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The best possible conditions usually occur in the dry seasons, since the water is low and stable. This is
when there is less rain, and when most fish are in places where you can catch them. In a river or in a lake, it is important to have stable water levels.
These conditions occur at different times throughout South America.
For example, in the southernmost regions of Brazil's Amazonas, this dry season is in the months of May
through October, generally. In the central part of Brazil's Amazon region, the dry fishing season is around the months of September through mid
-December. In Northern Brazil and southern Venezuela, this season
occurs from mid-November to mid-April, generally. Fishing seasons in man-made reservoirs located in these
regions may vary because of power-pool drawdowns, but the wet season, dry season pattern will be roughly the same.
At the end of the wet season, it normally takes a few months of dry weather for the water levels to fall to
productive heights. As the water levels drop, first in the headwaters and then downstream, peacock bass forage are forced out of the jungles and into
the lagoons and rivers. The peacock follow and are then accessible to the sportfisherman. The dry season typically means waters within their
banks and peacock bass in habitat that can be fished.
An angler typically has 3 or 4 months of fishable water levels but El Nino and/or other
factors can affect that. Even in the dry season, an occasional shower in the "rain" forest may soak you while on the water. Remember it rains in the rainforest.
Daily downpours may occur up to half the year. Late rains during the beginning of the dry season
or "off-year" rains in the middle of the dry season can cause problems. Peacocks may scatter into the flooded jungle timber and again become difficult to catch.
In a "normal" dry season, larger peacocks may take up residence in deeper water away from the shallow
shoreline. They often will move into the thin water to feed.
Mid-size to smaller peacocks will generally cavort around the shallows and submerged structures near deep water in the dry season.