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We organise fishing in the "reservas"/impoundments of the River Rio Negro.

The lodging can be in a nearby hotel, our Lodge or in a camp close to the fishing place.


For more information about the different species and fishing, click here.

Golden (Dorado)

Description: (Salminus maxillosus) The fish commonly known as "Dorado" (golden) in South America, is one of the most common and popular system of the Rio de la Plata. In general appearance, the representatives of the genus Salminus Salmon resemble presenting the body, elongated, laterally compressed throughout its length. Head well developed, especially their large jaws, teeth of robust horns, and the amplitude of the gill slits. 

Relatively small eyes, willing forward and upward. Body covered with small scales. Color: yellow, orange, deep in the cap, the golden flanks and belly silvery. Lemon orange fins with carmine tone on the margin, the flow has a black stain on the base that extends in a belt to the caudal end of the media. All this creates a fish striking appearance, along with its slender lines typical great swimmer. 

Size: up to 77 cm. Achieve great weight, citing examples that raised more than 25 kg. 

Life-span: can reach 14 years 

Food: fish butcher par excellence, great predator, with older shad attacks, mainly bream, which is their favorite food. 

Behavior: It lives the strong currents that form on stony shoals mouths of tributaries, where his superior muscle allows you to maneuver more easily than their prey, usually other fish, and attack when he is helpless in the current. 

Reproduction: Several males follow each female, courting, courtship ritual in the specimens is known by the jump out of the water. Fertilization is external, up to 200,000 eggs deposited all together. They do not care of deposited eggs. Sexual maturity is reached in the second year for males and one for females, immature specimens feed on protists and then crustaceans and insects. 


Wolf fish (Tararira)

Distribution in Uruguay: Can be found in all basins of our country.

Characteristics: Hoplias malabaricus is a species of medium to large size and can reach 90 cm long and 12 kg. Elongated semi-cylindrical body, massive head, cuboid, with large jaw development, provided with large muscles. His mouth has implanted in the mandibular canines (in one series) and palate.

It has a single dorsal fin, the caudal fin is rounded, lacking notch. In Uruguay there are at least two species, one second corresponds to the call Tararira river or litmus (Hoplias lacerdae).

This species differs from the lagoon tararira call for their iridescent coloration and larger size. It lives in streams, ponds and wetlands, in times of drought has a great ability to withstand very low oxygen conditions in water because multiple physiological characteristics. Note that none of these species are restricted to a single lakes or rivers environment, both can be found in both environments.


Reproduction: The wolf fish is usually played in the spring, the couple makes a nest in the sediment, usually in the vicinity of areas with plants or between plants.


The female lays eggs in more than one occasion and each set may differ from 15 days. When the eggs hatch the parents care for the fry for a few days.

Fishing: For its size, meat quality and abundance is subject to commercial exploitation. In the ponds fishing in spring, summer and fall.

Sport fishing for this species, lure and fly, has many followers.


Other information: In the breeding season adults can be dangerous and can bite a person approaching the nest. It's kind of great importance in commercial and sport fishing.

Fishing Wolf fish in Uruguay

Catfish (Bagre)

Distribution in Uruguay: Catfish are the most common fish in all freshwater basins here in Uruguay, with over 30 different species. It is noteworthy that there are over 2000 different species of catfish in the world, of which over 1000 is possible to find in America. According to geographic location, there are species that are adapted to live with warm water, and others to live in cooler waters. There are also species of catfish moving, migrating to find more appropriate depending on the time of year water. In Uruguay there are species adapted to cold temperate waters slightly, especially black and yellow catfish, are found more frequently in this region.


Black Catfish: The black and yellow catfish, belong to the same Order SILURIFORMES, and the same family: Pimelodidae. But they belong to different species. While black is catfish species: Rhamdia QUELEN, yellow catfish belongs to the species Pimelodus MACULATUS.
Both species, the black and yellow catfish, measuring up to some 50 or 60 cm long or less, but the black is usually more robust, while the yellow catfish normally weighs less than a kilo, it is possible find black catfish exceeding 2.5kg.

The main features of these fish, which are able to easily identify these 3 or 4 will describe:

No body covered in scales, like most fish, but has a glowing skin.

The vast majority of catfish have in their pectoral and dorsal fins prongs as part of a defensive system, whose sting is extremely painful and often causes infections, so you must be very careful when taking these fish in our hands.

They have an extremely large bone in the upper back, and then his head, reaching almost to exceed one third of the total length of the fish.

They have a characteristic sensory whiskers around his mouth, which are known under the name catfish.


It is possible to catch yellow catfish during the day, but the black catfish is almost exclusively nocturnal habits. Channel catfish are omnivorous, meaning they eat all, however, have a rather pronounced tendency to eating meat.
The most commonly used baits are white bait, for example "dientudos" steaks or whole minnows. They are also used with great success worms or other worms, and chicken liver and heart, but the heart is preferable, because the liver breaks very easily and disintegrates in water. With a chicken heart can be made 2 baits remain steadfast in our bait.

It is important to remember that black catfish is nocturnal, and also know that when the moon is very difficult to catch them. Good nights are moonless nights, or before it rears. If you are doing a good catch of catfish, and the moon rises, gather everything and go to sleep, because it will not be fishing another that night. That is very important if you are planning to go camping, take into account the issue of lunar phases and the hours of sunrise and. Plan your camp on the bank of a river when you know you have moonless nights if you intend to fish for catfish portly black.

Sea Catfish:
There are a couple of sea catfish species that can be fished in the waters of the River Plate. We know the name of "Mochuelos" or "Mimosos". In September come from Brazilian waters along our coast, and up the Uruguay River to spawn, sometimes reaching the Paraná River. The main species that reaches our shores is called Genidens BARBUS. Like deep water, so it is common for your search on fishing vessels, offshore, or if it is near the coast, in the deepest places. In areas close to the island of Martin García is common that both of the boats to find this species. 

In Uruguay, the best time is in February, from the first day until the end, as it is when the brood fish already spawned, they go down though the rivers looking the atlantic ocean in Brazilian areas again, then is when they can be catched. The most commonly used baits are white bait, sardines, mullet, shrimp, clams, but the great vedette is "Calamarete" (a little shrimp, peeled and inked with carnarina)... if some of these passing by out there, and you have a hook in the water with Calamarete: Congratulations !! The piece will be yours !!

Mochuelo o Mimoso:

Whether fishing for catfish, and mochuelo at sea, downhole equipment will be used. Try to find the deepest places, as these fish prefer these areas. They are large-mouth fish, so the hooks are large and generous baits.

Fishing catfish in Uruguay

Barred sorubim (Surubí pintado)

There are two species: the "Painted Sorubim" or "Spotted Catfish" and "Catfish" or "Surubí Tabby". 


Distribution in Uruguay: It is the largest freshwater fish in Uruguay. It is caught in the Uruguay River-High. Shares its habitat with the Golden fish (Dorado).

Average weigh: about 15 kg, but can weigh more than 30kg.

Fishing season: Runs from late May to mid-August, being better at low temperatures. Only live in the riverbed. 

Behavior: Unlike the Golden fish, the Sorubim does not jump, but always fights looking bed depth. It is a very strong and fighting fish, so to upload it to the boat can take a while. 

Bait: Live bait, eels.


The species is protected. Fishing is only one copy is allowed per boat per day.

Fishing barred sorubim in Uruguay

Smelt fish (Pejerrey)

The smelt is a small fish, averaging about 22 cms., but can reach 50 cms.

Females are larger than males. Their natural predators are not only other fish, gulls and also sea lions feed on smelt. 


Smelt fishing is one of the most popular in Uruguay. This is due to several causes, but surely the main reason is the large population during winter season, and may catch them in abundance. Another reason for the popularity of smelt fish is that you can practice your fishing using different modalities. On the beaches, it is common to fish them thoroughly, but in ports, harbors, jetties or embarked. It is common to try your fishing lines afloat, either with just a rod with a line with a little buoy, or a cane with reel.


The smelt fish prefers cold water with plenty of oxygen, salt and clear. They are ideal winter days, when the wind blows from the east, and the waters have a color "emerald"

During the winter, you can fish smelt fish on all coasts, from San Jose, to Montevideo and Canelones, Maldonado and Rocha.


Bait: mussels, shrimp, clams, columbine, chicken liver, Calamarete, burel.



Fishing Smelt fish h in Uruguay
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