Mexico Bass Fishing

Lake El Salto Largemouth Bass

Club El Salto - Ron Speed Adventures

Tap into great Mexico bass fishing at Lake El Salto, a 24,000-acre reservoir (at full pool) in the foothills of the Sierra Madres, less than 90 minutes from Mazatlan. 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.

2025 Hosted Week:
Largemouth Bass Combo - Lake Picachos and El Salto
February 7-14, 2025:   SOLD-OUT
Brad Staples hosts
You're not restricted to our hosted week. Book anytime.

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 the spawning season and a popular time to fish. The Lodge doesn’t recommend visiting during the rainy season, from mid-July to early October.

The Fishing Program

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 knowledgeable. 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.

Fish for largemouth bass at El Salto Lake in Mexico

Typical Fishing Day:
The Lodge manager will wake you at about 5:00 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. (depending on time of year). You'll enjoy nachos and jalapeno poppers before dinner, served 30 minutes to an hour after you're off the lake.

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 include a private bathroom and shower.

The 100-year-old Capuli Tree

100-Year-Old Capuli Tree and Tables and Chairs

The 100-year-old Capuli tree providing over thirty yards of shade inspired Ron Speed Jr. to build the Lodge at this site. The tree serves as the outdoor bar area.

Evening Refreshment Area

Capuli Tree Lit Up at Night

Alcohol:  An open bar with a mix of American and domestic liquor is included in the package. Beer, wine, margaritas, and a half-gallon of hard liquor (for the week) are included. Anything beyond that will be billed to you.
Communications:  Free Wi-Fi at the Lodge and the use of a satellite phone.

Indoor Dining

At Club El Salto there is outdoor and indoor dining. The Restaurant overlooks teh lake and has a 20 foot aquarium with trophy largemouth bass.

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 can 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 return 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.

El Salto Largemouth Bass
Fish for big largemouth bass at Lake El Salto in Mexico with Ron Speed Adventures.

Club El Salto

Club El Salto

Getting to Club El Salto:

You'll fly to Mazatlan International Airport in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. 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 is $110.00 per person based on a minimum of four passengers, payable to the driver.
Departure Day:  After a full day of fishing, you’ll return to the Lodge. You’ll take a quick shower and change clothes. About an hour or two before dark, the group will be driven back to Mazatlan, a 90-minute drive. You'll stay the night at the El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel. The following day, you’ll need to take a taxi to the Mazatlan International Airport. Taxi arrangements can be made through the hotel. The package does not include the hotel night, meals in Mazatlan, and ground transfers.

2024 USD Rates

Rates Valid through September 2024
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$1,950.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing
$2,150.00 per person
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$2,850.00 per person

El Salto and Lake Picachos Combo*
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing
(2-days at Lake Picachos and 2-days at El Salto)
$2,650.00 per person
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing
(3-days at Lake Picachos and 2-days at El Salto)
$2,895.00 per person
*Ron Speed Adventures must have a minimum of four clients booked to offer the combo packages. The $175.00 p.p. ground transfer from Lake Picachos to El Salto is not included (based on a minimum of four).

The Packages Include:

• Guided fishing
• Use of fishing rods
• Fishing license
• Lodging at El Salto
• Meals at the Lodge
• Beverages, including alcohol
• A nightly Cuban cigar
• Wi-Fi
• Use of satellite phone
• Daily laundry service
• A 30-minute massage

The Packages Do Not Include:

• Airfare to Mazatlan, and return
• Ground transfers between Mazatlan and the Lodge,
  ($110.00 p.p. based on a party of 4)
• Fishing equipment and tackle
• Gratuities to guides and Lodge staff
• The last night hotel in Mazatlan and meals
• Taxi Service between the airport and the hotel
• Departure tax, approx. $65.00
• Anything else not specified in inclusions.
• Fishing with Larry adds a 2.5% convenience fee to all credit card transactions.

Request an El Salto
Information Packet.  

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