Size: Enormous – many hectares
Species: Principally fished for Giant Snakeheads and Hampala Barb (Jungle Perch), but also contains other species including Giant Mekong Catfish, Rohu, and Great White Sheatfish..
Opening Hours: 24 hours; it is a huge open reservoir
Cost: Unless you are experienced at fishing these waters and have a boat you will need the services of a guide with a boat. For the various options open to you see our guided tours page here
Google Maps link: here
Mae Kuang Reservoir is to be found about 30km northwest of Chiang Mai centre and is set within breathtakingly beautiful mountain and tropical jungle scenery. It is one of the most popular reservoirs with Chiang Mai anglers and contains some very large Giant Snakeheads, to over 10kg; these are the main quarry of most visitors. Most snakeheads caught are in the 1 to 3kg range.
As with the other large reservoirs that surround Chiang Mai this is not an easy venue for the novice angler and the services of a guide are needed for most people. You will most likely be lure fishing, casting close to the snags and weeds where the snakeheads and Jungle Perch lay in wait to ambush unsuspecting prey fish. Being able to cast accurately with a variety of lures (including frogs), coupled with a good guide to provide direction, is the key to success. Strong tackle is needed to cope with the explosive power of the snakeheads, but for the well prepared angler this is Chiang Mai fishing at its exciting best.
Fly fishing is another, less popular, option. If fly fishing is your thing, and you have appropriately strong fly tackle, then you could have great fun with this out on the reservoir.
The best time to visit for fishing succes is July through September. At this time of year the Chiang Mai region is in the rainy season and lots of food is being washed down into the lake and the fish are feeding voraciously. After October the rains stop, the water temperature drops and fishing becomes increasingly challenging – but far from impossible.
Read all about Giant Snakeheads.
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