Finding great fishing areas is the eternal quest for those who love to fish. Good news: Rio Rancho offers some enviable river and lake fishing spots, whether you want to spend the weekend or just a few hours.
Here are a few favorite locations where you can find tons of freshwater fish. Check individual lakes for COVID restrictions: and please note that while fishing in New Mexico, anglers 12 years and older must possess a valid New Mexico Fishing License or Game-hunting & Fishing license. Licenses are valid April 1 through March 31 of the following year. A New Mexico Fishing License is not required on tribal reservations and private Class-A lakes. Purchase fishing licenses here: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/fishing/licenses-permits/.
Planning to make a weekend of it? Bluewater Lake State Park is well worth a day trip away from Rio Rancho. Enjoy views towards the Zuni Mountains, with camping, hiking, birding, horseback riding and fishing available. Fishing is also some of the best in the state, with tiger muskie fish. The fishing is best if you have a boat to go out onto the lake.
30 Bluewater State Park Road, Prewitt, NM
Less than an hour north of Rio Rancho is Cochiti Lake, nestled in the foothills of the Jemez Mountains, with a no-wake lake where you can fish directly off the fishing dock or your boat. The lake is a great fishing spot for species such as bass, crappie, walleye, pike, catfish, sunfish and trout.
It is a fee area, $5 per vehicle, but the cost is covered by the campsite fee for visitors staying in the campground.
From Santa Fe, south on I-25 to exit 264, west on Highway 16 and north on Cochiti Highway (Hwy 22). From Albuquerque, north on I-25 to exit 259, northwest on Highway 22.
Another good year-round fishing spot, Isleta Lakes, is located about 20 minutes south of Rio Rancho. There are two lakes where you can catch catfish in the spring and rainbow trout during the winter months. If you need supplies and bait, you can purchase what you need from the RV park store located near the lakes.
11000 Broadway SE, Albuquerque
Sandia Lakes Recreation Area is about 15 minutes from downtown Rio Rancho, just across the Rio Grande, with three small lakes. You’ll find rainbow trout, catfish and bass. The area offers a private Catch and Release lake for fly fishermen who prefer a quiet surrounding.
Tag tournaments are fun events, with tagged fish stocked at least twice a year, once during each fishing season. During the tournament time, you can win prizes for catching a tagged fish.
76 Sandia Lakes Road, Bernalillo
Tingley Beach is located in the heart of Albuquerque, adjacent to the Rio Grande Bosque. The two most popular fish to catch here are catfish and trout. The area also offers wildlife watching, running paths and boating opportunities.
There are three ponds available for fishing. The largest pond, called Central Pond, is where you can use lures and bait. Head to the far end of the park to the Catch and Release Pond if you want to use flies, but as the name suggests, you must release any fish you catch. The third pond, Children’s Pond, is for ages 13 and under.
1800 Tingley Dr SW, Albuquerque
Helpful Weekly Fishing & Stocking Report from New Mexico Game & Fish:
Whether you’re a serious angler or simply looking for a fun way to bond with family members, there is a nearby lake, pond or water source to head to for a little fishing fun.
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