ZIMAPAN LAKE

BASS FISHING MEXICO

LAKE RECORD 13 LB 8 OZ - 70 MILES LONG 

Lake Zimapan

Air Temperature: Min. 53°F         Max. 95°F

Surface Water Temperature: 70 72.5 ºF

Average number of fish per boat per day: 50-100

Average number of keepers per boat per day: 30-50

Biggest fish reported this to date:  11 lb 8 oz

Water clarity: crystal clear.

The Zimapan Dam, also known as Fernando Hiriart Balderrama Dam, is an arch dam on the Moctezuma River about 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Zimapan in Hidalgo state, Mexico. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production and it services a 292 MW power station with water.

The dam is a 666 ft tall and 400 ft long arch-type located in a narrow portion of the Moctezuma Canyon. The crest of the dam is 16 ft wide while the base has a width of 72 ft. The reservoir created by the dam has a capacity of 126,891 acre⋅ft and surface area of 9 sq miles. The reservoir is formed by the Tula and San Juan Rivers which join in the reservoir to form the Moctezuma River later downstream of the dam. Water from the reservoir is diverted through a 13 mi tunnel, bypassing 26 miles of the river downstream, before reaching the power station. Water at the power station powers two Pelton turbine-generators before being discharged back into the Moctezuma River. When both turbines are operating, the power station discharges a maximum of 2,084 cu ft. It operates as a peak power plant, operating 4 to 12 hours a day depending on energy demands