Questa, a small town just West of Red River, has some of the best trout to fish for. Questa offers some of the best fishing in the state of New Mexico. This small New Mexican town is one that everyone should know about, especially those that consider themselves fishermen.
Fishing licenses are required for anyone over the age of 12. A fishing license covers one rod per person so a Second Rod Validation must be purchased if you like to fish with more than one rod. This goes for anyone 12 years of age or older. You may purchase a fishing license at Sitzmark* once you get to town for your trip!
Eagle Rock Lake
This family-friendly park is just 11 miles east of Red River and is famous for its rainbow trout. This 3-acre lake is stocked with trout and a beautiful place to take the kids fishing. Enjoy the trail that runs around the lake after you spend time catching and releasing rainbow trout with the family. You may also decide to keep your fish to cook dinner for the family that night.
During the day you can access Columbine Campground and fish from the creek. There is a walking trail along Columbine Creek and it’s always stocked full of rainbow trout. Enjoy your early morning walk on the 8.5 mile trail that is known as Columbine Trail. There are many open spaces for you to enjoy a small picnic and fishing from the creek crossings you find along the way up.
Hop on Forest Road 134 in Questa, New Mexico, and follow the road 5 miles northeast. You will come upon a parking lot on the left side of the road where you can park your vehicle, although the lake is still another 3 miles north. You have the option to stop and park here or drive the rest of the way. Keep in mind that the trail is rocky and small vehicles should not keep driving to the lake itself. Drive on the trail north and you will come to the 15 acre- Cabresto Lake, one of the only places to fish for brook trout in New Mexico.
Make it a true fishing adventure and bring your camping gear as there are 9 sites for you to choose from. Set up your tents and build a fire to keep warm or cook today’s catch over the open flames. There is no way to make reservations for a spot to camp, as it is first-come, first-serve. This area is great for camping for a couple of nights and enjoying the outdoors with a lot of fishing time!
If you’re in for a day of hiking and fishing, take the 4 mile trail up to Heart Lake from Cabresto Lake. This 9.7 mile trail is rated difficult but the view and fishing are rewarding and worth the trip. This is a fishing spot that most don’t explore. Brook trout can be caught here, just like at Cabresto.
If you forgot to pack waders or are in need of any fishing equipment, stop by Taos Mountain Outfitters. You can find whatever you need and possibly even some things you didn’t think you would for your fishing weekend trip.
So add Questa to your list of things to do when you visit Red River this Spring.
*You may also purchase your fishing licenses online at New Mexico Wildlife.