The Best Fishing Spots Around Albuquerque

Lakes and canals provide convenient opportunies

Fishing is a year-round sport in Albuquerque and New Mexico. People who don't live in the Southwest are often surprised that New Mexico is a great place to fish and that there is even winter ice fishing here.

In Albuquerque, fishing is a popular pastime, and there are plenty of places in the city or just outside its borders where you can spend the day relaxing with a rod and reel.  

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    Sandia Lakes
    Sandia Lakes

    The Sandia Reservation north of Albuquerque features fishing all year. The three small lakes are stocked with bass, catfish and rainbow trout. Sandia is a great place to do family fishing for the day. In addition to the three lakes, there is a bait shop stocked with fishing needs as well as snacks and beverages. A pavilion is available for weddings and parties. For those who aren't interested in renting the large pavilion, a special spot on the lakes can be roped off for your party.

     

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    Isleta Lakes is a short 15-minute drive south of Albuquerque and offers year-round fishing in the beautiful bosque. The two lakes are stocked with catfish in the spring and summer and rainbow trout in the winter. Isleta Lakes offers fishing, nature walks, and a place to picnic. You'll find a picnic area, a playground, picnic tables and grills, a pavilion, restrooms and a fish cleaning station. The RV park store is equipped with fishing needs as well as snacks and drinks. The daily fishing limit is five fish per adult, and three fish per child. 

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    Picnic at Tingley
    Aileen O'Catherine

    Situated in the very heart of Albuquerque, Tingley Beach offers free dawn-to-dusk fishing year-round. The ponds are regularly stocked with catfish and trout. Baits and lures can be used in the largest pond, the Central Pond. The Children's Pond is for those 13 and under, and it has a wheelchair-accessible ramp. The Catch and Release Pond is the southernmost pond, and anglers may use flies and lures with single barbless hooks there. This pond is stocked with rainbow trout. 

    Everyone over 12 must have a current fishing license to fish at Tingley Beach. Don't have one? Head over to the Tingley Beach station for fishing supplies as well as snacks and drinks. 

    In the summer, visitors can rent pedal boats onto Central Pond from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Bike rentals are also available. There are walking paths around the ponds and in the nearby bosque. The many grassy areas are perfect for a picnic.

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    Drainage Canals

    Pipe Under Road
    Aileen O'Catherine

    The drainage canals, or acequias, that parallel the Rio Grande, run through the city from north to south. These canals are stocked with rainbow trout in winter. The ditches on the east side of the river are sometimes fed by springs and can be cool and clear. They offer good trout fishing throughout the year. The Corrales Drain, which is also called the clear ditch, is a good example. It runs on the west side of the Rio Grande.

    Year-round, the ditches have carp, bass, suckers, brown trout, and sunfish. The Albuquerque Riverside Drain, which runs along the east side of the river, is good for bait fishing. It is stocked above and below the Corrales Bridge and the Rio Bravo Bridge in the south valley. From early summer to December the weeds along the ditches are full of grasshoppers, and the ditch trout love them.