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Golden Mahseer Fishing in India's Western Ramganga River, Kumaon

Ever imagined fishing within critical tiger habitat? That too for one of the world’s hardest-fighting freshwater fish, the Golden Mahseer. Evolved with the youngest mountain ranges of the world, the Golden Mahseer isn’t your average fish, rather a carp armored to take on the monsoons as this bioindicator species, batch deposits its spawn to ensure the survival of the next generations. Welcome to fishing in the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve area! 

Not your average fishing adventure. Though historically one that all gentlemen anglers took. Initiating them into the world of India’s most fragile, yet prolific Terai habitat. Not too far from India’s borders with Nepal. These forest corridors that sit on the edge of Kumaon’s Himalayan foothills are some of India’s oldest and well-preserved national parks. As a matter of fact, Jim Corbett Park is also home to some of the highest densities of the Bengal Tiger in the wild. 

Prolific with an abundance of other bioindicator species such as the Golden Mahseer and the Goonch (a large catfish with teeth). Jim Corbett National Park is named after the author of the Man-Eaters of Kumaon. A classic epic that describes the habitat and the man-eaters that dominated this landscape in the early 1900s. Corbett also brings attention to the “fish of my dreams” by describing his angling pursuit for Golden Mahseer. Certainly worth a read! 

River habitat Golden Mahseer Jim Corbett Park

Jim Corbett Park

4-rivers feed India’s Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve. These are the Sonanadi, Palain, Mandal and western Ramganga that are home to very good numbers of Golden Mahseer; especially within the tiger reserve. However, the number of Golden Mahseer drastically decrease in the stretches that are located outside the tiger reserve. 

Habitat & Fishing Regulations

Fishing within Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve is strictly prohibited. The park officials are present in marked and unmarked capacity  relying on an established local intelligence network that is dedicated to the conservation of critical tiger habitat that includes the valleys leading into it. India’s wildlife policies are strictly enforced. This can clearly be seen in the rich habitat and wildlife that are even present outside national parks. 

As a matter of fact, hunting, trapping, snaring is strictly forbidden, prohibited, and even culturally frowned upon. India as a nation takes its conservation quite seriously. It is hence common to see leopards in urban settings, elephants herds wondering into villages, and tiger and alarm calls echo down the western Ramganga valley much further than man-made boundaries. Especially during the mating season. Hence a good pair of binoculars is also an important addition to your tackle bag. 

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