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Where to find Peacock Bass in Colombia?

As featured in our article «Where to catch Giant Peacock Bass in Colombia?» (which you can read by clicking here), the Orinoquia region offers us a couple of interesting options to fish peacock bass species. Today we will show you the Tomo River and the Gavilan River.

The beautiful region of Orinoquia takes its name from the Orinoco River, which extends through 5 departments in Colombia and much of the territory of Venezuela.

Two main rivers in which we can legally carry out our sport fishing expeditions are the Tomo River and the Gavilan River, both of which are very close to El Tuparro National Park, the current natural reserve for exotic animals such as the Pink Dolphin and the Jaguar.

Today we will talk more about the Tomo River and the Gavilan River, magical places that will accompany us throughout our expedition through Colombian lands.

Colombia, ideal place for sport fishing

Thanks to its geographical position, with access from two seas, Colombia has become a very interesting option for those who practice sport fishing in both rivers and oceans

Below you will find some places in Colombia with perfect conditions to practice sport fishing with huge amount of diversity


  • Pacific Coast: This place has one of the highest concentrations of marine diversity on the planet, in addition to having currents that come from Peru and Ecuador, bringing large numbers of birds, and big game fish such as Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Mahi, Snappers, Amberjack, Rooster fish, Tarpon to name a few, Afloat has a great operation named ANIGUA in Bahia Solano with a inshore and offshore fishing.
  • Vichada: In this region we operate AKUANI floating camp. This project develops the concept of sport fishing and eco tourism so clients and visitors can learn more about the rivers, jungles, savannas, estuaries and  ecosystems of the region as well as how to take care of them.
  • La Macarena: The Guayabero river, a place where the Guayaberos indigenous people once fished, creates a halo of mysticism in this magical territory. This place is ideal for fishing catfish, payaras and yellows, among others. 
  • Amazon: The Amazon is a place with wide biodiversity, which gives rise to an unforgettable fishing experience. However, in recent times the department of Vichada has become the center of attention for peacock bass fishing in Colombian.

However, what interests us now is finding the perfect place to find the Peacock Bass, and that place is the Orinoco River, more exactly the tributaries called Tomo River and Gavilan River.

The Tomo River and the Gavilan River

The Tomo river starts in the Meta department and runs from west to east in the Vichada department.

Once it enters the latter, and throughout its course, it serves as a boundary between the municipalities of Cumaribo, La Primavera and Puerto Carreño. 

After running in a west-east direction through the llanera region, it empties into the Orinoco River on the west bank. 

It is considered one of the best rivers in Vichada for trophy size peacock bass occasionally exceeding 20 pounds and getting up to 28 to 30 pounds.

This river doesn’t have any human development along its shores. This which helps with the preservation of fish and the abundant fauna that can be seen while fishing.

Tomo is a big river with lots of structures, white sand beaches, flats, smaller tributaries and an incredible number of lagoons.

You can find 3 species of peacock bass, payara, sardinata, yamu and several species of huge catfish.

These are lands that remain flooded 3/4 of the year, so the fishing pressure is not as aggressive as in other regions of south America.


It is a smaller river and is a tributary of the Tomo river.

The structure and the way of fishing the peacocks changes a lot in the Gavilan River. 

It doesn’t have many lagoons, but it does have many entrances of spouts with crystalline waters providing excellent sight-casting fishing spots. When it all comes together, nothing beats a sight-casting, heart pounding, adrenaline racing, blood rushing experience. You aim for your target and let the action begin.

Another great spot to find peacocks is in the “arizales”, it is vegetation formed around the river where the fish looks for refuge from predators like pink dolphins.

With these different spots mentioned,  fishing in Gavilan is very dynamic and entertaining.

In Gavilan the soil substrate changes because it has more rocks, as it is a smaller river and with a rock floor the water is much clearer. 

As we are in the cause of the river we have constant currents which makes the fights harder. 

After hooking the peacocks in the rocks they come out to the currents and help themselves with it to fight harder.

The colors of the peacocks are also more vivid because of the clearer waters.

Part of the area in Gavilan where we fish is a reforestation zone that is protected and makes the flora and fauna very abundant. 

It is a beautiful place where you can see capybaras, caimans, giant otters, tapirs and large numbers of birds.

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