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Angling & Fishing in Assam

Angling & Fishing in Assam:(Code:333)

Angling is also among the favourite sport of Assam. The major fishing point in the state is River Brahmaputra, yet one can also check out Jia Bhoroli River, Kapili, Manas, and Bhalukpung too for a better game of angling. Brahmaputra is one of the most fascinating rivers – full of joy and life – whichleaves the adventure loving tourists, anglers and naturalists in utter awe. It is also the home of the Golden Mahseer known as the “Tiger of India rivers” and the “Dread of every Angler”.                        

Assam Angling & Fishing:
Be a “Responsible Angler”, always follow the “Catch & Release”
Since the days of the Britishers, Jia Bhoroli of Assam has been famous for Angling. It is a magnificient snowed sparkling river that rumbles and swirls down the rugged mountain valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, and then through the dense green Balipara Reserve Forest, forming gorges and fiery rapids to join the mighty ‘Brahmaputra’.
It is one of the most fascinating rivers- full of joy and life which leaves the adventure loving tourists, anglers and naturalists in utter awe.
The fishing seasonal camp at Potasah is easily accessible, and is only an hour’s drive from Tezpur town, about two hours drive from the Kaziranga National Park and about 220 kilometres from Guwahati. However, anglers have the choice of other base camps too like the Tourist Bungalow of the Government of Assam at the picturesque hilly township of Bhalukpong on the banks of the Jia Bhorob river or the tourist lodge at Tezpur town. The main highway leading to Bomdila and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh runs miles along the way. However, the best way of fishing throughout the length of the river from Bhalukpong to Potasali (about 26 km of water stretch) is by using an inflatable rubber dinghy. In fact, a rubber dinghy ride has become so popular that the ‘Inflatable rubber dinghy rafting competition’ has been introduced by the Assam (Bhoreb) Anglers Association in 1992 along with the angling competition held regularly since 1981 in the early part of November every year. The angling season with rod and line in the Bhoroll river starts from early October and continues upto late April. Guwahati, June 12: If you ever had doubts about an angling fanatic’s philanthropic love for fish, visit the Jia Bharali, where men are breeding the dwindling golden mahseer to, well, have more of them to catch. Every year in November, hundreds of anglers from across the country and several parts of the world arrive at Jia Bharali river in Assam for the annual competition — to net the fierce game fish, golden mahseer, known as the tiger of Indian rivers.But a rapid decline in the golden mahseer population in the river, which flows through the Nameri National Park, has prompted the Assam (Bhorelli) Angling and Conservation Association to launch the first scientific breeding so that game fish does not become extinct in the near future.Though the river is known as Bharali, the angling association was spelt Bhorelli by the Britishers and it has stuck since then. “This is a small step towards a big goal. We hope the day will come when anglers will always get a fish whenever they go to find one,” Atul Borgohain, honorary project director of the Golden Mahseer Rehabilitation and Hatchery project, said today.The primary reason for the diminishing number of golden mahseer is poaching along the west bank of the river, a source said. A captive breeding project was tried out earlier but it was abandoned midway for various reasons. This time, 500 fingerlings of golden mahseer were released into the Jia Bharali in the first phase.Considered the “holy grail of angling”, the record catch of golden mahseer at the Jia Bharali on rod and line weighed 24.5kg.
“We will be releasing more of the fingerlings in different foothill rivers of the region which feed the Jia Bharali so as to replenish the depleting population of fish,” he said.
The comprehensive breeding programme will begin by July under which “brookfish” — fish with eggs — will be released in special breeding ponds near the river. When the fishlings grow to a certain size, they will be released in the river, Borgohain said.Experts at the Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries, based at Bhimtal in Uttarakhand, will arrive for the breeding.The directorate had financed a mahseer hatchery, situated inthevicinity of a tourist camp on the bank of Jia Bharali, and is the first of its kind in western India.

how to go there ?                                                                                                                                                          

Fishing in the Bhoroli entails an hour’s pleasant drive from Tezpur through the Bahpara Reserved Forests to Bhalukpong (60 krns from Tezpur) or a few kitometers up to the Tipi confluence in Arunachal Pradesh. Tezpur is connected by bus with Guwahati, North Lakhimpur, Dhemajee and Rangia. A 3 kms long motorable bridge over Brahmaputra connects Tezpur with the South Bank at Silghat( Nagaon) . The nearest Airport to Tezpur is Saloni, (10krns) and the Railway Station is Rangapara, 26 kms in the main line. Tezpur is the subline station.

Destination: Delhi – Guwahati – Bhalukpong – Itanagar – Pasighat – Panging – Boleng – Yembung – Pasighat – Dibrugarh – Delhi – Kolkata
Duration: 11 Nights & 12 Days

ay 01 : Delhi – Guwahati – BhalukpongAssistance on arrival and drive to Bhalukpong (230 km, 8hrs drive). Overnight stayin the hotel or Camp, Bhalukpong.

Day 02 : Bhalukpong
All day shore bank fishing in Kameng River, 15 km radius distance. Overnight stay at Bhalukpong.

Day 03 : Bhalukpong : All day fishing
Day 04 : Bhalukpong – ItanagarEarly in the Morning, after having breakfast, we proceed drive to Itanagar (200 km, 6hrs drive). Afternoon free at state museum. Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 05 : Itanagar – Pasighat
Early in the Morning , after having breakfast we proceed drive to Pasighat (260 km, 8hrs drive). Overnight stay in the Circuit house or Hotel

Day 06 : Pasighat – Panging
After breakfast, we porceed drive to Panging (60 km, 6hrs drive). Overnight stay in Bunglow or Tent..

Day 07 : PangingFull day shore bank fishing in Siang River, 45 km radius in distance. Overnight at Panging.

Day 08 : Panging – BolengBoleng shore bank fishing in Siang River, 45 km radius distance. Overnight stay Bunglow or Tent, Boleng.

Day 09 : Boleng – YembungYembung shore bank fishing in Siang River, 15 km radius distance. Overnight stay in theTent, Yembung.

Day 10 : Yembung – Pasighat
Next day ,early in the morning we proceed drive to Pasighat (50 km, 4hrs drive). Evening free at local villages. Overnight stay at Pasighat.

Day 11 : Pasighat – Dibrugarh
After breakfast, we proceed drive then ferry to Dibrugarh (7hrs). Overnight stay in the Hotel

Day 12 : Dibrugarh – Delhi – Kolkata Afternoon transfer to airport for onward journey.


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