Information Central (c) Larry Larsen
Timing Critical Water Conditions
The exact nature of the Amazon tributary watershed determines the prime months and the length of prime fishing. In fact, some waterways have only a
couple of months of good fishing potential in the best of times and conditions. Generally speaking, the best period north of the Amazon River may be
between November and April, while in the south, it is often between July and January. Timing of your trip is critical to success.
The very best dry season waters in the Amazonia Region are those called "black water." If
the lagoons have relatively clear, tannin-stained water, which the adjoining rivers normally do not, the best peacock fishing will be in the lagoons. In
normal conditions, the larger peacock bass haunt the lakes and coves off the river channel during the dry season. In low water and minimal current
conditions, peacocks may even concentrate around huge rocks or in deep pools in the river.
In normal dry season conditions, large numbers of peacock bass will be off the river channel in the
adjoining lagoons. In low water and minimal current conditions, they may be concentrated around huge rocks or in deep pools right in the
river. Peacock bass normally prefer "black water"
rivers and "black water" lagoons. If the lagoons have relatively clear, black-stained water and the rivers do not,
usually the best peacock fishing will be in the lagoons.
I have caught good numbers of large peacocks in rivers and lagoons that did not have black water, but
normally black water areas are best. Large, speckled peacock bass may be holding close to the current, but will not usually be
right in it. Butterfly and Royal peacock species tend to be smaller and are often found near the current or around rock
piles. Larger peacocks can also be found holding very close to huge rock boulders in the slack water out of the current.
The peacock bass responds differently in the various "normal" calendar periods. Unusual high water or extremely low
water can occur during certain periods throughout the year as affected by drought and other atypical
weather influences. "Normal" periods are obviously based on nature's clock and can vary as much as 8 or 10
weeks from one year to the next. Spawning may occur anywhere from one month into and after through the dry season, but it has little affect on the overall fishing success.
Calendar periods also vary by tributary within a region, depending on its watershed and other factors. One or
more Amazon tributaries in Northeast Brazil, for example, may be enjoying their end of season low water period
and excellent fishing, while the majority of tributaries in that region are high with substantial runoff and lousy fishing.