Nearly half of Anglers at Lake El Salto have caught bass
over 12 lbs!
Located in the state of Sinoloa about 90 minutes
northeast of the port city of Mazatlan, Lake El Salto was
created in 1986 with the damming of the Elota River. The
result is a remote reservoir that sprawls across 25,000 acres
during the rainy months and 17,000 acres during the latter
portion of the bass season. Lake El Salto Mexico in the early 1990s
gained a reputation for producing big numbers of small fish with an
occasional trophy. Anglers witnessed a drastic
change recently, however, as the lake erupted
with a rash of quality and trophy bass up to 15 pounds.
With a year-round growing season and a growth rate estimated
by Mexican biologists at an unbelievable 2 pounds per year,
an enormous crop of 7- to 14-pound bass now swim in these
Lake El Salto is still producing 100-fish days, but those
numbers were being overshadowed by an impressive abundance
of trophy-class bass. Last year witnessed a breakthrough
season in terms of big bass, a time in which 10-pounders were
Just ask Jay and Paul Lemon of Tulsa, Okla. That
father/son team caught and released a 14 pounder,
13 pounder, a pair of 12 pounders and three
10s in three days of fishing. Thad and Phillip
Lacinak of Florida had a memorable experience at
El Salto as well. They both hooked 10 pounders
on the same cast and caught the action on video tape!
California tournament pro Mike Folkestad enjoyed the best
trophy action of his illustrious career with five bass that
totaled 53 pounds, 5 ounces. His 10 best bass broke the
100-pound mark. Mac Kehoe of Texas caught last year's
biggest fish a 15Ĺ-pound largemouth.
During last season anglers on Lake El
Salto averaged catching 80 bass a day. 90%
caught at least a 6 lb bass, 75% caught a bass
weighing 7 lb, 70% a 8 lb, and 60% a 9 lb and
that is not the end of the results.
of the anglers who fished Lake El Salto during
the last season caught a double-digit bass.
A lot of the anglers caught bass over 12 lbs.
Paul and Jade Lemon the father/son team from
Tulsa, Oklahoma did it again.
In four days of fishing they caught 700 bass
with one 13.6, one 11.2, two 10.6s, four
between 9 and 10 pounds and fifteen between
8 and 9 pounds.
A group of twenty-four sponsored by Shimano
visited El Salto for three days. The group
caught and released over 4000 bass.
One member of the
group, Bob Barnhardt, set two lake records
during that trip both of which were broken
later in the season. In one day Bob had five
fish that totaled 51 lbs and ten fish that
weighed 92 lbs respectfully. Bob's record
was broken several times later in the
The final record, was set by Les
Melton of Charleston, West Virginia.
Les caught five fish
that weighed 57.7 lbs and ten that weighed
104.4 lbs. Les estimated that during his
five days of fishing he caught between 400
and 500 bass.
A group of twenty-two anglers from Lake Pointe
Medical Center went to El Salto in mid May.
They estimated their total catch was between
4000 and 4500 bass with twenty over 10 lbs.
Ken Teel caught the largest a 13.8 pounder.
Nineteen of the group caught the largest bass
they had ever caught in their life. One of
the three who did not was Dr. Tim Bray who
had caught a 14.4 pounder the year before.
The list of incredible success stories documented
during the fishing season goes on and
on. In fact there are just too many to list.
There have been many great bass lakes in the
past, but none to equal Lake El Salto. When
has there ever been a lake that an angler
could catch between seventy-five and one
hundred bass a day and at the same time
have more than a 50% chance at a double-digit
You got my attention......
Send more information...fishing reports, lake information,
lodges, etc!!! In other words:
Bass Master Magazine B.A.S.S. Senior Writer Tim Tucker
certainly thought so. He called El Salto "the
absolute best trophy lake in the world."
Now for a few details on the lake.
El Salto is a scenic impoundment located deep in
the heart of the rugged Sierra Madre Occidental
mountain range, 50 miles north of Mazatlan, in
Mexico. It was built on the Rio Elota River
and spans approximately 27,000 acres.
The lower end of the lake harbors steep, rocky banks
with very sharp drops. Maximum depth is around
150 feet and water clarity is excellent.
The fishing? Lake El Salto is full of excellent open-water
structure that's prime for early summer fishing. But
during fall, spring and winter most anglers choose
to bang the banks and other shallow areas
with top waters, spinner baits, crank baits
and Texas-rig soft plastics.
There is plenty of cover to throw at, too -- lots of
lay downs, standing timber, fields of water hyacinth
and a prickly aquatic grass that resembles hydrilla.
While El Salto looks promising from one end to the
other, the upper half is usually where the best
fishing occurs. That's where anglers will find
literally hundreds of brush-cluttered points,
ridges and humps, not to mention the flooded
ruins of two towns, a pair of ancient cemeteries
and numerous shallow flats.
We book you into a five-star lodge with first
Clients are paired with Mexican fishing guides,
all of which are eager to please. The typical
fishing day lasts 8-10 hours. During fall,
spring and winter you'll eat breakfast at
5:00 a.m., begin fishing at around 6:00 a.m.
and break for lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon sessions usually run from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Early summer prospects are best from 4:30
a.m.-9:30 a.m., then again from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
The lodge's close proximity to the lake also
makes night fishing a viable option.
While Lake El Salto's trophy bass fishing
is the primary item on the menu, I can custom
design your November-February trips to include
some of the fastest white-wing and mourning
dove action to be found anywhere on the continent!
So come on down and visit El Salto. It's where memories are made.
Terry Rader 800-371-3524