Lake Picachos - Ron Speed Jr.’s Picachos Bass Lodge
Lake Picachos is Mexico’s newest and hottest bass 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
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-R’s and Super Spooks have been
the big producers.
Picachos 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 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 largemouth bass fishing is year-round. Peak season is January thru March when the bass are spawning. For big largemouth bass, Ron Speed Jr. recommends Late February into June.
Ron Speed Jr. YouTube video
Picachos Fishing Facts:
Boats: The Lodge has a fleet of Xpress boats with 60-h.p. are equipped with Yamaha outboard engines, Lowrance fish/depth finder sonars, powerful 70 PRO MinnKota 24-volt trolling motors, rod boxes, live wells,
built-in ice coolers, and storage boxes, and did we mention 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.
Gear: The Lodge provides 6.5' to 7' fishing rods in medium-heavy to heavy strength. You'll need to bring your own reels, lines, and lures. Bring heavy lines for the thick brush.
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.
Lake Picachos Lodge
The Lodge currently consists of ten, air-conditioned duplex-style houses. 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 Lodge hosts up to 36 guests, with enough boat seating for 32 anglers.
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.
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 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. Arrangements will need to be made to reserve your room before your arrival in Mazatlán. The hotel night and ground transfer from the hotel to the airport are not included in the package.
2018 and 2019 Rates:
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)
The Lodge does not offer non-angler rates.
Lake Picachos & El Salto Lake Combo:(For this trip, there must be a minimum of six anglers booked.)
October - December 2018 and
April - July 2019
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing
(2-days guided fishing at Lake Picachos and 2-days guided fishing at El Salto)
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing
(3 at Lake Pichachos and 2 at El Salto)
*The ground transfer for Picachos to El Salto is not included in the rate. Add $175.00 p.p. (based on min. of four passengers).
Lodging, meals, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages including alcohol, guided fishing, fishing license, free use of fishing rods, free use of satellite phone and television, 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 ($75.00 per person based on a minimum of four passengers), tackle, reels, gratuities, the last night stay in Mazatlán at the El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel, 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. $65.00). 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 is a 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 topwater action in the morning and afternoons can be phenomenal. Pop-R’s and Super Spooks have been the big producers.