Saturday, 22 October 2011

Malaysia Freshwater Fishing Heaven

Tasik Pedu
This is a man made lake located east of Alor Setar, Kedah. The lake contains a large number of fish, both aquarium and sport fishes. There are two resorts located in this remote area.

8 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. If you use the North-South Expressway, exit at the Gurun toll Plaza and drive through Jenniang, Sik and Gulau before arrving and Pedu. Fly by helicopter, Oxysky Aviation Services (603) 7859 1933, Terminal 3, Subang Airport, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, which will land at the Resort itself. Take a flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, with

Mas or AirAsia to Alor Setar. There are regular bus services from Kuala Lumpur’s Puduraya bus station to Alor Setar. From Alor Setar, take a taxi to the resort.

Temenggor Lake, a man-made hydroelectric dam in upper Perak. The 152 sq km lake contains 6,050 million cubic metres of water and fringes the 117,500-hectare Belum Forest. The real fishing grounds are in the rivers where kelah, sebarau, tengas, badong, temoleh and toman can be found in abundance.

Tasik Kenyir
Kenyir Lake is the biggest man-made lake in Southeast Asia. Covered by more than 340 islands spread out in water catchments area of 38000 hectares. Tasik Kenyir is thriving with fishes like Kelah, temoleh, lampam, kelisa, kawan, kalui, belida and sebarau.
Getting there, From Kuala Terengganu, head for Kuala Berang. Drive on for about 40km and you will reach Pengkalan Gawi, where the main jetty is located.  You can hire a boat to Sungai Petang Kelah Sanctuary. The boat ride will take about 45 minutes. For details, call Kelah Sanctuary Agency, Ketengah’s Tourism and Tasik Kenyir Development Unit at (609) 822 3142
Fishing can also be done on a Kenyir Lake houseboat. It is basically a self sustainable boat with food and lodging. For more information, go to


Tasik Raban
Tasik Raban in Lenggong district is a unique and beautiful place. It is actually made up of several interconnected pools. Rich vegetation surrounds the lake, and together with its unusual composition, makes Tasik Raban a scenic area. This is also a anglers paradise.
It can be reached by bus or taxi from Kuala Kangsar. From Ipoh, taking the North-South Highway exiting at Kuala Kangsar proceeding on the East-West Highway to Gerik.


Tasik Chini
Tasik Chini is Malaysia’s second largest natural lake. It is actually formed by a group of 12 lakes among 12,000 acres of lush tropical wilderness. Tasik Chini itself is a habitat for over 144 species of fishes, which include the toman. The best time to fish is during monsoon seasons mid year and end of the year, when rain brings the water level up.
Take a taxi from Kuantan directly to Kampung Gumum. Alternatively, take a bus from Kuantan or Pekan to Felda Chini. From here, hire a private car and drive to Kampung Gumum or the lake Chini Resort.

Tasik Bera
Tasik Bera is Malaysia’s largest natural lake. It’s big attraction is the diversity of fish species. Almost 100 species of freshwater fish have been identified, many which cannot be found elsewhere. These include the highly valued, and thus endangered, Asian Arowana or Golden Dragon Fish Scleropages formosus, the Silver Shark and the Harlequin Rasbora. Other species include various Catfish, Gouramy, Barbs and Carp. It is a popular angling place.
From Kuala Lumpur Follow Route 2 (Kuantan road). Turn south off Route 2 at Temerloh and take Route 10. After Kerayong turn right off Route 10 and follow signs to Tasik Bera. After 16 km follow the last 5 km on unsealed road to Persona Lake Resort.or
By Express Bus via Karak Highway to Temerloh. 

Arrange with Persona Lake Resort for pick-up at Temerloh Bus Station.

 Tasik Sembrong
Tasik Sembrong  is located about 10km from Air Hitam town in the state of Johor on the Air Hitam - Kluang road. Fishes include the toman, sebarau, kaloi, baung, belida dan belida bintik, kelah dan kelah biru, temperas, sia, tebal sisik, terbul, susur batang, patung, lalang, seluang, temakang, sepat siam, puyu.

Kuala Koh, Taman Negara

 Located in Kelantan, the north gateway to Taman Negara National Park is Kuala Koh. The many rivers here providing an opportunity for river fishing. However some rivers are prohibited for fishing as they are breeding grounds. A park permit cost RM1 and a fishing license cost RM10. You can either drive or take the public transport to Kuala Koh from Gua Musang in Kelantan. There is a road connecting this park entrance to the Gua Musang Kuala Krai main road. Car rentals can be obtained at Gua Musang.


Sungai Tahan, Sungai Keniam, Sungai Sepia, Taman Negara
Wonderful places to fish with fighting fish like Kelasa. The best fishing months are February, March, July and August. A fishing permit costs RM10 and hiring a rod cost RM5 a day. To get to Taman Negara is to take a bus or train to Jerantut, and a bus or taxi from Jerantut to Kuala Tembeling and then a boat from Kuala Tembeling to park headquarters at Kuala Tahan. You can also drive all the way to Kuala Tahan but it is more enjoyable to take the boat ride from Kuala Tembeling. More than 3 boats a day leave the jetty, but can be irregular during the monsoon season of 
November – February.

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