Mid week fishing report, 16-18 January 2021 (2 ½ days)
The Omero lakes continue to be the only fishable waters in the Amazon
(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 only 85 peacocks over the weekend, of which 9 were over 12 pounds and one 19 pounder. Fishing numbers fell as water rose.
We did stipulate upfront in our last fishing report that “on the Omero water levels could go up a bit more due to last week’s rainfall, but it should stabilize and then fall over the next 4 to 6 days”.
The good news is that yesterday effectively the water levels did STOP RISING, and as of Thursday fishing will be picking up to the excellent number of 2 weeks ago (see water level report below).
Nevertheless, the departing Webb party, for the full last week managed to catch 440 fish with only 4 anglers, with many big fish including Aruana, Arapaima, Sardinata, Tambaqui and Apapa.
Water level report
Dry Season-Zone N. East: As forecasted, fishing last week dwindled due to rising water levels on the Omero lakes. Water levels are above the jungle line and barely fishable. Since today water levels have stopped rising. Last week’s very low 10-day accumulated rain forecasts actually were very accurate, and as such, water levels will drop rapidly on the Omero as of Thursday.
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 current water levels are at their highest point and will drop rapidly and by Thursday it will be very fishable, and by next week it should be very good going into excellent.
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 the 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.
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.