Sierra County New Mexico Recreation

A Fisherman’s Paradise

Anglers will find numerous opportunities for fishing at Elephant Butte Lake, Caballo LakePercha Dam, and the Rio Grande.
small mouth bass caught at Elephant Butte lake

List of Local Fishing Guides


Elephant Butte Lake, the largest body of water in New Mexico, is known for record-breaking bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, white and black bass, and stripers. In June 2007, Field & Stream Magazine named Elephant Butte Lake as one of their 150 Best Fishing Spots Near You.

Caballo Lake is also good for boat fishing, yielding bass, crappie, catfish, and walleye, while Percha Dam and the Rio Grande (which runs north-to-south through the center of the county) offer excellent shore fishing.

Fishing licenses must be renewed annually on April 1, and cost $35 per year. Licenses may be purchased online or at Pat’s Bermuda Triangle or Butte General Store in Elephant Butte (575-744-4026), and Baquera’s Grocery in Arrey (575-267-9276).

See the legends on the Caballo Lake MapPercha Dam Map, and Elephant Butte Lake Map for fishing spots recommended by NM State Parks (as well as park entrances, marina and boat dock locations, picnic facilities, and more)…