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 allow for non-motorized boats to be used. Boat Permits are a requirement. As a result, boat permits are available online or in person at the Parks & Recreation office located at 535 Resort Drive, Ruidoso, NM.