Angling – the technical word for fishing, as a recreational activity isn't too far away from India’s landscapes. India, in fact, is considered to be a hotspot for this activity that requires skills and patience. With abounding natural water sources such as the rivers of the majestic Himalayas, the wide coastal areas of Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal as well as the high altitude lakes, there is no dearth of places in India to go Angling!!
Gypsy Shack brings you the list of Top 7 Angling destinations in India to plan your Angling getaways.
The Tirthan River is a sought after destination for trout fishing. Wild Brown trout and the coveted Rainbow trout are found here. The river is also declared as an angling reserve by the Himachal Government. The peaceful setting, the crystal-clear glacial waters and of course the abundance of trout fish make Tirthan Valley an angler's paradise.
Angling Season: Mid March to June, September to November
The Pabbar River is another Himachal hotspot for fishing. Hatkoti and Rohru on the banks of the Pabbar River are the most visited areas for fishing. The Pabbar River is also home to the Golden Mahseer fish – a fish that’d put your wits and skills to the test.
Angling Season: October to April
Jia Bhoroli River by the borders of the Nameri National Park in Assam is almost like a dream ground for Golden Mahseer. The wide stretches of the verdant river is a paradise for anglers. The place even holds annual angling competitions. Other fishes known to thrive in the river include – Indian Trout, Boka, Goonch, Saal to name a few.
Angling Season: October to April
The Corbett National Park might be home to exotic wildlife, but the Ramganga river steals the show with its fish species such as the Golden Mahseer, Gounch or Cat Fish and Brown Trout among others. Apart from the fishes you could also spot rare and species such as Gharial, Mugger, Otters, Soft Shell Turtles and Giant River Terrapins as well as some endangered Turtle species. This angling destination amidst the lush green and dense forests of the Tiger Territory, is ideal for a fishing expedition.
Angling Season: End September to May
Bheemeshwari, on the banks of the Cauvery River is a natural habitat for Mahseer and a major fishing hub. The endangered Mahseer fish is found here and anglers flock to the place to try their hand at this witty fighter fish. The waters are even home to Crocodiles, Indian mud turtles, and the River Otters, which makes the place even more exciting for wilderness trails.
Angling Season: November to February
Arunachal Pradesh is a one of the best angling destinations in the east. One such place in the aforementioned state is Pasighat, the oldest town in Arunachal Pradesh that offers good spots for Angling along the Siang River. From the Mahseer to the golden and rainbow trout – there is everything an angler could ask for.
Angling Season: March to April, and November
Jammu Kashmir and its pristine lakes and rivers offer golden opportunities for anglers. It’s also an affordable destination for angling – for trout fishing in Kashmir is cheaper than in the other parts of the world. The Dal Lake, Nagin Lake, Anchar Lake or the rivers of Doodh Ganga, Noobug Sindh to name a few are excellent settings for angling. You’ll find the German Brown and Rainbow trout in abundance along with other fishes.
Angling Season: April to October
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