Fishing in the Amazon Rainforest

Last Updated on August 28, 2020 by haveclotheswilltravel

Amazon river sunset

Growing up in a fishing village, the first question my friends and family asked about our trip to the Amazon was “how was the fishing?” Haha. So, here is how the fishing was! (And we were actually fishing on a tributary of the Amazon River – the Yarapa River – not the Amazon itself.) We also ate all the fish we caught…all but one, and you’ll see why in a video below. (We had hooked a giant stingray on accident!)

Getting to the fishing spots

Boating through the flooded Amazon Rainforest to get to our fishing spots was a really cool experience. Although, we did get stuck a couple of times, as you can see in the video above and in the photos below. Haha. At one point, I had a real princess moment, and all 3 of the guys had to haul my butt and camera equipment through that yucky part of the river. Thanks, guys!

Trying to figure out what to do next, haha. (But we made it!)

We also hit a very prickly tree that, thank goodness, didn’t hit anyone! But it did get a seat on the boat that looked pretty scary.

Glad that didn’t hit anyone!

Piranhas

Piranha
1st catch of the day! Isn’t he huge? Haha.

Piranhas turned out to be far more difficult to catch than I expected! To be honest, our guide and my husband were the only ones who caught them! I didn’t catch a single one. Hooking them was the tough part…especially because they weren’t exactly huge.

Our piranha bait - raw chicken!
Our piranha bait – raw chicken!

Wondering what you use to catch piranha? CHICKEN…duh. Haha.

Catfish

The piranha fishing is what our guide does with most of the tourists who come to the Treehouse Lodge. However, once it became clear we knew how to fish and were curious what else was in the river…our guide revamped our plans for the day and we tried fishing for catfish!

catfish

Needless to say our boat driver, Gustavo, and our guide, Orlando, were the only ones who caught any catfish! But it was still a lot of fun. And I had never seen a flat head catfish like this…let alone eaten one!

Giant Stingray!

This was a great big whoops! We had actually been fishing for Giant Piranhas when we hooked this Giant Stingray on accident. It was incredible to see up close, though. And I only just recently learned that freshwater stingrays existed! Also, I had no idea that stingrays also used “spitting” as a defense mechanism! (You can see that in the video above.) And don’t worry, it took a little while, but Orlando did get the stingray unhooked without any issues.

Eating our Fish

These aren’t the best photos, I do apologize! I’m a terrible food photographer. But we did get to try our piranhas and catfish. And they weren’t too bad at all! The piranhas just didn’t have all that much for meat on them.

Prepared Piranhas and Catfish

Prepared Piranhas and Catfish

Beauty shots of the Amazon

Amazon river

Of course, on our way to our fishing spots (and some detours at my request to see giant lily pads), we saw some beautiful scenery! Enjoy!

Giant Lily Pads

These lily pads only take 6 months to grow! They were so beautiful.

Sunsets

What fish did you like best from the post? And did you know there was such a thing as a freshwater stingray or that you could eat piranhas? (I was surprised!) Let me know in the comments!

Click here to see the rest of my Amazon Rainforest/Treehouse Lodge blog posts.

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28 Comments

  1. Piranhas, sticky trees, and stingrays, oh my! What an adventure! I am a tomboy at heart, so I would love this! I did not know there where freshwater stingrays! I’m all about trying local food, this looks like a blast!

  2. This article is very informative and intersting,Thanks for sharing such an informative article with us.
    keep updating…..

  3. Wow your amazon trip looks amazing, I love that you get to cook your own food and do everything in the wilderness~! What a fantastic experience.

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

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