Itati Lodge is our exclusive location to fish for Dorado, the world’s premier freshwater sport fish. The lodge is located on the upper section of the Parana River, approximately 90 miles downstream from the Yacyreta Dam. As a tail water, this stretch of river is known for its clear and stable water flow. Having these predictable fishing conditions is vitally important for the internationally traveling anglers.
If you are looking to catch the Dorado of a lifetime a trip to Upper Parana is a must. This section of the Upper Parana is home to the largest Dorado in South America. Every season we land a handful of fish above 40 pounds.
The mythic Dorado is clearly the primary fish to be targeted. Dorado ranging in size from 4 to 12 pounds are quite common and caught in good numbers. Each season several trophy fish above 40 pounds are landed.
On the upper Parana you’ll fish along the numerous river branches and channels casting towards cut banks, fallen trees and rock outcroppings. All of this structure is ideal habitat for a natural predator like the dorado.
Pirapita, Boga and Pacu
Pirapita, known locally as the “salmon of the river” ranges in size from 2 to 12 pounds. Once hooked, this extremely hard fighting fish is known for its acrobatic displays and multiple jumps. Being an omnivorous species, they are fished using large attractor flies that imitate insects, fruit, mice and even flowers. We target them on lighter equipment, 6 and 7 weight rods. Fishing for pirapita provides the perfect mid day break from fishing large flies to dorado.
Pacu, is often referred to as the “permit of the river”. Like Pirapita they are also omnivorous and often found feeding on or near the surface on fruits and insects. This can create great sight fishing possibilities. Pacu are not known for their jumping ability but pound for pound are extremely hard fighting.