Fishing in Nepal - Top 6 Places for Himalayan River Fishing

  • Jul 25, 2020
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

It’s summertime in Nepal and most people may be looking for ways to evade the blazing heat. But for anglers, it’s the season to rejoice since they can count on Nepal’s sweeping rivers for fishing. 

When it comes to fishing, the rivers in Nepal never fail to support the fishers. Home to a wide species of fish, it’s great fun angling in the gushing rivers and streams of Nepal that’s.

Winding through the hills and remote places of Nepal, you can come up with many new species of fishes that have been thriving in the river.

Most of the rivers alongside lakes in Nepal boasts fish from different families including Rainbow trout and Silver Carp. Up until now, Nepal has preserved more than 200 species of fish of whom 190 are indigenous.

Anglers can also find themself in the midst of adventure with the rivers offering adventurous sports such as rafting. Trishuli in particular hosts thousands of people every year allowing them to experience the thrill ride.

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For those who are looking for fishing in Nepal but don't have a clue on where to begin or which place is best for fishing, we’ve listed for you the 6 Best Places for Fishing in Nepal.

6 Best Places for Fishing in Nepal

Seti Karnali River

Considered as one of the best fast-flowing Rivers in Nepal, Seti Karnali looks like a vision with a marvellous setting of lush green hills. So, it seems that the anglers can cast the fishing line while enjoying the magnetic view

Seti Karnali is a major tributary of the Karnali River system which clears out western Nepal. It is formed out of the glaciers and snowfields lying nearby two mountains Nampa and API.

The lesser-known part of Karnali, Seti river provides habitat to as many fishes as silver Mahseer, giant catfish, Sahar and Bokar. Besides fishing, anglers can put the use of their spare time on rafting and even camping on the bank of the river.

Tamor River

When most rivers are losing their giant fish with chaotic human activities, Tamor just possesses more and more. A river is a dwelling place to more than 26 varieties of fish like Balitoridae, Cobitidae, Psilorhynchus and many more.

Hence, anglers travelling anywhere near Kanchenjunga or Sapta Koshi will have an exciting time since the water rewards rare species of fish. Unlike any other place, fishing in Tamor River is special, following the spectacular view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu.

The glory of eastern Nepal, Tamor flows downstream from Kanchenjunga and meets Sun Koshi and Arun at Tribenighat before forming Saptakoshi.

Balephi River

The Balephi River has had unique and diverse aquatic species for several years now. It has helped nourish and thrive a wide genus of fish including Catfish and Golden Mahseer.

A small tributary of Bhote Koshi River, Balephi River starts from Langtang flowing all the way to many regions in the Himalaya. Chanute is apparently where most anglers want to be for fishing but you can also travel to nearby towns like Jalbire and Balephi Gaun.

The river is too close to Kathmandu, taking only two and a half hours to reach the waterway. Apart from angling, the fishers can enjoy the natural scenery here and also go on rafting.

Kali Gandaki River

Kali Gandaki is an ideal place to start catching enormous fishes in Nepal. You can trust the river on any day to trap large-size freshwater fish since it’s home to Golden Goonch Catfish and Golden Mahseer.

One of the longest rivers in Nepal, Kali Gandaki originates from Mustang and flows through various places of Nepal and Tibet. The sweeping river also provides a splendid background to anglers with soaring green hills and gorges.

In between fishing, anglers can take an easy break and have a fun time rafting. If not okay going with the idea then you can camp on the edge of the river.

Babai River

From the exotic wildlife to flora and beautiful landscapes, surrounding nearby Babai River has great things to offer. Meanwhile, the river itself has a varied species of fish to proffer angler which can be more fun than watching the view.

Located in Babai Valley, the river has as many as 50 species of fish including the gigantic Golden Mahseer, Indian Trout Barb, and Goonch. As the river flows through a conserved area of Bardia National Park, fishers can get a glimpse of wild Asian Elephants, rhinos and deer.

You can travel anywhere inside Bardia National Park or around Chepang to enjoy fishing in the Babai River.

Phewa Lake in Pokhara

Besides the vibrant city, snow-capped mountains and temples, Pokhara is indeed famous for its lakes. The city alone has more lakes than anywhere in Nepal with the likes of Rara, Phewa and Begnas.

While all of these lakes shine with their own unique feature, Phewa of all is chosen by anglers for fishing. And that’s because the rich water of the lake allows a variety of fish to thrive.

As varied as Golden Mahseer, Catfish and Common Carp are the catch here. To reach the lake, anglers have to make no extra effort except for taking a ride of 5 hours.

Besides these fishing places, Ankhu Khola and Budhi Gandaki also could be the fisherman's choice. You can have an experience of a rural homestay. Not only fishing and traditional stay, but you also may enjoy the view of great Himalaya, green hills, farming terraces and more.

Basic Fishing Gears

High-quality fishing Line

Anyone who sets off for fishing in Nepal must have strong fishing lines in their kit. It helps to put up against giant fish and prevents losing the hook. Avid anglers often use monofilament fishing line as they’re efficient, resistant to abrasion and durable.


Bobbers work as an indicator to anglers enabling them to know when the fish has lingered in the fishing bait. They’ll notify you as soon as the fish comes to the hook by hopping. Bobbers these days are versatile and come in different shapes and sizes which can be easily adjusted to the bait. You can have either regular bobbers or spring one which easily sense the presence of fish.

Fishing Rod and reel

Anglers of all skills require a quality fishing rod and reel which are adjustable and long-lasting. They are the key essentials for any anglers whether they be pro or amateur. A simple spinning rod and reel anywhere from 8lb to 20lb performs fine whether the water is fresh or salt.

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Another small gear that would be a great use while fishing is Sinkers. It adds weight to the fishing cord to maintain stability, increase the possibility of sinking and maintain casting distance. Unlike lead sinkers in early days, there are varieties of sinkers available in the market at the moment such as Pyramid, barrel, bullet sinkers and dipsey.

Fishing Lures

Fishing Lures are the artificial bait used to tempt fish and get them trapped. It is a proxy to natural bait and works just well for every water type. As far as clear water is concerned, it’s wise to use light-coloured lures whereas, in murky waters, dark-coloured lures works fine.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, Nepal travel blogger providing Nepal travel tips to the travellers who are planning to travel Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs so it may make a lot easier you to travel to Nepal.

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