Lake Picachos - 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

Mexico largemouth bass

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.
largemouth bass fishing 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:

largemouth bass fishing

Boats:  The Lodge has a fleet of Xpress boats with 60-h.p. are equipped with Yamaha outboard engines, Lowrance fish/depth finder sonars, powerful 70 PRO MinnKota 24-volt trolling motors, rod boxes, 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 Temple Fork Outfitters medium and heavy action baitcasting rods in 6½’ to 7′ lengths 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

Lake Picachos Bass 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 36 guests, with enough boat seating for 32 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 Here:

All anglers will depart from the Mazatlán airport via the transportation service arranged for by the Lodge. The roundtrip cost per passenger is $75.00 (based on a minimum of four passengers) payable to the driver. Each driver is bilingual (Spanish/English) and is a professionally 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. Arrangements will need to be made to reserve your room before your arrival in Mazatlán. The hotel night and ground transfer from the hotel to the airport are not included in the package.

2019 USD Rates:

January - December
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
(Friday - Monday)
$1,695.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing
(Monday - Friday)
$1,895.00 per person
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing
(M. to M. or Friday to Friday)
$2,495.00 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. 2018 and April - July 2019
4-nights 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 and 5-days guided fishing
(3 at Lake Pichachos and 2 at El Salto)
$2,195.00* per person

*The ground transfer for Picachos to El Salto is not included in the rate. Add $175.00 per person (based on minimum of four passengers).

Packages include:

Lodging, meals, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages, guided fishing, fishing license, use of fishing rods, use of satellite phone and television, Wi-Fi, laundry service, and a nightly Cuban cigar.

Packages do not include:

Airfare to and from the Mazatlán airport, ground transportation to and from Mazatlán and 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 El Cid to the airport, 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.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request Picachos Bass Lake info packet  

Picachos Bass Lake photos

Picachos Lake record is over 12-pounds

largemouth bass fishing

Michel Renard with largemouth bass in 2016

Michel Renard with largemouth bass

Anglers have landed over 50 to 60 bass in a day

Lake Picachos largemouth

Outdoor dining in the clubhouse

Outdoor dining

Lake Picachos bungalows

Picachos bungalows

Delicious appetizers

Nightly appetizers

Small living room area of bungalow

Lake Picachos dining

Bedroom with floor fan

Lake Picachos lodging

Lake views from the covered porch

Lake Picachos Lodge

For more information:

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558