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What’s the “catch” about fishing Picachos?

It’s more than just about the catch-rate numbers, as superlative as they may be.

Nowhere else could an angler like Bob McPeak of Illinois catch and release 293 bass in a single day and still call the hype about the new lake “understated.”

In the course of tussles with bass averaging two to four pounds and some bumping six pounds, McPeak made sure to note the bass in the peak of health were especially “mean” in fighting ferocity.


He also noted his actual catches didn’t take into account how often his hits and misses enhanced the degree of fast and furious action.

While McPeak may have set a mark for individual excellence, other anglers fishing as paired teams also topped the 300-per-day pinnacle, according to Ron Speed Jr. as he recently reflected on Picachos’ first year.

With the lake holding “insane numbers of bass,” Speed reported that two anglers in one boat accounted for 356 bass in a single day along with some others exceeding the 300 mark.

Much more common were averages of 100 to 200 bass per day, which placed Picachos at the top of the range of catch-rates in the hey-day of other new Mexican lakes when they opened during past decades.

New Boats on Lake PicachosWhat sets Picachos apart, however, is its offer of a complete combination of action, accessibility and accommodations.

It’s less than hour from Mazatlan, making it at least twice as accessible than any other renowned Mexico now or in the past.

The lodge is luxury with million-dollar views of a lake lapping only a few yards from the tables of the dining hall. Testimonials of many of the year’s happy clients often mention the quality of the food and excellence of service along with the fishing.

As a result, anglers who have never fished a Mexican lake will find the total Picachos experience arguably the best ever.

Another plus factor for the upcoming fishing season is availability. Picachos still offers a choice of openings compared to El Salto and Comedero, which are nearly booked up.

With the lake at full level and the bass concentrating in shallow water, Ron Jr. anticipates a great opening to the fishing season.

With another year of growth for the bass population, he also expects the average size of the bass to bump up a pound or more to make the action even more furious.

While El Salto and Comedero get the nod for odds on favorites for trophy bass, there’s big-fish potential in Picachos as well with the lake record climbing to 12 pounds, four ounces during the past season.

What’s not to like?