Mahseer Fishing Season

Even though there are two distinctly different seasons for Golden Mahseer fishing. Picking the right season can be tricky as Golden Mahseer seasons are short.  

To clarify, the pre monsoon season (March-May) and a post monsoon season (September-October) are the two times of the year when anglers should look into scheduling a fishing trip, especially for Golden Mahseer. 



As the two distinctly different seasons offer opportunities for conventional as well as Mahseer fly fishing. 

Fly anglers should certainly go between March and May. Moreover, if you are a lure angler, you are probably better off aiming for the short, but productive season that varies between September and October. 

It is important to consider personal fitness, casting abilities, high temperatures, while  adapting to a world of the unknown, fishing for the highly resilient, omnivorous and mystical Golden Mahseer. 

Travel partners and diversifying your itinerary to fit other priorities such as wildlife, cultural explorations can also play a role in picking a season. 

Golden Mahseer fly fishing

March - May

Pre Monsoon

  1. Seeing wildlife: Due to the less dense cover, the drier, pre monsoon months are usually better for seeing wildlife. 
  2. Sight fishing: More opportunities for sight fishing, especially in smaller rivers. 
Mahseer Fishing in Nepal

September - October

Post Monsoon Season

  1. Himalayan vistas: Post monsoon months lend themselves to better, clearer, Himalayan vistas. 
  2. Seasoned fish: Post monsoon Golden Mahseer are likely better fighters as they are seasoned by the monsoon and even use the heavier flow during this time of the year. 

Seasonal Recommendations

By Region

  • Western, central or eastern Bhutan: From March 15 through early June and October. 
  • Western Nepal: From March 15 through early June. End September early-mid October. 
  • Northern India: March through early June. End September and early-mid October. 
  • North Eastern India: February, March, August, September and October. 

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