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An angler's paradise, Himachal has several spots for trout, catfish and mahaseer (river carp) as well as other cold water fish. Acclaimed as the best sport fish in the world, both brown and rainbow trout are to be found in Himachal streams. In the Pabbar Valley, upstream of Rohru there are several good spots for fishing. In this valley Chirgaon has the trout hatchery and other spots where lines may be cast are Seema, Mandil, Sandasu, Tikri and Dhamvari all are withing 5 to 25 kms of Rohru.
In Kinnaur the river Bapsain the Sangla valley also holds trout and this was where the first trout farm in the state was established in the 1920's. Trout fish also abounds in the river Uhl near Barot above the small town of Jogindernagar. Good spots on this beat are Lukandi, the Puran hatchery, Tikkar and Kamand. The upper reaches if the river Beas in the Kullu valley and its side streams like the Sarvari, Parbati, Sainj, Hurla and Tirtan especially the areas around Aut, Patlihuhl, Katrain, Raison and Larji are excellent for the sport. These places are all upstreamof the Pandoh reservoir and are close to or by the Mandi-Manali highway.
The picturesque Kangra valley has several spots that offer 'mahaseer' river carp. Many anglers consider this a finer sport than trout fish. The Maharana Pratap Sagar (the reservoir of the Pong dam) has goos spots right up to the town of Dehra. The area around Nadaun along the river Beas has some good beats, and some are Chamba Pattan near Garli (accessible from Nadaun or Jwalamukhi), Amtar (2kms from Nadaun), Harsi Pattan (30 kms from Tira Sujanpur) and Lambagraon (15 kms from Tira Sujanpur)
On the river Giri, gaura (30 kms from Solan on the Rajgarh road) and the beat near Dadahu (5kms from Renuka lake) as well as the river Yamuna, downstream of Paonta Sahib are considered good spots for mahaseer.The waters of the Gobind Sagar near the town of Bilaspur and the Maharana Pratap Sagar in Kangra also have a variety of fish
Best time for fishing
The season for trout fishing is from 1st march to 31 st october. For Mahaseer and other fish the best months are generally January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December.
Spring (May/June)- You would get lots of snow but roads are at worst, lots and lots of tourists and obviously a costly trip with escalated price.
Monsoon (July/Aug) - Ladakh/Lahaul/Spiti is historically there is no rain but traffic is high.
Autumn (Sep/Oct) - Roads are at the best but almost no snow enroute. Weatherwise I like this season personally the most, the weather after monsoon recedes remain crystal clear with least haze/dust/mist and gives excellent visibility for watching peaks.
Winter (Nov-April) - At your own risk without any tourists, excellent bargain and budget trip is likely. Also for special interest tours like say Chaddar trek of Zanskar, this is the time to go.