Fishing Tour could be another interesting prospect while you are in Nepal for adventure purpose. Fishing is an eco-friendly sport which requires great patience and lots of time. Fishing tour would not suite for those who are out of patience when they lose a fish or get tired while waiting for their catch. Nepal, the world’s second rich country in the water resources, having innumerable numbers of rivers and lakes, is an ideal location for pleasure of fishing and angling. There are some specific ethnic groups in the hills and Terai region of Nepal whose lifestyle has been based on Fishing. Bote, Majhi, Tharu and Machhuwar are some of them.
Betrawati, Indrawati, Karnali, Trisuli and Koshi are some of the major rivers where fishing and angling is possible. In some of the Rivers, fishing is strictly prohibited but while fishing, fisherman should not forget to take care of some other aquatic species such as fresh water dolphins, crocodile, etc. in the Koshi, Rapti and Narayani River system. Sport of fishing like hunting, is not well-advertised in Nepal, but is possible and rewarding. Approximately 118 varieties of fresh water fish live in these Himalayan waters. Mahaseer is the most commonly sought sport fish, besides mountain stream trout-like varieties and lowland water species. Anglers can try their luck in Pokhara’s crystal clear Lakes, or in west Nepal’s Bardiya Wildlife reserves where local agents can organize guided fishing trips. While trekking or rafting, bring along your pole, or give the locals’ method a try vita bamboo pole or crude fish trap.
We organize fishing trips in streams close to Kathmandu. The Himalayan rivers and lakes camps offer good grounds for fishing for the fishing adventure lovers. Approximately more than 185 species of exotic fish are dancing around the fresh Himalayan water, ranging from the much sought after Mahseer to the mountain stream trout, catfish, Murrei, rainbow trout, common trout and crap (the crap is the largest fish which can be of several kilos). It is an exciting and wonderful spot to hook out the colorful fish in the clear Himalayan Rivers. The best season is from October to November and February to May. Sport fishing is also gaining popularity in Nepal. There are approximately 118 varieties of fresh - water fish in the Himalayan Rivers 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. Some popular fishing areas are Karnali, Babai River in Bardiya, Chitwan’s river confluences, Dolalghat along Kodari Highway and Pokhara’s lakes. Boats, fishing rods and tackle are available on hire. Fishing is all the more fun in mountain streams. In the Terai river water, large catfish, murrel and carp are found in abundance. There are agencies in Kathmandu that organize fishing trips to streams around the Valley. Nepal is a land of diverse topography, climate, ethnicity and biodiversity. Within an average breadth of about 150 km, the altitude varies from 60 meter above sea level to the world’s highest peak Mount Sagarmatha (Everest) scaling 8848 km it has three large river basins namely Koshi in the east, Narayani in the central and Karnali in the west.
The rivers of Nepal supports more than 100 species of fish including the human size catfish known as Gonch, famous sporting fish the Mahseer and delicious species the Jalkapoor.
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Some important game fishes of Koshi and other rivers of Nepal are as follows:
01 Mahseer/ Sahar Tor putitora 2.5 m 50 kg Large and deep rivers Fish Mar-May./Sept-Dec
02 Deep Bodied Mahseer 0Tor tor 3 m 50 kg Large and deep rivers Fish Mar-May/Sept-Dec
03 Copper Mahseer /Katle Acrossocheilus hexagonolepis 6 m 5 kg Large and deep river Fish meat Mar-June/Sep.Nov.
04 Fresh Water Shark/Gounch Bagarius bagarius 3 m + 100kg+ Large and Deep rivers Fish Mar-May/Sept-Dec
05 Jalkapoor Clupisoma gaura 5 m 1 kg Large and deep rivers Worms meat Mar-May/Sept-Dec
06 Fresh Water Eel/Raj Bam Anguilla bengalensis 3 m 18 kg River and pools Frogs worms Mar-May/ Sept-Dec
07 River Catfish/ Bachawa Silondia silondia 5 m 2.5 kg River confluence Worms meat Mar - May/ Sept-Dec
08 Giant Murrel/ Saur Channa maurilus 2.5 m 15 kg River, stream and lakes Worms, fish insects Fe-May/Sept to Dec
09 Mud Eel/Hile Bam Amphipnous (Monopterus) cuchia 8 m 1.5 kg River, stream, lakes and swamps Meat Feb-Apr.
10 Feather Back/ Patali Notopterus notopterus 4 m 2 kg River, streams and lakes Worm, insects meat Feb-May / Sept-Dec
11 Knife Fish/ Chitala Notopterus chitala 1 m 8 kg River, streams and lakes Worm, insects, meat Feb-May/Sept-Dec
12 Catfish/Buari Wallago attu 1.8 m 12 kg River, streams and lakes Fish, insects, meat Feb-June/Sept-Nov.
13 Tenger Catfish/ Tengri Mystus seenghala 4 m 14 kg River streams Fish, insects meat Jan-June/Sept-Nov
Some important fish species as baits are:
01 Flying Barb Esomus danricus Mahseer and Catfish
02 Sucker Head Garra gotyla Mahseers
03 Singhe Catfish Heteropneustes fossilis Catfish, Fresh Water Shark ’Buster’
04 River Barb Puntius chillinoides Copper Mahseer
05 Gravel Catfish Glyptothorax telchitta Mahseer
06 Torrent Minnow Barilius sps Mahseer
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