Fall Fishing in SinaloaFall Fishing in Sinaloa
Home of Lake Huites, Lake Baccarac, Lake El Salto and Lake Mateous
By Daniel Wentworth Espinoza
Living in Sinaloa during the summer can best be described as living in a pizza oven. Daily temperatures soar upwards to as high as 130 degrees. The best means of survival is to fill the freezer, lock the doors and windows and crank up the A/C.
Unfortunately, the bass don't have the same luxury. Their only means of dealing with the ever increasing surface temperatures is to go deep. And deep they go, suspending in water depths from sixty to one hundred feet. Their metabolism slows and they feed very little.
Then as the rain begins in July continuing on into September, the cool mountain waters start to fill the lakes. The cloudy days help to keep the surface temperatures cooler. When the bass sense this cooling, they start to rise in search of food. Here in Sinaloa, the primary food source is the shad and the tilapia fry from the current spawn. Both the shad and the tilapia fry crowd the banks in shallow water, making easy targets for the hungry bass. Newly flooded grassy areas are excellent as it provides the food chain for the bait fish.
This fall feeding frenzy provides a perfect opportunity for the bass angler looking for some fantastic top water action or shallow/medium diving crank bait action. The "Bill Dance Fat Free Shad" is still one of the most popular and effective lures in Sinaloa. However, an angler would be remiss if his tackle box didn't boast a selection of spinner baits, poppers and a medium diving rattle trap. A double propeller torpedo silver torpedo lure has produced some of the biggest bass caught in Mexico. The surface water does warm in the afternoon, and the bass will head for slightly deeper water. Hit the points and drop offs with deeper divers. Also, this is the best time for your plastics. Lizards or shad in various colors work well. Chartreuse, Watermelon, Motor oil and combinations of these colors seem to work best. White colored swim baits also can be very effective.
As the water temperatures continue to drop, the inbound rivers slow. Both the bait fish and the bass will move up the canyons and into the shallow set backs. This is the time to concentrate on structure and the submerged brush. Most of the lakes in Sinaloa have a considerable amount of brush for the bass to stage their ambush on unsuspecting bait fish. Sinaloa grows the best supply of pucker brush than any other place in the world. Just look out your window as you are driving to the lakes. Acres and acres of pucker brush is all you will see. Well, it is this same type of brush that was flooded when the lakes filled.
Fishing the brush can be both rewarding and frustrating. Crank baits and plastics seem to work best. Many anglers have great success stories with Carolina rigs. Hooking the lunker is only the first step. Getting him to the boat is another. I truly believe that the grandfather bass run a naval boatman's mate school of knot tying for the young ones. If you give the bass a half a chance, he will tie you up around a tree trunk and the battle is over. Another problem is, due to the high volume of fish caught in Sinaloa lakes, anglers become complacent and their reaction time slows. When fishing for lunkers in the brush, you must turn his head toward the boat as soon as you set the hook. If you give him half a chance, he will beat you. Many anglers, experienced in fishing our Sinaloa waters, will go to heavier line, up to twenty or twenty-five lb test with a stiffer pole. This may take a little of the sport out of the fishing, but it will increase your chances of getting your lunker to the boat.
If you are considering a fishing trip to Sinaloa, Mexico, then October through December is a great time for lunker bass. The lakes are full, the foliage is green and the weather is great. Also, the fish have had no fishing pressure for over four months. The major spawn is from January to March, so the bass are aggressively feeding and will increase their weight up to 20% in anticipation for the spawn.
Traveling to Mexico is easy. You don't even need a passport. Grab your birth certificate or a notarized copy along with a photo ID and make your reservation. For more information on bass fishing in Mexico visit bassfishingmexico.com.
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