Always a great pleasure to go fishing for Rainbowbass around the islands of beautiful Solentiname Archipelago Located in Nicaragua Lake 12 miles away from San Carlos.
It can be for a morning fishing from our lodge ( 15 mn with our fast boat to reach the first island...) or we may decide to sleep there at Hospedage of Ernesto Cardenal , Hotel Mancaron , Hotel Paraiso or Celantiname...
In Solentiname we catch Rainbow bass, every day of the year there is no Specific season... Same for Mojara, Machaca, and some Snook
We use light tackles, spinning, Bait Casting or Fly fishing. We cast to shore in swallow water and slowly retrieve to boat... We also fish with Popper.. it has to be very early morning but really this is worst to get up, the emotion is incredible... ( I personaly really more and more enjoy Popper Fishing...)
Usual catch for Rainbow bass are between 4 to 8lb ... We had several Lagunero around 10 lb, ONE 12LB...( the world record was around 10lb then..., aparently this world record has been beaten and now is around 15lb )
We broke line ( 15lb and 20lb ) on very very big of these fish...I cannot give any estimate of weight of these fish as we did not see them.. THEY WERE NOT IN THE ROCKS..... no doubt these where very big Lagunero...
We fish on light Tackles: Spinning, Bait casting or fly fishing. Another very eficient technic we use on request of Guests is trolling ... This is the way to get bigger fish... ( Not my favorite way but ok if you target I.G.F.A. World Record...)
We have a lot of new spots to try in the imensity of Nicaragua Lake... I have been told of places in Wild life reserve of Los Guatousso... These places are at Maximum one Hour in our fast boats from my new Guest House precisely located in Los Guatousso... ( Where San Juan River Start )
In Nicaragua Lake, apart from Solentiname It is also possible to fish Trolling most efective way is to fish Deep.. Locating Rocks with a Fish finder..) obviously this is specifically true when sun is high on hot Summer day..( From January till May/June )
Other places where to fish for Rainbow bass:
A few Rainbow bass can eventually be caught in Rio frio and Cano Negro.. Also down San Juan River in the ponds close from Grey Town San Juan del Norte
In the past I also fished in Arenal Lake in Costa Rica but honestly nowadays fishing for Rainbow bass in these place ( Cano Negro, Rio Frio or Lake Arenal ) is not what it used to be ( Sorry pictures on the wall of , blue Marlin bar in San Jose hotel del Rey BELONGS TO HISTORY....)
Nowadays it is very very difficult to catch a Rainbow bass in Lake Arenal..
Fortunately for the " Lagunero aficionados" Rainbow Bass are really still abundant in Solentiname