Time To Explore Kashmir has been rightly called the angler’s paradise., with a network of glaciated streams, rivers as well as high altitude lakes all carrying the bounty of trout, both brown and rainbow.
The British introduced the trout to the srtreams of the valley in the 20th century and the varieties succeeded in establishing in the torrential mountain strream flow down from the ranges of Pir Panjal and outer Himalayas. By 1920 the tout had successfully established in the waters of the Brinji, Lidder, Sindh, Nambal, Madhumati, Eric etc. The Lidder and Sindh streams proved best of trout.
Many beats are within a two-hour drive from Srinagar. The more adventurous can fish at one of the many high altitude lakes that are reached by trek. One requires a permit to be issued by the Department of Fisheries; conditions also apply regarding use of bait, period of fishing etc. Only fly fishing and fly rods are permitted; spinning rod/reel and live bait are not permitted.
Kashmir has many snow & spring fed streams. The season for fishing runs from April to October. The larger rivers like Sindh, Lidder, Erin, Ferozpur, Aharbal, Doodh Ganga, Daksum, Noobug, Ahlan, Krishen Ganga & Hirpur etc. are covered with snow, which starts melting between the month of May to July. Among Spring fed streams best for trout fishing are Kokernag, Verinag, Sukhnag. There are over 61 beats open for anglers throughout the season. Each beat about 3 – 4 km long & one can easily have a day trip fishing in any of the areas (most of the beats are connected by motorable roads). However there are 2 lakes Veshnusar & Gangbal for which you have to take a trek.
Time to Explore fishing Tours Kashmir is one adventure sport that has universal appeal. Tourists can enjoy the pleasure of fishing in the streams and lakes of Kashmir. Pahalgam is one of Kashmir’s important fishing retreats. The water bodies in area are rich in trout. Though one requires a permit to go fishing, the experience can be a once in a lifetime experience. This region is aptly known as a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. The streams and lakes have plenty of brown and rainbow trout.
Fishing on the high altitude lakes can be a learning experience. Fishing on the Dal Lake is an interesting activity. In fact local guides accompany amateur fishing enthusiasts on Shikaras and teach them how to net fishes. Fishing on the Jhelum River is also a popular activity.
Fishing in the Lidder Valley:
The Lidder Valley is a fisherman’s dream – pure mountain air, serene tranquility and bountifully populated waters. The Lidder River feeds the entire region of lush meadows and magnificent clear lakes with a series of tributaries and streams, all of which teem with rainbow and brown trout.
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for fishing stretches from April to September, and the best spots are recorded by locals, so we always know where to head to find the best fishing beets.