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Fishing and Angling in India


For a long time, fishing and angling have been one of the favourite water sports for people across India. Both these adventure activities are best suited to the Indian peninsula, because of its numerous rivers that originate in the upper reaches of the Himalayas and flow through the Gangetic Plains. The rivers, lakes and streams of India are home to several variety of fish, which include Trout, Mahseer, Salmon, Bass and Shark. India is the only breeding ground for the Mahseer, the toughest fresh water fighting fish in the world. Other favourite fishing varieties are the Golden, the Silver, the Silver Grey and the Black Mahseer. Besides, the Indian coastal stretch of the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal are home to saltwater fishes like Sailfish, Tuna, Marlin, Tarpon and Bonefish. Angling is another popular kind of fishing related activity, which is used for fish conservation. The fishing activity is considered as an environment friendly sport. Angling is restricted to breeding seasons of fishes, as fishes can be protected while they are reproducing. In fact fishing and angling are the excellent water sports for all, right from the person who loves to eat fishes or who tries these just for pleasure and fun.

  Major Fishing & Angling Destinations: Himalayan Valleys, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
  Best Time for Fishing & Angling: The months of May to September are best for fishing and angling in India.

Fishing & Angling Regions in India


India is home to several fishing sites which spread across the Himalayan rivers and streams as well as coastal stretches of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Kashmir valley often referred to as the fisherman's paradise, has spring fed rivers and high lakes such Tso Moriri, which offers plenty of fishing and angling opportunities. The Uttarakhand are also good for trout fishing.


Arunachal Pradesh: The state of Arunachal Pradesh has several ideal spots for fishing and angling. Pasighat is a popular spot, which houses popular sites like Yingkiong, Bodak and Siom.


Himachal Pradesh: Himachal Pradesh is an excellent destination for fishing and angling. Brown and Rainbow trout are famous all over the world as the best game fish. The Pabbar valley region situated upstream of Rohru has many ideal spots for fishing. Other famous sites are Chirgaon, Seema, Mandil, Sandasu, Tikri and Dhamvari. The Beas river and its side streams like the Sarvari, Parbati, Sainj, Hurla and Tirthan are also good for the fishing sport.

Assam: Angling is one of the favourite sports of Assam. Brahamputra river in the state offers enough fishing opportunities. Jia Bhoroli river, Kapili, Manas and Bhalukpung are excellent for angling.

Equipments Required


Basic equipments required for fishing and angling include a barbed metal hook, nylon or Dacron line, rods, spoons and reel. The trolling and casting from the surf are common methods of fishing. For fishing in salt water, one needs heavier rods and reels of the bait-casting type.


Fishing & Angling Camps in India


Beemeshwari, Doddamakati and Galibore in Karnataka, together make a perfect destination for anglers, as the river Cauvery is the natural habitat of the world famous fish, the Mahseer. Bheemeshwari, located at a distance of 100 kms from Bangalore, Doddamakati, is just 46 kms from Bheemeshwari while Galibore, is 16 kms away from Doddamakati. In the state of Assam seasonal fishing camps are set up at Potasah, which is near to the town of Tezpur. Other famous camp sites are the Tourist Bungalow at Bhalukpong, the banks of the Jia Bhoroli river or the tourist lodge at Tezpur town.

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