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Lake El Salto, is a man made lake and scenic impoundment located on the foot hills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. It is 75 miles northeast of Mazatlan in western Mexico.  The lake has approximately 24,000 acre feet at full pool.


Lake El Salto is the ultimate “bucket list” destination for largemouth bass. It’s where every day both novices and experienced anglers alike break their own personal bests. The lake provides a perfect laboratory for growing big fish, with textbook structure, Florida strain bass and an actively-managed tilapia population that enables the fish to grow. 


The best fishing action occurs in the upper half of the lake, where there are more than 30 islands, countless stands of flooded mesquite trees & cactus, rock piles, deep channels, with the majority of El Salto’s nearly 400 brush-covered points. Also, there are times when some of El Salto gets hot due to its more peculiar bass structure, the flooded ruins of two villages. Pre-spawn usually occurs between December and January, with spawning February through March. The best months to fish for big post-spawn females are April, May, June and July.  Currently, the lake record stands at 18 lbs. 6 oz.

Fishing Tips: 

Many of the heaviest bass are caught on deep-diving crankbaits or swimbaits fished on flats adjacent to the old Elota River channel, on super-sized Carolina-rigged worms and lizards fished by the dam, and by running long-billed crankbaits or big Rat-L-Traps through deep holes where hawgs suspend.

October 1 through April 30 produces the best bass fishing for sheer numbers of bass, including some heavyweights.

The big bass strategy on this lake involves big lures, rods and line. Fly fishing can also be done on this amazing bass lake. Because much of the fishing occurs in centuries-old submerged mesquite trees and cactus, it is almost futile to use anything less than 20-pound-test line.

Contact Tommy now to plan your great Mexico bass fishing vacation. 

 505-414-5464 (Central Time Zone)

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