Location 55 miles / 90 km north of Mazatlan, 800 miles from U.S. Border at Nogales, AZ
Latitude 24° 8'32.14"N
Airport Code: MZT Mazatlan international Airport
Lake impoundment:: 27,000 acres
550 ft / 165 meters above the sea level
Temperature: yearly average 82ºF / 27 Celsius
Rainy season: July through October.
Lake El Salto, a man made lake is a scenic impoundment located on foot hill of Sierra Madre Mountains, it was built on the Elota river around 1990 and spans approximately 27,000.00 acres.
This is ecologically diverse terrain, and one third of Mexico's land mammals can be found here. Sightings of just about anything are possible, from black bear and puma to wolves, coyotes and whitetail deer.
The lake and nearby coastal marshes create a birdwatchers' Eden with a variety of ducks from pichiguila (fulvous tree ducks) and redheads to pintails and cinammon teals. Raptors also are seen, including peregrine falcons, Mexican black eagles, osprey, white and great blue heron, Harris hawks and kestrels.
Bass at the Lake
Lake El Salto was open for sportfishing around 1990 with Largemouth Florida Bass, due of the warm temperature of the water, it turned in to a very big and aggressive BASS.
Bass spawn is usually February through March. April through June is the best time to fish the post spawn females.
Average number of fish per boat: 30 to 80
Average size: 4 to 6 pounds
Lake Record: 18-pounds 5-ounces.
The lake is open all year round
BASSMASTER magazine's editorial staff called Lake El Salto, "the absolute best trophy lake in the world." In-Fisherman magazine headlined their coverage: "Muchos pescados at El Salto." Western Outdoors magazine offered the lake an honorary title of "Mexico's bass mecca.""There's never been a lake like this in the history of bass fishing," said Greg Hines of Mesa, Ariz.
Matt Vincent, a former western states bass angler who is now an editor for B.A.S.S. Times, said, "I've chased bass across North America for years hoping to catch one trophy over 10 pounds. My quest ended here with an 11.4-pounder. If you're searching for that strike of a lifetime, this is the place."
Numbers are generally impressive only to the angler who posts them, but these numbers are astounding.
Double-digit bass have become commonplace, and bragging rights change frequently. Pro angler Mike Folkstad of Yorba Linda, Calif., set a five-fish record of 53 pounds (his 10 largest weighed in at 103 pounds).
Before his trophy could even be engraved, a new five-fish record of 57½-pounds (104 pounds for 10 fish in the same day) had been set.Lady angler Cici Hallberg of California has a loose grip on big-fish honors with a 15-pound 4-ounce monster that struck a 10-inch rubber worm.