Lake Comedero Summer 2019 Update

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


Brian Shows has caught many trophy bass from Comedero including this 11.8 lbs FATTY!!!

This past season was another banner year for Comedero and the many anglers that made their way to this beautiful mountain lake! While the lake encountered many “obstacles” early in the fishing season (November/December) with major snow melting from the mountains above the lake in Durango state, the lake still produced big bass on “most” days!

As stated, early on during the first two months of the fishing season, the mountains above the lake where the main river (San Lorenzo) flows from Durango, there was a lot of snow capping those mountain tops. By mid December, that snow began to melt and flow into Comedero. This caused the water temps in Comedero to reach all time lows…colder than I’ve ever seen in my 32 years of fishing the lake. In most years during December, the water temp on the surface should start out every morning around 74 degrees F and warm up at the hottest part of the day to around 88 or 89 F. However, this didn’t happen this past November and December. In my 32 years of fishing Comedero, I had never seen the water temp drop below 70 degrees… until this past season. In late December and into early to mid-January, I was there and witnessed water temps starting out as cold as 66 and 67 degrees. Now that may not seem cold to most anglers that fish lakes in the U.S. during December and January but on the west coast of Mexico, that is EXTREMELY COLD!!! Bass, like most animals and particularly fish, do not react well to major changes in their surroundings. These major changes will cause bass to seek different areas to set up shop… and major changes such as drastic water temperature drops will certainly affect their feeding patterns and times… because the water temperatures not only affect the bass but also affect the bait fish such as the Tilapia and shad… the food for the bass. Therefore we experienced some very slow catches early in the season that we had not experienced in many years on Comedero. However, I knew those giant bass were still in the lake and it was only a matter of time until the conditions returned to normal and those big hawgs would begin to show up and feed again. We saw the change back to normal slowly start to come around near the end of January and early February.

Lynda Swager Main landed this 9.8lbs beauty her first day of fishing.

In “normal years” there will be 3 major spawns occur on Comedero and most mountain lakes in western Mexico… and those months are January, February and March. Since the all time COLD water temps took place in November, December and through “most” of January, there wasn’t much of a spawn happen in the month of January. This meant that group of bass that would normally spawn in January, would either abort those eggs this year OR spawn in one of the two latter months (February and March). Well, as it turned out, February was slower than normal with the bass spawning and that could only mean that March, which is normally the month for the late spawn bass, would probably be HUGE … and boy was it just that… HUGE!!!

JW Peterson landed this 13lbs Monster in March 2019!!

Longtime friend and top notch angler J.W. Peterson of Dallas, TX had scheduled 2 weeks to fish Comedero and bring his customers/friends starting in late February and fishing through mid-March. Prior to J.W. arriving Comedero in late February, I spoke with him by phone to give him an update. The first thing I told him was the fishing had been very slow on “Big Bass catches” due to the colder than normal water temps. I told him that we had seen our customers catching big bass every day but not in the vast numbers we had grown accustomed to in the past 15 – 20 years. I also told him that I truly believed those bigguns were still in there in big numbers and if we don’t see any more drops in the water temps, he should be in line to have some big time catches during his 2 weeks. Well, that turned out to be the understatement of the year! Let’s get to it… shall we?

Bruce Altemus is all smiles after boating this Comedero Trophy!!

In the 2 weeks J.W. and his groups were at Comedero, they landed bass of 13.1 lbs (J.W.), 12.3 lbs (B. Altemus), 3 of 11 lbs, 6 bass of 10 lbs, 13 bass weighing between 8 – 9 lbs and too many bass to keep count of in the 5 – 7 lbs class! It’s no coincidence that this happened AFTER the water temps returned to more normal temperatures, starting out each morning around 74 degrees, which is not normal for March but warm enough for those big sows to move up out of deep water and spawn. The 13 pound giant landed by J.W. wasn’t his all-time best nor was it his all-time best on Comedero as he’s fished the lake for almost 25 years and had landed a monster 14 lbs bass from Comedero in 2006. However, that 13 lbs toad was his second best all-time on Comedero, and as J.W. put it, she put up one of the most exciting battles of any bass he’s ever caught. Congrats to J.W. and his friends for their magnificent catches and proving once again that Comedero is as good as any trophy bass lake in the world today!

JW Peterson with another one of his many bass over 10lbs


J W Peterson does it again with this 10.2lbs Comedero BRUTE!!!

For more than 20 years or since the Florida Bass stocking my father and I conducted at Comedero in the late 80’s and early 90’s grew up (by 1997), Comedero has proven to be THE BEST lake for catching trophy bass on topwater. Many of our customers that fish Comedero for the sole purpose of catching trophy bass on topwater lures, will attest to this FACT! Many of those topwater fishing enthusiasts will bring only topwater lures and fish them all day, from their first cast of the day until their last cast of the day, and hook big bass all day, even during the hottest part of the day!

Here’s a topwater story for you, and it’s not a fishing “tale.” John Billy Koonsman of Snyder, TX has been fishing with me in Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico for more than 30 years. He never misses a year of fishing Comedero, at least not since the late 90’s. JB fishes Comedero 3 times each season minimum. Last October, prior to opening our operation and fishing season beginning (Nov), John Billy and our annual group of Life Members traveled to  fish Comedero before we opened the lodge. I had told them I would open for them if they insisted on going but October would not be the ideal time to fish the lake because the rainy season was still ongoing and the lake had risen almost 80′ over the previous 60 days! However, they insisted on coming and said they didn’t care if they don’t catch a bass… they just wanted an opportunity to fish the lake at a time they’ve never been there. I said

Joe Beck got in on the fun with this Comedero GIANT!!!

“Oooookaaaaaay… but don’t get upset if the bass don’t cooperate.” Well, personally I knew they would catch some bigguns as I’ve fished the lake every month of the year throughout my 32 years in Mexico. However, I knew those bass would be scattered… really scattered. There was a lot of new green vegetation laced all along the shoreline and tons of it submerged in the water. The shad and Tilapia would be scattered throughout that fresh vegetation feeding on the new algae growing on that vegetation. So that meant, NO bait fish schooled up and no bass schooled up! That said, I did believe the best lure would probably be a surface or topwater lure, especially fished up in that scattered green vegetation. Well, twist these anglers’ arms, especially John Billy’s arm, because J.B. only fishes with topwater on Comedero. J.B. knows that lake well and he is not about catching “numbers.” Nope, only BIG BASS! He’s done it many times for many years on Comedero, and has landed a lot of giants fishing only topwater! The group was fishing 7 days in early October and it didn’t take long to figure out that the bass were not schooled up in big bunches. It also didn’t take long to figure out that a topwater lure would be more effective, if one wanted a giant. J.B., keeping with his usual, fished from first safe light until lunch, broke for 2 hours, headed back out at 2 pm, fished until 5 pm and went in early, even though it was still safe light for fishing until 7:45 – 8 pm. During that week of fishing, J.B. smoked everyone as he landed bass of 10 lbs, several 9 lbs, and many bass from 6 – 8 lbs, ALL ON TOPWATER, and ALL DAY LONG!!! You ask if he fishes a particular topwater? That answer would be a firm YES: Strike King’s KVD Splash! Their larger model of KVD Splash! Of course J.B., knowing how big the bass are in Comedero, “tweaks” that KVD Splash and replaces the factory hooks with much larger hooks, and it doesn’t kill the action of the lure! He calls it a JBK Splash… lol. Whatever works, and it obviously works for J.B. Just for the record, I also prefer Strike King’s KVD Splash. It’s by far my favorite topwater for catching giant bass on the surface!

ANOTHER COMEDERO TOPWATER GIANT BASS STORY…. Fast forward to this past April on Comedero. This time of year, especially April and May when the air temps are nearing low to mid-90’s for daytime highs, the water temps on the surface are “normally” ranging from 80 in early morning to 88 in mid-afternoon. However, not this past season! That snow melt early in the season kept the water temps cooler than normal even in late spring. Therefore we saw a lot of big bass landed on topwater late in the season, and particularly in early to mid-April.

Shana does it on a topwater again with this nice 11lbs Comedero Monster!!

John Billy Koonsman… yes, that guy we just spoke about… returned with his friends in early April but this time J.B. brought his daughter Shana Koonsman May. That was a big mistake… big mistake ONLY if the guys didn’t want to be out-fished by a lady angler… because that’s EXACTLY what happened during their 7 day fishing week of April 12 – 19. We have many great lady anglers that fish with us each year. Shana is one of them as she has many big bass on her resume. I have personally fished with Shana and she can do it all… extremely skilled and versatile! Shana fished with her father J.B. every day… and that meant, she fished TOPWATER! During their week of fishing, Shana landed one bass of 11 lbs and two bass of 10 lbs… and many bass from 6 – 9 lbs. Yes, J.B. caught his share of big bass from 6 – 9 lbs… but Shana caught the most and the largest of the group during their 7 days! Oh and… she caught ALL of them on that Strike King KVD Splash! The rest of the group did well catching big bass on their Strike King Rage Tail Thumper Worms and Oldham Jigs trailed with the Strike King Rage Tail chartreuse/pepper Rage craws. That’s always a given on Comedero, and most lakes for that matter. However, the point being… if you’re a topwater fan… especially a big bass on topwater fan, then you need to come fish Lake Comedero and catch that big bass of a lifetime! The opportunity is better at Comedero than any big bass lake I’ve ever fished in my lifetime!

Shana Koonsman May with her 10lbs. Comedero topwater hawg!!!


As I mentioned in my last update a few weeks ago on Lake Picachos, our space is filling up fast… and many dates are already gone! Almost two years ago I mentioned this about Comedero and many did not take me serious… thus missing out that next season. I also mentioned at the time that we were booking space two years out for Comedero… and it’s still happening. If you want the opportunity to fish the best trophy bass lake in the world this coming season, you MUST call us soon! If you have a date in mind, please have an option B or C to present to our sales staff when you call. If all options are booked full already, then I STRONGLY recommend you ask Bill or Matt in my office to put you on a wait list. We have wait lists for all dates that are showing full and many times people clear those wait lists as we do not allow people to sit on dates for long periods without deposit paid. So just because a date is showing full when you call, don’t give up. People’s schedules and plans change and many times our customers get cleared from the wait list and get that date of choice. Just be patient. Even better… call now and get your date of choice before it’s filled. We are the leaders in Mexico Bass Fishing operating on 3 great bass lakes (El Salto, Comedero and Picachos) and we have a large following. Many have experienced not only our great fishing but also our great food and services… and offering the best bass boats in Mexico! Call us TODAY and experience it yourself!


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[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 ( 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 (…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!


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