Of the many adventure activities that can be done in this northeastern state, Angling is one of the most popular things to do in Assam. A sought-after adventure sports, it allures a huge number of angling enthusiasts. This activity has been popular since the British era. The most popular spot for angling in Assam is Jia Bhoroli. This is a mighty snow-fed river that traverse down mountainous valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, swirling through the lush Balipara Reserve Forest, creating rapids and gorges for join the enormous Brahmaputra River.
Nameri national park in upper Assam is placed in the foothills of Himalayas and the Jia Bhoroli forms the border of this national park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a part of Project Tiger. Entering the park through its southern periphery, this river is home to Golden Mahseer. The river hits the Assam plains, near Bhalukpung.
Angling in Assam lets you catch several fishes such as Golden Mahseer, Indian Trout, Murral, Chocolate Mahseer, and Goonch. Jia Bhorolo in Assam also hosts annual Angling competition. The biggest catch of Golden Mahseer was in the year 1997. As the river is around the national park, the activity is regulated and every catch is reported. Wildlife safari at Nameri can be clubbed with Angling.
Seasonal fishing camp is at Potash and is just an hours’ drive from Tezpur. However, the anglers have another choice also such as tourist lodges at Tezpur or Tourist Bungalow of the Government of Assam in Bhalukpong. One of the best ways of angling all along the length of the river, from Bhalukpong to Potasali, a stretch of 26 km, is by using an inflatable rubber dinghy.
Best season for Angling in Assam- Early October to Late April