Fishing Reports

Mid week fishing report, 9-11 January 2021 (2 ½ days)

The private Omero lakes are currently the only fishable waters in the Amazon

Weekend's tally
(note: this 2 ½ day report is to rush last weekend's conditions to our incoming anglers)
Curicuri (part of the Omero system) in Dry Season-Zone N. East: The party of only 4 anglers landed 166 peacocks over the weekend, including 15 fish over 12 pounds and one 18 pounder. Fishing is very good despite high waters, caused by heavy rains in the last 5 days.

The last departing group of 7 anglers landed over 600 peacocks over the full week, despite heavy rains, with 30 fish over 12 pounds and 2 fish over 18 pounds including Aruana, Arapaima, Sardinata, Tambaqui and Apapa. One Arapaima weighed over 40 pounds.


Water Level Report
Dry Season-Zone N. East: Fishing has dwindled 30-40% since startup due to rising water levels on the Omero lakes. Water levels are above the jungle line but very fishable. Since last Friday water levels have stopped rising, and the 10-day accumulated rain forecasts indicate only 0.23-0.71 inches of rain at the headwaters of the Rio Branco which forms the Omero lakes (see below the forecast for the nearby towns of Caracarai and Boa Vista). However, rain forecasts are higher for other towns in Dry Season-Zone N. East (1.57 inches in Rorainopolis and 2.38 inches in Barcelos), which has a negative impact on our private fisheries on the Itapara, Kabori and upper Jufaris.
As a favorable aspect, note that the 3-month rain forecast (see "Previsao Climatica" below) shows that our favored area has less expected rainfall than all 4 Dry Season-Zones.
In conclusion, our guess work would indicate that on the Omero water levels could go up a bit more due to last week's rainfall, but it should stabilize and then drop over the next 4 to 6 days.
Dry Season-Zone N. West: Water levels are too high, which is not normal for this time of the year. Therefore, we have moved most of our stand-by operations out of this zone on the lower Xeurini into the Kabori and the above mentioned Omero lakes system.
Dry Season-Zone S.East: Water levels in this area 150 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.
Dry Season-Zone S.West: Water levels in this area 400 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.


Total expected rainfall for the upcoming 10-day period:


  • Caracarai: 0.71 inches
  • Rorainopolis: 1.57 inches
  • Boa Vista: 0.23 inches
  • Barcelos: 2.38 inches
  • Manaus: 3.95 inches

For more details, see below charts:




The "Previsao Climatica" (Weather Forecast) map below depicts the expected rainfall for the first three months of 2021. Note that our fishing area, Dry Season-Zone N. East coincides with the low rainfall area colored in white. Meanwhile, the Barcelos area where most anglers fish (in public waters) is in the high rainfall area colored in blue.  

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Mid Week Fishing Report, Jan 3-4, 2021 (1 ½ days)

Over 210 fish landed in the first 1 1/2 days by our first 7 anglers for 2021, including 2 Arapaima over 40 lbs

 

Weekend's Tally
(note: this 1 1/2 day report is to rush last weekend's conditions to our incoming anglers)
Curicuri (part of the Omero system) in Dry Season-Zone N. East: The Randy Long group of 7 anglers landed 210 peacocks during a half-day on Sunday and all of Monday, including 4 over 16 pounds and 2 large Arapaimas.
The last departing group before Christmas landed over 1000 fish in this fishery, with three 19 pounders including Aruana, Arapaima, Sardinata, Tambaqui and Apapa; and 2 Arapaimas over 40 lbs.

Water Level Report
Dry Season-Zone N. East: Fishing has been very good for the last 16 consecutive weeks, and forecasts indicate that the Omero, upper Itapara and Kabori water levels should be falling into reasonable levels, which is expected at the end of December.

We have moved our standby operations into these areas. See how these water level dynamics coincide with the large blue and white map labelled "Previsao Climatica".
Dry Season-Zone N. West: Water levels on the northern tributaries of the Negro River have not begun to drop, which is not normal for this time of the year. Therefore, we have moved most of our stand-by operations out of this zone on the lower Xeriuini into the Kabori, also in Dry Season-Zone N. East.
Dry Season-Zone S. East: Water levels in this area 150 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.
Dry Season-Zone S. West: Water levels in this area 450 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.


The "Previsao Climatica" (Weather Forecast) map below depicts the expected rainfall for the first three months of 2021. Note that our fishing area, Dry Season-Zone N. East coincides with the low rainfall area colored in white. Meanwhile, the Barcelos area where most anglers fish (in public waters) is in the high rainfall area colored in blue

  Total expected rainfall for the above locations:
  • Caracarai: 3.04 inches
  • Boa Vista: 1.58 inches
  • Barcelos: 2.81 inches
  • Manaus: 2.63 inches
  • Rorainopolis: 3 inches

Mid Week Fishing Report: December 12th-14th, 2020 (2 ½ days)

Over 1000 fish landed in the Omero Lakes by 6 non-avid anglers including 70 multispecies with two 19 lbs and one 21 lbs peacock!

 

 

 

WEEKEND'S TALLY
Note: This 2 ½ days report is to rush last weekend's conditions to our incoming anglers.
Curiucu River in Dry Season-Zone N. East: The Francisco group of 8 anglers landed 300 fish over the weekend, including a 17 pounder. Last week's group finished with 1070 caught fish, with two 19 pounders and a 21 pounder (not shown in pictures yet). Over 10% of the landed fish included Aruana, Arapaima, Sardinata, Tambaqui and Apapa. Two fishermen landed non-stop Aruana with dry flies. Water levels in this area have lowered over the last week and fishing went from very good to excellent.

Water Level Report
Dry Season-Zone N. East: Fishing has been very good for the last 8 consecutive weeks, and forecasts indicate that the upper Itapara, Kabori and upper Jufaris water levels should be falling into optimum levels, which is normal at the end of December. We will be moving our stand-by operations into this area. See how this water level dynamics coincide with the large green map below.
Dry Season-Zone N. West: Water levels on the Negro river northern tributaries have all began to drop, and as such we have moved two of our stand-by operations into this area for our incoming January anglers.
Dry Season-Zone S. East: Water levels in this area 150 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.
Dry Season-Zone S. West: Water levels in this area 450 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.


Below you can see the map of expected precipitation for the first three months of 2021. Note that our fishing areas coincide with the low rainfall area in light brown colors. However, the Barcelos area were most anglers fish in public waters is in the high rainfall area (in green).


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Mid Week Fishing Report: December 5th-7th, 2020 (2 ½ days)

ALMOST 10% OF PEACOCKS WERE OVER 10LBS ON THE OMERO LAKES

 

Weekend's Tally (only 2 ½ days) Note: This 2 ½ days report is to rush last weekend's conditions to our incoming anglers.   Jufaris River (Mid/High) in Dry Season-Zone N. East: The Palhares group of 8 anglers caught 165 fish. Water levels in this Season-Zone are high but should start to fall according to the 10-day rainfall forecast (see below). Last week’s party of 6 anglers landed 736 peacocks during the full 6 days of fishing.   Curiucu River in Dry Season-Zone N. East: The Mauricio group of 6 anglers landed 307 fish with as many as 20 peacocks over 10 lbs, including a 19 pounder. Water levels in this region are higher than ideal, but have lowered over the week. Last week’s party of 6 anglers landed 907 peacocks during the whole 6 day period, which is very good considering the high water levels.      

Water Level Report   Dry Season-Zone N. East: Fishing has been very good for the last 7 consecutive weeks, despite water level being a bit higher than expected for this time of the year.   Dry Season-Zone N. West: As predicted in our previous report water levels in the Negro river and its southern tributaries have continued to drop, and as such we have moved two of our stand-by operations into this area, with one operation already fishing the lower Jufaris this week. In the nearby town of Barcelos, the accumulated 10-day rainfall forecast (see below) is less than 2 inches, which is below average for this time of the year, indicating that water levels should continue to drop.   Dry Season-Zone S. East: Water levels in this area 150 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.   Dry Season-Zone S. West: Water levels in this area 450 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.    

 



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Mid Week Fishing Report: November 28th-29th, 2020 (1 ½ days)

GOOD FISHING DESPITE TROPICAL RAIN

 

Weekend's Tally:   Jufaris River (mid/high) in Dry Zone N. East: The Adilson group of 6 anglers landed 183 fish. We saw intense rains in this area, leading to increasing water levels.   Curiucu River in Dry Zone N. East: The Leite group of 6 anglers caught 247 fish, with the largest being 15 pounds. This area also saw high and increasing water levels.   Xeurini River in Dry Zone N. West: The Fonseca group of 6 anglers caught 93 fish. This region saw moderate rains, which also led to increasing water levels.  

Water Level Report   Dry Zone N. East: Higher Rainfall than predicted, leading to rising water level. However, fishing has been very good in this area for the last 5 consecutive weeks.   Dry Zone N. West: As predicted in our previous report water levels in the Negro river and its southern tributaries have continued to drop, and these tributaries are now very fishable. We have moved two of our stand-by operations into this area, with one operation already fishing the lower Jufaris. This private river has bigger fish. The rain forecast over the next seven days in the nearby town of Barcelos (see below) is below average for this time of the year, which means water levels should continue to drop.   Dry Zone S. East: Water levels in this area 150 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year. Our private rivers in this area during the Dry Zone period of August-October were closed due to Covid.   Dry Zone S. West: Water levels in this area 450 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year. Our private rivers in this area during the Dry Zone period of June-August were closed due to Covid.  




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Mid Week Fishing Report: November 21th-23th, 2020 (2 ½ days)

OVER 1000 FISH CAUGHT BY 20 ANGLERS

 

Weekend's Tally:   Omero Lakes in Dry Zone N. East: The Pedro Paulo group of 8 anglers caught 364 fish. Medium intensity rains in this area have led to high water levels, but we expect them to fall over the next few days.   Mid/Low Jufaris River in Dry Zone N. West: The Guilherme Zemi group of 3 anglers landed 157 fish, with the largest being 18 pounds. Water levels in this region were low, but with intense rain so we expect them to rise a bit in the next few days.   Curiucu River in Dry Zone N. East: The Marin group of 5 anglers landed 462 fish. Water levels in this area were ideal for fishing.   Xeurini River in Dry Zone N. West: The Zeca group of 4 anglers caught 115 fish.  

Water Level Report   Dry Zone N. East: Last week we saw higher rainfall than predicted, leading to rising water levels. However, fishing is still very good in this area.   Dry Zone N. West: Water levels in the Negro River basin have continued to drop, as predicted in our last two fishing reports, and the area is now very fishable. We might move two of our stand-by operations into this area.   Dry-Zone S. East: Water levels are high in this area 150 miles south of Manaus which is normal for this time of the year. Our private rivers in this Dry-Zone time period of August–October were closed down due to Covid.    Dry-Zone S. West: Water levels are high in this area 450 miles south of Manaus which is normal for this time of the year. Our private rivers in this Dry-Zone time period of June-August were closed down due to Covid.  




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Mid Week Fishing Report: November 14th-16th, 2020 (2 ½ days)

5th WEEK AFTER STARTUP

 

Weekend’s tally:   Omero lakes in Dry Zone N. East: The Jefferson group of 13 anglers arrived in November 14th, landing 742 fish including 48 larger than 8 pounds, despite high rain intensity on Saturday. We expect water levels to continue to rise a bit, then rapidly fall during the week. See the Water Level Report below.   Jufari river in Dry Zone N. East: The Bonemberger group of 8 anglers arrived in November 14th, landing 446 fish, with the largest being 12 pounds. Water levels in this area are ideal, despite rain.   Xeurini river in Dry Zone N. West: The Zeca group of 3 anglers arrived in November 14th, landing 115 fish of which the largest weighed 10 pounds. This area had mid intensity rain for about an hour each day during the weekend. Water levels are a bit high, but we expect them to drop.    

Water level report:      Dry-Zone N. East – The Branco River stopped rising over the weekend because of lower rains at its headwaters, and because the Negro basin also started to drop. We will continue fishing in this promising Zone.   Dry-Zone N. West – The lower Xeriuni River has good water levels since it is under the influence of the Branco River basin. We will continue fishing this Zone. All water levels on the Negro River basin tributaries are now rapidly dropping and should be fishable in about a week. Also, the rain forecast in the mid-Negro (Barcelos) is lower than the Branco (see 10-day weather forecasts below).   Dry-Zone S. East – Water levels are rising in this area 150 miles south of Manaus which is normal for this time of the year. Our private rivers in this Dry-Zone time period of August–October were closed down due to Covid.    Dry-Zone S. West – Water levels are high in this area 450 miles south of Manaus which is normal for this time of the year. Our private rivers in this Dry-Zone time period of June-August were closed down due to Covid.    

 



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Mid-Week Fishing Report: Nov 7-9, 2020(2 ½ days only)

4th WEEK AFTER START-UP 

597 Peacocks landed by 6 anglers in 20 hours 


 

Weekend´s tally (2 1/2 days):   Note: this only 2 1/2 – day report is to rush last weekend’s conditions to our incoming anglers.   Lakes (Omero), in Dry-Zone N. East -: The Knilans group of 6 arrived on Saturday Nov 7th, landed 597 peacocks and other species in ~20 hours of fishing over the weekend despite 2-3 of hours of rain both days (with strong sun in-between).Water levels continue to rise which actually improves fishing since, as mentioned in our report from last week, many of the back lagoons can only be reached at higher water levels.   Last week’s final count was 769 by the departing Kenshina group of only 4 anglers with one 18 pounder.   Lakes (Mau), in Dry-Zone N. East: The Robson group of 8 landed 486 peacocks over the week end despite rains. Water levels also continue to rise in this fishery.   Low-Xeriuni fishery in Dry-Zone N. West -: The group of 12 guests of which only half were anglers landed 342 peacock bass over the weekend. The previous Bucchi group finished the week with 1160 peacocks. Star lures were the top lures (perversas and joao pepinos).    

Water level report:     Dry-Zone N. East – The Branco River (runs 180-400 miles north of Manaus) continues to rise slowly over the weekend. However, as mentioned in our last report if it continues, the Lake (Omero and Mau) fisheries will improve since most of the back lagoons which account for 80% of the fishery become accessible at higher water levels. We will continue fishing in this promising Zone.    Dry-Zone N. West – The only lower water levels are in the lower Xeriuni River in our private water which is under the influence of the Branco River basin. We will continue fishing this Zone.   All other water levels on the Negro River basin tributaries are now slowly dropping but continue to be high enough for reasonable fishing, which is not normal for this time of the year. These anomalies are happening with greater frequency due to the everchanging rainfall conditions in the “El Nino” era.   Dry-Zone S. East – Water levels are rising in this area 150 miles south of Manaus which is normal for this time of the year. Our private rivers in this Dry-Zone time period were closed down due to Covid.   Dry-Zone S. West – Water levels are high in these area 450 miles south of Manaus which is normal for this time of the year. Our private rivers in this Dry-Zone time period of June-August were closed down due to Covid.

     

Below you can see the expected rainfall for November 2020 to January 2021. We expect higher than normal precipitation in the area of our fisheries (demarcated by the purple square) for the upcoming quarter.  


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River Plate Angler’s Covid Safety Program

Face Mask Compliance – All drivers of transfer vehicles, all float plane pilots and their passengers, all food service workers, all guides will be wearing masks. As regards guides, all of them will be tested for infection at the beginning of the season and no mingling with the community afterward will be permitted until the end of the season.

Social Distancing Compliance – All River Plate Staff will be trained in compliance with internationally accepted standards of social distancing

Covid-Compliant Hotel in Manaus – The hotel River Plate Anglers has chosen to accommodate arriving clients (Quality Hotel) meets all international standards as regards the prevention of Covid transmission. Front Desk personnel, waiters and others will be instructed to be especially attentive to River Plate clients’ safety concerns. On arrival, all clients’ luggage will be disinfected before it is delivered to hotel rooms. Clients will be required to step on chlorine wet mats, and their clothing will be sprayed with alcohol before entering their rooms. Waiters in the hotel restaurant will be face-mask complaint and trained in Social Distancing.

Covid-Compliant Float Plane Pilots and Staff – All client luggage will be disinfected before it is loaded on the plane. Passengers and flight staff will be required to step on chlorine wet mats, and their clothing will be sprayed with alcohol before flight begins. Pilots and passengers will be required to wear face masks at all times. Pilot will set ventilation settings in passenger cabin on maximum.

Daily Cleaning and Sanitation In Camp – In conformance with protocols established by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, all surfaces in cabins and in dining areas will be cleaned and sanitized before clients arrive and then daily, or more often as appropriate. Only approved staff members and clients will be allowed to enter clients’ cabins. Fresh towels and client laundry items will be delivered daily to clients’ rooms. All laundry items, including guest clothing, will be washed at 158° Fahrenheit. Hand sanitizer will be provided in all cabins, boats, and in the dining area. Guests may opt for daily or bi-weekly room sanitization.

Outside Dining – All camp meals will be served outside, buffet-style, by employees wearing masks and gloves. Clients will not be allowed to serve themselves. On rare occasions of foul weather, guests will be served in their cabins.

Fishing Tackle Disinfection – All camp-provided fishing tackle will be disinfected before fishing starts. Lines will be soaked in soapy water and left to dry in open sunlight for at least two hours. Exposure to open sunlight for as little as seven minutes has been proven to be lethal to viruses, including Covid-19.






Mid-Week Fishing Report: Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2020 (2 ½ DAYS)

3rd WEEK AFTER START-UP 

Good fishing

New discovery: Aruana’s favor Dry Flies

Week end´s tally (2 1/2 days):
Note: this only 2 1/2 – day report is to rush last weekend’s conditions to our incoming anglers.
Lakes (Omero), in Dry-Zone N. East -: The Chumbao group of 8 of fly fishermen arrived on Saturday October 31st landed 445 peacocks and other species over the week end despite many rainy hours in both days. Last week’s final count was 1.467 by the departing Gaetha group with three 18 pounders. They discovered that in this multi-species lagoon that the 2-10 lbs Aruanas will take large dry flies (grass hopers, etc.) over any other lure!    Mid-Xeriuni fishery in Dry-Zone N. West -: The Bucchi group of 12 anglers landed 342 peacock bass over the week end. Not all of the group were avid anglers and many relaxed at camp. The previous Xeriuini group for the week finished with 1370 peacocks. Star lures are top luers (perversas and joao pepinos). Lakes (Mau and Mata-Mata) in Dry-Zone N. East -: The Kenshina group of 4 anglers arrived on also had good fishing over the week end despite many rainy hours in both days. This was the first week for this Safari Cabin Train.

Water level report: 

Dry-Zone N. East – The Branco River is rising a bit due to ensuing rain over the week end. However, if it continues, the Lakes (Omero and Mau) fisheries will improve since most of the back lagoons which account for 80% of the fishery become accessible in higher water levels. We will continue fishing in this promising Zone.   Dry-Zone N. West – The only lower water levels is the lower Xeriuni River in our private water which is under the influence of the Branco River basin. We will continue fishing this Zone. All other water levels on the Negro River basin tributaries still remain high for reasonable fishing, which is not normal for this time of the year but, it is happening with greater frequency due to the everchanging rain fall conditions in the “El Nino” era. Dry-Zone S. East – Water levels are still good in this area 150 miles south of Manaus. Our private rivers in this Dry-Zone time period were closed down due to Covid. Dry-Zone S. West – Water levels are rising rapidly which is not normal for this time of the year Our private rivers in this Dry-Zone time period of June-August were closed down due to Covid.




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