Indian Fishing Adventures that you must check off your list – Part 1 (Mahaseer Fishing Options in India)

The best freshwater Mahaseer Fishing Options in India

          India offers an abundance of wildlife and nature which is so mesmerizing to see when one just steps off the beaten path and takes a detour onto one of the many dusty winding jungle paths or takes a peek outside their car windows while cruising down a river or seaside road. Oh wait, how can we forget the majestic mountains and the verdant hills that line the interiors and upper norths of this beautiful country offering breathtaking views and looming tall above everything else. Unlike most countries, India has everything right from the tall mountain ranges of the Himalayas and Western Ghats (Sahyadri Ranges) which form the feeder source of numerous streams and river systems crisscrossing the planes, to thick jungles which have a rich variety of flora and fauna including Tigers, Leopards and numerous species of birds and of course the seas that surround its southern peninsular region. And to all of us anglers, this rich diversity of nature offers its fair share of some great fishing options.  

       With such a rich diversity of ecosystems, India has a multitude of fishing options to choose from right from fishing stream fish species like the Trout’s to arguably the greatest river game fish species, the Mahaseer to its abundant saltwater game fishing options available all along the west and eastern coast of India and on the islands of Andamans and Lakshwadeep.

     Fishing as a sport is slowly evolving in India and its adoption in an organized manner along with implementation of practices to make it sustainable, much like the ones strictly followed in the West, Europe and the oceanic countries like Australia & New Zealand, are a long way to go. Although much of the sustainability practices including issuing of game fishing permits, regulating the numbers of fish caught on each trip and the sublime practice of Catch and Release is being followed from early on in various fishing hotspots like the Corbett National Park, Himalayan Rivers and the Anadamans, much of this is yet to be adopted along the sea kissed coastal belt of India, which has the largest potential to drive the growth in the sports fishing industry in India.

       Here at, we will try our best to showcase some of the best Game Fishing opportunities available in India and in other fishing hotspots and try to give you the best possible options that you can opt for when you embark on your dream game fishing trip.

        Sport fishing can largely be broken down into Fresh water and Saltwater Fishing in India, with freshwater fishing further being categorized into flowing river and stream fishing, big river fishing and Lake fishing. Saltwater fishing can happen either in the rivers that feed the sea and have brackish water (i.e water having substantial salt content) or in the open seas which offer a rich diversity of game fish including Barramundis (Sea Bass), Red Snappers, GT’s (Giant Travelleys), King Fish and a lot more. Either ways the game Fish of India, be it freshwater or Sea fishing, have a great potential to offers any enthusiastic angler, its fair share of excitement and that heart stopping moment that they dream of when on a day out on the waters. 

Freshwater Fishing Options in India

  1. The Mahaseer

Pancheshwar Fishing - Mahaseer Caught No.4

The Golden Mahaserer Caught at Pancheshwar


           Undoubtedly among the top three if not the Number 1 freshwater game fish, the Mahaseer is known to be one of the most sort after game fish species of the world by many an angler worth their salt. Giving an angler a lot of run and wrestle, a good hookup is bound to be etched in the memory of any angler as one of their greatest fishing experiences they have ever had. Surviving in the rapids of the Northern Indian Himalayan Rivers and in the pools that gather along their winding paths, and also found in a few rivers in South India, the Mahaseer has to be checked off every travelling anglers bucket list. 

      Threatened by overfishing and habitat destruction, most of the “Big Mouth” or the “Great Head” as they are also referred to as, are caught using the traditional hook and bait spinning methods though fly fishing is also slowly becoming something of a thing and many anglers now a days resorting only to fly fishing to get their big prize using both floating and sinking flys. These mighty fish can fight so strong that they are also referred to as the underwater Tiger by most anglers coming over to seek their own tryst with this mighty freshwater legend. Of all the species of Mahaseer found in India, the Golden Mahaseer the most famous of the species is only found in the river and lake systems of the Himalayas.

       The Mahaseer can swim upstream against strong currents even up to 20 Knots and thrives in well oxygenated rocky streams.  It has a great sense of smell and lives on a mixed diet that consists of algae, insects, fish and aquatic arthropods.

       There are numerous camps and free fishing options available if one wants to go on a trail to catch the great Mahaseer in the northern parts of India. Being as reputed as it is, the Mahaseer hunt attracts many famous anglers from all over the world to its cradle in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The fish can even grow up to a size of 120 Pound (Approx 54 Kg) and can put on a mean show once caught on a hook.



Pancheshwar Fishing - Mahaseer Caught No.2_sarayu.reverse The River 

Here are the most known Mahaseer Fishing Options in India available in India

 Area- Corbett National Park
 Locations - Pancheshwar, Binsar  and Ramgarh (Kumaon Regions of Uttarakhand).
 River – Ramganga, Kosi, Kali, Saryu
 Fish - Golden Mahaseer
 Bonus Catches - Gooch (Giant catfish) and Indian trout.
 Season –All Year Long but best from October to Mid-June. A 24 KM river stretch of Ramganga is maintained solely for Fishing. 
 Famous Fishing Spots – Marchula, Bhikiyase, Betalghat and Chhara.
 Notes – Permission is required to Fish from Divisional Forest Officer 

 State – Himachal Pradesh
 Rivers – Pabbar River , Tirthan Valley, Semi, Mandil and Tikri  , Bead, Sutlej, Ravi, Baspa and Garwalh.
 Fish - Golden Mahaseer (Pabbar), 
 Bonus Fish -  Trout (Tirthan Valley, Semi, Mandil and Tikri ), catfish, rohu, catla.
 Fishing Spots – Tributaries of Beas River like Sarvari, Parbati, Sainj, Hurla, Phojal, Tirthan and Sangla & Baspa Valley, Mandil, Dhamvari, Chirgaon, Seema and Sandasu. 

 State – Arunachal Pradesh
 Rivers - Siang and Simang Rivers
 Fish - Golden Mahaseer (Pabbar) & Chocolate Mahaseer. 
 Bonus Fish -  Goonch (Giant Catfish).
 Notes – Night fishing is allowed in these parts 

 Mahaseer Fishing in South India
 Areas – Coorg, Bheemeshwari
 Rivers – Cauvery River Systems
 Species – The Humpback Mahaseer, Blue Fin Mahaseer, Red Fin Mahaseer, Chocolate Mahaseer 

Mahaseer are also found in the Jia Bhoroli river, a tributary of River Brahmaputra in Assam.

In case you have any other places to add to our list above, or have any more information to add to the details above, feel free to leave a comment or to write to us on our Contact page and we will be happy to give you credits.

And in case you have had a great adventure with the Mahaseer and have written an article around it, please do not forget to send us a few pictures and videos along with the stories of your adventures and we will be more than happy to put it up on our site!

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