Land the big one on Cochrane?s waters

Baker - O'Higgins Area

Cochrane Lake and River border the Tamango National Reserve and are excellent places for practicing recreational fishing. Your hardest decision is finding the perfect spot!

  • Data sheet

    Type of activity: Recreational fishing from land or by boat.
    Circuit sector: Cochrane River and Lake in the Tamango National Reserve
    Starting point: Cochrane River
    Ending point: Cochrane River
    Considerations: In the Region of Aysén, you must have a valid fishing license. Visit, to purchase a license on-line. There is an entrance fee for fishing within the Tamango National Reserve, payable at CONAF’s office, when you enter. Make sure you properly disinfect your equipment to prevent the spread of the Didymo.  Learn more at
    Distance: Depends on preferences.
    Activity: Variable, up to a whole day.
    Seasonality: mid-September - April.
    Difficulty:  Suitable for all.

Fishing is a fun way to explore the area and learn more about the ecosystem.  Fishing provides great opportunities for entomology observation, combining sport with science. You can spend a great afternoon searching for the places where mayfly and caddisfly nymphs appear during the spring and summer to tempt the trout that inhabit these waters.
Cochrane Lake is located 10 Km east of Cochrane. The Cochrane River begins at the lake and runs southeast. Both offer great land and boat fishing opportunities.  
Before you go, familiarize yourself with the rules and limits established for recreational fishing; which, you can find in the website of Sernapesca ( We suggest you contact one of the many guides in Cochrane that specialize in recreational fishing.  These guides can arrange and lead your excursion and normally have equipment to rent, for small groups. And, if you want to arrange a multi-day fishing trip, there are many campsites and cabins available. 
When changing between waterways or at the end of each fishing day, please remove, clean, and dry equipment in the repositories available in the Reserve’s Administration Area.  This protocol helps protect the waters of Patagonia against the spread of the Didymo Algae (didymosphenia geminata), an invasive species that has taken over many rivers around the world. The Didymo plankton puts a green slime on rocks in the river and depletes the oxygen available for fish; thus reducing biodiversity.  

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