Sports Fishing in Peru

You can make freshwater fishing in rivers and lakes in the highlands, generally above 2,500 meters, as well as in the Amazon rainforest.

Fishing in the highlands is limited to trout and silversides, which were introduced in Peru in the nineteenth century.

Sport Fishing in Peru

These varieties are abundant in clean, well-oxygenated waters. At altitudes above 3,000 meters, one tends to catch trout (white and pink or rainbow).

Sport fishing in the jungle, while less developed along the coast, focuses on some rivers and lakes in the northern Amazon (Iquitos and environs), where local species such as peacock bass, gamitana and araguana are the most common catches. There is also fishing in parts of the southern jungle (Madre de Dios on, which teem with zúngaro, chambira, paco and the Maiden.


Each time you go out on the water, either on your own boat or one hired, notify the local port captain. This can be helpful in case of accident.

Also check the tide tables and waves.

Although some particular for sport fishing is needed, the Ministry of Fisheries prohibits fishing for trout and silversides in the Andean highlands during summer, from April to October.

Pay attention to fishing bans and pull back to sea small specimens or those with roe.

Fishermen on cliffs or on open beaches need to be careful with cliffs falling apart and quicksand.

Never fish alone.

On the coast:

Visitors should bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

In the highlands:

Sunscreen is also warm clothing recommended. High-altitude disease locally known as altitude sickness can occur at more than 2,500 meters. Take precautions resting on the first day, drink plenty of fluids and avoid heavy meals and alcohol.

In the jungle:

Never travel without insect repellent, a raincoat and sunscreen. long-sleeved shirts and long pants are recommended to prevent insect bites. A yellow fever vaccine is mandatory. There are also vaccines for malaria, tetanus and hepatitis A and B, as well as local treatment of leishmaniasis (uta) and malaria.