fishing in San Martin de los Andes


In the town of San Martin de los Andes, surroundings are more than prepared to meet all the fishing needs. Lakes and rivers of easy access contain trout, "salmonidos", etc. You can optimize your fishing experiences and objectives.

The area offers a mix of two main landscapes: green woods prepared to receive heavy rainfalls and dry coasts made mostly out of rock. Rivers join paths at lakes where recreational heavens for fish form. Old and young species of fish are born only here ("puyén, el pejerrey patagónico, trucha criolla, la trucha marrón arco iris de arroyo and el salmón encerrado").

In the Lanin national park sport fishing is authorized but a permit is necessary. This permit lasts usually from mid-November to mid-April. In the spirit of preserving all the different species, rules were created (no use of live bait and all fishes caught that belong to an endangered species have to be thrown back).

The possibilities of participating in one of the many activities dedicated for fishing are many. Some lake details are explained next.

Lago Escondido
The types of fish you find here are the rainbow trout, "marrones" and "fontinalis". Rules are every fisherman can keep only 2 fish that measure not less than 40 centimeters. You can fly cast and use Spinning techniques.

Río Correntoso
This is a short river uniting the Nahuel Huapi with the Correntoso lakes. The record for the biggest trout caught (16 kg - 30 pounds) is held here. Quality and quantity of trout fish present is unquestionable. On the way to this river clear crystalline waters are seen and enjoyed.

Río Meliquina
14 kilometers in length and inside the Lanin national park, it flows in between plains and woods. The river has the same name of the lake where it starts. It ends in the Filo Hua Hum forming the Caleufu.
An excellent home for salmonido fish and the migrating trout. For trout the characteristics in this river are optimum (cold and crystalline waters, segments of fast flows and shallow waters, deep waters, rocky edges and no sand, etc.)

Río Filo Hua Hum Oeste
All throughout its 11 kilometers of length fishermen will find different characteristics for fishing. This river starts in the Nuevo Lake and presents a 40-meter with, slow waters and good depths. Only experimented fishermen are able to get to the entrance of water, he who makes it is rewarded with big plenty of big trout.

This river has incredible sites for fishing all the way down up to 400 meters. After this it becomes hard to get past the coastal woods towards shore. But around 6 kilometers down, the river again becomes easy to get to. We find here "La Angostura" a sightseeing parador prepared to accommodate many needs. This parador located in the sides of the Cerillos, gets its name because of the shorter with of the river in this area. From the top of a huge rock we can see trout in "el pozon".

Continue to travel down the river and fishing will be enhanced by many rocks, big trees, mountain ends, etc. that fish use as hang-outs. The river then divides into different branches and the adventure becomes more difficult.

The Species
Trout belong to the salmon family. Most of them live in salt free waters and feed on most kinds of fresh fishes (smaller fish, insects).

Trucha Arco Iris- Rainbow Trout
This family of fish is very appreciated by fishermen that like their great abbility to hunt and when fighting to free themselves jump outside the water. The body is greenish, sides are whiter, they have black spots all over and showoff a briliant bowlike string that goes all around the fish. It possitions itself right before rapids and crystalline waters.

Trucha Marrón- Brown Trout
Its body is very thick and agile. Shows small whitish spots. In 1930 the first fish of its kind where introduced in Patagonia waters.

Trucha de Arroyo
The distinctive mark is a fin with white borders. The body is short and round. The tail shows green, brown, yellow, red and blue spots. Capturing any of this kind is very difficult because of their abilities to avoid bait and fighting skills.

Trucha Criolla-Creole Trout
The rewards of fishing this kind come after its pulled out. In the water it doesn’t show much resistance but the taste afterwards is unique. Two types: wide and short mouths.