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Farwest Guide Service books trips on Falcon Lake. We have fished Falcon Lake for years. It is very close to Del Rio, Texas where Raul Cordero lives. Sometimes a change in pace is needed from the big lake at home. Raul has had really good luck fishing this lake. You can book a trip on Falcon Lake or contact him for more information.



Falcon Lake (officially, International Falcon Reservoir), located on the Rio Grande River in the South Texas Counties Falcon Damof Zapata and Starr, was impounded in 1954. Built for conservation, irrigation, power, flood control, and recreational purposes, Falcon is one of the largest lakes in Texas with a surface area of 78,300 acres at normal level and a maximum depth of 110 feet. Falcon would cover 87,000 acres at the conservation level of 301.20. At the average lake elevation of 257' elevation during drought or extreme draw down conditions, Falcon covers 23,344 acres.

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As a sport fishery, Falcon boasts a great history of big catches. Largemouth bass grow large and mean in the long South Texas warm water seasons. If you want to get a jump on the spawn in Texas, this is certainly the place to be. Striped bass have done well in the past in Falcon's warm water and were a secondary angling attraction for a number of years. However excessive netting pressure from Mexican commercial fishermen together with frequent fish kills during summer low oxygen periods have substantially impacted the striper population. And as of mid 2009, we have not heard of a striper being caught out of falcon in at least three years. South Texas is famous for great catfishing, and Falcon is no exception as she offers excellent fishing for channel, blue, and yellow catfish. Populations of crappie Falcon Lakeand white bass have been sharply reduced due to overfishing, mismanagement and low lake levels. They no longer exist in fishable numbers. We are making an effort to reestablish these species, and TPWD stocked 1.17 million white bass fry in spring of 2009. Catfish has replaced the striped bass as the secondary fish and for many local fishermen, this good eating fish is the primary species. Large yellow catfish (flatheads) populate the lake and river. In the fall, river holes are favorite flathead destinations, especially at night, and live shad are the bait of choice. Sixty to eighty-pound fish are not unusual, but the larger cats are less prevalent than in the past. This is attributable to Mexico commercial fishing pressure and spotty enforcement of illegal netting on the US side by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. But in the last few years we have finally gotten a decent number of wardens here on Falcon, and enforcement is making a difference. While Falcon has a few challenges, her strong points and advantages strongly out weigh any of the negatives.

If you like to catch lots of fish and get away from the crowds you have likely found at other destinations, Falcon Lake is an excellent choice for an inexpensive vacation. Since the Mexican border literally runs through the middle of the lake, you can enjoy great food and a unique fishing experience with a quick day trip into Mexico. However, it is not necessary to make a trip to Mexico to view aspects of their ancient culture. There some remarkable relics to be seen and artifacts such as arrowheads are found in many of the lake's areas that were inhabited by native Americans thousands of years ago. The old town of Guerrero Mexico (now mostly underwater) still has the original Church viewable from the Salado Arm of the lake.

The Falcon Lake area is known for low fishing pressure, great Sunsets with a view of the mountains in Mexico on clear days, good fishing success, and very nice people. A very mild and dry winter climate and the earliest natural largemouth bass spawn in Texas make Falcon an excellent choice for winter RV getaways. Several lakes in Mexico offer additional fishing potential including Sugar Lake, Las Blancas Lake and El Cuchillo.

Falcon State Park

Falcon State Park provides access, boat ramp, and camping areas that range from tent spots to sites with hook-ups for electricity, water and sewage.

Facilities include 24 shelters (12 air-conditioned, 12 screened), campsites with water, electricity, and sewage; campsites with water and electricity; campsites with water; restrooms with showers; a fish-cleaning shelter; playgrounds; a trailer dump station and a group recreation hall with kitchen for day-use or overnight-use. 3 miles of hiking/mountain biking trails make a complete loop around the park and signs detailing plant life provide a 1-mile self-guided nature trail.

There is a boat ramp with three 24' lanes that works beginning at 262' elevation. For lake levels below 262' (like we have had the majority of the time for the last 10 years), the park has no ramp and your options include launching from the rocky shoreline or driving to Zapata and launching off one of the concrete ramps at the Zapata County facility. Several Lodges also provide launching facilities, but forget Zapata launching at elevations below 250.50'. Four-wheel drive is recommended for temporary ramp use at the State Park. Sometimes changing lake conditions cause the temporary ramps to be unusable; if in doubt, contact the park. 

Nearby points of interest include Lake Casa Blanca and Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Parks, Falcon Dam, Nuevo Guerrero, Fort Ringgold in Rio Grande City, the City of Roma and its many historical sites including the Roma Historical Museum.

100 Best Bass Lakes of 2012

Have you ever tried to rank your favorite fishing lakes? It’s not easy. You like one lake for its big-fish potential; another for numbers of fish; another for the natural beauty surrounding the experience. So which is best? Deciding on one is an impossible task.

However, just because something is impossible doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to do it. Bassmaster Magazine decided to tackle the chore, the following list of lakes being the result. But how did we develop the rankings?

First, we asked the Department of Natural Resources in every state to rank its top bass lakes based on electroshock and angler catch-rate surveys. Secondly, we asked the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation state presidents to rank the top lakes in their states based on tournament results, which narrowed the master list. Third, we asked the Federation Nation conservation directors to rank the bass lakes in their states based on access, stocking practices and current health of the fishery, narrowing the list to 100. And lastly, we created a blue ribbon panel of experts, including outdoor writers, Elite Series anglers and fishing industry leaders from across the country to organize these lakes based on the priorities of bass anglers.

At the top of the list are lakes where you will catch giant bass, and plenty of ’em, in a beautiful setting. As you read further down the list, trophy potential may drop off, or perhaps numbers may dwindle. However, making this list isn’t easy. There are thousands of bass lakes in the U.S. — these 100 simply shine brightest.

Bassmaster Magazine's 100 Best Bass Lakes

  1. Falcon Lake, Texas
  2. Lake Okeechobee, Florida
  3. Lake Guntersville, Alabama
  4. Lake Erie, Michigan/Ohio/New York/Pennsylvania
  5. Lake Champlain, New York/Vermont
  6. Lake Amistad, Texas
  7. Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota
  8. San Joaquin Delta, California
  9. Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  10. Clear Lake, California
  11. Rainy Lake, Minnesota
  12. Pickwick Lake, Alabama/Mississippi/Tennessee
  13. Lake St. Clair, Michigan
  14. Oneida Lake, New York
  15. Toledo Bend, Texas/Louisiana
  16. Kentucky Lake/Barkley Lake, Kentucky/Tennessee
  17. Grand Lake, Oklahoma
  18. Kezar Lake, Maine
  19. Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Texas
  20. Columbia River, Washington/Oregon
  21. Kissimmee Chain Of Lakes, Florida
  22. Candlewood Lake, Connecticut
  23. Santee Cooper lakes, South Carolina
  24. Roosevelt Lake, Arizona
  25. Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin
  26. Lake Fork, Texas
  27. Louisiana Delta, Louisiana
  28. Lake Ouachita, Arkansas
  29. Lake Konawa, Oklahoma
  30. Lake Of The Ozarks, Missouri
  31. Potomac River, Maryland/Virginia
  32. Shasta Lake, California
  33. Lake Havasu, Arizona
  34. Lake Michigan, Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana/Michigan
  35. Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota
  36. Florida Everglades, Florida
  37. Lake Charlevoix, Michigan
  38. Lake Mead, Nevada
  39. Choke Canyon Lake, Texas
  40. Lake Seminole, Georgia/Florida
  41. Congamond Lakes, Massachusetts
  42. Table Rock Lake, Missouri
  43. Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
  44. Falls Lake, North Carolina
  45. Umpqua River, Oregon
  46. Okoboji Lake, Iowa
  47. Red River, Louisiana
  48. Pueblo Reservoir, Colorado
  49. DeGray Lake, Arkansas
  50. Trap Pond, Delaware
  51. Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas/Missouri
  52. Spirit Lake, Iowa
  53. St. Lawrence River, New York
  54. Squam Lake, New Hampshire
  55. High Rock Lake, North Carolina
  56. Arbuckle Lake, Oklahoma
  57. Lake Tarpon, Florida
  58. Apache Lake, Arizona
  59. Lake Powell, Utah/Arizona
  60. Perry Reservoir, Kansas
  61. Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee
  62. Lake Wawasee, Indiana
  63. Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
  64. Lake Conroe, Texas
  65. Noxon Rapids, Montana
  66. Diamond Valley Lake, California
  67. Summit Reservoir, Nebraska
  68. Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
  69. Rend Lake, Illinois
  70. Lake Pleasant, Arizona
  71. Lake Audubon, North Dakota
  72. Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Wyoming
  73. Harris Chain Of Lakes, Florida
  74. Cobbosseecontee Lake, Maine
  75. Ute Lake, New Mexico
  76. Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania
  77. Wilson Reservoir, Kansas
  78. Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico
  79. Lake Oahe, South Dakota
  80. Gull Lake, Minnesota
  81. Kerr Reservoir/Buggs Isla, N.C./Virginia
  82. Dale Hollow Lake, Tennessee/Kentucky
  83. Lake Gaston, North Carolina
  84. Bullards Bar Reservoir, California
  85. Dworshak Reservoir, Idaho
  86. Tygart Lake, West Virginia
  87. Keith Sebelius Reservoir, Kansas
  88. O.H. Ivie, Texas
  89. Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania
  90. Lake Murray, South Carolina
  91. Lake Sammamish, Washington
  92. Lake Eufaula, Alabama/Georgia
  93. Enid Reservoir, Mississippi
  94. Old Hickory Lake, Tennessee
  95. Fort Peck Reservoir, Montana
  96. Manasquan Reservoir, New Jersey
  97. Lake Mohave, Nevada
  98. Lake Lanier, Georgia
  99. Sebago Lake, Maine
  100. McPhee Lake, Colorado 4


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