Lake El Salto Bass Fishing
Weather: Warm and sunny with a slight breeze. 60 degrees in the morning, 80s in the
Water Temp: 73°/76°F
Average number of bass per boat per day: 40 - 60
Largest bass caught: 11.3 pounds
Lobina Lures Rio Rico poppers or Yellow Magics: white, white with sparkles and
Pop, n image Heddon, Baby Bass color
Heddon Zara Spook and Lucky Craft Sammy: shad, chrome with black top and white.
Storm WildEye 4 -inch Swim Shads: Shad, white with chartreuse top and pearl
Yum Money Minnows: 5-inch in foxy shad, hologram shad and herring with 5/0 or 6/0,
1/8-ounce weight hook.
Eight-inch Zoom Lizards: watermelon, watermelon red flake and black with blue tail
Yamamoto Senkos, Yum Dingers or Bass Pro Shops 5 & 6-inch Stinkos: watermelon,
watermelon red flake and black with blue flake
Zoom super fluke white
Berkley Power Worms: 10-inch, black with blue tail, watermelon and red shad
shad, hot mustard and fire tiger
Rat-L-Traps: ½ & ¾-ounce in silver with blue back and silver with black back
Rapala X-Rap or 4 to 5-inch jerkbaits: white, clown and shad
Tip of the week:
Add a plastic chartreuse trailer to a spinnerbait or dip a white soft plastic trailer in scented chartreuse dye for a little extra color and flavor.
BRING THE LIZARDS; IT'S SPAWNING TIME IN OLD MEXICO
The primary spawn occurs during the full moon of February at both Lakes El Salto and Mateos with a secondary spawn occurring during the full moon of March. Of course, not all bass in any given lake spawn at the same time. The spawning season could last for several months. When preparing to spawn, male bass head shallow first to build nests. They scour out bedding sites on the bottom. When ready, females move shallow under the full moon to find mates.
After a female deposits her eggs, she leaves the nest and may drop back into deeper water to recover from her ordeal. After about a day of rest, she goes on a feeding binge to replace the energy she used up during the spawning process. Anglers can often intercept big post-spawn females as they follow tiny channels from the shallows toward deeper water. Male bass guard the nests, defending the eggs and fry against a multitude of enemies, particularly crustaceans and salamanders. For this reason, lizards and craws work effectively during spawning season. Texas-rigged plastic lizards dragged over the bottom look like salamanders attempting to raid nests. When bass see them, they attack, not necessarily to eat them, but to kill potential egg eaters.
Lizards, senkos and similar soft plastic baits dominated the catches recently at both Lakes El Salto and Mateos. At Lake El Salto, Dave Wahl, who spends half a year in Denver and half a year in Phoenix, used nothing but lizards. He brought three packages of 6-inch watermelon lizards and used them all. "I caught my biggest bass ever, a 10-pounder," said Wahl, who usually fishes a light fly rod for trout. "I came to Lake El Salto to see what bass fishing was all about. I have no idea how many fish we caught, but it was a lot."
Fishing with her husband, Marty Todt, Valerie Frazier of Philadelphia took lunker honors with soft plastic. She caught an 11.3-pounder at Lake El Salto with Marty catching a 10.5-pounder. They also fished Lake Mateos, catching about 60 fish per day. "The fishing was the best we could ever imagine," Val said. "Marty was throwing at a little stump. I decided to throw an olive-colored wacky worm two feet to the left and all hell broke loose. At 11.3 pounds, it was the biggest bass I ever caught. Marty had a day that any bass pro would give his right arm to experience. In just 90 minutes one morning, he caught five bass weighing more than 46 pounds. This included three over 9 pounds and two over 8 pounds."
Sachiko Takeno, our good friend from Japan, visits Anglers Inn El Salto several times a year and usually finds big fish. This time, she landed a 10.5-pounder while working a Tsunami Mighty Arrow Mini early one morning in the rain. She also landed four bass breaking 9 pounds and one topping 8.
Bruce Holt of G Loomis and Jean Mannin caught more than 80 bass per day for a 4-pound average. They landed several in the 5- to 7-pound range and three exceeding 7 pounds. They mostly used 10-inch Zoom lizards in watermelon red flake or white flukes. When not fishing, Jean enjoyed the pampered treatment, getting a massage, a manicure and a pedicure. "I've been coming here for 10 years and caught many bass over 10 pounds," Bruce said. "There's never a doubt that big fish are here. It's just a matter of getting the right bait in the right spot at the right time. When working a fluke, I use a 5/0 Gamakatsu extra-wide shaft hook because it makes the bait sink a little faster and it's easier to cast. I also caught some fish on a Basstrix swimbait."
Connie Orona and Mark Jacobs of Washington, added their names several times to the Bragging Board. Connie caught a 9.6- and a 9.2-pounder. They caught most of their fish on lizards and nearly ran out of plastic. She pulled the head off a used lizard with only one leg remaining and caught her lunker.
Mary Minor of Strike King won a trip to Anglers Inn El Salto and visited with her husband, Doug, plus Allan and Rhonda Ranson. Doug landed a 9-pounder on a motoroil Strike King Rage Anaconda super-sized soft plastic bait. The Ransons caught fish on 10-inch Anacondas, Rage Craws, crankbaits, jigs and Shadalicious minnow baits. Every time they left the dock, they caught at least one 5-pounder and some up to 7 pounds. "We caught a ton of fish and many big fish," Doug said. "We could catch fish on whatever we wanted to throw. Color really didn't matter. If we put the bait in front of a bass, it hit."
Anglers Inn on Lake El Salto
About The Author: Bob Mauldin
Company: Mexico Bass Fishing Adventures
Area Reporting: Mexico
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