Lake Picachos Bass Lodge - Mazatlán

Ron Speed Jr.’s Picachos Bass Lodge

Lake Picachos is Mexico’s newest and hottest bass fishing lake near Mazatlán. Lake Picachos (pronounced peak+achos) 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.

Fishing Lake Picachos

Mexico largemouth bass

Lake Picachos 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 over 12-pounds. Fishing is strictly catch-and-release. It's not uncommon to catch 50 to 60 bass in a single afternoon.
Fishing Season:  The Lodge is open for year-round Largemouth bass fishing. Peak season is January thru March when the bass are spawning. For big largemouth bass, Ron Speed Jr. recommends Late February into June.
Guides:  Local Spanish-speaking guides have been trained on how to position the boats, where to locate the best fishing areas on the lake, and boat safety.

Largemouth Bass Haven

largemouth bass fishing

Lake Picachos, while clean, is very brushy with heavy cover and is a spinnerbait angler’s paradise. Catch large bass on spinnerbaits, lizards, Senkos, Flukes, and shallow running crankbaits. The topwater action in the morning and afternoons can be phenomenal. Pop-Rs and Super Spooks have been the big producers.
Gear: Lew’s Super Grip fishing rods are supplied. You'll need to bring your own reels, lines, and lures. Bring heavy lines for the thick brush. While most lures in the tackle bag will work, you'll have a chance at catching bigger 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. We'll send you a detailed list of what to bring in our confirmation packet.

Picachos Fishing Facts:

largemouth bass fishing

Boats:  The Lodge has a fleet of 17' Xpress boats with 60-HP Yamaha outboard engines, Lowrance fish/depth finder sonars, powerful 70 PRO MinnKota 24-volt trolling motors, rod holders, live wells, built-in ice coolers, and storage boxes, and two spacious fishing decks in the front and back. There are comfortable captain fishing seats as well as lean-to seats up front for those who wish to run their own trolling motor. Plus, they offer substantial room for two anglers and a guide. The boats are strong and durable enough to take on the rough waves when the wind picks up from the Pacific at certain times.

Lake Picachos Lodge

Lake Picachos Bass Lodge

The Lodge hosts up to 20 anglers in ten, air-conditioned duplex-style cabins. Each angler has their own bedroom with a full-size bed. Each duplex has a small living room area, bathroom/hot showers, and a kitchen area equipped with a sink and mini-refrigerator stocked with beverages. The open-air, covered dining facility has a large flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi access.
Meals are typically all you can eat dinner items such as fried shrimp, steaks, nachos, guacamole, salsa, and chips. Margaritas, beer, and liquor are included in the package.
Alcohol:  Beer, wine, margaritas, and up to a half-gallon of hard liquor—bourbon, gin, rum, and vodka—are included. Anything beyond that will be billed to you.

Lake Picachos Bass Lodge

Getting to the Lodge:

You'll fly to the Mazatlán airport. The Lodge will arrange for your ground transportation from the Mazatlán Airport to the Lodge. The roundtrip cost per person is $90.00 (based on a minimum of four passengers) payable to the bilingual driver who is also a licensed tour guide. All vehicles leave the Mazatlán airport by 3:00 p.m. (Mondays and Fridays) for Lake Picachos, approximately a 75-minute drive. Note:  If your flight arrives in Mazatlán later than 3:00 p.m., you must arrive in Mazatlán on the day prior. It is recommended that you stay at the El Cid Castilla Beach Resort on your last evening before flying home. Before your arrival in Mazatlán, you'll need to reserve your room. The last hotel night and the final taxi from the hotel to the airport are not included in the package.

2022 and 2023 USD Rates

January - December
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing $1,850.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing $2,050.00 per person
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing $2,650.00 per person
Summer Special
June 1 - September 30, 2022:
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing $1,650.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing $1,850.00 per person
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing $2,350.00 per person
Non-Angler Rates are not available.

Lake Picachos and El Salto Lake Combo:

Rates valid to September 1, 2023.
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing $2,395.00* per person
(2-nts at Lake Picachos and 2-nts at El Salto)
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing $2,595.00* per person
(3-nts at Pichachos and 2-nts at El Salto)
*The Lodges must have a minimum of six clients booked to offer the combo packages. The transfer from Lake Picachos to El Salto is not included in the rate. Add $260.00 p.p. (based on a minimum of four passengers in the van).

Packages Include:

Lodging, meals, alcoholic beverages, guided fishing, fishing license, use of Lew’s Super Grip fishing rods, use of satellite phone, limited Wi-Fi, laundry service, a 30-Minute Massage ($20.00 for an additional 30-minutes), and a nightly Cuban cigar.

Packages Do Not Include:

Airfare, roundtrip ground transportation to and from Mazatlán and the Lodge ($90.00 per person, based on four passengers), tackle, reels, gratuities, the last night stay in Mazatlán at the El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel, a taxi ride from the hotel to the airport, Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything else not specified in inclusions.
Note:  All passengers departing from Mexico on international flights must pay a departure tax (approx. $65.00). Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket. If not, it is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico.

Picachos Bass Lake

Picachos Lake record is over 12-pounds.

Ron Speed with Two XL Largemouth Bass

Michel Renard with largemouth bass.

Michel Renard with Largemouth Bass

Anglers have landed over 50-60 bass in a day.

Two Anglers with Largemouth Bass

Outdoor dining in the clubhouse

Outdoor Dining at Sunset

Lake Picachos bungalows

Picachos Tile-Roofed Bungalows

Great meals


Small living room area of bungalow

Living Room Entry

Bedroom with floor fan

Bedroom with Shuttered Window

Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558