A mountainous land with fast flowing glacial rivers and streams abounds with many types of fishes, some of them being indigenous breeds and some have been introduced to Himachal from European waters. Trout, a cold stream fish introduced by the British, and Mahseer, a warm water fish, are amongst the best gaming fishes for anglers.
Selecting a spot, dangling a bait and being patient enough for a fish to bite it is where the fun gets started. Letting the fishing line run as the fish attempts to throw out the bait, to bring the catch in after the fish is exhausted is as exciting as it can get. Releasing the fish back into the waters after a successful catch is what the sport is all about.
Rainbow and brown trout thrive in cold streams of Pabbar in Rohru valley, Baspa in Sangla valley, Uhl in Barot valley and Tirthan & Beas rivers of Kullu valley. Mahseer, especially the more sought after one Golden Mahseer are found in the streams of Bilaspur, Kangra and the backwaters of Bhakra Dam and Pong Dam.
Fishing is an regulated activity and anglers need licence for it. The licence are available for rod and line in trout waters, and for rod, line and cast netting in general waters.
The state fisheries department has identified the following stretches as potential fishing spots for trout and mahseer:
|Name of river
||Stream length in (km)
||Katrain to Manali
||Largi to Nagni
||Largi to Ropa
||Barot to Lohardi
||Barot to Kothikhad
||Holi to Main bridge