Red River is a unique spot for fishing because of the river that flows right through the middle of town, which is how the town got it’s name. Visitors and locals alike love to relax down by the river with some bait and tackle. Sitting down by the bank laughing with loved ones as the New Mexican sun dances off the water is a fan favorite for everyone who comes to Red River. Fish commonly caught in Red River are German Brown, Rainbow, Brook and Cutthroat Trout. You can also find Pike and Salmon in nearby waters.
Along with the river, another popular fishing spot in Red River is the Red River Fishing Ponds. These ponds are towards the middle of town, which makes staying in Lady Victoria the ultimate fishers getaway. The Red River Fishing Ponds are pre-stocked with Rainbow Trout so get ready to start reeling ‘em in! *Some of the town’s public fishing ponds are currently receiving a little extra TLC and are undergoing some routine maintenance which will include the addition of a new pier.
For those guest looking for more fishing outside of town, we’ve made a list of some of our favorite fishing spots around Red River.
Eagle Rock Lake is a three-acre lake one mile east of Questa, adjacent to the Red River. Fish commonly caught in Eagle Rock Lake are Rainbow Trout.
Eagle Nest Lake is a 2,000-acre lake south of Eagle Nest owned by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Fish commonly caught in Eagle Nest Lake are Kokanee Salmon, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, and Cutthroat Trout.
Rio Grande is a major river originating in Colorado that flows south through New Mexico, through Texas and into the Gulf of Mexico. Fish commonly caught in Rio Grande are Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout.
Middle Fork Lake is a six-acre lake at the head of the middle fork of the Red River. Fish commonly caught in Middle Fork Lake are Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout.
Goose Creek is a small tributary to the Red River. Fish commonly caught in Goose Creek are Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout.
Goose Lake is a five-acre lake at the head of Goose Creek, a tributary to the Red River. Fish commonly caught in Goose Lake are Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout.
Bitter Creek is a small tributary to the Red River. Fish commonly caught in Bitter Creek are Cutthroat Trout.
Horseshoe Lake is a five-acre lake near the top of the east fork of the Red River. Fish commonly caught in Horseshoe Lake are Cutthroat Trout.
Pioneer Creek is a small tributary to the Red River that enters from the south above Red River. Fish commonly caught in Pioneer Creek are Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout.
Pioneer Lake is a two-acre lake at the top of Pioneer Creek above Red River. Fish commonly caught in Pioneer Lake are Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout.
Now that you know all about the best fishing holes around the mountain it’s time to cast your line. When you’re ready for a mountain adventure, grab your bait and tackle and head towards the river. With so many fishing spots, you never know what you might catch!
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