Peacock Bass Fishing Report
January 30, 2018
Water Levels continue to fall in the Rio Branco Watershed enhancing already good Peacock Bass fishing success and continue to rise in the Rio Negro Watershed, greatly slowing Peacock Bass fishing success.
RIO BRANCO WATERSHED
The black water tributaries to the Rio Branco continue to enjoy good Peacock Bass fishing conditions as the water levels continue to fall. One group of 12 fly fishermen on the Xeruini River landed an incredible 870 Peacocks in just the first 2 ½ days of their 6 ½ day fishing trip Jan 27 – Feb 3, 2018! Extended weather forecasts for the first half of February show lower than normal rainfall expected which should continue to make for great fishing conditions.
RIO NEGRO WATERSHED
Already high water conditions have been exacerbated by continued higher than normal rainfall across the upper Rio Negro River and its tributaries. Water levels in the last two weeks have continued to rise from San Gabriel to Ste Isabel and Barcelos, hurting Peacock Bass fishing success. Extended forecasts thru the middle of February call for more rainfall than the historic norms, causing some mother boat operators to begin to recommend that their clients booked for February reschedule for next season.
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Peacock Bass Fishing Water Level Report
27 December 2017
Water levels have continued to fall slowly thru the third week of December in both the Rio Negro and Rio Branco watersheds after experiencing higher than ideal water conditions in October and early November. The traditional “Christmas Rains” normally occurring in early to mid December have brought up water levels in the Ste Isabel and Moura areas of the upper Rio Negro, although water levels have continued to fall in the Barcelos area and on the Rio Branco tributaries including the Itapara, Xeriuni & Jufari. We expect to see ideal water conditions on most of the upper Rio Negro and tributaries to the Rio Branco when fishing resumes in early January baring any prolonged episodes of heavy rain between Christmas and New Years.
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.