An expansive stretch of clear waters, a fishing rod and an unrecognized silence broken only by the sound of birds and trees. It is understandable why fishing is such a popular recreational activity in the West. While the number of people engaged in angling may not be soaring in India, there is still a fairly loyal base for the sport. Interestingly, considering the depleting population of certain species, many fishermen follow the ‘catch and release’ method instead of pulling the fish out. With the diverse terrain in the country, there are various fishing spots that offer spectacular views while you enjoy the peace you miss in the city. Here are a few of them:
Warning: It is important to note that fishing is not legal in all parts of the country. We strongly urge you to follow procedure and acquire permits to fish in any area you might have on your mind.
Ramganga River, Jim Corbett National Park
Amidst lush greenery at Jim Corbett National Park runs the serene upper stream of the Ramganga river. A fishermen’s hotspot, this river offers rich bounty of Goonch, Trout and the coveted Mahseer fish. Permission is needed to be required by the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO). October to June are believed to be an ideal period.
Kaveri River, Karnataka
An important spot for anglers that draws people from different nations is Kaveri river that runs through the forests of Karnataka. It is the natural habitat for Mahseer and one can find them in astonishing sizes. However, due to their endangered nature, one must follow the catch and release formula. The location also offers other water sports, including rafting, trekking and bird watching.
Sangla Valley, Himachal Pradesh
At a height of 9000 feet, Baspa river in Sangla Valley is an ideal spot for those looking to fish for trout. Trout-breeding has been active in this location since 1926. March to October is the ideal period. With a tranquil view of towering mountains, this spot in Himachal Pradesh offers an incredible experience for those who cherish their peace and quiet.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The Andaman islands are a coastal paradise for visitors from across the world. Despite the dynamic options of surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving, it also offers a chance to fish in its turquoise waters. A coloured variety including Blue and Black Marlins, Dogtooth Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna have been found here. Catch and release is a must here for sustainable practice.
Tuna lovers must head straight to the picturesque islands of Lakshadweep. Amidst the bright coastal settings, one can fish at the lagoons for the abundantly found tuna. If you’re feeling a tad bit more adventurous, you can also engage in the many water sports such as kayaking, parasailing, wind surfing and water skiing.
Pancheshwar, Saryu and Kali River
Uttarakhand consists of many ideal retreats for anglers, one of them being Pancheshwar on the junction of River Kali and Saryu. Another spot offering gorgeous Mahseer fish, you can find any of four kinds, including golden, redfin, copper and chocolate. Post October till monsoon weather is the perfect time to plan your visit.
Dibang, Arunachal Pradesh
In the remote yet visually stunning state of Arunachal Pradesh, one can practice angling with no compromise on peace of mind. The Dibang river flows from the southern foot of the Himalayas and offers an abundance of prize catches, including the Mahseer. Visit between October and April to make the most of your experience.