Fishing in the Island
Sri Lanka is a fine destination for sports fishermen. The island offers excellent coastal, deep sea, estuarine & inland fishing.
Supported by an extensive reef, offshore drops offs, lagoons, estuaries, rivers and lake systems some of the world’s finest game fishing species are to be found in abundance on this beautiful island.
Footfalls in Sri Lanka would be happy to assist you in arranging a fishing expedition as part of your holiday.
Estuaries & Lagoons:
The extensive network of river estuaries, costal lakes and lagoons play host to some excellent brackish water sport fishing, with the much sought after Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and smaller Trevally being the target species of the local anglers in these waters.
The most sought after inland game species of Asia the’ Mahseer ‘is found in the inland waters of Sri Lanka and fishing for these comes with the added pleasure of some serious trekking to get to the Jungle Rivers that host this species. Other common freshwater fish are shark, catfish and carp.
A surprising species to be found in the cold waters of Sri Lanka’s hill country is the brown trout, stocked for sport during the time of the British colonisation of Sri Lanka the trout has continued to do well in these streams and lakes in the mountains. Fishing for trout is only allowed on fly in Sri Lanka, best option being wet fly patterns; dry flies are frequently unsuccessful due to the lack of natural fly in the area.
Bluewater: The big game species of the world are all found in the coastal waters of Sri Lanka. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the continental shelf make Sri Lanka an unexploited paradise for the big game angler.
For the surfcaster, the common target species found in Sri Lanka are the Barracuda, Spanish mackerel and Trevally.
For the big game fishermen Sailfish, Marlin, Cobia, Spanish mackerel, Queenfish, Giant Trevally and Tuna are all found in abundance in the unspoilt waters off Sri Lanka’s shoreline.