Lake Picachos Bass Lodge - Mazatlán
Ron Speed Jr.’s Picachos Bass Lodge
Lake Picachos is Mexico’s newest and hottest bass lake near Mazatlán. Lake Picachos (pronounced peak+achos) is located approximately 30 miles northeast of the resort town of Mazatlán. The lake, created by the Picachos Dam on the Presidio River, was completed in 2009 and is almost 38 square miles in size. The water is supplied by the Presidio and flows down from the mountains to provide a clean freshwater bass haven.
Fishing Lake Picachos
Lake Picachos, while clean, is very brushy with heavy cover and is a spinnerbait angler’s paradise. Catch large bass on spinnerbaits,
lizards, Senkos, Flukes, and shallow running crankbaits. The topwater action in the morning and afternoons can be phenomenal. Pop-R’s and Super Spooks have been
the big producers.
Picachos Lake was stocked with Florida strain largemouth bass. Due to the lake's remarkable forage base, there are already a significant number of 2-to 5-pound bass, with a lake record of over 12-pounds. Fishing is strictly catch-and-release. It's not uncommon to catch 50 to 60 bass in a single afternoon. Fishing season: The largemouth bass fishing is year-round. Peak season is January thru March when the bass are spawning. For big largemouth bass, Ron Speed Jr. recommends Late February into June.
Ron Speed Jr. Lake Picachos YouTube video
Picachos Fishing Facts:
Boats: The Lodge has a fleet of 17' Xpress boats with 60-HP Yamaha outboard engines, Lowrance fish/depth finder sonars, powerful 70 PRO MinnKota 24-volt trolling motors, rod holders, live wells,
built-in ice coolers, and storage boxes, and did we mention two spacious fishing decks in the front and back. There are comfortable captain fishing seats as well as lean-to seats up front for those who wish to run their own trolling motor.
Plus, they offer substantial room for two anglers and a guide. The boats are strong and durable enough to take on the rough waves when the wind picks up from the Pacific at certain times.
Gear: The Lodge supplies Lew’s Super Grip fishing rods for you to use. You'll need to bring your own reels, lines, and lures. Bring heavy lines for the thick brush. While most lures in the tackle bag will work, you'll have a chance at catching bigger bass on spinnerbaits, lizards, Senkos, Flukes, and shallow-running crankbaits. The topwater action in the morning and afternoons can be phenomenal. Pop-R’s and Super Spooks have been the big producers. We'll send you a detailed list of what to bring in our confirmation packet.
Guides: Local Spanish-speaking guides have been trained on how to position the boats, where to locate the best fishing areas on the lake, and boat safety.
Lake Picachos Lodge
The Lodge currently consists of ten, air-conditioned duplex-style cabins. Each angler has their own bedroom with a full-size bed. Each duplex has a small living room area, bathroom/hot showers,
and a kitchen area equipped with a sink and mini-refrigerator stocked with beverages. The Lodge hosts up to 24 anglers.
The open-air, covered dining facility has a large flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi access.
Meals are typically all you can eat dinner items such as fried shrimp, steaks, nachos, guacamole, salsa, and chips. Margaritas, beer, and liquor are included in the package.
Getting to the Lodge:
You'll fly to the Mazatlán airport. The Lodge will arrange for your ground transportation from the Mazatlán Airport to the Lodge. The round-trip cost per person is $75.00 (based on a minimum of four passengers) payable to the bilingual driver who is also a licensed tour guide. All vehicles leave the Mazatlán airport by 3:00 p.m. (Mondays and Fridays) for Lake Picachos, approximately a 75-minute drive. Note: If your flight arrives in Mazatlán later than 3:00 p.m., you must arrive in Mazatlán on the day prior. It is recommended that you stay at the El Cid Castilla Beach Resort on your last evening before flying home. Before your arrival in Mazatlán, you'll need to reserve your room. The last hotel night and the final taxi from the hotel to the airport are not included in the package.
2020 USD Rates:
January - December
3-nights at the Lodge
and 3-days guided fishing
(Friday - Monday)
$1,750.00 per person
4-nights at the Lodge
and 4-days guided fishing
(Monday - Friday)
$1,950.00 per person
7-nights at the Lodge
and 7-days guided fishing
(M. to M. or Friday to Friday)
$2,550.00 per person
Non-angler rates are not available.
Lake Picachos & El Salto Lake Combo:
(The Lodges must have a minimum of six anglers booked, to pull this trip together.)
Oct. - Dec. 2019 and April - July 2020
4-nights at the Lodge
and 4-days guided fishing
(2-days guided fishing at Lake Picachos and 2-days guided fishing at El Salto)
$1,995.00* per person
5-nights at the Lodge
and 5-days guided fishing
(3-nts at Pichachos and 2-nts at El Salto)
$2,195.00* per person
*The ground transfer for Picachos to El Salto is not included in the rate. Add $150.00 per person (based on minimum of four passengers).
Lodging, meals, alcoholic beverages, guided fishing, fishing license, use of Lew’s Super Grip fishing rods, use of satellite phone, limited Wi-Fi, laundry service, and a nightly Cuban cigar.
Packages do not include:
Airfare, round-trip ground transfers Mazatlán to the Lodge ($75.00 per person based on a minimum of four passengers), tackle, reels, gratuities, the last night stay in Mazatlán at the El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel, taxi ride from the hotel to the airport, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything else not specified in inclusions. All passengers departing from Mexico on international flights must pay a departure tax (approx. $65.00). Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket. If not, it is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico.