LAKE BACCARAC INFORMATION
MEXICO BASS FISHING
NO NETS IN THE DAYLIGHT HOURS
Location: Approximately 90 miles due east of Los Mochis in Sinaloa
Size: Approximately 30,000 acres at full pool
Length: 25 miles
Lake Record: 19 pounds,10 ounce Largemouth Bass, a record for Latin America, including Cuba. Local netters, who harvest Tilapia in Baccarac, say they have caught and released Largemouths exceeding 22 pounds.
Officially named Presa Diaz Ordaz, after a Mexican political figure and president from 1964 to 1970, it is also know as Presa de Bacurato, after the village of Bacurato, which was relocated above the high water line, before being submerged as the lake filled in the late 1970's.
Like many Mexico bass lakes, Lake Baccarac has experienced its 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 40 to 60 bass daily, including, possibly, several 10-pound plus monsters.
Fishing tips: On Lake Baccarac, deep-diving crankbaits are valued above all others for enticing the lake’s huge bass. It is best to cast close to the bank or visible cover, reel fast to get the crankbait 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. Near dawn and dusk, big topwater plugs work on the surface often providing unforgettable action. Spinnerbaits, Lipless rattle baits, large plastic lizards, worms and swimbaits will nab plenty of battlers throughout the rest of the day.
Plan ahead: You’ll have to book early to get some of the limited accommodations during the September through June fishing season.