Gatun Lake Fishing Tour

Fishing at Gatun Lake

Lake Gatun remains to this day, as it has been for more than 50 years, one of the best peacock bass angling lakes in the world. Gatun Lake is a large artificial lake that forms a major part of the Panama Canal, carrying ships for 33 km of their transit across the Isthmus of Panama. The lake was created between 1907 and 1913 by the building of the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. At the time it was created, Gatun Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world, and the dam was the largest dam on earth. The world famous Barro Colorado Island, which was established for scientific study when the lake was formed and is today operated by the Smithsonian Institution, is the largest island on Gatun Lake. Many of the most important ground breaking scientific and biological discoveries of the tropical animal and plant kingdom originated here.

We will leave Panama City at 5:30am, taking the Pan American Highway for about an hour. We will arrive at La Arenosa village. Once we reach La Arenosa village we will be guided by local fisherman using their unique motor boats made of aluminum. This type of boat has been used on the lake for years. The fisherman will take us to the best spots for fishing Tarpon (Sábalo Real), Snook (Róbalo), Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), Machaca (Sábalo Pipón), Jaguar Guapote (Rainbow Bass) and Peacock Bass or Sargento (Cichla Monoculus), which is not native from Panama and introduced from the Amazon Basin. At around noon, we will take a break from the sun and have lunch. We will continue fishing for the rest of the afternoon returning to Panama City around 7:00pm.

  • Location: Gatun Lake
  • Pickup: Guests will be picked up from their hotels at 4:30am
  • Duration: Full day trip returning to hotel at 7:00pm
  • Group Size: Minimum of 4
  • Skill level: All levels


What's included:

Professional, bilingual guide, Transportation to and from hotel, Fishing gear and bait, Water supply, Lunch.

What to bring:

Cool and comfortable clothes, Hat, Sunglasses, Camera, Sunscreen, Extra clothing, Towel.