The Golden Dorado, also known as the ‘River Tiger’ or ‘Jaw Characin’, is a large predatory fish found in central and east-central South America. It’s native to the warm freshwater habitats in southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia and northern Argentina. With a large head and powerful jaws filled with razor-sharp teeth, they’re often referred to as the steel-jawed hunters.
A true apex predator in their freshwater habitat, the Golden Dorados diet consists of a wide variety of fish, but they’ve also been known to feed on small vertebrates, such as rodents, lizards, and birds. The size of Dorado typically ranges from 5lb to 10lb pound; however, they grow much larger in some fisheries and fish to over 20lb aren’t uncommon. The current IGFA world record Golden Dorado currently stands at 55lb 11oz caught in 2006 in the Uruguay River in Argentina.
The Golden Dorado is highly sought-after by anglers, appreciated for their fighting ability. Their sharp teeth and powerful jaws will bend hooks and cut wire, and their highly aggressive nature, attracts anglers from all corners of the world, traversing to South American waters with the hope of hooking one. Since the early 2000s onwards, the Dorado has been recognized as a fly-fishing species, with their initiative in taking flies, paired with excellent fight energy, frequently going airborne to loosen itself from the hook, make this species a true gamefish.
Below are the top destinations in the world for Golden Dorado Fishing.
Tsimane Pluma Lodge, overlooking the Pluma River, is considered the most deluxe and diverse of the Tsimane lodges. Strategically located in the middle of the Pluma River below the confluence of two world-class systems, the upper Pluma and the Itirizama, makes this one of the best destinations to fly fish for Golden Dorado.
The famous Pintis Lodge that is right on the banks of the Rio Parana River, offers you the perfect opportunity to present flies to hungry Golden Dorado. A great benefit of this lodge it sits right on the best water of the river. Just make sure you ready for this action-packed holiday?
Tsimane Agua Negra Camp is designed for just 4 anglers who will fish two main river systems, the Secure and the Agua Negra. Each season hundreds of thousands of baitfish migrate up the greater Secure system, and with them come thousands of large, aggressively feeding Dorado, all of which love taking anglers flies.
If you have ever wanted to experience fly fishing for Golden Dorado in stunning surroundings, then Pira Lodge is the perfect destination. Explore this huge expanse of creeks, lagoons and rivers from our Hells Bay flats boats, searching for Golden Dorado in the crystal clear water that is eagerly awaiting your fly.
Secure Lodge is the perfect destination for fly anglers looking for the jungle experience, with access to lots of water, giving all anglers many opportunities for fly fishing with heavy and light fly rods. The rivers contain an abundant number of Golden Dorado and provides an experience you'll remember forever.
If you have ever wished to go and experience some of the best Golden Dorado fishing on this planet? These hosted trips are for just 6 people each week, so perfect for single anglers. This is one of the most pristine environments in the world. Combine the stunning wildlife and amazing fishing. This will be a holiday you talk about for a very long time.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 92%
"The journey was long, the lodge was remote and slightly basic, BUT the fishing was INSANE! The Golden Dorado are super aggressive and fight dirty and were certainly different from the Trout I catch on my local streams! The guides and camp staff were incredibly knowledgeable and done everything in their power to ensure I had the best time. On to the next adventure now..."
"I fished at Pluma Lodge last year and enjoyed it so much that I re-booked for this year and once again I wasn't let down, it was fantastic. Last year the fishing was a little slow because of the weather, but this time around it was fantastic. My previous Golden Dorado PB was just over 10lb, but I smashed it this year with a cracking fish a few ounces over 18lb. My guide (apologies I can't remember his name) was absolutely first class and an expert in his field! Thanks to everyone involved in making my trip so memorable."
"Hi just to say we love your site, we are from the USA and last year we had the pleasure in fishing and staying at Tsimane's Agua Negra Camp. The fishing on both rivers was first class, fishing the Secure which tends to be more coloured was good fun for lots of action and sheer numbers of fish, we landed 83 for our week. Personally I enjoyed fishing the smaller Agua Negra River, as there was more sight fishing to be done. Keep ups the good work Mark"