The best bass lake in the world for numbers according to

Bassmaster Magazine

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Location: 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Mazatlan (MZT), Guadalajara (GDL), or Puerto Vallarta (PVT)


Size: 70-mile long reservoir, 330 miles of shoreline, Maximum Depth 650 feet


Lake Record: 14 lbs. 6 oz.


Facts: The offical name of Lake Agua Milpa is Potrero de la Palmita


Lake Agua Milpa in Mexico may be the best Mexican bass lake “you’ve never heard of.” That puts it among the very best bass fishing waters in the world. Located at an elevation of  2,400 to 3,600 feet above sea level, Aguamilpa is home to colorful parrots and other exotic creatures, as well as four beautiful waterfalls. But it is the mind-boggling abundance of quality bass swimming in these waters that remains the calling card of Aguamilpa.


There is much more to Aguamilpa than just its good looks and charm. You might not be aware of it, but Aguamilpa deserves to be rated as the best numbers lake south of the border; and these numbers have some size to them. To fish Lake Aguamilpa is to be impressed with both the consistent action and average quality size of the bass.

Fishing Tips: With a growth rate estimated by Mexican biologists at 2 pounds per year, Lake Aguamilpa bass population gets noticeably bigger each season.  Believe it or not, some bass fishermen have reported catching as many as 400 bass per boat in a single day. Most of them use traditional bass fishing methods; but fly fishing for bass is also popular.


A fisherman who enjoys power fishing with crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jerkbaits can collect dozens of bass in a day’s time. Topwater enthusiasts usually enjoy the kind of nonstop action seldom found in the United States. And the more finesse-oriented anglers can simply mop up with plastic worms and other soft creatures.

Plan Ahead:  You'll have to book early to get some of the limited accommodations during the year-round bass fishing season.