MEXICO BASS FISHING
THE BEST BASS FISHING LAKES IN MEXICO
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It's time to dust off that ol' passport and head South to one of Mexico's finest bass fishing lakes.
If you want to catch a 10-pound-plus bass, perhaps several lunkers that size, your best chance lies in planning a fishing trip to Mexico. Dozens of lakes built by our neighbors south of the border offer good fishing opportunities for huge largemouths, thanks to a long growing season, plentiful forage and Florida bass genes that produce hawgs often reaching double-digit weights.
The question is, which of many prime Mexican fishing waters currently offer the best chances for landing that bass of a lifetime? Here are four you certainly should consider.
LAKE AGUAMILPA: Lake Aguamilpa, another one of the great largemouth bass lakes in Mexico, is known to have a considerable number of these bass in its waters, which means that it is one of the newer lakes. Although the bass in this particular lake are numerous, their size range from 3-10 lbs. Most anglers catch from 80-100 bass per day. The current lake record is 14 lb. 6 oz.
Location: approximately 90 miles due east of Los Mochis in Sinaloa
Size: approximately 30,000 acres at full pool
Lake record largemouth: 19 pounds, 2 ounces, a record for Latin America, including Cuba. Local netters, who harvest tilapia in Baccarac, say they have caught and released largemouths exceeding 22 pounds.
Facts: Like many Mexican bass lakes, Baccarac has experienced ups and downs in bass fishing due to droughts, hurricanes, fish kills and other factors. Just a few years ago, some anglers were saying it was long past its prime, but conditions recently have been favorable for good spawns and growth of older bass, bringing the lake back into the limelight as one of Mexico’s prospering blue-ribbon destinations for sizeable bass in numbers. Visitors today can expect to catch 60-100 bass daily, including, if they’re lucky, one to several 10-pound plus monsters.
Fishing tips: Certainly other lures often prove productive as well, but on Baccarac, deep-diving crankbaits are valued above all others for enticing the lake’s huge bass. Casting big cranks all day will give you throbbing hands and wrists, but when the result is the bass of a lifetime leaping high above the water, you’ll be glad you made the effort. Cast close to the bank or visible cover, reel fast to get the big wobbly bait down to the fish zone, then retrieve with momentary pauses now and then. On good days, you’ll catch a bass every cast using this technique.
Can’t handle the rigors of chunking and winding crankbaits? All is not lost. Near dawn and dusk, big topwater plugs worked noisily on the surface often provide unforgettable action. Spinnerbaits, rattlebaits, large plastic lizards, worms and swimbaits will nab plenty of battlers throughout the rest of the day.
Plan well ahead for your trip. You’ll have to book early to get some of the limited accommodations during the September through June fishing season.
LAKE COMEDERO: Lake Comedero, is one of the great largemouth bass lakes in Mexico, located 100 miles northeast of the seaside resort of Mazatlan. Its clear, cool water is teeming with thousands of hungry Mexico black bass which will strike almost any type of lure all year. Without any doubt, Comedero is one of the world’s best bass lake for numbers of bass from 8 lbs to 12 lbs with some bass ranging from 12 to 15 lbs. with a lake record of 19.6oz. Daily catches average 40 to 60 fish per day per boat. It is totally a catch and release lake. Because of its remoteness it receives less fishing pressure. If you want a true “fishing trip,” this is the lake to fish. Our seasons run from September through April and Coras Lodge Comedero has prepared the schedule to assure you get the most fishing possible, yet ample time to relax and enjoy your visit to Old Mexico and its native surroundings. Even when slow, Mexico's Lake Comedero still produces big bass. Lake Record 19 lb 6 oz.
LAKE EL SALTO:
Location: 75 miles northeast of Mazatlán in western Mexico’s Sinaloa state
Size: approximately 24,000 acres at full pool
Lake record largemouth: 18-1/2 pounds. Only three U.S. states - California, Florida and Georgia - have produced records greater in size.
One of the greatest black bass lakes in Mexico, Lake El Salto should definitely be one of the bass fishing destinations you visit when you in Mexico. This is one of five lakes positioned on the Western side of the Mexican coast. Although this particular lake is associated with the other four great black bass lakes, each one of these lakes differs in the amount of black bass that are residing in them. The newer the lakes are, the greater the number of black bass that are present. However, the size of the black bass is not as large as those located in the older lakes. In Lake El Salto, the black bass are relatively large in size. With a lake record of 18 lbs 6 oz.
OTHER LAKES TO CONSIDER
LAKE EL CUCHILLO:
Location: in the state of Nuevo Leon in northeastern Mexico, a 1-1/2-hour drive on paved highway from the town of Monterrey
Size: 40,000 acres at full pool
Lake record largemouth: 14 pounds, 9 ounces
Facts: The newest Mexican Mecca for trophy bass is El Cuchillo. The lake is still unfamiliar to most American anglers but harbors an almost untapped gold mine of big bass.
Opened to fishing in 1994, El Cuchillo is home to a mix of northern largemouths and Florida bass, a combination that promotes the growth of huge bass with nasty attitudes. Be sure to beef up your line and tackle so you’re ready to handle these tackle busters. Anglers fishing recent tournaments have weighed in good numbers of 10-pound-plus fish.
El Cuchillo is a catch and release lake, and commercial fishing isn’t allowed, both of which promote growth of bigger bass. The water is not used for irrigation or power either, so lake levels do not fluctuate much, a bonus for visiting anglers.
Fishing tips: Many visiting anglers work big plastic worms and lizards through the lake’s plentiful trees and submerged brush to nab big fish. But reports indicate the best fishing for double digit hawgs may be around the many small earthen dams and irrigation canal systems flooded when the lake was built. Inundated buildings and road beds also produce monster bass, and areas where any of these features intersect can be real gold mines, especially in water 10 to 20 feet deep.
Favored local lures for El Cuchillo’s giants include Texas-rigged, 10-inch-plus soft plastics, big jigs rigged for snag-free retrieves and deep-running crankbaits.
LAKE GUERRERO: Lake Guerrero is one of the first lakes in Mexico known for its Trophy Bass Fishing. This enormous lake with hundreds of islands, points and tree covered flats has become one of Mexico's most consistent lakes. Guerrero has also been known to produce some real giants. With the growing popularity of catch and release Guerrero has seen a nice recovery. You can expect to catch between 25 and 50 fish per day with a good shot at fish over 8 pounds. Ten pound plus fish are caught weekly if not daily. All the guides on Guerrero are seasoned professionals some have spent their whole life on this amazing lake. Guerrero is only a short 2-3 hour drive from Harlingen, Texas. Lake Record 17 lb 4 oz.
LAKE HIDALGO & LAKE DOMINGUEZ: Only 15 minutes apart
lake Hidalgo and Lake Dominguez, we have excellent largemouth bass fishing.
Lakes with plenty of action and big lunkers with fully guided adventures in new custom boats. Largemouth bass fishing in lake Hidalgo is action packed! We’re using topwater baits, mid water divers and lures along with plastic worms. Come join us if you’re looking to get in on the fun. We host guys bass fishing trips, couples, corporate fishing events, and family bass fishing charters.
Hidalgo Lodge is highly dedicated to delivering first class services to all of our fishing & hunting guests. You will feel “at home” and part of our family. Delicious meals are served daily; breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, our famous paloma bandido, hors d’oeuvres, margaritas and a variety of beverages to choose from.
Location: approximately 100 miles east of Los Mochis in Sinaloa
Size: approximately 30,000 acres at full pool
Lake record largemouth: 15 pounds, 3 ounces
Facts: It’s possible to land scores of 2- to 8-pound largemouths daily on Huites, but tactics that catch smaller bass rarely work on the lake’s 10-pound-plus trophies. You must be 100 percent focused on catching a big fish if you are to succeed. You must tell yourself, “If I don’t get but one bite a day and it’s a 10 pounder, I’ll be happy.”
Fishing tips: To increase the odds of catching a bass exceeding 10 pounds, don’t fish shallow water along the lake’s shores. Fish open-water structures instead. Big fish typically hold off the ends of points, on deep breaks or humps, and often along the dam face.
Explore the water with deep-running lures until you find fish on these structures, then once you’ve pinpointed bass, hammer them with big swimbaits, deep-diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits, three of the top trophy-catching lures here.
Plan your trip when the weather is hot, the hotter the better. The weather is more stable then, the water’s warmer and big bass are most active. Prime time is from mid-April until mid-July.
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