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Argentina possesses a great fan of possibilities for sport fishing lovers. The alternatives are immense for the country has all weather conditions and multiple scenarios within unmatchable landscapes:

More than 3500 kilometres of coastline facing the Atlantic Ocean.

Large rivers such as the Paraná, Uruguay, Salado, De la Plata, Pilcomayo, Bermejo, Colorado, and Negro, among others.

Innumerable, lagoons, rivers and streams in the mountains.

A big number of lagoons and water courses on the plains.

Many man-made reservoirs on diverse scenarios.

These data will give you an idea of the variety of alternatives this country offers to sport fishers.

A panorama of the possibilities that each tourist region has to offer for the practice of sport fishing follows:


Fly Casting
Fly fishing in Argentina is widening its horizons by the day. The fishing of species such as the dorados, so called lachas, chafalotes, pirá pitás and tarariras in the littoral, adds to the traditional and excellent fishing of the salmon in the opposite season, that is during the southern hemisphere's winter.
You can also catch carps and shads in less numbers. Fly fishing at the seashore begun developing in order to catch basses, bank anchovies, bonitos, lemon fishes, mackerels and Ray's breams, completing a year round calendar to enjoy this modality.

All salmons inhabiting Argentina are caught with decoys.

Dorados, Surubí and other native predator species as the aggressive tararira are captured at the basin of Río de la Plata. The ocean also provides Ray's breams, cat sharks, lemon fishes, bonitos, bank anchovies, mackerels, groupers and fake salmons.

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This is the classical and traditional modality used to catch the big dorados and Surubí at the Alto Paraná (Upper Paraná). Trolling is allowed in some lakes south of the cordillera to fish salmons. Recently introduced, this practice is gradually being used to capture sea species such as the lemon fish, the bonito and the sea fake salmon.


The Dorado, a typical fish in the Río de La Plata basin, has a big head and b jaws and can weigh up to 20 kilos. It is also known as the "tiger of the rivers" for the fight it puts up when being captured.

Recommendations: Clear waters are fundamental to fish with decoys and flies. The mouths of lagoons and streams are good spots in the midst of the Paraná river.

Among the sharks inhabiting the coastal waters in Argentina, the so called bacota and the ecalandrún stand out. They reach 2.5 meter lengths and 130 kilos weights and they are fished from the shore and from a boat as well.

Recommendations: The best time for fishing giant sharks are the last two hours of the high tide, in shallow and deep waters. The most effective bait is the head of a grey mullet.

A typical fresh water fish in South America, it lives in shallow waters where it captures its prey. Its mouth is plagued with tearing teeth. Once caught it jumps out of the water to try and free itself.

Recommendations: This is one of the best fishes to be caught using surface decoys, as poppers, and flies. The best spots are usually surrounded by many branches so it is captured with protected hooks.

There are two types of Surubí : the tiger like or zebra striped and the painted or sturdy one (see photo below). It weights as much as sixty kilos and poses a tremendous struggle, swimming to deeper waters.

Recommendations: When practicing trolling it is caught downstream to allow the artefact to sink deep enough. When fly fishing you need fast sinking lines and big streamers.

This is one of the biggest fresh water fishes in Argentina. With a huge size, it puts up a good fight.

Recommendations: It is fished using various modalities.

Rainbow Trout
It owes its name to the iridescent stripe it shows in both sides. It was introduced in the beginning of the XX century, and is currently distributed from Tierra del Fuego to the north of Salta.

Recommendations: The rainbow trout spawns late in the season so it has to be returned to the water after being captured at the beginning of the season. They can be well caught using dry flies and nymphs.

Brown Trout
It is characterized for its brown colour with "x" like or double "x" with a light halo spots. It reaches huge sizes for its longevity and adaptability.

Recommendations: With a marked taste for fishes, they can be captured with decoys resembling its diet, like big streamers and plugs. Dry flies and nymphs are good enough for the smaller ones.


There are three different scenarios in this region. The large rivers, mainly in the plain areas, the reservoir and lagoons in plain and mountainous zones, and the mountain rivers and streams.
The upper forest allows for the miracle of fishing, a few kilometres away from each other, both dorados and rainbow trout at Salta and Jujuy.

The thermal ampleness is huge. There are low temperatures at dawn though you can fish wearing light clothes only during the afternoon. Fishing diminishes notably during the southern hemisphere's summer.

At nearby centres and at camping areas close to the fishing spots.

Places and Species
Great Rivers
Salta: At the Pilcomayo, Bermejo and Juramento rivers, where you can capture dorados, Surubí , manguruyúes, pacúes, basses, catfishes, bogas, etc.

Reservoirs and Lagoons
Salta: At Cabra Corral, Campo Alegre, Las Lomitas, Mojorojo and Las Maderas. You can catch fresh water atherines, catfishes and carps.
Jujuy: At La Ciénaga, Las Maderas, Alisos, Catamontaña, Yala lagoon, Rodeo and Comedero. Fresh water atherine is mainly caught..
Santiago del Estero: At Río Hondo, Los Quiroga and La Dormida. You can catch good catfishes, bogas, tarariras, shads and dorados.
Tucumán: At Angostura, Escaba, Cadillal, Frontal and El Cajón. Fresh water atherines are mainly captured, though carps, catfishes, tarariras and salmons are caught as well.
Catamarca: At El Jumeal, Ipizca, Motegasta, Las Pirquitas, Collagasta, La Cañada, Sumampa and Sauce Mayo. Rainbow trout and fresh water atherines are fished.
La Rioja: At Los Sauces, El Cisco, Anzulón, El Saladillo, El Portezuelo, De Pinchas and De Olta. Fresh water atherines, perch and catfishes are caught.

Mountain Rivers and Streams
At the innumerable water courses in the provinces of Salta, Jujuy, Tucumán, Catamarca and La Rioja. Salmons can be captured though the main catch is the rainbow trout. Rivers and streams close to Orán hold very big dorados and rainbow trout.

The Bermejo and Juramento rivers are ideal for fly fishing or spinning, because the current is too b for they are yet mountain rivers. At the El Tunal dam in the Juramento river for instance, you can catch tarariras with fly or spinning. Trolling can be practiced at the Río Hondo eservoir.

Fishing is confined to the months from March to May and from August to November. The main reason for this are the large rivers themselves firstly, and the rainfalls polluting the water secondly.

This region is one of the most important in the country for the practice of sport fishing, due to the quality and quantity of fishes it offers. The region holds large rivers like the majestic Paraná, the Uruguay, Pilcomayo, Bermejo, Paraguay, Dulce, Salado and Iguazú, amongst others, where big size species (over 20 kilos) such as the Dorado, the tararira, the Surubí and the manguruyú, make the day for a multitude of fishermen.
The Dorado National Fiesta is celebrated in Corrientes during the month of August; the most important tournament in the country and renowned worldwide.

The weather is warm all over the region, with high temperature days during the southern hemisphere's summer. Fishing is realized early in the morning and late in the afternoon during this season. Fishing is practiced from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM the rest of the year. Rain showers usually pour down during the summer though they last only a short while, and do not affect sport fishing in general.

The offer goes from camping sites in islands, with few and cheap services, up to the lodging facilities with world class services.

Places and Species
At the Bermejo river and lagoons where tarariras and other species are caught. The Paraguay and Paraná rivers, where bogas, pacúes, surubíes, maguruyúes and other species are obtained.

At the Pilcomayo, Bermejo and Paraguay rivers, where you can get river bass, dorados and Surubí.

Santiago del Estero
At the Dulce and Salado rivers, where you can catch catfishes, bogas, tarariras, shad and dorados.

Santa Fe
At the Paraná and Salado rivers, lagoons and other minor rivers, where dorados and Surubí can be captured amongst others.

At the Paraná and Iguazú rivers, and at other minor rivers.

Corrientes and Entre Ríos
At the Paraná and Uruguay rivers, lagoons and other minor rivers, where you can get dorados, Surubí , pacúes, moncholos, fresh water atherines, etc.

At all of the Paraná basin the fishing of the dorado and Surubí is practiced with the use of decoys. Trolling is practiced at the upper Paraná. Fly fishing and spinning is used at this river as well as other rivers and streams of clear waters. The pacú, a fish reaching fifteen kilos of weight, falls for natural baits as well as decoys. The boga, which reaches a weight of five kilos, is a struggler and hard to catch for its fleshy mouth. The voracious tararira is fished at lagoons and streams dependant of the Paraná and Uruguay rivers during moderate to warm days.

There is a totally closed season at the Río de La Plata basin that usually extends from November to January. Outside this ban period fishing is excellent throughout the year, depending specially on the river's conditions: water volume, temperature and transparency among others.

You can basically fish salmons at this mountainous region, and the best places to catch them are the reservoirs, natural lagoons, rivers and streams.

Temperatures are very low from May to September, a closed season for the capture of salmons. Other species caught at reservoirs, such as the fresh water atherine have a wider open season. Weather is nice during the southern hemisphere's summer, though warm clothes should be considered.

There are all kinds of lodging facilities in every major urban centre like the city of Mendoza. Besides those, cabins and bungalows stand out. There are currently new firms establishing accommodations facilities focused on the needs of fishermen.

Places and Species
Mendoza: At Agua del Toro, El Carrizal, El Nihuil, Los Reyunos and Valle Grande, where you can capture salmons, fresh water atherines, perch and catfish.
San Juan: At Valle Fértil and Ullum, where you can catch fresh water atherine and yellow catfish specimens.

Mendoza: At Atuel, Blanca, Diamante, Del Valle, Llancanelo and Sosneado, where good specimens of salmon and fresh water atherine can be obtained.
San Juan: At Del Batidero, Chica, Blanca, Gunancache, De Los Antas, Del Tronco, De las Garzas, Del Padre, Portezuelo, Rincón, Rosario and Silverio.

Rivers and Streams
Mendoza: At Atuel, Diamante, Grande, Mendoza, Tunuyán and other rivers and minor streams, where you can basically catch salmon specimens. San Juan: At San Juan, Castaño, and other rivers and minor streams, where you can basically catch salmon specimens.

The almost exclusive fishing modality for salmons is fly fishing. Atherines are captured at the surface or at mid depth in reservoirs and lagoons at the plains.

Fishing season for salmons is between the months of October and May, and all of the year for species such as the fresh water atherines.

This sierra region has plenty of rivers, streams, manmade reservoirs and natural lagoons where to practice sport fishing in Cordoba and San Luis as well.
Mountain streams summon aficionados seeking for diverse types of salmons outside the Patagonia.

Temperatures are low during the southern hemisphere's winter, mostly in high altitude places. Weather is generally warmer during the summer, though you should wear a coat in high places.

Cabins and bungalows stand out outside the major urban centres. There are currently new firms establishing accommodations facilities focused on the needs of fishermen.

Places and Species
Reservoirs and Lagoons
Places where you can get fresh water atherine, carp, perch and trout specimens, among other species.
Córdoba: At San Roque, El Cajón, Los Molinos, Cruz del Eje, Río Tercero, Ing. Allende and La Quebrada, among others.
San Luis: At San Felipe, Potrero de los Funes, Cruz de Piedra, Dique Chico, La Huertita, Luján, La Florida and El Volcán, among others.

Rivers and Streams
The most outstanding fishing is that of the rainbow trout and the stream trout at upper streams, mostly in the Calamuchita valley in Córdoba

The almost exclusive fishing modality for salmons is fly fishing. Atherines are captured at the surface or at mid depth in reservoirs and lagoons at the plains.

Open season for salmons is between the months of October and May, and all of the year for species like the fresh water atherines.

We can point out two clearly differentiated fishing areas: at rivers and lagoons firstly and at sea in the Atlantic Ocean's coasts secondly, where you can catch numerous species mainly form a vessel.
San Blas is one of the best spots in Argentina for sea fishing, with a combination of varied fishes and big sharks, with specimens weighing over 100 kilos.

The weather is warm during the southern hemisphere's summer and cool during the winter, when wearing a coat is recommendable.
The winds are characteristic all along Argentina's seacoast. Temperatures drop outside the summer season, so wearing a coat is necessary while fishing.

The big cities like Mar del Plata or Necochea have excellent lodging facilities. Lodging houses are available at the islands of Bahía Blanca and San Blas, close to the shark fishing areas.

Places and Species
Rivers and Streams
The most important basins in the region are those of the Paraná's delta and of the Río de la Plata river, though we find other important rivers such as the Salado in Buenos Aires and the Colorado in La Pampa. Moreover, there are countless of minor rivers and streams.
We find bogas, armados, dorados and Surubí at the delta's basin. You can fish outside the industrial zone at Río de La Plata for it is contaminated. Fresh water atherines, carps and other species can be captured at the other mentioned rivers.
We can obtain tout at the Sierra de la Ventana.

There are plenty of lagoons in the pampa plains territory. Among the most important ones we can mention the Chascomús, Lobos, San Miguel del Monte, Guaminí and Salada Grande in Buenos Aires; and Don Tomás, Blanca Grande, Larga and La Amarga in La Pampa. The most common species at these lagoons are firstly the fresh water atherine and secondly the carp.
We can also encounter the Mar Chiquita lagoon, an albufera (an elongated salty water lagoon close and parallel to the seashore), where we can catch sole and grey mullet specimens, besides the classical fresh water atherine.

Atlantic Coast
There are plenty of fishing possibilities along all of the Atlantic Ocean's littoral, be it from the shore and any of the piers of the different beach resorts or aboard a boat.
Here we can obtain the following species: the blonde and black corvine, with specimens weighing up to 20 kilos, atherines, Ray's breams and others. If fishing is done aboard a vessel, you can capture lemon fishes, sea salmons, blue fishes, bass and sharks weighing over 100 kilos, and many others, specially at San Blas.

Fresh water atherines are captured at the surface or at mid depth in rivers and lagoons.
Sharks and other various species are caught using natural bait from a boat. The fake sea salmon, the grouper, the anchovies, the Ray's bream, the lemon fish and the Atlantic bonito are captured from cruisers or special motorboats, with flies, spinners and trolling.

The fishing of fresh water atherines at rivers and lagoons is generally realized between April and August.
The biggest and most varied captures at the Atlantic coast are realized during the southern hemisphere's summer, with large bacota and escalandrún sharks weighing more than 100 kilos, or the fake sea salmon weighing between 10 and 20 kilos. The months from February to May are the best for fly fishing due to the arrival of the tuna fishes.

This cordillera region, with plenty of lakes and mountain rivers, has the hottest spots for the fishing of salmons.
It has numerous places for the practice of this activity and its variety and quality is highly appreciated, some being considered among the best in the world.

It is cold-temperate at the southern cordillera for the most part of the year, save some southern hemisphere's summer days.

There is an excellent infrastructure, especially in cabins, lodging houses and ranches.

Places and Species
This is paradise for salmon fishes, present in seven species: the rainbow trout, the brown trout, the stream trout or fontinalis, the lake trout, the locked salmon, the silver salmon or coho and the king salmon or chinook

The Correntoso river and the mouth of the Chimehuín river are among the best places in the world for fishing brown and rainbow trout.
Specimens weighing more than 10 kilos have been captured.
Besides, there are other rivers, like the Limay, and numerous lakes where you can enjoy a good catch of salmons, among which we can mention: Aluminé, Correntoso, Lácar, Traful (where we find the locked salmon), Falkner, Filo Hua Hum, Huechulafquen, Paimún, Pichi Traful, Nahuel Huapi, Tromen, Villarino, etc.

Río Negro
A zone with plenty of rivers and lakes where you can get some of the following salmon species: stream, rainbow and brown trout and locked salmon. We also find the perch and the Patagonian fresh water atherine.
Among the rivers we can mention the Limay and among the lakes the Fonck, Hess, Gillelmo, Gutiérrez, Mascardi, Moreno, Nahuel Huapi, Roca, Steffens and Martín, among others.

As the rest of the provinces in the region, it holds a great variety of rivers and lakes suitable for the capture of salmons and other species in its Andean sector.
Among these species are the rainbow trout, the silver salmon, the stream trout, Creole trout, brown trout, fresh water atherine and the silver trout downstream of the Chubut river.
Among the lakes we can mention the Epuyén, General Paz, Menéndez, Futalaufquen, Fontana and La Plata among others.
There are numerous rivers though among the most important ones are the Chubut and the Futaleufú.

Santa Cruz
We can find brown trout of good size and perch at the Gallegos and Santa Cruz rivers and other minor rivers and streams.
We can find good specimens of salmon, rainbow trout, stream and brown trout, perch and fresh water atherine at the numerous lakes of the province, such as the Argentino, Viedma, Buenos Aires and San Martin.

Tierra del Fuego
At the Lapataia, Pipo, Olivia, Turbio, Claro, Ewan, San Pablo, Fuego, Candelaria, Mac Lennan, De la Turba, Bella Vista, Grande and Chico rivers, and at the Fagnano, Yehuin and Mellizas lakes, we can find good specimens of brown, stream and rainbow trout and sebago salmon.

The main modality is fly fishing, though spinning and trolling are used in some sectors. The latter modality is used at great lakes only, and modern regulations tend to restrict it even further.

Open season extends from November to April at most spots in the zone. Some environments allow and extension of the season according to the species' biological characteristics.

Fishing at the interior (continental) waters of the Patagonia, south of the Colorado river, is regulated by a standard norm common to all provinces in the region, and the fishing permit is of absolute abidance. The regulations impose the mandate of returning all specimens alive to their habitats (catch and release) in rivers and streams, and only allow fishing with artificial baits (fly, spoon, etc.).

There are plenty of fishing opportunities along the Atlantic Ocean's littoral at the Patagonia, be it from the seashore or a boat.

Winds are characteristic in all of Argentina's seacoast. Temperatures drop after the southern hemisphere's summer, hence wearing a coat is a must when fishing.

The main cities, like Puerto Madryn, Comodoro Rivadavia or Río Gallegos, have excellent lodging facilities.

Places and Species
Río Negro
The Atlantic littoral of Río Negro has great sport fishing possibilities along its coastline. Golden corvine, black corvine, atherines, whiting, basses, fake salmons, hake, congers, anchovies, dogfishes, and other species can be captured here.
Regarding the fishing spots we can mention the El Cóndor beach resort, in the areas of Los Pozones and El Pescadero, Playa Bonita, with a natural 80 meter seaward rocky jetty, La Lobería and Bahía Creek.
Underwater hunting is successfully practiced at Caleta de los Loros, Nuevo León, Los Lobos isle, Punta Pozos, Punta Sierras and Punta Pórfidos.

Extensive sandy or pebbled beaches are ideal places for fishing from the seashore. Here, species such as the atherine, bass, the so called stick fish and the cock fish are abundant as well as skates and sharks.
We can find groupers, salmons, as well as the so called Turk fishes, sargos, escrófalos and brótolas in deep rocky shores.

Santa Cruz
Soles, basses, pollacks, sea salmons and sharks can be captured at the zone of Puerto Deseado.
We find basses, pollacks, groupers and sharks at the zone of Puerto San Julián.
We will find basses, pollacks, atherines, groupers, sardines from Tierra del Fuego, skates, dogfishes and sharks at the zones of Puerto Santa Cruz and Río Gallegos.

Tierra del Fuego
We can obtain brown trout weighing over 10 kilos at the mouth of the Río Grande and Ewan rivers.

Sharks and other various species are captured from a boat using natural bait. The fake sea salmon, the grouper, the anchovies, the Ray's bream, the lemon fish, and the bonito are captured from cruisers or special motorboats using flies, spinning or trolling. During the southern hemisphere's winter, basses and atherines are caught from Puerto Madryn to the south, using flies and decoys (spinners and baits) from the rocky seashores.

The most varied specimens with the best size, are captured during the southern hemisphere's summer. The months from February to May are the best for fly fishing due to the arrival of tuna fishes.

Sea fishing is open season all year round, be it from the shore, a beach, a pier and any known modality with no restrictions.


Iguazu Adventure Travel & Tours ...

Fishing in the region is practiced from boats as well as from the shore. The most common species are the dorado (or River or Parana Tiger), the pati, chafalote, surubi, boga and pirapita. The places most usually visited are the rivers Parana and Iguazu. While the best time for fishing dorado and surubi lasts from the first days of September till the end of March, the other species can be fished throughout the year.


Mendoza Adventure Travel & Tours ...

You can practice this sport in rivers, bayous, ponds and lakes all over the region, and catch some handsome varieties of salmon family fish and sweet water atherines


Salta Adventure Travel & Tours ...

Salta's geographical variety offers travellers an ample range of possibilities for practicing fishing; and among them, three catching areas stand out: the Bermejo, the Juramento and the Pilcomayo River basins.

8 to 12 kilograms of weight dorados can be caught in the rushing waters; in calmer waters there is no shortage of bass, Surubí catfish, Pacú and shads; and in the high mountain areas, rainbow trout. The diversity of these rivers offers the chance to practice different fishing ways, such as fly, spindle and bait fishing

The Río Bermejo River
It is best to hire specialized guides for fishing excursions in this area, because they are carried out around the large and imposing Bermejo River and all of its tributaries. Located in the Baritú National Park area, north of Salta, the starting point for fishing excursions is the city of San Ramón de la Nueva Orán, 250 kilometres away from Salta.

There are programmes operated on dates chosen by those who decide to undertake the excursion, previous confirmation, and their length depends on the activities of alternative tourism they want to enjoy, on the distances to travel and on the places to visit; They usually oscillate between one and four days.

This activity is realized with the philosophy of preserving nature and its resources by practicing the "Catch and Release" of the species caught. From April through the last days of October, always respecting the needed permits and when the waters are at optimum conditions of clarity and transparency, fly fishing, using streamers, can be practiced; or spinning, where usually 30 grams undulating scoops are used; as well as fishing with natural bait.

The Río Juramento River
Embracing an important surface at the south-centre of the Salta Province, it originates at the Cobra Corral reservoir, a place chosen by sport fishermen from Salta, Jujuy and Tucumán, owing to its stock of diverse species: the sweet water atherine, the most appreciated from the sports point of view, the tararira (Hoplias malabarious), catfish, so called bocachas, moharra, shads and eels.

Other infrastructure works offered by the Rio Juramento River along its run are: Peñas Blancas, Miraflores and El Tunal, the latter of a smaller size than the Cobra Corral Reservoir, but with a singular beauty as well, and where catfish, bocacha, bream, tararira, moharra, dorados and sweet water atherine can be caught.

The Río Pilcomayo River
Located northeast of the Salta region, it is an important tributary of the Paraguay River's water system. It constitutes an important egg laying and nourishment place for species such as shads, pacú, dorados, Surubí catfish, bream, etc., among many more. Rainbow trout, catfish and sweet water atherine can be captured at the lakes and rivers of the Calchaquí valleys.

The Complejo Pulares Complex
It has a privileged location 50 kilometres away from Salta, close to Chicona, for being in the mid sector of the Tilián stream's valley. The scenery displayed on its surroundings is an invitation to enjoy a day in the countryside.

The complex is specially for families and groups of friends, who may want to enjoy it any time of the year for there is no closed season, besides, short walks through the ravine containing the Tilián stream, whose banks are carpeted with ferns, lichens and orchids, can be arranged.

It has three sectors: the first one with a dining room, camping areas with tables and benches, and playgrounds for children; the second one holds the fattening pools for rainbow trout, a place where there is also specialized personnel to explain the technical management of this fishing preserve; the third sector contains two artificial lakes filled with spill waters where you can keep what you catch without releasing.

Fishing is practiced in different ways such as fly; spindle and even natural bait fishing. The complex provides with all that is necessary and offers a personalized attention. The place is ideal for women and children practicing the sport.

The institution that rules and regulates sport fishing in all of its area is the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable de la Provincia (Provincial Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development), which, through its Fishing Resources Programme, delineates the reserve zones, defines the open and close seasons, decides which species are susceptible of extracting, the ways of fishing, which arts and capturing gear are allowed and which forbidden, and measurements and limits for the equipment used.


Las Lomitas and Campo Alegre
January, February, May, June, July, November and December are open season.

Cobra Corral
It is open season all year round, except from the Península del Zapallar up to the Río Guachipas River mouth beginning the 08/01 and ending the 11/30.

El Tunal
It is open season starting the 1st of March up to the 4th of November.

Open season lasts from the 1st of March until the 4th of November on the Lavayén, Pescado, Bermejo, Teuco, San Francisco, Dorado, Pilcomayo and Del Valle Rivers. Sport fishing in the Río Juramento River can only be practiced between the Ruta Nacional Nº 34's highway bridge and the Santiago del Estero limits.


Jujuy Adventure Travel & Tours ...

In the Province of Jujuy, the variety of climates and altitudes has allowed for the evolution of a very variable fresh water population of fish, from the most common species to the salmon family, including rainbow, brown and lake trout.

This state of things offers the traveller the opportunity to practise both kind of fishing in the same expedition, given the time and always carrying the necessary gear and equipment with him.

In principle, the high and medium altitude fishing in the mountains is circumscribed to the mentioned rout species, as well as the perch or Criollo trout, which in reality is a fish totally different from the salmon family, a sort of living fossil, which some scientists relate to the family sciaenides, a vast family which includes the corvine, and supposedly these fish were from a salt water habitat and became accustomed to fresh water conditions when the Andes were formed.

Both this so-called perch as well as the trout are very sought after by those fishermen that only use artificial lures. A third kind is the fresh water atherine, which was introduced in great numbers in most of the flood dikes and dams in the Province, and which have produced individuals of great size, due to the abundance of photo- and zoo-plankton in these habitats.

The lowest area, which corresponds to the last foothills of the pre Andean mountain range in the woodland in the east, is destined to shore fishing. Here on can fish dorados, bream, and different species of catfish weighing up to two kilos.

A variant that is of interest to many lovers of this sport is angling for dorados, in the eastern part of the Province, using artificial flies, in the Lavayén and San Francisco rivers. Dorados weighing up to 10 kilos have been caught here in the area, which has given rise to an almost endless stream of fishermen coming here all year round, only interrupted by the rainy months.

As with hunting, sport fishing is regulated in the whole Province, and you will need a permit and its corresponding zone licence, which you can apply for at the Natural Resources Bureau - Dirección de Recursos Naturales for the area.

Regarding nautical sports, such as windsurf, water ski, sailing, etc., these can be practised on the water surfaces of the dikes and dams of the Province. We can only mention the Dique La Ciénaga and the Las Maderas complex, places where you can also go angling for trout, atherines and catfish.

There are three different hydrographical basins:
  • The Río Bermejo River Basin.
  • The Río Pilcomayo River Basin.
  • Cuenca endorreica de la Puna.
For further details regarding where to catch trout, please take note of the following areas:

Area Puna-Gorge: the rivers Santa Catalina, Grande de San Juan Orosmayo, Paicone, Cusi-Cusi, Yavi, Barrios and the Laguna Leandro Lake.

Valley areas: The rivers Yala, Lozano, Reyes, Guerrero, Tesorero, Lamzal, La Quesera, Tiraxi, Tilquiza, Las Escaleras, Las Capillas, Los Morados, Paños and the Laguna Chañi Lake.

The Andean slopes: The rivers Totorillas, Trementinal, Normenta, Ranger, Catalpe, Valle Grande, Colorado, Yerba Buena, Sunchal, Santa Rosa and Pampichuela.


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