Bhutan Fishing Tour: Bhutan has so many watersheds of 4 primary rivers known as Toorsa, Raidak, Sunkosh, and Manas flowing from the Himalayan mountains to the northern plains of India. It practically covers the whole of Bhutan's catchments.
The Bhutan government has rejuvenated most of the lakes and rivers with Brown Trout, which were imported from the western Himalayas. Bhutan remained unexplored destinations on the planet for fishing largely due to the Buddhist faith. It has a total of 91 freshwater native fish species, however, the actual biodiversity of aquatic life in Bhutan is yet to be studied. The researchers from CNR discovered one of kind torrent catfish from Khaling river located in eastern Bhutan. The first regional fish species called Parachiloglanis Bhutanensis was found in Bhutan hence, named after the country it discovered.
Fishing spots range from large rivers to crystal clear spring-fed streams. Altitudes range from 1200 m. to 3000m. The most common varieties are the snow trout (Schizothraichthys progestins) and the brown trout (Salmo trutta), the barbs (Garra gotyla) and the barbs (Garra gotyla).
According to the Forest and Nature Conservation Act of 1995, Golden Mahseer (Tor putitora) is an endangered species of fish worldwide. It is enlisted as a Totally Protected species. The National Centre for Riverine and Lake Fisheries has recently initiated a comprehensive scientific study of fish diversity in the country's major water bodies.
At present, it has been observed that most of the rivers and lakes between the elevations of 5,000 to 16,000 feet above the sea level are well populated with the brown trout. Bhutan government has started issuing fishing licenses as a luxurious sport based on approval from the authorities.
The fishing permit can be obtained for the tourist throughout the year on 'CATCH AND RELEASE' basis except in the month of breeding i.e., December, January, and February. Primetime for fishing is during March, April, and May. September, October, and November is a favorable time for fishing bigger fishes.