Stay focused. Be patient. Go for a big catch. Angling or fishing is a thrilling activity in Malaysia. The variety of freshwater and marine environments in Malaysia offers fantastic angling opportunities. Whether it is for serious game fishing or fun, Malaysia boasts a plethora of angling destinations.

Malaysia’s wide range of rivers and natural and artificial lakes are home for over 300 species of freshwater fish, and among them, around 40 species can be caught on rod and line. Some prime freshwater sport fishes include the Giant Snakehead, Malaysian Jungle Perch, the Giant Featherback, freshwater Catfish and Malaysian Mahseer. Freshwater fishing can be relatively easy with many pay ponds located near to many towns in the West Coast. In addition, some resorts provide a wide range of accommodation, and variety of activities including fishing. For more serious anglers, jungle excursions combined with jungle trekking and camping can also be arranged through angling operators throughout the country. On top of rivers and lakes, angling on deep waters can be found on the Spratlys, off the coast of Sabah is Malaysia’s premier saltwater game fishing destination. The islands offshore from Rompin, Johor, are playgrounds of the Pacific Sailfish. Other deepwater fishes are Black Marlins, Blue Marlins, Striped Marlins and Tuna (Yellowfin, Bigeye and Dogtooth).

Recommended Places to Visit:

  • Kenyir Lake
  • Temenggor Lake
  • Chenderoh Lake
  • Chini Lake
  • Bera Lake
  • Aur Island
  • Pemanggil Island
  • Tioman Island
  • Labuan
  • Mabul Island