Sport Fishing, Like Hunting, Is Little Advertised And Therefore Little Known In Sikkim. However, For The Angling Enthusiast, Sikkim’s Rivers Can Prove Good Fishing Grounds. There Are Varieties Of Fresh-Water Fish In These Himalayan Waters, Ranging From The Much Sought After Mahseer To The Mountain Stream Trout-Like Varieties. The Best Season To Go Sport Fishing On White Waters Is Before And After The Monsoon From February Till April And October And November. During These Times The Fishes Go Upstream To Spawn And They Consume Less Food. But Locals Catch A Lot Of Fish During Monsoon As Well For Their Livelihood.

Some Of The Popular Fishing Trips Are Done In River Teesta, & Rangit Hosts A Number Of Places Like The Confluence Of Tista & Ranjit (Tribeni Sikkim Bengal) On The Highway Anglers Can Try Their Luck In The Clear Water.

Fishing Rods And Tackle Are Available On Hire. The Bait Is Usually Made Of Bread That Is Soaked In Water And Mashed Into A Thick Paste Ideally You Could Bring Along A Telescopic Rod That Can Fit In A Backpack And Some Artificial Bait.

Fishing Is Also Fun In Many Of The Mountain Streams. There Are Varieties Of Trout-Like Fish Or Even Rainbow Trouts And Common Trout’s That Can Provide Good Sport. Recently The Rivers In The Plains Are Good Fishing. Large Catfish, Murrel And Carp Are Found In Abundance In These Rivers. Anglers Can Also Try Their Luck Where Agencies Organize Guided Fishing Trips. While Trekking Or Rafting In River Bring Along A Fishing Rod Or Give The Local Methods A Try - Using A Bamboo Pole Or A Crude Fish Trap. The Mahseer Is A Large And Much Prized Sport Fish. However, Its Numbers Are Dwindling Rapidly And It Is Advised That You Let Go Of One Even If You Land A Catch. You May Just Land A Mahseer!

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