Living in Bangalore offers quite a few opportunities for people who love angling. Yes, we are talking about the opportunities for a fishing camp near Bangalore, for people who are so inclined. There are actually 168 lakes within the city, like the Lal Bagh lake, Madiwala lake and Kengeri lake to name a few, where fishing happens.
But, most people fear the possibility of pollutants and toxic elements contaminating the city’s lakes. Let’s not waste time debating the issue and talk instead about places near Bangalore, where we find fresh waters teeming with shoals of fish.
Fishing Camp near Bangalore (within 100 kilometres)
1. Vengaihnakere Lake
Located in the K R Puram area of the Bangalore city, the Vengaihnakere Lake spreads over 40 acres and is one the popular boating destinations in the city. Also known as the Fantasy Lagoon, the lake is a beautiful place where one can relax and enjoy the soothing waters and sprawling area of landscaped gardens around it.
The lake offers many fishing zones, and one can plan to go here with family too as children have facilities for fun and frolic, playing in the gardens or enjoying rides on the pedal boats, speed boats and scooter boats here.
- Distance from Bangalore: 13 kilometres
2. Jakkur Lake
The Jakkur Lake is a fine example of community participation to resolve local problems, which is the only way to describe how this freshwater lake was restored to its former glory and cleanliness. The Indian Institute Science is also involved and lending its knowledge to keep the lake clean and free of pollutants.
This lake contains algae which absorb harmful elements and is now a part of an integrated wetland system which is sustainable and offers a fishing camp in Bangalore for enthusiasts as also the community of fishermen who traditionally depended on it for their livelihood.
- Distance from Bangalore: 20 kilometres
3. Vemagal Lake
The fishing here comes with a license which can be obtained after reaching the lake, from a local contractor. 57 kilometres to Bangalore on the way to Kolar, this lake offers a wonderful opportunity for committed anglers to catch carp (Rohu) and catfish in a day and take pride in their achievements.
You are expected to put the fish back in the waters after enjoying the usual photo opportunity while holding it. It is possible for you to actually carry away one fish of any size with you when you leave – so, go ahead and catch that big one!
- Distance from Bangalore: 57 kilometres
Fishing Camp near Bangalore (within 200 kilometres)
4. Galibore Fishing and Nature Camp
If you have a license, nothing can hold you back from fulfilling your heart’s desire, at this beautiful camp which life offers bountiful opportunities for catching many varieties of fish including Mahseer.
Situated on the banks of the river Cauvery, this fishing camp is set deep in the wilderness, in the middle of a dense jungle, this camp will offer an amazing opportunity for connecting with nature and enjoying the sheer abundance of the around us, be it the fish, birds or trees that adorn the banks of the river and enchant a viewer with their unique beauty and charm.
- Distance from Bangalore: 102 kilometres
5. Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp
Also situated on the banks of the river Cauvery, the Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp is a greatly favoured fishing camp near Bangalore for angling enthusiasts in the city. Catch the giant Mahseer fish here but don’t miss out on enjoying the immense beauty of the nature surrounding the camp with its wildlife which extends from squirrels to spotted deer, elephants and leopards, a wide variety of birds and even reptiles.
The camp expects you to catch and release, so be prepared to take that immortal shot with the mighty Mahseer you are going to catch!
- Distance from Bangalore: 105 kilometres
6. Ayyanakere Lake
Located in the quiet interiors of Chikilometresagalur district, you will find the Ayyanakere Lake with is the second largest man-made lake in Karnataka. Its location is in the middle of plantations and greenery-clad mountains which add to the charm of its location, away from the beaten track and bustle of crowds.
Enjoy the untouched tranquility of its location and the hospitality of the fishing camp at the lake. Settle down on a rock next to the lake and gaze at the panoramic views and the rising and setting of the sun over the distant, verdant hills. Return, fully charged.
- Distance from Bangalore: 112 kilometres
Set upstream to the Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, you have the Doddamakali nature camp set in the midst of forests on the banks of the river Cauvery. Accommodation here will be in a jungle lodge, rustic and without electricity.
You will enjoy fishing for the mighty mahseer in the Cauvery river here too. This place offers an additional perk as a paradise for ornithologists or bird watchers. Enjoy your visit here armed with a good camera, as you will get to shoot that big catch as well as the many birds which enthrall the visitors trekking through the forests around the camp.
- Distance from Bangalore: 113 kilometres
Fishing Camp near Bangalore (over 200 kilometres)
8. Nisargadhama, Coorg District
This 64-acre island in the middle of the Cauvery river is accessible by a hanging bridge and its beauty is to be seen to be believed.
Enjoy the thick foliage of the sandalwood and teak trees along with the slender grace of the bamboo groves, when staying in the cottages on stilts here and plan your fishing expedition well as time will fly between activities spread across the other attractions of this place, like the children’s park, deer park and orchidarium. You are allowed to wade into the river at some safe points along the Cauvery, which surrounds this island.
- Distance from Bangalore: 227 kilometres
9. Harangi Dam, Coorg District
Popular as a picnic spot, the Harangi dam has a vast reservoir behind it where you may fish, after obtaining a license. The reservoir has many fresh water fish, and the water is 2859 ft. deep. Enjoy the panoramic view of the backwaters which extend beyond your visual range and listen to the roar of the water as it leaves the reservoir, to reach the farms of the Coorg and Mysore districts.
Vehicles are not allowed beyond the entrance parking area and you will also need to carry all the food and water you need, as this is an isolated location.
- Distance from Bangalore: 236 kilometres
10. Dubare Elephant Camp – Lake & Backwater, Coorg
Dubare Elephant camp is also a jungle lodge, where a visitor gets to intimately watch the 150 or more elephants under the care of the trained naturalists of Karnataka’s forest department and even participate in some of the activities in a guided manner.
The camp also offers the opportunity for fishing in the tranquil waters surrounding it and this will be a greatly enriching experience for anglers who are also animal lovers and are particularly fond of the majestically beautiful animals, elephants and interested in their survival and conservation.
- Distance from Bangalore: 239 kilometres
11. Hirekolale Lake
A camp deep in the Western Ghats where you can enjoy the abundance of nature in the form of animals, birds, plants and fish is the Hirekolale Lake in the Chikilometresagalur district. Enjoy the outstanding beauty of nature and catch the fish from the waters here, knowing that they are bred in utterly unpolluted waters, which has become a great rarity in our times.
Once again, make sure that you have a camera to immortalize your great catch and the wonderful moments you will spend right in the lap of nature.
- Distance from Bangalore: 254 kilometres\
12. Bhadra Dam
The Bhadra river is one of the tributaries of the great Tungabhadra river and is home to many species of fish and also houses a lot of birds which are attracted to its abundant supply of fish and thrive in the dense jungles surrounding it. The waters of the Bhadra river offer many water sports to its visitors.
The river, as well as the reservoir, are home to monitor lizards and marsh crocodiles. The aquatic life here is diverse and offers not only a variety of fish and crocodiles but also otters, freshwater turtles, jellyfish and other reptiles and amphibians.
- Distance from Bangalore: 283 kilometres
High on the list of universally comforting activities lies fishing. There are things we do for the challenge and the sense of achievement they offer. Only someone who has experienced the rush of adrenalin and the thrill of the catch will understand the attraction of fishing, even if they go ahead and release the fish back into the waters.
An activity that combines the sophistication of our times with our primordial natures, fishing is a perfect way to relax. Which is why, finding a perfect location to indulge in it is equally important.