If you’re an angler, fly or reel, the waters of the Four Corners should be on your "Must Fish" list. The Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau can help you plan the fishing trip of a lifetime. Our lakes and rivers are popular with anglers from across the globe. From fishing on the Navajo Reservation or along the San Juan River, to snagging Kokanee Salmon at Navajo Lake the following information will help you fish your way through the Four Corners.
For regulations and license information visit New Mexico Game and Fish or call (800) ASK FISH. Keep up on what is happening at your favorite fishing hole by checking the Weekly Fishing Report.
Where to Go
The Four Corners region features a variety of fishing holes just waiting to be explored. The San Juan River is at the top of most "Must Fish" lists but don’t forget to explore our lakes! The following are some of our most popular areas with anglers exploring the Four Corners.
San Juan River
The San Juan River is known for world-class trout fishing. The 4 miles of Special Trout Waters at the base of Navajo Dam brings anglers from across the globe for year round fishing. The water released from Navajo Lake is clear, cold and rich in nutrients and sustains one of the most prolific trout populations in North America in terms of size and quantity. The Special Trout Waters of the San Juan River is often referred to as ‘Quality Waters’. Teeming with rainbow and brown trout that average 17 inches in length, this section is catch and release only and requires the use of flies and artificial lures with a single barbless hook. Outside of ‘Quality Waters’ the fishing is great and over 3 miles of the San Juan River await fisherman where regular state fishing guidelines apply.
San Juan River Map
Navajo Lake offers 150 miles of shoreline and a beautiful vast lake to fish. The lake is 396 feet deep making it one of the finest fisheries in the Southwest. Species include: carp, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass, brown and rainbow trout, channel catfish, crappie, kokanee salmon and a variety of sunfish. Visit our Navajo Lake page for more information on this popular fishing and recreation area.
Jackson Lake is a popular fishing spot with locals. The lake sits amidst 840 acres of the Jackson Lake Wildlife Area. Wildlife viewing, hiking and fishing are popular here year round. Access to the lake is by foot only, 1/4 mile hike from the parking lot. The lake parking area is located off NM Highway 170 (La Plata Highway), just 5 miles north of Farmington. Lake species include: catfish, bluegill and bass. Facilities are not available.
Morgan Lake, Cutter Reservoir and Whiskey Lake, managed by the Navajo Nation, are just a few of the lakes located on the reservation that are popular with anglers. Fishing is permitted year round. Contact Navajo Fish and Wildlife Department, (928) 871-6451, for information.
Navajo Nation Fishing Lakes