Off Route 91, south of the city
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
Perch Lake is on Highway 91 just 1.4 miles from downtown. It’s a popular fishing spot for bait casting, spinning and fly fishing. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including rainbow trout, crappie, perch, bream/bluegill, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.
The lake is also a popular scuba diving site, with a training platform, sunken twin prop Cessna, and a sunken car. The airplane wreck began its history as a BA53 twin-prop in February 1955 with a capacity of 8 passengers and 2 crew members and was placed in the lake in 1987. Visibility in the lake is limited, so experience is helpful.