Rio Madeira Watershed
Dry Zone #2 SW Matupiri River
Water levels have gone down slower than usual in September on the Matupiri River, River Plate’s exclusive fishery in the Mahura Indian Reservation south of Manaus. Anglers have still experienced good catches of Peacock Bass averaging 35-50 Peacocks per angler boated the last three to four weeks. With the water just now approaching ideal water levels the bigger Peacocks, upwards of 19 lbs, are beginning to be caught. This fishery should produce good catches through late October.
Dry Zone #1 SE Marmelos River
The Marmelos River, River Plate’s exclusive Peacock Bass fishery in the Tenherin Indian Reservation south of Manaus, produced great Peacock Bass fishing from mid-July through mid-August this year with anglers averaging 40 – 45 Peacocks per day weighing upwards of 20 lbs. We did some exploratory trips as much as 70 miles above where we normally stage our Safari Camps to ascertain the multi-species fishing this area might offer. We were pleasantly surprised with the variety of fish including Peacock Bass, Jacunda, Sorbium Catfish, Piranha, Bicuda, Wolf Fish and other varieties that were caught on this trip. The headwaters offered rapids and waterfalls with crystal clear water ideal for sight casting. Next season we will be offering special trips for small groups to experience this untouched multi-species sight fishing.
Rio Negro Watershed
Dry Zone #3 NW Urubaxi River, Jufaris River & the main Rio Negro
Water levels are dropping quickly in the upper Rio Negro Watershed from Sao Gabriel down thru Santa Isabel & Barcelos to Mora, located 200 kilometers upriver from Manaus. It looks like water conditions will make for good Peacock Bass fishing in October this year, as much as 2 or 3 weeks earlier than historic norms. With no La Nina or El Nino weather conditions apparent in the Pacific Ocean this fall and winter we are expecting excellent water levels throughout the 2017-2018 fishing season.
Rio Branco Watershed
Dry Zone #4 NE Xeriuni, Itapara and Omero Lakes
Water levels are receding at normal historic rates in the upper Rio Branco Watershed which usually reaches ideal water levels in early January providing good Peacock Bass fishing into early March when water levels are rising to unfishable levels on the Rio Negro. If the water continues to drop normally, it is possible the tributaries to the Rio Banco could become fishable in December.
FISH WITH THE BEST AWAY FROM THE REST!
There are many different operations offering Peacock Bass fishing trips in Brazil’s Amazon with the majority of them, consisting of over 50 river boats and yachts operations handling up to 30 guest per week, on the heavily fished waters of the Rio Negro operating out of Barcelos. Much like Alaska evolved into many years ago, the operators offering Fly-In trips to remote locations on private Indian lands and government have become the primo operations for trophy Peacock Bass fishing in Brazil’s Amazon. We offer upscale floating Safari Camps for small groups of 6 – 12 anglers on over 8 million acres of remote Indian lands where our anglers experience exclusive fishing rights in both single and double occupancy air-conditioned cabin Safari Camps. Check out our remote Fly-In Safari Camps and experience the great Peacock Bass fishing opportunities that were available in the 1990’s in Brazil’s Amazon.
Fishing the Amazon Since 1992
Jim Kern has a long history in the Peacock Bass world. Jim has fished in Brazil 32 times since 1997 with both fly and conventional tackle. Jim developed and ran the American office for Captain Peacock from 2010 thru 2013 was the Vice President and General Manager of Amazon Tours from 1998 thru 2003. Through Emu Outfitting, his outfitting company of 30 years, he managed Alaska’s Rainbow Bay Resort from 2007-2009 & Alaska’s Angry Eagle Lodge 2013 & 2014. Jim holds a Coast Guard Captains license, has been a registered fishing guide in Alaska, Montana and Idaho and has been a fly tier for 40 years. Jim also was a 3 time American League All Star baseball pitcher in 1977, 78, and 79 & the American League Relief Pitcher of the year in 1979.