Mexico Bass Fishing
Lake El Salto Largemouth
Club El Salto
Lake El Salto is a 24,000-acre reservoir (at full pool) in the foothills of the Sierra Madres, less than 90 minutes from Mazatlán. The Lake was formed in 1986 when the Elota River was dammed and stocked with 10,000 fingerling Florida-strain bass by the government. A forage base primarily of tilapia and shad was also introduced, allowing the bass to grow at unbelievable rates of two pounds per year. The numbers of fish caught today are astonishing.
Lake El Salto
"The absolute best trophy lake in the world." Bass Master magazine. Lake El Salto in Sinoloa state is a crystal-clear freshwater lake with about 45 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 140 feet.
Season: The Lodge is open year-round. During peak season, December 1 through April 15, it’s not uncommon to catch 30 to 60 fish in an afternoon, many averaging between four and seven pounds. The Lake record is 18.8 pounds. Due to the Lake's strict catch-and-release policy, those impressive weights are sure to increase. January through March is bass spawning season and a popular time to fish. The Lodge doesn’t recommend visiting during the rainy season, from mid-July to early October.
El Salto Fishing Facts
Boats: Xpress American-made bass boats with 65 to 70 HP Yamaha outboard motors, front trollers, steering wheels, and live wells. The boats are great for fishing lakes with heavy brush and rocky shorelines. They are strong and durable enough to withstand the rough waves when winds come up from the Pacific. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides: Local guides speak enough English to get by, and are very well trained. Many of the guides lived in a village now covered by the lake and have been with the Lodge for many years.
Equipment: Use of medium and heavy action baitcasting rods is the only equipment provided. You will need to bring reels, lines, lures, or flies. Fly anglers are welcome. A comprehensive packing list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: Your fishing license is included in the package.
Typical Fishing Day:
The Lodge manager will wake you about 5:30 a.m., an hour before daylight. The staff will deliver coffee and fresh orange juice to your room. You’ll have a hearty breakfast in the restaurant. After breakfast, you’ll meet your guide at the boat, a five to ten-minute walk from your room, depending on the time of year. You’ll fish until about 11:30 a.m. and return to the Lodge for a midday lunch and siesta. Most anglers return to the lake at about 2:00 p.m. and end their fishing day just before dark, about 7:30 p.m.
El Salto Lakeside Lodge
Covered Front Porch
Air-conditioned bedrooms with private bathroom and shower.
The 100-year-old Capuli tree provides over thirty yards of shade and was the inspiration for Ron Speed Jr. to build the Lodge at this site near the water's edge. The tree serves as the outdoor bar area.
Evening Refreshment Area
The Restaurant overlooks the lake and has a large 20-foot indoor aquarium with huge trophy bass from Lake El Salto. There is a satellite TV, so you'll be able to keep up with your favorite sports team.
Meals: Cheeta, their chef, has been with the Lodge for over 16 years and prepares delicious American, Mexican, and local seafood dishes. The food is served on a steam table (like a buffet), so it is always hot, and you can go back as often as you wish. The highlight meal of the week is often Ribeye Steak and Lobster Night (when in season). Lunches and dinners always have salads, beans, soup, French fries, bolios, corn and flour tortillas... and a dessert such as pies, cakes, and flan. Enjoy a complimentary Cuban cigar after your evening meal.
Alcohol: An open bar with a mix of American and domestic liquor is included in the package. Beer, wine, and margaritas are included, plus a half-gallon of hard liquor. Anything beyond that will be billed to you.