GAINESVILLE, Florida (September 15, 2023) – Anglers Inn International, with popular 5-star fishing destinations in Mexico, Brazil and Florida, announces the September 25 opening of their 2023-2024 season at Lake El Salto and Lake Picachos. Billy Chapman, owner and founder of Anglers Inn, made the announcement reporting that lake levels in both lakes are ideal for a great autumn start. Anglers Inn outfitting operations started more than 45 years ago and have been at Lake El Salto and Lake Picachos since the lakes were opened with more 10-pound bass caught and more anglers through its doors than any other bass lodge, worldwide.
Chapman closes both lakes for the August and September monsoon season. The staff take this time to rest and refresh plus perform annual facilities maintenance and improvements.
Legendary Lake El Salto is a widely recognized trophy double-digit largemouth bass lake and is a bucket list destination for anglers worldwide. Relative new comer Lake Picachos is building its fish population each year and reports over this last season included numbers of fish caught per boat per day exceeding 100 with heavy fish including 10+ pounders.
Chapman, who pioneered peacock bass fishing in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil in the late 1970s, opened up the Lake El Salto largemouth bass fishery by stocking Florida strain bass. He also introduced catch and release at El Salto, a practice becoming the standard ensuring continued trophy bass fishing year to year.
Anglers Inn lodges are legendary for exceptional fishing and the highest caliber of service and facilities. An inductee in the National Fishing Hall of Fame, Chapman is the only outfitter to be so honored. A new destination in Florida is planned and in development.
Sponsors of Anglers Inn include Abu Garcia, Berkley, Fishing Tackle Retailer, Huk, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Mossy Oak, Old Town and St. Croix.