Things to consider
There's a lot of variety in the fishing experience here. Make the most of your time in the park by considering exactly what you're looking for in advance.
- The Serrano river is the biggest river in the park, and though famous for fly fishing it is fast flowing, so fishing here requires some experience. The calmer lakes are usually more ideal for beginners.
- A guided trip will give you the best chance of finding remote spots. To fish self-guided you will need a license, and it's best to base yourself in specific hotels with lakes nearby.
- Add on a day's fishing trip to the end of your trek, whether in Torres del Paine or from Puerto Natales on your way out of the park.
- Bring your own gear, or hire gear on a trip if you don't want to carry it with you.
Fishing excursions from your hotel
If you're looking to top off your Torres del Paine adventure with a day or two fishing, at the gateway to the national park lie the Remota and Singular hotels, both of which offer dedicated multi-day fishing programmes. Outings vary from half day to full day, often visiting a few different rivers, streams, pools and lakes to encounter brown trout, brook trout or rainbow trout, as well as the possibility of the mighty chinook salmon when migrating up river.
Trout fishing with local guides
Spend a day in the company of the passionate experts who know exactly what Torres del Paine's rivers and lakes can offer. Our local guides take the time to understand what's important to you from your fishing experience and can inspire you with their favourite spots, and the best places for stunning views.
These fishing trips often include transfers to and from hotels in Torres del Paine and Puerto Natales, making it easy to add on a day's fishing no matter where you're staying. Ask our specialists how to get a guide for a day fishing beside one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world.
Big game fishing
Challenge yourself with a day or more spent fly fishing Torres del Paine's most coveted prizes, from sea-run trout to a 30kg Chinook salmon. The Serrano River is famous for its tranquil setting and challenging waters, and is one of the best areas for fishing in the region.
Two or more days fishing
Take a few days to really immerse yourself in the dramatic landscape, and experience the variety that Torres del Paine and Puerto Natales have to offer. Alternatively, combine your time fishing in Torres del Paine with a few days in some of the other stunning fishing spots in the region such as Nahuel Huapi National Park, or the Futaleufu river.
Where to stay
You can join a fishing excursion from almost anywhere in the park, but these hotels offer specific fishing excursions, or hire out fishing equipment for you to spend an hour on their nearby lakes. Ask our specialists about how to design your itinerary to be able to fish from one of these hotels.
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FAQs about fishing in Torres del Paine
The fishing season in Southern Patagonia runs from late October to mid-April. You cannot get a licence to fish outside of these dates.
Migratory Chinook/King Salmon are usually in the rivers from December to February, though this can fluctuate a little each season.
Yes, it's easy to arrange a half or full day fishing in the national park alongside your hiking itinerary. Take a day at the end of your hike to do a fishing excursion in Torres del Paine, or break up your journey out of the park by stopping off at the stunning fishing spots in Puerto Natales.
You can find a river or lake and fish unguided, however you will need a license which you will need to arrange in advance. All fish must be released back into the water with care.
The weather is unpredictable, and you should be prepared for strong winds and changing conditions. Check the weather the night before and dress accordingly.
Only if you want to - most tours include a variety of fishing equipment and clothing such as waders and boots. Fishing equipment is also available to hire from specific hotels, ask our specialists for more information.
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