El Salto Fishing Report, Filed by J.W. Peterson

Fishing Guide and Outfitter J.W. Peterson[Editor: this article first appeared on www.ronsfishingblog and may only be used by permission of Ron Speed]


Is this some kind of Winter storm or what? I was in Mexico at lake El Salto with a group of 24 fishermen where it was 75 degrees and sunny just before all of this started. Even that far South the cold front was still felt. The fishing was a little slower than at this same time last year due to the front but it was still a good trip. I fished with my good friend Richard Slack and even on our slowest day of fishing we still boated 40 Bass and our best day we caught 103 Bass. This was Richard’s first trip to El Salto and it sure didn’t take long for him to realize the potential of this great lake. As a group we averaged from 350 – 400 Bass per day with 11 Bass over 9 lbs and four of those were 10 lbers. Richard caught one Bass that was 28″ long with a 22″ girth. Watermelon/Red lizards worked the best for us on both Texas and Carolina rigs. Along with Watermelon/Red Wave Tiki Sticks we caught a lot of fish. There were no issues at all at the lake or anywhere we went. The lake is about 75% full and the water temp was 72 degrees. The lake was mostly clear and looked good. The temp during the day started out about 40 degrees and was close to 75 degrees during the day. The flights, lake, hotel in Mazatlan, dinner in Mazatlan on our return, shopping and the ride back to the airport were all fine.

The camp was operated very well, looked great and everyone there worked very hard to make our fishing trip a success once again. The food was even better this year although it has always been awesome! Ron’s staff did a very good job and we are looking forward to our February trip in a couple of weeks. I spoke with everyone I could speak with from Mazatlan and all around the Salto area and I could not find any reason for me or anyone else not to be able to fish at El Salto. Not at any time did any of us feel unsafe. I have trips planned for the Fall and I already have dates for next January and February.

There were several Bass in the 7 – 8 lb range caught by Billy Ray Johnson, Dave Albert, Richard Slack, Terry and Sandy Russell, Rickey McRae, Larry McDaniel and here is a list of Bass over 9lbs.

  • Danny Shaw: 10.9 – 10.1
  • Richard Slack: 10.1
  • Lee Huey: 10.0
  • Frank Occhipinti: 9.13 – 9.0
  • Dave Johnson: 9.13
  • Chuck Williamson: 9.10
  • Sandy Russell 9.4:
  • David Strahan: 9.0
  • JW Peterson: 9.2
  • Terry Tholen: 9.3

As fishing always goes, we missed other great opportunities to land Big Bass. I may have missed someone and if I did I will correct it on my next report.

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