With a water catchment area of 38,000 hectares, Tasik Kenyir is naturally a haven for freshwater fish. During the wet season, when rain falls almost every day, fish can be caught using your bare hands!. A recent study revealed that there are some 300 species of freshwater fish dwelling in this lake.
The presence of protruding dead trees around the lake serves as a perfect breeding ground for these fish as algae growing on dead trees and branches serve as the main form of sustenance for the fishes. Most of these fish thrive in the rivers flowing ito Kenyir, especially near estuaries where nutrients are found in abundance. From studies and observations conducted by the Department of Fisheries, species such as the big Lampam Sungai, Lalang, Parang, Kawan, Terbul and Sebarau are found in waters in and around the dead trees. This indicates that these fish have successfully colonized these areas and proved that dead trees have become an important part of the lake.
Large scale fish breeding in cages at Tasik Kenyir has shown tremendous success. Research conducted by the Fisheries Department estimate that 60 to 100 tonnes of fish can be harvested annually from the lake.
Tasik Kenyir is known as an angler's heaven where fishing is concerned. With the many rivers and tributaries serving as breeding grounds, hundreds of species of fish like Kelisa, Kelah, Toman, Baung, Sebarau and Lampam, to name just a few, are found in abundance. Good fishing spots are at Cacing, Leban, Petuang, Saok, Sg.Terenggan and many others.
Anglers are advised to arrange for special fishing trips through chalet or private boat operators for the best fishing location and please remember that a fishing permit is required from Wildlife Department for fishing in the National Park.
|Kelah / Malaysian Mahseer
||Lampan Sungai / Barboides
|Toman / Snakehead
||Kawan / Friendly barb
|Kalui / Gaint Gouramy
||Kelisa / Green Arowana
Herbas Park at Lake Kenyir
Kenyir Lake Waterfalls