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 and fly fishing the San Juan River, to snagging kokanee salmon at Navajo Lake the following information will help you find the best fishing areas near Farmington. 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.
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 the most popular rivers and lakes with regional anglers.
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
Enjoy a day of catch and release fly fishing at Majestic Enchantment, a privately owned section of land along the San Juan River. Both sides of the river are owned for over a half mile, offering a perfect environment to wade. The area also features a disc golf course and art gallery. Located at 221 Highway 511 in Blanco, open daily from 7am to 7pm. Call, (505) 801-9163, or visit online for rates and full list of services.
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.
Salmon lovers descend on Navajo Lake, October 1 - December 31, for the special kokanee salmon snagging season. Kokanee are land-locked sockeye salmon that form giant schools, spawn and then die every fall. Snagging is a technique for harvesting the salmon and can be done from boat or shore. Popular spots include near the marinas and boat ramps (fishing permitted 150 feet from marinas and boat ramps), the dam outlet and Francis Canyon. Salmon daily bag limit is 12.
Managed by the City of Farmington, Farmington Lake is popular with locals for fishing as well as mountain biking, off-roading, and wildlife watching. The 250-acre lake, is open year-round and offers fishing in 55 degree water year-round. Lake species include rainbow trout, largemouth bass, catfish and even pike. Boating and swimming are not permitted. Farmington Lake, shown as Beeline Reservoir on older maps, is east of Farmington on Main Street/NM 516, offering a fishing oasis just minutes from the heart of Farmington.
Farmington Lake Night Fishing Permit
Morgan Lake, Cutter Reservoir and Whiskey Lake, managed by the Navajo Nation, are just a few of the lakes located on Navajo land 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
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.
Jackson Lake Map