LAKE COMEDERO


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The gates at Presa Comedero were first lowered to the closed position in 1982  upon completion of the newly constructed  dam across the meandering  and picturesque Rio San Lorenzo.  Thus, quickly forming one more new major Mexican Lake in the State of Sinaloa. This total system of impoundments  up and down the west coast of Mexico have fast become the new jewels and real treasures of the Sierra Madres Mountain Range and form the backbone for one of the most ambitious and highly successful agricultural-irrigation-systems to be found in all the world.  There is also a "state of the art" hydro-electric-generating-station located below the dam, which supplies much of the electricity for the surrounding countryside. 

As an added bonus, the bass angling at Lake Comedero followed in the same tradition as many other new Mexican lakes, with an incredible abundance of healthy, eager bass in the formative years with catches of 100 plus bass per day not uncommon for the novice and seasoned angler alike.  In the late 80's one of the aspiring outfitters operating on Lake Comedero began to slowly stock substantial numbers of Florida genetic brood bass along with the native population in hopes of planting the seeds for a future trophy bass impoundment!  The results of this stocking effort have become quite evident in the past number of years with huge numbers of trophy bass over 10 pounds having  been caught and released by lucky Gringo Bass Chasers!  With this added help and  practice of "catch and release," most trophy sized bass caught by visiting American anglers  live to give another angler the pleasure and thrill of a piscatorial duel.   Also, somewhat more strict guidelines for commercial harvest have been implemented, as more Mexican officials realize the tourism potential in pesos that many gringo anglers eagerly put on the table for a chance at a new personal best catch along with the  bass angling adventure of a lifetime!   With all the right scenarios in place, Lake Comedero should continue well into the new millennium as one of the premier trophy bass lakes in all of Mexico and for that matter, the WORLD!  With it's very remote setting and very little fishing pressure by most standards, the chances and real likelihood of a new-world-record-class-bass being caught at Lake Comedero are quite good.  The lake record stands at well over 18 pounds now, with many rumors of larger bass being caught by native anglers. 

The lake is located some 3-4 hours from the beautiful coastal city of Mazatlan, with a good paved road from Mazatlan to the small mining community of Cosala and then another 20 or so miles of new paved road to the lake.  At the present time, there are only a few outfitters operating at Comedero, primarily due to the very rugged and remote location.  
There is one facility located on the lake itself, with other outfitters presently servicing Comedero while operating from nearby small villages.  There is however a small area at the dam suitable for parking a motor-home or camper with locals near-by that can look after things while on the lake fishing.  However, it is generally never and easy task to launch a full size bass boat at Comedero and a four-wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended.  There is also a reasonably good medical facility with modern pharmacy in Cosala just in case ones ticker just can't stand the fast paced action of catching too many over sized GRANDES!  As of this writing, there is only one Pemex gasoline station and it is not uncommon to find that the tanker delivery truck has been delayed for short periods of time, with no gasoline available.  The town of Cosala itself has a rich and long heritage as a prominent mining community and it is well  worth the time to spend and extra day or two sightseeing and soaking up the rich heritage of this picturesque old mining village.  Cosala was founded in 1550 and has a wonderful Museum dedicated to the mining history and rich heritage of the surrounding area.    

But, if bass angling is strictly your forte, a little more information about Lake Comedero.  As with all Mexican Lakes, there were many small villages and haciendas located up and down the  main river and arroyos that were inundated when the gates were closed and the lake was formed.  Among those are of course the village of Comedero, along with Casa Blanca, Agua Caliente, Higueras de Achota, Piaba, Las Vegas, Los Paredenes and numerous other small ranches and haciendas.  Most of these structures were all left in place that comprised the villages and ranches and, with the right lake elevations, these spots can be quite good cover to  look for and locate for catching larger bass.  The main river is the Rio San Lorenzo,  which is fully navigable many kilometers up into the foothills of the State of Durango when the lake is near normal elevations.  Lesser arroyos are Agua Caliente, San Jose and Agua Fria.   As with many of the older Mexican Lakes, much of the hardwood has decayed  and or gone by the way of firewood at a Mexican campemento and most major structure and cover is now concentrated in the form of larger rocky areas and bluffs, but when the lake level is sufficiently low, there is still much hardwood cover to be found which will then be holding large numbers of trophy bass.  The major forage for the bass at Comedero are the prolific spawning tilapia which provide ample  protein and are of the proper size for the bass to forage on, so as to grow into football size "GRANDES" in record time.    

A good all round lure choice is your favorite CRANK BAIT, spinner bait, swim baits, along with the usual assortment of plastic and top water baits depending on lake levels and water clarity.   One of the better three day trips ever filmed at Comedero came last April when the lake level approached the 15% of capacity mark.  This in turn created slightly less clear water conditions with "PERFECT CRANKBAIT" water clarity along with "just right" water temperatures.  Lake Comedero could give up a new world record bass at any time and should be on every avid bass anglers list to fish at least once.  The lake is open for angling year round, however, the best fishing is generally experienced during the months of November through May of each year. 

We have the most detailed road maps of the area available along with a detailed Topographical Lake Map on CD Rom for easy viewing and printing.  Call us today and let us help you plan your next trip to one of the greatest Mexican trophy bass lakes in all the world.

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