Major League Fishing

Published: February 5, 2016


The U.S. is dotted with epic bass fishing destinations, but sometimes the grass is greener across the border. If bass fishing Mexico is on your bucket list, heed the advice from a man who has been there, done that, and continues to go back.

Long a fan of the tremendous bass-catching action found in Mexico, Major League Fishing Commissioner Don Rucks recently toured the region again and found the fishing to be as spectacular as ever.

Major League Fishing: How many Mexico bass fishing trips have you been on over the years?

Commissioner Rucks: I’ve been really fortunate to have experienced the excellent bass fishing Mexico                                             offers on at least a dozen different week-long trips over the last 20 years. My most                                         recent trip took place in January 2016.

Major League Fishing: With a number of good U.S. fisheries, why travel all the way to Mexico to go bass                                            fishing?

Commissioner Rucks: Bass fishing just doesn’t get any better in the world than it is in Mexico. Period.

Major League Fishing: What is the largest bass you have ever caught in Mexico?

Commissioner RucksI can’t tell you how many nice fish I have caught in the 7- and 8-pound range, but my                                       personal best so far is 9 pounds. I know for certain I have hooked and lost some                                             heavier giants in the 10-, 12- and possibly even the 14-pound class. Plain and simple,                                       those bigger Mexico bass just whipped my tail.

SIX Of The Best Trophy Bass Fishing Lakes in Mexico

Lake Aguamilpa: U.S. fishermen are particularly gaga about this lake. According to Steve Quin of In-Fisherman Magazine, “The lake record for two fishermen in one boat in one day stands at 628 bass!” He also mentions that the largest one caught in the lake so far weighed 14.6 pounds and he notes that there are over 330 miles of bass-fishing shoreline at Aguamilpa. The lake record should change soon due to the bass growing at a rate of 1 1/2 to 2 pounds per year in Lake Aguamilpa according to the Mexican Biologists.

Lake Baccarac:   The lake was stocked in 1978 with Florida Strain Largemouth bass. Lake Baccarac is 25 miles long and five miles wide with 30,000 acres of water at full pool. The lake record and also the Central American record were set in 1993 by Bruce Knutson at 19.10 lb. Lake Baccarac’s favorite friend and part-time resident, Sonny Talkington, also caught an 18.11 lb. bass at Lake Baccarac.

Lake Comedero:  Located about 100 miles north east of the resort city of Mazatlan, Mexico and is reported to have some amazing Mexico bass fishing.Comedero is also another great largemouth bass lake in Mexico and it is believed to contain a multiple number of  bass that are relatively large in size. This is one of the lakes you want to consider visiting, especially if you want to be able to catch a lot of trophy size bass.


Lake El Salto  This lake opened for sport fishing around 1990. Florida Strain Largemouth bass had been growing in holding ponds and were then released into the lake. The warm temperature of the water helped the bass become very big and aggressive.
Bass spawn is usually February through March. April through June is the best time to fish for the post spawn females.  The average number of bass caught per boat is 30 to 80, with an average size of 4 to 6 pounds. Currently the lake record is 18 lbs. 5 oz.

Lake Mateos:  Lake Mateos is big (all 55,000 acres of it), beautiful, and full of Trophy Bass! Sound too good to be true? This is such a lake, with unbelievably light fishing pressure. These are the primary reasons why I book trips for the trophy bass lodge at Western Mexico’s Lake Mateos.

Lake Oviachic:  This man-made water structure constructed between 1947 and 1952, has been well stocked with a variety of fish species including Crappie, Catfish, Tilapia, and Largemouth Bass.

The lake was heavily restocked in past years with several record spawns over recent years ensuring  the lake's international popularity.  Every year the average size of bass has increased. In recent seasons, catches averaging between 5-12 pounds have been very common. It is normal to see boats with two anglers catch in excess of 40 bass daily. The lake record is 16.6 pounds. Due to the size of Lake Oviachic and lack of pressure, it is "PERHAPS THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN MEXICO."