Where to Fish Around Albuquerque

 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 fortunately, 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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    Shady Lakes

    Shady Lakes
    ••• Shady Lakes

    Shady Lakes is just north of Albuquerque, in the area of the north valley called Alameda. Family owned and operated since 1962, Shady Lakes is a short drive to a day's worth of fun and relaxation. There are two large stocked lakes beneath a beautiful canopy of shady trees and a small, well-stocked pond where you can find families with young children fishing for dinner. Kids can fish for trout in the easy catch pond, and if they catch one, payment is by the inch. 

    Because the ponds are fed by a well with cold water, you can fish for trout there even in the heat of summer. The property is also a wildlife refuge, where owls, racoons, turtles, ducks, toads and birds thrive.

    Shady Lakes has a bait shop where you can get all you need to go fishing, from poles and bait to something cool to drink, or a snack to get you through another hour. 

    No state fishing license is needed. 

    Take a picnic and spend the day with the family in one of the most beautiful in Albuquerque.

    Trout fishing permits
    $7.95...MORE per adult (over age 12)
    $5.95 per child and seniors (60+)
    Bass/Bluegill fishing permits, catch and release on bass, catfish, and bluegill only.
    $10.95 per person, any age Non-fishing permit, $3.95 per person, any age, but must accompany someone with a permit.
    Cost of fish is .65 per inch. Picnicking or artist fee is $7.95 per adult per day, $5.95 for child and seniors.

    Shady Lakes also sells spectacular water lilies and fish for your home pond.

    11033 Fourth Street NW
    Alameda, NM 87114
    (505)898-2568
    Summer hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, mid-April to mid-August
    Mid-August to October: call for hours
    March through mid-April, open daily, call for hours
    February, open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pond supplies available during the week by appointment.

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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.

    76 Sandia Lakes Road
    Bernalillo, NM 87004
    (505) 771-5190

    Summer hours, April 1 - September 30
    7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week
    Winter hours, October 1 - March 31
    Wednesday - Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

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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.

    Daily fishing limit is five fish per adult, and three fish per child. Fishing Rates: Adults (ages 12+) $16 plus tax
    Children under 12 $9 plus tax
    Adults 60+ $14 plus tax

    11000 Broadway SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87105
    (505) 244-8102

    April 1 - September 30, 6 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
    October 1 - March 31, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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    Picnic at Tingley
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    Situated in the very heart of Albuquerque, Tingley Beach offers 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.

    1800 Tingley Drive SW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
    (505) 768-2000

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    Ditches

    Pipe Under Road
    ••• © Aileen O'Catherine

    The drainage canals, or acequias, that parallel the Rio Grande, run through the city 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.