Aquatic Adventure - Sport Fishing in Nepal

Sport fishing  in  Nepal,   like  hunting,  is little  advertised  and  therefore  little own. However, for the angler, Nepal's lakes and rivers are as good a fishing ground as any. There are approximately 118 varieties of fresh water fish in these Himalayan waters, ranging from the  much  sought  after Mahseer  to  the mountain stream trout-like varieties. The best  season to go fishing on the white waters is  before and after the monsoon from February till April  and  October and  November.  During these times, the fish go upstream to spawn and consume less food.              -

Where to fish ?
Some of the popular fishing trips are done in Karnali, Babai Valley in the Bardiya National Park. Chitwan also hosts a number of angling spots like the confluence of Seti and Trisuli, as well as Kaligandaki and Trisuli.  Anglers  can further try their luck in the clear waters of Pokhara's lakes. While Phewa offers some good catch including large carps, it is not the ideal place for a quiet day's fishing.

Fishing rods and tackle are available. on hire in Pokhara. If you hire boat for the day, you can ask the boatman to get you a rod and tackle. The bait is usually made of bread soaked in water,  which  is mashed into a thick paste. Ideally, you could bring along a telescopic rod that can fit in your backpack.  Fishing in Phewa lake might require the fishing liscence.

Fishing is all the more fun in the mountain streams. Here there are varieties of trout-rainbo trouts and common ones. there are agencies in kathmandu that organise fishing trips to streams around the valley.

Dolalghat, east of the valley on the Kodari Highway, is another 'catchy' place and so accessible. You can encounter Nepali holiday makes and the locals on the lookout for local variety of Asla and katla, the former a kind of trout and the latter a carp. Some of the dams across Nepal's rive too have a good stock of fish.

The rivers in the Terai are an angler's dream. large catfish, murrel and carp are found in abundance. In the Bardia national park, there are agencies that organise guided fishing trips. While trekking along Karnali, sun Koshi, bheri and arun rivers, or rafting, bring along a rod or give the local methos a go - using a bamboo pole or a crude fishtrap. The mahseer is a large and much - prized sport fish found in the Geruwa river that skirts the park. However, its numbers are dwindling rapidly, and it
is best to let go of it once you land one.


Asking local fishermen and boatmen for information on good fishing spots and varieties can be rewarding. The Tharus of the Nepal Terai are an active fishing and hunting community, and can provide great company and cleaver tips.