Fishing in Uruguay is often compared to fishing in Argentina. It is true that the countries border each other and share many similarities, but for the angler looking for a little more remoteness and a challenge, Uruguay may be just for them. From the trout, catfish, exotic species and the special golden dorado, there is plenty to catch and plenty to do in this amazing south american country.
Golden dorado fishing in the Uruguay River is a good as it gets for the international angler. The Uruguay River does not have the murky water found in most of the areas where dorado fishing in Argentina takes place - so the fishing is better, and the Goldens are bigger. Our boats have access to La Zona dorado fishing - the area where all of the largest dorado in the Uruguay River are found, so you can rest assured that when you go dorado fishing in Uruguay with Los Gauchos Outfitters, that you will be fishing only the most productive area of the river. If you are not fishing in La Zona , you are not really fishing. The area described as "La Zona" is an approximately three square mile area located in front of - and right up to - the hydroelectric dam called the "Salto Grande". The water levels of the river are determined by the opening and closing of the floodgates of the dam.
When water levels are low, the conditions are best for fly fishing. The dorado fishing in Uruguay is the same as on the Argentine side in La Zona. The line of demarcation runs invisibly through the middle of the river and the waters are controlled by the Argentinean Prefectura Naval (coast guard). The "Prefectura" keeps recreational fishermen and poachers out of La Zona, and only authorizes boats that are registered within the concession to fish there. This maintains the quality of the fishing at the highest level. All golden dorado fishing in La Zona is catch and release. Normally, one will only catch big dorados in the Uruguay River if one is trolling - not so with La Zona dorado fishing. You will be able to catch record-size dorado while spin or fly casting when you fish with Los Gauchos.
The dam of the Salto Grande holds thousands of huge dorado in just a couple of square miles, instead of being spread out throughout the rest of the river. Your success in La Zona is virtually guaranteed - weather permitting. When it comes to Golden dorado fishing in Argentina or Uruguay, no other place can match the results achieved in La Zona. If you are interested in adding dorado fishing in Uruguay to your hunting itinerary, it can easily be combined with any type of hunting trip we offer in Uruguay. The doves and dorados and the Uruguay Ultimate Mixed Bag are the most popular combinations. The freshwater dorado fishing here is easy, consistent, and if for any reason the water conditions somehow make it impossible to fish, we have the Uruguay dove shooting to fall back on.
Overall, Uruguay should not be overlooked, especially for anglers wanting to catch the special golden dorado. Add in all of the other species available to catch, and it is no wonder why this country is gaining in popularity.