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.
(officially, International Falcon Reservoir), located on the Rio
Grande River in the South Texas Counties
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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