El Salto: Still the land of giant bass

El Salto trip notes

Should you decide to go, the internet offers a wealth of information about Lake El Salto trip options, including other outfitters. To book a trip to Anglers Inn, visit www.anglersinn.com or phone 800-GOTA-FISH.

Getting there

Various major airlines fly into Mazatlan through U.S. gateway cities. You’ll be met at the airport by an Anglers Inn courtesy van and driven on major highways an hour and 40 minutes to the lake.

Tackle to take

Forget the finesse stuff. Think medium-heavy to heavy bass gear, with nothing less than 17- to 20-pound mono and fluorocarbon, as well as heavier braids. Extra spools of line and replacement treble hooks are critical.

No matter when you go, be sure to bring 10-inch worms in black/blue and watermelon, stickworms in watermelon, big-bladed spinnerbaits and deep diving crankbaits in citrus shad. “In 24 years it hasn’t changed,” said Billy Chapman. “I don’t care if you have the hottest bait on the market. You need to have those lures. I don’t know how many thousands of 10-plus-pound bass they’ve produced.” Throw in a few chuggers and walking topwaters, plus some swimbaits, and you’ve got the basics covered.

If you’re low on those items, order the El Salto tackle pack when you book your trip. Cost is reasonable, and it will arrive at your home prior to departure.

And if you consider flying with rods and reels to be a hassle, Anglers Inn provides Abu-Garcia rods and matching Revo reels in the right actions and retrieve ratios.


Rooms are double occupancy and feature comfortable beds, air conditioning, color TV and as much bottled water as you need.

Food and drinks

No one goes hungry, whether it’s huge cooked-to-order breakfasts, lunches preceding a brief mid-day siesta, or dinners that include bacon-wrapped filets, ribs, and seafood. While waiting for meals you’ll eat heaping plates of nachos, and if you ever go thirsty it’s your own fault.

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