LAKE EL SALTO
BASS FISHING MEXICO
LAKE RECORD 18.5 POUNDS - 24,000 ACRES AT FULL POOL - 14,000 ACRES DRY SEASON
225 FEET DEEP - 1 1/2 HOURS FROM MAZATLAN
Lake Salto is a beautiful lake in Sinaloa state with a rugged coastline, located 55 miles from the northern part of Mazatlan at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountain.
Lake El Salto quickly became renowned for its sheer abundance of bass – and as a place where 100-bass days occur regularly. It is believed there are some 20-pound bass swimming in El Salto.
The government was convinced to stock the fast growing Florida strain of largemouth bass into the Elota River in 1985, a year before it was to be impounded for irrigation purposes. Mexican authorities saw to it that those bass implants were left undisturbed for nearly five years. That allowed them to grow on shad and tilapia, which also were introduced by the government.
Plentiful bass have obviously grown up. 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 10- to 18-pound bass now swim in these tropical waters.
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.
The best fishing action occurs in the upper half of the lake, where there are more than 30 islands, countless stands of flooded timber and the majority of El Salto’s nearly 400 brush-covered points. Although the reservoir has some floating hyacinths, the flooded brush and trees seem to harbor the most bass and attract the most attention. Also, there are times when some of El Salto’s more peculiar bass structure – the flooded ruins of two villages – gets hot.
If you love nature, fishing and outdoor activities far from the hustle and bustle, then you should definitely go here.