Fishing in Thailand - well-known lakes

Anglers in Thailand who are on the hunt for big fish and great sport will not be disappointed.

Some of the largest freshwater species in the world can be found here. Indiginous Thai fish such as giant carp, catfish and rays are further supplemented by a large number of imported species such as the arapaima, alligator gar or Amazon red-tail catfish. And so in some of the most famous commercial fishing lakes in Thailand there is a colorful and explosive mix of local and imported fish, which will give visitors a completely new and unexpected experience.

We have now created a list of waters that we ourselves want to visit, and when we have we will give our impressions of them and further information like we did in our articles about the fishing lakes in Udon Thani and elsewhere in Thailand.

Gillhams Fishing Resort - Krabi

The stand-out fishing venue in southern Thailand is certainly Gillhams Fishing Resort. The artificial lake and associated resort hotel, created several years ago, is 19 km from the town of Ao Nang.

The lake is home to 46 different species of fish, including well-known species such as: arapaima, alligator gar, Amazon red-tail catfish, arowana, Asian red-tail catfish, giant freshwater stingrays, giant Siamese Carp, Mekong catfish, etc. ...

The price for the fishing at Gillhams appears at first glance not very cheap, but if you look at the operation there: the fish population, the services and the professionalism, then you will undoubtedly find that the cost is more than reasonable.

Price / angler when you buy a day ticket (08:00 - 19:00 clock) 5,500 THB

Services included: fishing equipment with 2 rods, bait, food, guide

website: Gillhams Fishing Resort

Bungsamran Lake Fishing Bangkok / Thailand

Bungsamran in Bangkok is already legendary among the commercial fishing waters of Thailand - the fish here are certainly among the biggest that can be caught in Thailand. It's more likely than not that an angler will catch fish of 20 kilos or more every day, sometimes several of them. Thus it's not only the size of the individual fish that live in the lake, making the fishing area unique, but the sheer numbers of them!

Stocked in the lake are fish of 50 different species, with an average weight of 15 kg. Besides the known native species such as the Mekong giant catfish, giant Siamese carp and Chao Phraya catfish, there are also imported giants such as arapaima and black pacu. On the lake itself you have the opportunity, in addition to the fishing, to rent a place to stay or eat at one of the restaurants on the bank.

A day ticket (12 hours) for the angler costs 1,000 THB. A guide will cost about another 1,000 THB / day, and bait is probably going to cost 200 to 250 THB. The hire of a rod and reel is 500 THB (deposit required).

website: Bungsamran

We have been visiting Bung Samran in the meantime and summarized the information about the venue on Udon-News. Visit Bung Samran on Udon-News.

My experiences of 24 hours fishing at Bung Samran you can find and read in the article in our photo blog.

Greenfield Valley Hua Hin / Thailand

Greenfield Valley Fishing Resort is one of the more luxurious venues, created with a lot of effort and investment. TV presenter and fishing luminary John Wilson has spared no effort to create a place with all the requirements of comfort and luxury, catering for those anglers who have very high expectations of facilities and equipment. As with the lakes we have described above, here there are also a wide variety of Thai and imported species in 3 lakes.

The Carp Lake: Here you can catch giant Siamese carp, Julien's carp, Indian carp, red and black pacus, giant catfish and many more. The price of a ticket includes bait, shelter for 2 people, equipment and material costs, and 3,000 THB for 24 hours.

The Specimen Lake: arapaima, giant Mekong catfish, pacus, barramundi, Amazon and Asian red-tail catfish are waiting for the angler. A day ticket costs 5,500 baht and includes everything you need for a day of fishing, except meals.

Greenfield Valley offers a variety of packages for anglers who plan to spend several days fishing.

website: Greenfield Valley

Asiatischer Rotschwanzwels Chao Phraya Wels Indischer Karpfen

IT-Lake Monsters / Predator Lake Thailand

Approximately a two-hour drive drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok towards Kanchanaburi, anglers can find a 17,600-square-foot lake, which has been stocked with many varieties, both Thai and imported, of predatory fish. The main attraction is definitely fishing with artificial baits or natural bait in the lake holding arapaima, arowana, Amazon red-tail catfish, alligator gar, sorubim and others. Anyone planning a fishing trip to Lake Monsters IT should book in advance by phone, since the number of anglers is limited. A day ticket for fishing with artificial lures, costs 3500 baht. If you want to use natural bait the price rises to 7000 baht. The prices do not include equipment; that can be rented for 1,000 baht per rod. Advance reservations telephone number: +66 (0) 85 999 964 6

website: IT-Lake Monsters Predator Lake   

Riesen-Gurami Marmorgrundel Rohu

Dream Lake fishing resort Chiang Mai

The city of Chiang Mai, capital of the province in north-west Thailand, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Anglers can have a leisurely day of fishing on a small lake in beautiful countryside, 8 kilometers from the center of Chiang Mai, with the comfort of an air-conditioned bungalow on the bankside. The lake has numerous indiginous and imported fish species such as giant Siamese carp, alligator gar, Mekong giant catfish, Pacu, peacock bass and many other powerful fighting fish, promising an exciting fishing experience. The price for accommodation in an air-conditioned bungalow, including fishing for 24 hours is 2,800 baht with a non-fishing companion at no extra cost. For two anglers to share a bungalow it's 4,400 Baht. Each bungalow is allowed to use two rods (not two rods per angler). Bait can be bought cheaply at the resort.

website: Dream Lake fishing resort Chiang Mai

We have been visiting Dream Lake in the meantime and summarized all the necessary information about this venue in an extra article: visit Dream Lake on Udon-News

Read about our experiences at Dream Lake Fishing Resort in our photo blog.


Pangasiuswels Streifenwels Zähne eines Pacu Siamesischer Riesenkarpfen

TopCats Fishing Resort

The popular tourist destination of Koh Samui also boasts one of Thailand's best freshwater fishing venues - TopCats Fishing resort, not far from Nathon on the south-west side of the island. Large fish of over 30 species reside in the lake, including giant Mekong catfish, arapaima, alligator gar, Amazon red-tail catfish and Julien's golden prize carp. Both fishing and accomodation is available, and the resort also has it's own restaurant and bar, and a well stocked tackle shop, and an expert guiding service. Twelve hours fishing costs 4,500 THB, and overnight accomodation from 1,650 THB per person.

Website: TopCats Fishing Resort

Telephone:  Office +66 (0) 77 415 387
                 Shaun +66 (0) 841841011


Rotschwanzwels aus dem Amazonas Alligatorhecht Pacu

Our list of the best known commercial fishing lakes in Thailand is not yet complete. We will expand the list by and by. Are you interested in the fishing lakes of Thailand and looking for further information? We have described already 10 well-known commercial fishing venues in Pattaya, Bangkok, Hua Hin, Cha Am, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and Nong Khai. We've visited all of them and descibed our impressions, and given all the information that we've got. In the article 'Fishing in Thailand' you can find an overview of the lakes with the links to their respective sites. Fishing enthusiasts and visitors to the province of Udon Thani can find similar local information in our article 'Fishing in Udon Thani', with links to 11 commercial fishing lakes in the region, all described in detail.

posted on: 28.09.2012 - last update on: 30.01.2015

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