Mexico Bass Fishing

Lake El Salto Largemouth

Club El Salto

Lake El Salto is a 24,000-acre reservoir (at full pool) in the foothills of the Sierra Madres, less than 90 minutes from Mazatlán. The Lake was formed in 1986 when the Elota River was dammed and stocked with 10,000 fingerling Florida-strain bass by the government. A forage base primarily of tilapia and shad was also introduced, allowing the bass to grow at unbelievable rates of two pounds per year. The numbers of fish caught today are astonishing.



Lake El Salto

Angler Holding Largemouth Bass with Lure Dangling

"The absolute best trophy lake in the world." Bass Master magazine. Lake El Salto in Sinoloa state is a crystal-clear freshwater lake with about 45 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 140 feet.
Season:  The Lodge is open year-round. During peak season, December 1 through April 15, it’s not uncommon to catch 30 to 60 fish in an afternoon, many averaging between four and seven pounds. The Lake record is 18.8 pounds. Due to the Lake's strict catch-and-release policy, those impressive weights are sure to increase. January through March is bass spawning season and a popular time to fish. The Lodge doesn’t recommend visiting during the rainy season, from mid-July to early October.

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El Salto Fishing Facts

Bass Boats Lined Up Near Shore

Boats:  Xpress American-made bass boats with 65 to 70 HP Yamaha outboard motors, front trollers, steering wheels, and live wells. The boats are great for fishing lakes with heavy brush and rocky shorelines. They are strong and durable enough to withstand the rough waves when winds come up from the Pacific. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides:  Local guides speak enough English to get by, and are very well trained. Many of the guides lived in a village now covered by the lake and have been with the Lodge for many years.
Equipment:  Use of medium and heavy action baitcasting rods is the only equipment provided. You will need to bring reels, lines, lures, or flies. Fly anglers are welcome. A comprehensive packing list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  Your fishing license is included in the package.

Typical Fishing Day:
The Lodge manager will wake you about 5:30 a.m., an hour before daylight. The staff will deliver coffee and fresh orange juice to your room. You’ll have a hearty breakfast in the restaurant. After breakfast, you’ll meet your guide at the boat, a five to ten-minute walk from your room, depending on the time of year. You’ll fish until about 11:30 a.m. and return to the Lodge for a midday lunch and siesta. Most anglers return to the lake at about 2:00 p.m. and end their fishing day just before dark, about 7:30 p.m.

El Salto Lakeside Lodge

Tile Roofed White Bungalow with Cactus in Foreground

Covered Front Porch

Angler in Front Porch Shade Relaxing in Rocker

Air-Conditioned Bedrooms

Two Full-Sized Beds with Blue Covers

Air-conditioned bedrooms with private bathroom and shower.

100-Year-Old Capuli Tree and Tables and Chairs

The 100-year-old Capuli tree provides over thirty yards of shade and was the inspiration for Ron Speed Jr. to build the Lodge at this site near the water's edge. The tree serves as the outdoor bar area.

Evening Refreshment Area

Capuli Tree Lit Up at Night

The Restaurant overlooks the lake and has a large 20-foot indoor aquarium with huge trophy bass from Lake El Salto. There is a satellite TV, so you'll be able to keep up with your favorite sports team.
Meals:  Cheeta, their chef, has been with the Lodge for over 16 years and prepares delicious American, Mexican, and local seafood dishes. The food is served on a steam table (like a buffet), so it is always hot, and you can go back as often as you wish. The highlight meal of the week is often Ribeye Steak and Lobster Night (when in season). Lunches and dinners always have salads, beans, soup, French fries, bolios, corn and flour tortillas... and a dessert such as pies, cakes, and flan. Enjoy a complimentary Cuban cigar after your evening meal.
Alcohol:  An open bar with a mix of American and domestic liquor is included in the package. Beer, wine, and margaritas are included, plus a half-gallon of hard liquor. Anything beyond that will be billed to you.

Getting to Club El Salto:

Once you arrive at the Mazatlan Airport, you'll be driven by a professional driver directly to Club El Salto, a 90-minute drive on a four-lane highway. The roundtrip cost per person is $110.00 based on a minimum of four passengers, payable to the driver. No airfare or ground transfers are included in the package.

2022 and 2023 Rates

October 1, 2022, through May 31, 2023
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$1,795.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing
$1,995.00 per person
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$2,795.00 per person

El Salto and Lake Picachos Combo*
October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing
(2-days at Lake Picachos and 2-days at El Salto)
$2,395.00 per person
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing
(3-days at Lake Picachos and 2-days at El Salto)
$2,595.00 per person
*Ron Speed Adventures must have a minimum of six clients booked to offer the combo packages. The ground transfer from Lake Picachos to El Salto is not included. Add $175.00 p.p. (based on a minimum of four).


Packages Include:

Lodging, meals, beverages (including alcohol), a nightly Cuban cigar, Wi-Fi, use of satellite phone, daily laundry service, a 30-minute massage, guided fishing, use of fishing rods, and fishing license.

Packages Do Not Include:

Airfare to and from the Mazatlán airport, roundtrip ground transportation between Mazatlán and the Lodge ($110.00 p.p. for El Salto package or $175.00 p.p. for Combo package – based on a minimum of 4 passengers), tackle, reels, gratuities, the last night stay in Mazatlán at the El Cid Resort, the 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. As of December 10, 2020, Fishing with Larry now adds a 2.5% convenience fee to all credit card transactions.

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Fishing Travel Experts


Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709

Email:  guy@fishingwithlarry.com

Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558

Email:  brad@fishingwithlarry.com