HACIENDA DON CARLOS
here to help Bass Anglers from around the world seeking accurate information about the
trophy bass fishing in the Lakes of Mexico
and finding that information in a friendly, easy to use format. We strive to
provide honest, accurate, up to date, and hopefully, useful information to help the new
visitor as well as the seasoned Mexican traveler. We are a full service
agency and can furnish you with a complete all inclusive package. To
include airfare, lodging, Mexican Auto and Boat Insurance for those
planning a drive down adventure along with all the necessary Fishing and Boating
permits, which are now required at all Mexican Fresh Water Lakes. If you have suggestions
on how we can make this a better site, please, we welcome your suggestions or comments.
Here's a list of our most frequently asked questions about the Trophy Bass
Angling down Mexico way:
How do you say Bass
Lobina (loh-bee-nah) or Robalo (row-bah-loh)
How do you say Lake in Spanish?
What does the Spanish word "Presa" (pray-sah) mean
It means the
"Dam." As an example; the written phrase "Presa Cuchillo"
literally translated means "The Dam of Cuchillo."
What is the very best single
phrase to know in Spanish?
(The English translation means "PLEASE"). This single universal
phrase-word can almost always work miracles in any situation in any country!
Use it often while in Mexico!
Which Lake in Mexico is the
"BEST" for bass angling?
Well, that's a
really tough question to answer unless we first define what one considers the
definition of "BEST" might be. Some bass anglers are happy with
shear numbers caught without too much regard for size and would consider this to
be the most desirable criteria for a successful trip. Then there are the
true "Trophy Bass Hunters" that will fish all day for just a few "BIG" bites.
And of course, there are those that would only consider big numbers with the
real opportunity for trophy size bass too as the criteria for a truly successful
trip South of the border! And yes, believe it or not, there are
many, many lakes in Old Mexico that
easily fall within all of the above parameters and criteria.
Since the introduction of Florida
genetics into Mexican lakes in the 70's, the numbers of huge,
giant, double digit bass that have quickly matured in the fertile, year round, ideal growing conditions prevalent in most Mexican
lakes is truly staggering. So
yes, once again there are many lakes that the "Trophy Hunters" have
been flocking to for years. And, with phenomenal results I might
add. It is not uncommon at all for an accomplished "Big Bass
Specialist" to catch and release 100's of double digit bass in the course
of just a few seasons at some of the Mexican lakes located on both coasts.
Especially those anglers that prefer and choose to take the time and effort to
pull their own bass boats to these lakes that have been stocked with the proper
Florida genetics and have had the necessary time needed to produce these giant,
double digit GRANDE'S!
And then of
course, there are those new Mexican lakes that have just been opened for public
sport angling. And, as with almost all new bodies of water that have been
properly stocked, the angling is absolutely unbelievable the first few years.
With fishing tales that are too much for even the most seasoned angler to
comprehend..........at least until such fishing adventures are experienced first
hand at a new Mexican lake! Little
lake falls into this category.
As far as a real sleeper
lake or two in Mexico right now, I would have to say
Lake Baccarac is the best lake for numbers and double digit bass in all of
Mexico AT THE PRESENT TIME. With very little fishing pressure in the past
few years, this lake has produced incredible numbers of double digit giants and
if one hits it just right, the numbers of bass caught daily
would be considered to be as good as it gets ANYWHERE IN THE
Another older lake that has made a remarkable cycle back to
excellent angling is the famed
south of Rio Grande City, Texas and just downstream from newer
Lake Cuchillo. This lake has been at or near pool
elevation for the past several years and the bass population has
The government of Mexico has just completed constructing another huge
dam and lake (the largest dam ever constructed in Mexico at over
600 feet in elevation) which is located on the Santiago River just above
Lake Milpa and this lake will be open to Sport Angling soon.
The lake was officially named El Cajon and has been stocked with
We are constantly updating
our Hot Lakes Section, so check back often
for more current information. And don't forget, we have the very best MEXICAN
LAKE MAP SELECTION available anywhere in the world............so, if you or
someone you know is planning that fishing adventure of a lifetime down south of
the border be sure and check with us for your map needs and all the current lake
Which State in Mexico has the most number of lakes?
Sinaloa on the West coast of Mexico is the leading State in Mexico with lakes
(lagos) used for irrigation and bass angling? Listed below are some of the major
in the State of Sinaloa.
Presa Luis Donaldo Colosio
Presa Miguel Hidalgo (Lake Hidalgo)
Presa Josefa Ortiz (Lake Dominguez)
Presa Díaz Ordáz (Lake Baccarac)
Presa Eustaquio Buelna (Lake Balbuena)
Presa López Mateos (Lake Mateos)
Presa Sanalona (Lake Sanalona)
Presa Jose Lopez Portillo (Lake Comedero)
Presa Aurelio Benassini (Lake El Salto)
Presa El Sabinal (Lake Sabinal)
Presa Juan Guerrero Alcocer (Lake Vinoramas)
Are all Mexican Lakes open for
Yes, and as previously
mentioned, many offer the best bass angling to be found in the world! Most Mexican
lakes have been stocked extensively with Florida genetics, some since the 70's and
they are now producing many trophy size bass for gringo bass chasers that make trips South of the
border to experience the bass fishing adventures of a lifetime! There are
however some Lakes in Mexico that are closed to all Sport Angling during the
spawning cycle. This closure rule varies from State to State, so check
with us for current info about Lake Closures for this upcoming Spring Bass
Can you pull your own boat to
all Mexican Lakes?
Yes you can. Although,
it generally requires a little more effort and planning than a fly in trip.
in Mexico are
fairly remote and access facilities are generally somewhat primitive by American Standards.
Some of the Lakes have no facilities of any kind on the water, such as launch
ramps, marinas and or accommodations that cater to drive down customers. This is slowly changing
however, as more and more Gringos see the advantages of
having their own boats on the water while in Mexico. Generally speaking
however, one must plan on being totally self sufficient while at any Mexican
Lake after driving down. A few of the outfitters do offer special rates for room
and board if they are less than fully booked with fly-in customers. E-mail
us, as we have been driving into Mexico for 40 years and can put you in contact
with the right Mexican Nationals to help you set up an enjoyable and trouble
free trip. One word of caution, if you decide to pull your own boat.
The last few miles into many Mexican Lakes are generally never a paved road and
depending upon the season and amounts of rain since the last grading of
the dirt-gravel roads, they can all be quite rough and slow going.........so, it's always
a good idea to take and extra set of boat trailer springs along with a couple spare
tires and all the necessary tools to handle any break down scenario while
traveling on the back roads of Old Mexico. With the proper planning and a
little extra time, a drive down trip to Old Mexico can be one of the most
rewarding fishing vacations you'll ever have. E-mail
us for more info and tips if you have plans for a drive down trip. We
cater to drive down groups and for a small charge, we can furnish you very
specific and DETAILED route maps and instructions, down to and including that
very tricky last few kilometers of dirt roads that are part of most any Mexican
drive down fishing adventure. Our Route Maps are simply the best
Will I need Mexican Automobile
and Boat Insurance while on a drive down trip?
Yes you will. Most
American Insurance Companies only offer coverage for the Mexican Towns and
Cities that border the US. We can provide you Full Coverage for your
Vehicle, Bass Boat, Trailer and all related equipment. Our insurance
provider is one of Mexico's most respected with over fifty years of serving the
tourist industry in Mexico. A free road map and detailed travel itinerary trip
guide is also included as part of the package and coverage. E-Mail
or call us at 800-353-8901 for a competitive quote.
What about Fishing and Boating
Fishing and Boating permits
are required at ALL Mexican fresh water lakes. These permits can be
purchased in Mexico, but it is much easier to procure these documents before
heading south. If flying down for a package trip, the outfitter generally supplies
all necessary permits, but be sure and check when booking your trip. Most
include your fishing permit as part of the total package price quoted. We can provide you with stand alone Mexican Permits
or they may also be purchased as part of our complete drive-down package, which includes all
Insurance Coverage for vehicle along with boat, motor and trailer. All
fishing-boating permits, current copy of all Mexican Fishing Rules-Regulations,
detailed road maps and the best route planning available for any Mexican Lake
Destination. WE can supply your permits. E-Mail
or call 800-353-8901 for more information.
can I purchase Mexican Lake Maps?
We have the best selections
of Mexican lake maps available. Many are available on CD Rom for easy
printing and viewing. E-Mail
Us or call us at 800-353-8901 for more info and or to place an order.
What can I
use as proof of citizenship to enter México?
current Passport or Original Birth Certificate is required as
proof of American Citizenship. Original Titles are
required if driving and pulling a boat.
here for updated current entry requirements.
How bout the
clothing for the early morning and evening hours during the cooler months of the year.
Generally speaking, the days are warm and quite comfortable even during the
colder months of the year. A light jacket or sweater would be a good bet
in the fall and spring months. As in any country, altitude affects the
daily weather conditions and several of the lakes on the Mexican west coast are
in the foothills of the Sierra Madres Occidental mountain range.
Therefore, occasional cold fronts do make it that far south during the winter
months and the temperatures can be quite cool for a day or two. The
rainy-monsoon season in the west coast mountains starts in mid July and it rains
most every day-evening for the next 45 days. Mexican
Can I drink
The water in Mexico is
treated and purified in most of the bigger cities, but the distribution system
is not so perfect. In most hotels and restaurants, you will be
served purified water, however, if in doubt - ASK. (Aqua
purificada, por favor.) I would not drink the water from
a private home or condo, unless you know there is a purification system
installed, and working. Buy bottled water. Why not be
completely safe? Don't take the chance of ruining your vacation. If
using an outfitter and fly-in service, they all provide bottled and purified
water at their facilities and for use in the boats while on the Lake. If
driving into Mexico, purified, bottled water is available throughout all the
country in various sized containers.
Is the Ice made
with Purified Water?
Yes, Mexican ice
producers use purified water, however, prudence should be used in choosing
the ice plant where ice is purchased if you'll be driving in and taking
ice with you to the lake. Most smaller towns around the various Lakes have
an ice plant or grocery store-mercado that can supply you with a purified product.
cellular phone work in México?
There is local cellular
service in all major cities of Mexico and service is being added in the smaller
communities. Mexico presently does not have the extensive roaming
capabilities that are available in the US, however, several American cellular
providers offer service in Mexico for a small monthly charge plus roaming and
service fees. I have personally found Cingular provides excellent service
What about the
"No-See-Um" Biting Gnats around the Lakes I've heard so much about?
All we can
say is everything you've heard is probably true. Of course, certain times
of the year are worse than others, but the best protection is to cover all
exposed skin areas and use a good insect repellant.
How do I convert Kilometers
to Miles? How bout Celsius temperatures to Fahrenheit?
Multiply the Kilometers x
.6214. To convert Celsius Temperatures to Fahrenheit, multiply x 9, divide
by 5 and add 32! To convert Kilograms to pounds multiply x 2.2. Meters
to feet multiply x 3.3.
here, for a great conversion site for help with other types of calculations.
The Staff of Mexican Lakes is always eager to help customers
have a great Mexican Adventure. Please call or e-mail us
anytime with questions or special requests.
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