Additionally, trolling—a method where anglers slowly drag bait or lures behind a moving boat—is popular in larger bodies of water like Elephant Butte Lake for targeting species like striped bass.

Ice fishing also has its place during the winter months when lakes and reservoirs freeze over in the northern parts of the state. Anglers drill holes through the ice and use specialized gear to fish for trout, perch, and even walleye. This unique technique requires patience and resilience against the cold but offers a quiet, contemplative fishing experience amidst New Mexico's snowy landscapes. Whether casting flies in rushing rivers or drilling through ice-covered lakes, the diversity of fishing types and techniques in New Mexico ensures there's something for every angler to enjoy throughout the year.

What species are popular for fishing in New Mexico?

When fishing in New Mexico, anglers have a diverse array of species to target across its varied landscapes. One of the most sought-after fish is trout, with rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout being abundant in many rivers and streams throughout the state. The San Juan River is particularly renowned for its trophy-sized trout, drawing fly fishers from around the world. Similarly, the Rio Grande and its tributaries offer excellent opportunities to catch these prized freshwater fish amid stunning canyon scenery.

Warm-water species also thrive in New Mexico's lakes and reservoirs, making bass fishing a popular pursuit. Largemouth and smallmouth bass can be found in waters like Elephant Butte Lake and Caballo Lake, where anglers often employ baitcasting or spinning techniques to lure these sporty fighters. Catfish are another staple, with channels and flatheads commonly caught in the state's larger rivers and lakes. Whether fishing from shore or a boat, catfish provide a robust challenge and a tasty reward for anglers looking to bring home a catch.

For those seeking something unique, New Mexico offers opportunities to fish for species like kokanee salmon in lakes such as Heron Lake. These landlocked salmon spawn in the fall, providing a seasonal fishing experience that combines scenic beauty with the thrill of landing a salmon. With such a rich variety of fish to pursue year-round, New Mexico promises rewarding adventures for anglers of all skill levels, whether they prefer the tranquil solitude of mountain streams or the excitement of reeling in big game fish from a boat.

What are the best places to fish in New Mexico?

New Mexico boasts an abundance of fantastic fishing spots scattered across its diverse terrain, each offering unique experiences and opportunities. The San Juan River is widely celebrated as one of the premier trout fishing destinations in the country. Flowing through the high desert landscape near Farmington, it's famous for its clear, cold waters that support an impressive population of rainbow and brown trout, including some remarkably large specimens. Fly fishing enthusiasts particularly flock here year-round to test their skills against these prized fish.

For anglers seeking a serene mountain setting, the lakes nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide exceptional fishing opportunities. Places like Eagle Nest Lake and Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park are well-known for their trout fisheries, offering both stocked and naturally reproducing populations. These lakes are perfect for both novice and experienced anglers alike, with breathtaking scenery and the chance to hook into trout while surrounded by peaceful pine forests and towering peaks.

New Mexico's reservoirs also offer excellent fishing experiences, with Elephant Butte Lake standing out as a top choice. Located in the southern part of the state, this expansive reservoir is teeming with bass, walleye, catfish, and crappie. Anglers often utilize boats to explore its vast waters, casting lines along its rocky shores and submerged structures for some of the best warm-water fishing in the region. Whether you prefer rivers, mountain lakes, or expansive reservoirs, New Mexico ensures there's a perfect fishing spot waiting to be discovered amidst its stunning natural landscapes.

Does New Mexico have good fishing?

New Mexico offers a unique and diverse fishing experience amidst its rugged landscapes and scenic waters. While primarily known for its desert terrain, the state surprises visitors with plentiful fishing opportunities across its lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Elephant Butte Lake, located along the Rio Grande, is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts, boasting a variety of species including Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Catfish, and Walleye. Anglers here enjoy both shoreline fishing and boating, surrounded by stunning desert vistas and clear blue skies.

In northern New Mexico, the Rio Grande and its tributaries offer excellent Trout fishing. The Pecos River, Red River, and Chama River are renowned for their Trout populations, attracting fly fishermen seeking Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout in pristine mountain settings. These rivers provide year-round fishing opportunities, with scenic spots accessible from nearby towns like Taos and Santa Fe, making them ideal for both day trips and extended fishing excursions.

New Mexico's fishing community is supported by a range of resources and events that celebrate its outdoor heritage. The state hosts various fishing tournaments and derbies, such as the Governor's Cup Bass Tournament and the Trout Unlimited events, which draw anglers from across the Southwest. Local bait shops, outfitters, and fishing guides provide valuable assistance and local knowledge to help anglers navigate New Mexico's diverse fishing opportunities effectively. With its commitment to conservation and sustainable fishing practices, New Mexico ensures that its fisheries remain healthy and accessible, preserving the natural beauty and recreational opportunities that make it a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts.

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