TOUR DESCRIPTION World-class fishing on the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake just 45 minutes outside Panama City! Fish for Peacock Bass, snook, and tarpon while being surrounded by abundant wildlife, birds, flora, and fauna that inhabit the innumerous islands in the Panama Canal. Peacock Bass, an introduced species in Gatun Lake is a world-renowned, sought after, game fish. The younger 2 to 3 pounder Peacock bass are abundant in these waters and swim in schools along with certain selected areas in the lake.
US$640 + 7% tax per boat (for a total of 2 persons)
Additional angler US$90 + 7% tax (max. 4 anglers per boat)
Children under 8 years for free
INCLUDED Bilingual fishing guide, soft drinks, beers and water, snacks and picnic lunch, fishing equipment, boat charter, transportation from/to your hotel in Panama City (please note that a $35 per person roundtrip surcharge based on 2+ persons must be added to day tours beginning and/or ending at Playa Bonita or hotels near Tocumen Airport)
DISCLAIMER Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.
Early this morning you will be picked up at your hotel in Panama City. Enjoy a scenic 45 minute drive through the old Panama Canal Zone, driven by two sets of the Panama Canal Locks (Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks) and then through the lush, pristine rainforest to Gamboa at the junction of the Chagres River and the Panama Canal. At the marina you will board a charter fishing boat that comes fully equipped with shade canopy, electric trolling motor, 2 front swivel chairs, live bait box, full tackle, rods and reels. Shortly after departing the marina on the Chagres River, you will speed out onto the Panama Canal, racing past big giant Panamax ships as they make their way through the canal and then turn into the jungle water pathways that wind around numerous rainforest-covered islands, offering many dark shaded inlets and coves to explore.
You will have the opportunity to catch Peacock Bass and to troll for snook and tarpon. Peacock Bass, an introduced species in Gatun Lake is a world-renowned, sought after, game fish. The younger 2 to 3 pounder Peacock bass are abundant in these waters and swim in schools along with certain selected areas in the lake.
Gatun Lake was formed to give way to the Panama Canal in 1914. With a surface of 423 square-kilometers, at the time of its creation was the largest man-made lake in the world. The flow of all the rivers within the Panama Canal Watershed is contained in Gatun Lake to provide water for the operation of the lock system. More than 52 million gallons of fresh water are used for every ship that transits through the Panama Canal from one ocean to another.
If you are not an experienced angler, you do not have to miss out on this great opportunity. We welcome beginners and families with children that want a fishing adventure on the Panama Canal. Children will enjoy the ease of catching the smaller 2 to 3 pounders. You can count on the gentle instruction and natural friendliness of our guides. En-route to the best fishing spots, the boat allows for close approximations to rainforest-covered islands (former hill tops) in Gatun Lake to search for White-faced Capuchin, Mantled Howler Monkey, Central American spider monkey, and Geoffrey’s Tamarin.
- Pick up time: 6:30 a.m. at your hotel in Panama City
- Duration: approx. 5-6 hours (return to Panama City around 1:00 p.m.)
WHAT TO BRING
- Binoculars (available for rent at Ancon Expeditions of Panama)
- Refill water bottle
- Cap or hat
- Sunscreen lotion
- Light clothing
- Light raincoat
- Tennis shoes or sandals