Huge Largemouth Bass at Lake El Salto (Videos)

Huge Largemouth Bass at Lake El Salto (Videos)
Bass pro Adrian Avena with a bass that bit a chatter bait. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

Join Game & Fish Digital Editor Scott Bernarde on a trip targeting huge largemouth bass at Lake El Salto, Mexico.

It was a once-in-lifetime fishing opportunity — a bucket-lister for any bass angler looking for a personal-best fish and an exotic destination.

Mexico's Lake El Salto, the legendary trophy bass lake north of the popular beach vacation spot Mazatlan, fits the bill. With the Mexican Sierra Madre mountains as a backdrop, El Salto ("The Jump" in English) is certainly among the best lunker bass locales in the world.

Why El Salto?

"You never know what your next bite is going to be," said Abu Garcia brand manager Andrew Wheeler, one of the hosts of an October fishing excursion with members of the press. "It could be the biggest bass you've ever caught in your life."


The anglers were based at Anglers Inn International, located right on the lake. The top-shelf lodge and outfitter is a 90-minute van ride from the Mazatlan airport. Once you're on Lake El Salto, it's game-on.


The 27,000-acre lake teems with large aggressive largemouths, which are just as likely to bite a lure offering from a novice as they are from a pro angler. Lake El Salto is where bass pro Kevin Van Dam reportedly caught his largest five-fish stringer of his life, weighing more than 50 pounds.


Game & Fish participated in the fishing excursion, sponsored by Abu Garcia and Berkley Fishing to showcase some of each companies' noteworthy products for 2017 --particularly Abu's Veritas rods and the newest addition to the Revo reel family, the affordably priced Revo X, and Berkley's new line of Max Scent soft plastics, Dredger deep crankbaits and Warpig lipless crankbaits.

In three full days of fishing, the group of eight — including Wheeler, Berkley development manager Jeremy Albright and pros Adrian Avena and Scott Suggs — caught hundreds of chunky bass, many in the 5- to 9-pound range. Most of the fish came from deep points and humps with standing timber. The largest fish was a 9-pounder on a crank bait by Avena.

Many lures and presentations caught bass, but the Warpig and Berkley's new General (soft-plastic stickball) and the trustworthy 10-inch Powerworm may have caught the most.


Check out the videos below from the awesome trip (and look for more videos and stories about the gear and techniques used in the near future). Then start thinking about double-digit bass!

El Salto 8-Pounder

El Salto 6-Plus LMB

More El Salto Highlights

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

It must be time for summer fishing because records are falling everywhere. Records

State Records Reported in Maryland, Michigan

G&F Online Staff - May 23, 2019

It must be time for summer fishing because records are falling everywhere.

Memorial Day sale offers 15 percent off everything website-wide. Coolers

Get Ready for Summer with Cordova Coolers

May 23, 2019

Memorial Day sale offers 15 percent off everything website-wide.

When all else fails, here's what these pros tie on. Bass

MLF Pros: What's Your Go-To Lure?

G&F Online Staff - May 20, 2019

When all else fails, here's what these pros tie on.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

New Abu Garcia Baitcasting Reels

New Abu Garcia Baitcasting Reels

In the booth of one of fishing's all-time great reel makers, Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead and Andrew Wheeler of Pure Fishing discuss one of the brand new baitcasting reels from Abu Garcia being released at ICAST 2019.

Minn Kota's Brad Henry shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead that there's much to like in the new Minn Kota Riptide Terrova saltwater trolling motor that comes with I-Pilot and an 87-inch shaft.

BPT Points Champ Edwin Evers Talks New Berkley Baits

BPT Points Champ Edwin Evers Talks New Berkley Baits

After making the switch to Berkley products heading into the inaugural BPT season, Edwin Evers tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead why Berkley baits played such a key role in his recent angling success.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

We all have our Catfish

10 Secret Catfish Baits You Didn't Know About

Anietra Hamper - April 02, 2015

We all have our "swear by" bait for catfish. For me, it is chicken liver, live shad or my...

          From Monksville Reservoir to Union Lake, plus five other picks, here's where you'll find Bass

7 Best Bets For New Jersey Largemouth Bass

October 04, 2010

From Monksville Reservoir to Union Lake, plus five other picks, here's where you'll...

Want to test the outer limits of your shooting skill? There's more to successful long-range Ammo

10 Best Long-Range Cartridges Ever Made

David Hart - January 14, 2015

Want to test the outer limits of your shooting skill? There's more to successful long-range

See More Stories

More Fishing

Some of the hottest bites this summer can be found in Arkansas' coldwater trout fisheries. Trout & Salmon

Cool Off with Hot Coldwater Trout

Marshall Ford - July 30, 2019

Some of the hottest bites this summer can be found in Arkansas' coldwater trout fisheries.

Here are some top places to hunt for channel and blue catfish this summer in Mississippi and Louisiana. Fishing

Mississippi-Louisiana Catfish Best Bets 2019

Kody Chase

Here are some top places to hunt for channel and blue catfish this summer in Mississippi and...

Get after big catfish this year on the Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio rivers. Fishing

Illinois Catfish Best Bets 2019

Jason Houser

Get after big catfish this year on the Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio rivers.

See More Fishing

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.