Deep Sea Fishing Tours in Sri Lanka



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Estuary/Brackish water inland lake and rivers: Use of light tackle

When it comes to Inland fishing we offer you two locations which are the best in Sri Lanka. You can select either a morning session or an evening session and our expert fishing guides will advice you the best timing depending on the weather and the month.         

Fish usually spotted in these two ideal fishing grounds would be, Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Bull eyed Mackerel and on occasions where the salinity levels of inland lakes increase, smaller Travilly and Barracudas could also be hooked on.

Ideal time for fishing in Bolgoda & Madu Ganga.

Morning session – from 6.30am to 10.00am
Evening session – from 2.30pm to 06.00pm


Bolgoda Lake

The added advantage is that it is situated not more than 20km from the commercial capital Colombo. It is full of mangroves giving rise to a rich diversity in aquatic fauna and flora.

Being a traditional fishing ground for centuries there are so many popular varieties of fish like Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Bull eyed Mackerel, smaller Travilly and Barracudas.

Also fishermen around Bolgoda Lake still use a very primitive fishing technique called "Ja-Kotuwa" for fishing prawns. 'Ja kotuwa ' made with bamboo dividers erected in the middle of the lake, is a kind of trap, which will be illuminated with kerosene oil bottle lamps in the night.

We start our fishing tours from our own Medagama River Retreat and it allows your no fishing companions to relax in comfort till you come back with the day’s catch.


Madu Ganga

Surrounded by a thick jungle of mangroves, radiant waters and the bliss of Sri Lankan natural habitat lies one of the island's most prolific inland rivers - Madu Ganga. Located in the southern coast of Balapitiya, past Ahungalle, Madu Ganga is located 80 kilometres from Colombo and 55 kilometres from Galle.

Madu Ganga is regarded as Sri Lanka's second largest wetland consisting 915 hectares. It was origi­nally said that the wetland was flanked by 64 islands but only 25 remain today. Ma Duwa is the largest among them and shelters around 500 families while the smallest is the Sata Paha Doopatha (The Five-cent Island) which resembles a five-cent coin.

You will get in to the boat from Balapitiya and do a trawl to a small river retreat explore an un-spoilt  surrounding which boasts a healthy stock of Barramundi and other fresh water species.

Madu Ganga is the venue for Ceylon Sea Anglers Club annual Fishing competition which generally takes place in September / October.

Inland lakes and rivers  Locations & Rates
Location : Bolgoda River
No of Pax
1 Pax

Rate per person for 4 hrs in US$

For Each Additional Hour (US$)
Location : Madu River
No of Pax
1 Pax

Rates Per Pax for 3Hr. tour (US$)

For Each Additional Hour (US$)


  • Boat Charter Fee.
  • Hire of complete Sport Fishing Equipment.
  • Wages for Boatman.
  • Fee for professional fishing guide and his transport.
  • Refreshments, Safety Jackets.


  • Transportation up to the starting points.
  • Any tips to the staff.
  • Extra foods or beverages.


  • Boats will be basic fiber glass boats fitted with out-board engines.
  • Personal effects for Warm/Windy/Rainy conditions should be carried by clients.
  • Insect repellent, Sunburn lotion etc. are recommended.
  • Please bring minimum of 3L of water for your personal consumption.
  • Lunch / accommodation / Transport could be arranged on request.


  • 7 Days or more - Full refund / No cancellation fee
  • to 7 days - 10% of tour cost or 20 USD which ever is higher
  • to 4 days - 20% of tour cost or 40 USD which ever is higher
  • Less than 2 days - No refund

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