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El Salto: Still the world's best bass lake

Updated: July 1, 2008, 11:42 AM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton | Special to ESPN Outdoors.com

When hardcore bass anglers discuss the world's best trophy bass lakes, the conversation inevitably turns to El Salto Lake, a scenic impoundment cradled in west-central Mexico's rugged Sierra Madre Mountains. This 24,000-acre lake 75 miles northeast of Mazatlan has rightfully earned its place among the world's truly great bass fisheries. Consider, for example, these two facts:

The lake-record largemouth caught in September 2000 weighed 18 pounds, 8 ounces. Only three U.S. states — California, ...

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