Kashmir has been rightly called angler's paradise,with a network of rivers and streams as well as high altitude lakes all abounding in trout both brown and rainbow, introduced by British at the peak of the British Raj in India (early 19th century).. Trout fishing in Kashmir is far, far cheaper than it is in another part of the world. And most importantly, the Department of Fisheries, which controls angling in the valley, works hard to ensure that there is no depletion of stock by indiscriminate fishing whcih means that you can revel in angling in ideal conditions.
Kashmir has many snow & spring fed streams. The season for fishing runs from April to October. The larger rivers like Sindh, Lidder, Erin, Ferozpur, Aharbal, Doodh Ganga, Daksum, Noobug, Ahlan, Krishen Ganga & Hirpur etc. are covered with snow, which starts melting between the month of May to July. Among Spring fed streams best for trout fishing are Kokernag, Verinag, Sukhnag. There are over 61 beats open for anglers throughout the season. Each beat about 3 – 4 km long & one can easily have a day trip fishing in any of the areas (most of the beats are connected by motorable roads). However there are 2 lakes Veshnusar & Gangbal for which you have to take a trek.
Fishing Tours Kashmir is one adventure sport that has universal appeal. Tourists can enjoy the pleasure of fishing in the streams and lakes of Kashmir. Pahalgam is one of Kashmir's important fishing retreats. The water bodies in area are rich in trout. Though one requires a permit to go fishing, the experience can be a once in a lifetime experience. This region is aptly known as a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. The streams and lakes have plenty of brown and rainbow trout.
Fishing on the high altitude lakes can be a learning experience. Fishing on the Dal Lake is an interesting activity. In fact local guides accompany amateur fishing enthusiasts on Shikaras and teach them how to net fishes. Fishing on the Jhelum River is also a popular activity.
Fishing in the Lidder Valley: The Lidder Valley is a fisherman's dream - pure mountain air, serene tranquility and bountifully populated waters. The Lidder River feeds the entire region of lush meadows and magnificent clear lakes with a series of tributaries and streams, all of which teem with rainbow and brown trout. The best time for fishing stretches from April to September, and the best spots are recorded by locals, so we always know where to head to find the best fishing beets.