Ruidoso Fishing

Fishing is one of the greatest attractions to Ruidoso. There are many locations in and around the Ruidoso area to choose from that will be sure to meet all of your fishing needs. Many of these locations are stocked throughout the year with catfish as well as several types of trout.  

 

Alto Lake

Alto Lake presents a spectacular scenic view. The lake is stocked with catfish throughout the year. Fishing is permitted from dawn to dusk year-round. A New Mexico fishing license is a requirement for those 12 years of age and older. In addition, Alto Lake is one of two fishing locations in and around Ruidoso which […]

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Bonito Creek

The Bonito Creek is located 12 miles northwest of Ruidoso and runs from Bonita Lake Dam to both Fort Stanton and the Hondo River. Rainbow, as well as brook trout, are located within the creek. In addition, it is asked that catch and release be practiced at this location in order to sustain the trout […]

  • 12 miles northwest of Ruidoso, NM, United States

Bonito Lake

Due to the Little Bear Fire of 2012, the Bonito Lake will remain closed until re-established.

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Carrizo Creek

The Carrizo Creek flows from the Mescalero Lake dam, located on the Mescalero Reservation, and flows into the Rio Ruidoso. The creek enters the Rio Ruidoso River near the Chamber of Commerce building and the family fun center, Funtrackers. The Carrizo Creek also acts as Ruidoso’s hatchery and nursery for Brown Trout. Therefore, only catch-and-release […]

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek is a tributary to the Ruidoso River, and it follows Highway 532. This tributary contains some native Brook and Rainbow Trout. A fishing license is a requirement for those 12 years of age or older.

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Eagle Lakes

The Eagle Lakes are located on the Mescalero reservation. They can be accessed from Highway 532, which is also referred to as Ski Run Road. The two lakes are stocked and open from late May through mid-September. Daily permits are a requirement in order to fish. The permits are available for purchase at the entrance. […]

  • , Mescalero, NM, United States

Grindstone Reservoir

At 30 acres, the Grindstone Reservoir is one of the largest lakes in the Ruidoso area. The Grindstone Reservoir is located less than two miles from downtown Ruidoso allowing for quick access to local shops and restaurants. This lake is open to fishing year-round, and summer hours are from sunrise until 10 pm. The Grindstone […]

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Mescalero Lake

The Mescalero Lake is located on the Mescalero reservation at the Inn of the Mountain God’s Resort. The lake is stocked with fish and open daily. In order to fish or boat on this lake, it is a requirement that you purchase a daily fishing permit at the hotel’s front desk. They allow you to […]

  • , Mescalero, NM, United States

Ruidoso River

The Ruidoso River runs from the Sacramento Mountains through Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs into the Hondo River. The river is stocked year-round with Rainbow trout, and Brown trout can also be found here as well. In addition, there is a daily limit of three fish per license. A New Mexico fishing license is a requirement […]

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Ruidoso River

Another section of the Ruidoso River is located on the Mescalero reservation. This section of the river is open from May through September. Permits to fish on this section of the river are available for purchase at the entrance to the reservation.

  • , Mescalero, NM, United States

Seeping Springs Trout Lake

Seeping Springs Trout Lake is a private lake four miles east of the Ruidoso Down racetrack. This location is stocked with trout. Especially relevant is this location is geared towards beginning anglers and young children. A fishing license is not a requirement. However, there is a price-per-inch fishing fee. The fee includes all necessary bait, […]

  • , Ruidoso, NM, United States

Silver Lake

Silver Lake is located on the Mescalero reservation off of Highway 244. The lake is stocked with trout. This fishing location is open from May through September. A permit is a requirement. You can purchase a permit at the Silver Lake office.

  • , Mescalero, NM, United States