[Editor: this article first appeared on www.ronsfishingblog and may only be used by permission of Ron Speed Jr.]


Lake Picachos …a place where double catches happen all day long!!

As the dog days of hot Summer begin here in the U.S. and our fishing season in Mexico is coming to an end at Picachos (Comedero and El Salto have already ended), NOW is the time to get your dates secured for next season! This past season on Lake Picachos was our very best fishing in the 6 years since it opened and since we’ve been fishing the lake. Yes, even better than the first year or two. Why? I’ll tell you why…because those bass are growing up in a hurry now! From our first group of the season which started last October until our most recent group that fished a week ago, we never experienced one single week of poor fishing….not even a week of mediocre fishing. The constant action and ridiculous numbers of bass being caught daily have yet to show signs of declining. Add to that, the average size continues to increase every season.

Brad Sayre proves the bass are growing up in Picachos!!

In my last update (March), I talked about there being trophy bass in Picachos…and it is 100% factual! I also mentioned that I am not ready to declare Picachos a trophy bass lake yet…because until those bigger bass (8 lbs and larger) move to shallower water depths so our customers can catch them on shallow running lures, then I do not believe it would be “right” to declare Picachos a true trophy bass lake. It is all about setting our customers’ expectations at a proper level. My father Ron Speed, Sr, was a pioneer in this Mexico fishing business and built a great reputation over 43 successful years for “telling it like it is.” He instilled in me to do the same…TELL THE TRUTH! I’ll tell you, it’s difficult for me to hold back talking about the big bass that are already in Picachos because I KNOW THEY ARE THERE! I’ve caught them…I’ve seen other anglers catch them…and I know I can go there TODAY and catch them! However, that requires sacrificing “some” numbers and action! Reason being…and as I stated in March, the majority of those bigger bass live in deeper water where there’s less pressure from not only commercial fishermen and nets, but also from the bass fishermen. However, make no mistake about it…those big toads are out there and it will not be too long in the future that we’ll be giving updates of all the giant bass being caught in Picachos.

This is becoming the average size catch at lake Picachos Now!!

Now let’s talk about the everyday fishing of Picachos. This lake is not only the hottest bass lake currently in Mexico but it’s probably the best bass lake in the world and I don’t think it’s close. I just returned from 39 days straight in Mexico and spent my last 2 1/2 weeks of the trip at Picachos. I have been in this business for more than 3 decades and been fishing Mexico for almost 5 decades…to include some of the best lakes that Mexico has offered over those 50 years such as Guerrero in its early prime years. I can tell you that I have never fished a lake that had this many bass in it…and I’ve never seen nor fished a lake that you can go fish every day and pull up to just about any area of the lake and catch all of the bass you desire. Picachos is alone in that category! There seems to be absolutely no “let up” on the fishing at Picachos! It just keeps getting better and better with the average size increasing every year! That first season (2013/2014) we saw our customers averaging 150 – 200 bass per day but the average size was around 1 3/4 lbs. Today, we’re still averaging close to 150 bass per day per boat but the average size is around 3 1/2 – 3 3/4 lbs! That may not seem like a big jump when you first think about it….but remember, that’s an average size of catching 150 bass per day. That means you are catching A LOT of bigger bass…many 4 – 5 lbs bass…and even larger! Every day our customers come in for lunch or at the end of the day with some reporting catching bass in the 6 – 8 lbs class! Every day it happens! When you catch that many bass and almost half of them are 4 lbs and larger, that’s OUTSTANDING! That also means a lot of tired arms, hands and wrists! The most important thing it means is….A LOT OF FUN! That’s right, there’s no bass lake in the world more fun to fish than Lake Picachos! Take that to the bank!


Lori Smith and daughter Haley Clark doubled up many times daily while fishing Lake Picachos

In case you missed out on our 2-For-1 special this season, it was a big hit for a lot of our customers in March and May! This was a special we were running that gave our customers an opportunity to experience the great fishing at our lakes/lodges in Mexico for half price each…or two for the price of one! This started as a father/son, father/daughter or mother/son, mother/daughter deal…but then I decided to let it be any immediate family member such as two brothers or sisters. I had many people call and e-mail thanking me for offering this special deal and saying their relative(s) would not have been able to experience such a fantastic trip with them if not for this special price. The purpose for offering this was I remember when I made my first trip to Lake Guerrero, Mexico in 1974. I was 10 years old and had never experienced bass fishing like THAT! I had fished a lot of good lakes in Texas (Falcon, Toledo Bend, Sam Rayburn and Cedar Creek Lake) but the most bass I had ever caught in a single day was maybe 15 – 20…and that was in 1972 on Toledo Bend not long after it had opened. It was new and loaded with bass….but nothing like what Mexico has to offer. Anyway, I will never forget that first trip to Mexico and the impact it had on me…as for my brother as well. Therefore I wanted to provide others the same opportunity that I was blessed with almost 45 years ago! Since this was such a big hit this past season, I’m going to offer it again for next season…for May/June as the kids are getting out of school. If you missed out this past season, here’s your chance at redemption. DON’T MISS IT…CALL OUR OFFICE TODAY!

Ron Jr’s oldest son ( Matt Speed ) landed these two bass back to back during his 1st trip to Picachos in March

LONGTIME RSJA CUSTOMER SURPASSES 10,000 bass landed at Picachos!!!

Skip Davis with one of his two 8 pounders caught at lake Picachos!!

It is with great pleasure to announce that our dear friend and loyal customer Skip Davis has just recently surpassed the 10,000 bass caught at Picachos since his first trip there with us in 2014! Skip, who is 80 years young, fishes three different weeks every season with us at Picachos. During Skip’s most recent trip in April, he reached 10,620 bass caught from Picachos since 2014. Also on that same trip, Skip landed his two biggest bass ever on Picachos…2 bass of 8 lbs! Skip has accomplished these amazing numbers all by himself as he always fishes alone! A BIG CONGRATS TO YOU SKIP! We look forward to seeing you again next season and many more trips to come!

Skip Davis with just one of the 10,000 plus Picachos bass he has caught over the last 5 years!!


That’s right folks, many of you that have fished with us at Picachos already know this to be true with regards to the biggest, nicest facilities on the lake as well as the best bass boats (www.xpressboats.com) and experienced fishing guides…and of course our incredible food and service! However, I am not one for complacency and therefore we will be adding some “new things” at Picachos in the near future. It does not matter what I think about our facilities and service, it only matters what YOU…our valuable customers…think! Therefore I listen and don’t allow pride to cloud my judgement. No, not all suggestions are met nor possible to add…but I will always do my best to make things better for our customers …even when everyone is bragging on our current services! Anyway, you can expect some new additions soon and if you thought it was great before, well…it’s about to get even better.

Beautiful view of lake Picachos from your house/porch!!


John Barnes (Strike King) with Pro Angler Denny Brauer. John landed this GIANT 2 years ago proving that BIG bass already exist in lake Picachos!!

This is NOT a sales pitch, folks. This is FOR REAL. Just the same as I told you two years ago about Comedero that space was going fast for that lake and the fantastic big bass action it offers…and many didn’t take me seriously when we filled 90% of the lodge two years in advance. Well, the word now has gotten out on Picachos fishing and the bigger bass showing up! If you wait until later in the year to secure your date/space for next season at Picachos, you will assuredly miss out! Normally our calls for reservations slow down at the end of the fishing season (June) but as of today, that hasn’t been the case for reservations at Picachos. YOU MUST CALL US ASAP if you plan on fishing with us at Picachos next season!

Ron Speed Jr’s Adventures offers Xpress boats at all of it’s lodges. The very best boats in Mexico!!

Those who have fished with us know we have the biggest and nicest lodge on the lake. They also know we offer the best bass boats in Mexico with 17′ XPRESS boats (www.xpressboats.com)…and on these boats are 60 HP 4-Stroke Yamaha outboard motors, 80 lbs thrust Minn Kota trolling motors, front and back fish sonars and front/back fishing decks. In addition to having the best bass boats, we also offer the MOST EXPERIENCED guides on the lake. These are hard working guides that go non-stop for you all day and every day! Our food and service is second-to-none and I’ve had thousands of customers tell us this in recent years! If you want to experience the best lake with the best service, you need to call us ASAP so you do not miss out for next season!


Call us today: 800-722-0006

Lake Picachos Update, February 2019

[Editor: this article first appeared on www.ronsfishingblog and may only be used by permission of Ron Speed Jr.]


J W Peterson with his 9.2lbs Picachos Giant!! (CLICK THIS or any image on this post to VIEW BIGGER)

Can this lake get any better than it is right now??? If so, I want to be there when it happens because this lake is simply on fire! Of course the action and sheer numbers are great and that’s nothing new. However, as I’ve been saying in recent updates, the bass are growing up! We’ve seen the overall average size make another major leap in the past two months (Jan/Feb) and not just because it’s spawn time. No, there are a lot more bass being caught in the 5-7 lbs class since that first season and particularly that early April 2014 trip when Terry Oldham, Steve “Big O” Parks and I caught tons of 7 lbs bass that were feeding on the giant gizzard shad (shad were spawning).

Right now and for the past 2-3 months, the daily average catch per boat has been around 130-150… with at least one or two boats per week exceeding 200 bass in a day! However, it’s the average size that’s really impressive. It’s one thing to catch that many bass in a day and they average 1-2 lbs; it’s another to catch that many in a day and they average 3-4 lbs. Also, there are many days when the big bass of the day will be topping 7 or 8 lbs and every boat landing at least one bass (or more) of 6 lbs. When you combine that much action and numbers with that kind of size, well, the only way it could be any better is if they were ALL BIGGUNS combined with that many numbers…and we all know that just doesn’t happen. At least not on public lakes, it doesn’t.

Ken Callahan showing off his Picachos Lunker

You want more evidence there are big trophy bass in Picachos RIGHT NOW??? Two weeks ago I asked Terry Oldham (Oldham Lure Company) to visit our camps at Picachos, El Salto, and Comedero. His primary purpose was to tune up the outboard motors, trolling motors and repair any sonars that weren’t working good. I also sent him to check the “big bass” fishing at Picachos because you will not find a better fishermen on the planet and especially for finding big bass in deep water! After he finished working on motors, trollers and sonars, he had two days to fish Picachos before moving on to El Salto and Comedero. It didn’t take Terry long to find some big ol’ toads! The first day he caught around 75 bass fishing alone. His biggest? A long old bass that weighed 10 lbs, 8 oz! He hooked that bass in a 25′ ditch! He also landed several other bass in the 6 and 7 lbs range, but a lot of bass of 4 and 5 lbs, all in depths from 22′-27′ using his 1 oz Oldham Jig with a Rage Tail Rage Craw as the trailer. The next day was even better as he had spent most of the first day establishing a big bass pattern. So on Day 2, he just went looking for more areas holding big bass in the same depths. Terry fished all day and with about an hour of daylight left, he had right at 100 bass (again, fishing alone) with the largest so far being 7.8 lbs, but a lot of 4’s and 5’s again. Then with one hour left to fish, he moved to a different part of the lake and an area he had caught a lot of big bass in the past. Boy did he make the right call for that last hour of fishing! In that final hour he landed around 50 bass with the largest weighing exactly 10 lbs! However, he also landed 7 more bass over 7 lbs (two over 8 lbs), all of this in the final hour from ONE spot!!!! This time the depth was 28′ which is a depth that very few (if any?) anglers fish on Picachos. You may ask “Why? Nobody fishes that deep on Picachos!” Very simple: most who visit Picachos for fishing are not thinking so much about trophy bass but rather just wanting a lot of action, wanting “the pole to bend” as many times as possible each day! Up until NOW, if one of our customers is going to Picachos to primarily catch big bass, then we didn’t do a good job of steering him to the right lake because we have two other lakes that are great for catching trophy bass, those lakes being El Salto and Comedero!

Terry Oldham with one of his two 10 lbs Hawgs caught recently at Lake Picachos

This is just more evidence that there are trophy bass in Picachos! That being said, I am still not ready to declare it a bonafide trophy bass lake. The reason being is that “most” anglers will not want to fish that deep, and some would not have experience in fishing water that deep. As I’ve mentioned many times in past updates, the majority of those big trophy bass live that deep because they do not like to compete for food with those smaller and faster swimming bass. Once the numbers of 2-4 lbs bass decline in the shallower water, then you will see more and more big bass make their way to the shallows. There are “some” now that live in the more popular and catchable depths (15′ or less), but the majority stay much deeper where there’s abundance of food and less competition for food, less pressure, and also adequate oxygen and favorable water temperature. All factor in to where a bass decides to set up home and particularly BIG bass!

It won’t be long, folks — it won’t be long until I will feel comfortable labeling Picachos a great trophy bass lake!There are a lot in there now but until they’re in “catchable” or “preferred” depths, I will hold off. However, the lake is smoking hot right now for catching all the bass your heart desires and not a bunch of “dinks” either. This is THE BEST LAKE IN THE WORLD for great action and overall size combined! You could not pick a better lake to take a son/daughter or wife that’s just getting started on bass fishing. That also includes a friend that is a novice angler. You do not have to be a professional or seasoned bass angler to catch a lot of bass at Lake Picachos!!!

Magnificent view of Lake Picachos from Ron Speed Jr’s Adventures lodge

Our lodge is absolutely 5-star quality with a breathtaking view of the lake. The lodge service is second-to-none and offers a staff that is very experienced, hospitable and puts you, the customer, as their #1 priority! Also second-to-none is our FOOD! We offer the best prime cut grilled ribeye steaks, seafood fest night with fresh shrimp from the Pacific and Mazatlan along with fresh lobster, a Mexican cuisine night and barbecue ribs one night.

Ron Jr’s fleet of Xpress bass boats on Lake Picachos… The best boats in Mexico!

Our bass boats are also second-to-none as we offer 17′ All Welded Xpress bass boats. Each boat is equipped with Yamaha 60 HP 4-stroke outboard motors, powerful Minn Kota 70 and 80 lbs thrust trolling motors and Lowrance 7″ fish sonars! In fact, we’re replacing ALL of the current sonars with new ones in March!!! Simply put, these are the best bass boats in all of Mexico!!! Our guides have more experience than any team of guides on Picachos and will put you on the fish! They are good with helping tie and re-tie your lures, making suggestions on what lures are best for that area or that day, landing your fish and opening your favorite beverage. The guide is the key to every angler’s success no matter where you fish in the world, and our guides are THE BEST!!!

Guide Nico is one of Ron’s many great guides on Picachos. Here he is holding a 10lbs Monster caught by Ron Jr in 2014. There are more of these 10lbs in Picachos today.

Finally, in case you missed my last two updates, we are offering a 2-for-1 special for any two family members such as father/son, father/daughter, mother/son, mother/daughter — or brother/brother. This 2-for-1 special is for the months of March, May, and June and applies to all 3 lakes (Comedero, El Salto, and Picachos). Do not miss this great opportunity to bring a loved one for a fishing experience of a lifetime! Those that have kids in school or college, they’ll be out for Spring Break in March and then out for the summer sometime in May. These months I’ve designated for the 2 for 1 discount were to specifically target those with kids in school. However, for those that do not have kids or want to take another relative, this is a great opportunity for you as well. DO NOT MISS OUT!!!!


Major League Fishing TV crew loves RSJA’s lodge and Lake Picachos!!

My friends, this is what I’ve been saying about the bass growing up in Picachos! Our great friend and Commissioner of Major League Fishing (MLF) Don Rucks is a regular at our fishing lakes/lodges in Mexico. He and his crew visit Lake Picachos every year without fail and their most recent trip in January produced MORE BIG BASS for them than ever since they started fishing the lake 5 years ago! In a recent article on MLF’s website, the following was stated:

“I’ve gone to Mexico many times over the past 20 years,” Rucks said. “From a total trip standpoint, including the fishing, this is the best one I’ve ever been on.”

“Rucks says it’s common to land 7-pounders on Lake Picachos. In fact, at times his latest adventure turned into more of a workout than Rucks had bargained for. “The morning of my last day was my best of the trip because we reeled in so many big fish that my arms and wrists just about stopped working from exhaustion,” Rucks laughed. “That just shows how many fish there are to be caught.”

To read the entire article, click on the following link: https://majorleaguefishing.com/news/mlf-officials-land-big-bass-in-mexico/

There you have it folks! If you want a chance to catch big bass AND lots of bass in the same trip, same lake…this is your golden opportunity!!!

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