Trip Report Golden Dorado in Bolivia

Chromer J

Active Member
Awesome trip. Thanks for sharing.
Did your group experience any fish mortality from exhaustion? If so, what % would you estimate, and what was the range of river water temperatures? I know mortality of released fish is a bummer to think about, but I'm curious if the tropical temperatures result in elevated mortality for released Dorado (relative to say trout fishing mortality in 50 degree water) or if they have evolved to withstand the lower oxygen content in the warmer waters well enough to have high survival rates following the exertion associated with landing them. If they're as hardy in warm water as say catfish or carp, I'd say they'd have pretty low mortality rates.
 

pbunbury

Tights Lines
Awesome trip. Thanks for sharing.
Did your group experience any fish mortality from exhaustion? If so, what % would you estimate, and what was the range of river water temperatures? I know mortality of released fish is a bummer to think about, but I'm curious if the tropical temperatures result in elevated mortality for released Dorado (relative to say trout fishing mortality in 50 degree water) or if they have evolved to withstand the lower oxygen content in the warmer waters well enough to have high survival rates following the exertion associated with landing them. If they're as hardy in warm water as say catfish or carp, I'd say they'd have pretty low mortality rates.
I would say there was very little if any fish mortality. All of the fish I saw released were very energetic and robust at time of release. I would be guessing on water temps, no measurements were taken. Also, per my original post, we were in the foothills of the Andes so not in the rainforest. It cooled down quite a bit in the evenings and river temperatures were relatively cool. The season is during their winter and spring months mid June-early October.
 
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AlagnakSH

New Member
I'm curious as to why you want steelhead fishing in the states to be similar to golden dorado fishing. Stripping streamers for them? Or just the way they fight?
 

pbunbury

Tights Lines
I'm curious as to why you want steelhead fishing in the states to be similar to golden dorado fishing. Stripping streamers for them? Or just the way they fight?
Yeah I just wish Steelhead were more aggressive. Sight casting in some instances and watching a big steelhead turn on your fly and smash it would be amazing (some places in Alaska it’s doable, but it just isn’t the same) These Dorado are next level uber aggressive fish. I can try all day long to articulate it but until you see and experience for yourself you just won’t understand. Some of it probably lies in the fact that Salmon and Steelhead are entering rivers to spawn and aren’t actively feeding. But at the end of the day they are different fish, I live in the heart of Steelhead country and personally wish Steelheading was more similar to chasing Dorado.
 

Mems

Active Member
Nice work looks like a wild adventure. Don't know how it would fish during high water. Mems.
 

Solitude

Active Member
Been looking to do something different like that, but wasn't sure about bugs and overall conditions....... Good to see your report.

Looking to fish some new stuff!
 
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