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Out There: Trophy catfish south of the border

Few American anglers realize Mexico's trophy bass lakes harbor healthy populations of big catfish.

Updated: September 12, 2006, 1:37 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton | Special to ESPN Outdoors.com

My friend Wild Bill Skinner says Lake Dominguez was the first body of water in Mexico to be stocked with Florida-strain largemouth bass.

According to him, it was here in this 20,000-acre impoundment on the Rio Fuerte that trophy bass fishing got its start south of the border.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, U.S. anglers came to Dominguez in droves to catch double-digit bass in these scenic waters in western Mexico's state of Sinaloa.

Skinner, now president of Trophy Bass Lodge ...

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