Caño Negro Lodge - Bolivia

Lures or Flies for Peacock Bass and Payara

Caño Negro Lodge, also known as Caño Negro Green Forest Lodge, is located in the midst of a two million acre nature preserve in the Rio Negro San Simon system. Protected rivers and lagoons hold huge populations of gamefish, including peacock bass, and payara. Due to the fishing and the exotic wildlife, this area has been nicknamed the Jurassic Park of the Amazon.

Caño Negro Fishing:

Bolivia peacock bass fishing

Our clients have caught 30 peacock bass in a day fishing top-water or sub-surface lures and flies. Here, the mighty saber-tooth payara, river tiger of South America, offers the thrilling, tackle-busting fishing experience of a lifetime. Hailed as "tarpon on steroids, these payara range from five to 25-pounds and can exceed 50-pounds. Ten to 15 hookups a day is the norm on payara.
In addition to payara, these river and lagoon systems have the highest concentrations of peacock bass found anywhere on earth. Peacocks range from around 2-to 12-pounds.
It's not uncommon for an angler to land 30 to 40 peacock bass a day! Other excellent gamefish include brawny pacu up to 30-pounds, brilliant yatoranas, curvina, giant catfish, nearly 20 different species of piranha. Anglers have reported coming in contact with at least 50 piranhas a day.

Cano Negro YouTube Video 5:11.

Fishing Facts:

Cano Negro fishing seasons

Fishing Season:  Mid-July thru October.
Boats:  The fishing boats range from aluminum sleds to local custom-made wooden boats. They are equipped with outboard motors, casting decks, comfortable seats, and coolers for soft drinks and lunches. They also use specially made very long, very stable dugouts. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Fishing Guides:  The hardworking guides are knowledgeable of the river systems and speak very little English. They're able to help you select the right lures/flies, provide help with casting and techniques. Fly fishing instruction is available at the Lodge. Caño Negro has a full-time bilingual host.
Dove Shooting:
Season:  May through October.
Olivia is the world's mecca for high-volume dove hunting. 15,000,000 to 20,000,000 eared doves (Zenaida Auriculata) migrate from Brazil each April to feed on the literally millions of acres of sorghum, sunflowers, and soybeans. They stay until November, offering bird hunting that is best described as "astonishing." Hunters routinely expend 60-100 boxes a day on shoots in a great variety of settings.
See Cast and Blast Package below.

Caño Negro Green Forest Lodge

Caño Negro Lodge

Caño Negro Lodge is located in the picturesque Amazonian jungle and accommodates up to 12 anglers. Two anglers per air-conditioned bedroom with a private bathroom. Wildlife viewing includes a wide variety of birds, giant caimans and possibly a jaguar laying on the beach or strolling across the riverbanks.
Meals:  The large dining room has an adjacent lounge and bar and a scenic view of the vast spring-fed lagoons. Bolivian and American meals feature fresh fish, beef, pork, and chicken accompanied by an assortment of delicious soups, salads, rice, bread, and mixed vegetables. The camp supplies bottled water, soft drinks, local liquor, beer and wine with dinner. Bring your own specialty liquor.
Communications: Wi-Fi is available at the Lodge for $10.00 per person per day. Only satellite phones will work at Caño Negro. Diesel-generated electricity is turned off from 10 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Electricity is 220-volt, and requires a converter and adapter for U.S. devices.
Nearest Hospital:  The nearest health facility is in Santa Cruz, a two-hour charter flight away.

Getting to the Lodge:

Travel to Santa Cruz is easy. American Airlines has daily one-stop overnight flights from Miami each evening, arriving Santa Cruz the next morning. You'll take a two-hour charter flight from Santa Cruz to the Lodge, where you'll land on the Lodge's dirt runway near the Rio Negro/Rio San Simon fishing area. There is a 40-pound baggage limit for the charter flight. *For the round-trip charter flight from Santa Cruz to the Lodge to be included in the package, you must have a two-person minimum booking.

USD Rates:

4-nights at the Lodge
and 4-days guided fishing
$4,195.00* per person
6-nights at the Lodge
and 7-days guided fishing
$5,595.00* per person
*For the roundtrip charter flight from Santa Cruz to the Lodge to be included in the package, you must have a two-passenger minimum booking. If an angler is solo, he must pay an additional $1,800.00.

Packages Include:

Roundtrip charter flight from Santa Cruz to the fishing area (with a 2-person minimum booking), airport ground transfers in Bolivia, lodging, all meals in the fishing areas, beverages (soft drinks, local liquors, beer, and wine), daily laundry service, guided fishing, use of boats, local licenses, and upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry and Guy Schoenborn.

Packages Do Not Include:

Commercial air travel, airport departure tax from Santa Cruz is currently $25.00 and usually included in your airfare, hotel or meals in Santa Cruz (as required by itinerary), Wi-Fi access at the Lodge $10.00 per person per day, gratuities (to the Lodge staff, fishing guides, and fishing camp staff), lures and tackle, items of a personal nature, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Yellow Fever

All visitors to Bolivia need a Yellow Fever Vaccine certification as Santa Cruz is considered a Dengue affected area. A yellow fever vaccination card is REQUIRED for this adventure. (We also advise our guests to be current with hepatitis and tetanus vaccinations.)

Las Palomas Lodge and Caño Negro Lodge

Cast-and-Blast - Two Lodges:
May through October.
6-nights at the Lodges and
3-days dove shooting
and 3-days guided fishing

Cast-and-Blast Packages Include:

All meals in the shooting/fishing areas, accommodations, Roundtrip charter flight from Santa Cruz to the fishing area (with a 2-person minimum booking), soft drinks, local liquors, beer and wine, laundry service, shotgun cleaning, guides, boats, all local permits, and the round-trip air charter to and from the fishing area.

Packages Do Not Include:

Commercial air travel, airport taxes (approx. $25.00), Bolivian visa (currently $160), shells at $14/box for 12 and 20 gauge, $15 per box for 28 gauge and $16 per box for .410 gauge (subject to change), gun rental ($65.00 per day), gratuities to bird boys and lodge staff or fishing guides and fishing camp staff, lures and tackle, items of a personal nature (such as phone calls), and hotel or meals in Santa Cruz (as required by itinerary), and anything not mentioned under inclusions. If you choose to bring guns, there is a gun permit fee of $200.00.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request a CANO NEGRO Information packet  

Caño Negro photos

4.5 million acre preserve - Rio Negro San Simon

Rio Negro San Simon Preserve

Saber-toothed payara - Mike Sadar photo

Caño Negro Payara

Howard with a giant catfish

Caño Negro Catfish

Howard with catfish and payara

Caño Negro Catfishing

Aluminum sleds and local wooden boats

Caño Negro Fishing Boats

The Rio Negro San Simon system

Cano Negro

Caño Negro Lodging

Cano Negro Lodging

Lounge and bar with view of lagoons

Cano Negro Lounge Area

Air-conditioned rooms with private baths

Caño Negro Air-Conditioned Rooms

Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass eBook on Amazon

Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass

Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558