Top 9 Places Where You Can Catch the REALLY BIG Fish
By: Denis Isbister of WIld Fish WIld Places
It’s no secret that I love to catch the big fish. And when it comes to finding big fish the WFWP crew is always traveling the globe in search of the biggest and the best. But there are so many great places and species of fish, one scarcely knows where to start. That’s why I decided to give you some ideas of where I recommend you go to find them.
Here are some of my favorite big fish to catch and a few of the places I recommend going to be successful at catching them.
Southern Patagonia and world-famous Lago Strobel aka Jurassic Lake is home to the most prolific and largest rainbow trout in the world. We have taken a few trips there and have not been disappointed.
Everyone has heard about chasing Peacock Bass in the Amazon jungle from Brazil but if you want the real big ones it's going to take a little more work. Camping in tents on a sandbar in the Colombian jungle where the headwaters of the Amazon start is where you find the REEL big ones. Bathing in piranha filled water at night, where you have to shuffle your feet to make sure the freshwater stingrays won't stab you, that is going to be your home for the week.
Vampire Fish or Payara
There is only two ways into La Macarena, Colombia, by plane or by boat and it is still FARC controlled and dangerous to boat in. The river system that flows through this tiny Colombian town is the basecamp for some of the largest Vampire fish in South America. Check out this guy’s teeth. They were about 4” long and he weighed about 40lbs.
If you want to catch some awesome King Salmon, head to the NakNek river in King Salmon Alaska. The Naknek is home to one of the largest runs of King Salmon with thousands of fish making their way up the river to spawn. If you want to catch King Salmon, the season there runs from the beginning of June till the end of July.
Lake Athabasca in Northern Saskatchewan is home to some of the biggest lakes on the planet with fly in access only during the summer months, Lakers Unlimited is your fly in lodge that handles this trip. 30, 40, 50 and even 60-pound Lake Trout have come from this rich fishery
While you're at Lake Athabasca you might as well catch the biggest Northern Pike of your life too! But don’t expect this monster to come easy. Even the smaller Pikes will give you a fight and you need to make sure you are using the right equipment to catch this fish. Northern Pike spawn in early spring and right when the ice is thawed is the best time to catch them in shallow waters.
A world record Cutthroat Trout came from Pyramid Lake, Nevada and the fish have been getting bigger and bigger over the last 10 years. Nowadays a 10 pounder won’t even get a second glance with many fish over 20 pounds and a few rumors that fish as big as 30 lbs were caught last year
If you are ready to take on going after this legendary silver king, there are a few spots that you may want to consider planning your next trip. Boca Grande Pass, Key West, Miami, Puerto Rico and Southern Louisiana are all spots to chase after one of the most bad-ass fish in the world. With weights of between 40 – 100 lbs totally common and some weighing over 200 lbs, catching this big guy is an experience you will love.
If you like fishing for Salmon then you will love fishing for the strong, aggressive Sheefish from Alaska (aka: tarpon of the north_. One of the best places to catch Sheefish is the Kobuk River in the Northern reaches of Alaska. The river stretches 174 miles and houses some of the hottest fishing grounds in the state. To make the most of any fishing trip to Alaska, be sure to use a fishing guide.