Lake Picachos - Ron Speed Jr’s Picachos Bass Lodge
Mexico’s newest and hottest bass lake near Mazatlán. Lake Picachos is located approximately 30 miles northeast of the resort town of Mazatlán. The lake, created by the Picachos Dam on the Presidio River, was completed in 2009 and is almost 38 square miles in size. The water is supplied by the Presidio and flows down from the mountains to provide a clean freshwater bass haven. The lake is very brushy and heavy with cover and is a spinnerbait fisherman’s paradise.
Fishing Lake Picachos
Lake Picachos, while clean, is very brushy and heavy with cover. It's also a spinnerbait angler’s bass fishing haven. Catch large bass on spinnerbaits,
lizards, Senkos, Flukes, and shallow running crankbaits. The topwater action in the morning and afternoons can be phenomenal. Pop-R’s and Super Spooks have been
the big producers.
The lake was stocked with Florida strain largemouth bass. Due to the lake's remarkable forage base, there are already a significant number of 2-to 5-pound bass, with a lake record of 12-pounds. Fishing is strictly catch-and-release. It's not uncommon to catch 50 to 60 bass in a single afternoon. The fishing season is year-round. Peak season is January thru March when the bass are spawning.
Boats and Guides
They have a new fleet of Xpress boats that offer 60-h.p. Yamaha outboard engines, Lowrance fish/depth finder sonars, powerful 70 PRO Minn Kota 24-volt trolling motors,
two spacious fishing decks (front and back) with comfortable captain fishing seats as well as "lean to" seats up front for those who wish to run their own trolling motor instead of the guide,
rod boxes, live wells, built in ice coolers and storage boxes. These boats are great for fishing these types of lakes that are heavy with brush and rocky shorelines.
They offer substantial room for two anglers, plus a guide, and are strong and durable enough to take on the rough waves when the wind gets up from the Pacific at certain times.
Local Spanish-speaking guides have been trained by several experienced anglers on how to position the boats, where to locate the best fishing areas on the lake, and boat safety.
Lake Picachos Lodge
The lodge currently consists of ten air-conditioned houses. Two anglers per house. Each house has two single bedrooms, a small living room area, a bathroom/shower, and a kitchen area equipped with a sink and mini-refrigerator stocked with beverages. The lodge hosts a maximum of 20 anglers. The dining facility has a large flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi access.
All anglers will depart from the Mazatlán airport via the transportation service arranged for by the lodge. The roundtrip cost per passenger is $75.00 (based on a minimum of four passengers) payable to the driver. Each driver is bilingual (Spanish/English) and is a professionally licensed tour guide. All vehicles will leave the Mazatlán airport for Lake Picachos at 3:00 p.m. each Monday and Friday. Note: If your flight arrives in Mazatlán later than 3:00 p.m., you must arrive in Mazatlán on the day prior.
January – December
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
(Friday - Monday)
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing
(Monday - Friday)
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing
(M. to M. or Friday to Friday)
Non-anglers $300.00 per night
(not recommended, very few non-angler activities available)
lodging, meals, beverages (including alcohol), guided fishing, fishing license, free use of fishing rods, satellite television, free use of satellite phone, Wi-Fi, laundry service, and a nightly Cuban cigar.
Packages do not include:
airfare to and from the Mazatlán airport, ground transportation to and from Mazatlán and the lodge, tackle, reels, gratuities, the last night's stay in Mazatlán at the El Cid Resort, a taxi ride from El Cid to the airport, and anything else not specified in inclusions. All passengers departing from Mexico on international flights must pay a departure tax (approx. $18.00 - $29.00 USD). Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket. If not, it is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico.
You'll need to plan to bring your own lures and reels; however, there will be a large supply of medium and heavy action bait casting rods in the 6½’ to 7′ lengths at the lodge. These rods are made by Temple Fork Outfitters and are some of the best rods available on the market today. While most lures in the tackle bag will work, the lake will produce more, and possibly bigger, bass on spinnerbaits, lizards, Senkos, Flukes, and shallow-running crankbaits. The top water action in the morning and afternoons can be phenomenal. Pop-R’s and Super Spooks have been the big producers.