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Seven Springs Fish Hatchery

One of six fish hatcheries in New Mexico managed by the Department of Game and Fish. Free fishing for children 12 and under.


Northwest of Albuquerque near Los Alamos, NM

The Scoop

If you have kids, Seven Springs fish hatchery is a great fishing hole for them. It is located just a few miles up from Fenton Lake. Built in 1936, this hatchery is responsible for production and distribution of the native Rio Grande cutthroat trout, New Mexico’s State Fish. The fish hatchery has raised more than 72,000 trout for stocking since 2002.

There is a kids brood pond and the only fishing available here for children 12 and under. And it is free. This is a peaceful spot that is perfect for an afternoon. I recommend chairs and there is no shade down by the pond, so hats or umbrellas would be handy. It can also be chilly as monsoon storms pass thru in the afternoons in summer, so layers are recommended. Leashed pets are allowed.

Stop in at Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store in La Cueva for fishing supplies and snacks on your way up to the hatchery. This is a fun Sidetrack in combination with our other Jemez Mountain Sidetracks including Fenton Lake State Park Sidetrack and our Gilman Tunnels Sidetrack.