Fishing In Malaysia

Fishing in Malaysia is one of the many activities that you can do while you are here. Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak are surrounded with long coastlines hence sea fishing here is a must for serious anglers. The best time for fishing here is from the months of March to October.

Serious anglers will go to the Spratlys Islands, located in South China Sea off the north-west coast of Sabah. The Spratlys is virtually unexplored with coral atolls rising from the depths of 1 km to 2 km. The four main reefs here are Swallow or Layang-Layang Reef, Dallas Reef, Royal Charlotte Reef and Ardasier Reef.

Head for Pulau Aur or Pulau Dayang in South China Sea off the coast of Johor if you are looking for Black Marlin. These islands are not too crowded as they are located further away from the mainland.

If you are into Sailfish, try the coast off Kuala Rompin, Johor.  If you are a beginner and want to try fishing for Marlin or Barracuda, consider going for a day trip from Kuala Lumpur. 

If you are into freshwater fishing, lakes and rivers fishing are other options that you can do. Kenyir Lake in Terengganu and Tememggor Lake in Perak are the two main inland fishing that are popular with serious anglers. Giant Snakehead or Toman is one of the species that thrives on these man-made lake. Other smaller lakes are Lake Bera and Lake Chini, shallow swampy lakes located in Pahang.

For beginners, there are many lakes and ponds located near the city and townships that you can try your angling skills before graduating to more serious game fishing destinations. Some of the lakes are state-owned and you will need to apply for permit to fish here. There are also many private ponds that you can fish for a fee.

It is always a good idea to learn the types of fish that you are fishing. Here are some of the main freshwater and marine species that you probably will encounter.

Fishing In Malaysia - Freshwater Species

Common Name Scientific Name Remarks
Catfish Many Species Tapah is the largest species. Most
species live in lakes and rivers.
Giant Featherback or Belida Notopterus chilata Leaps a lot when caught.
Giant Goramy or Kalui Osphronemua goramy Suitable for fly fishing.
Giant Snakehead or Toman Channa micropeltes Ferocious.
Hampala Barb or Sebarau Hampala macrolepidota River fish.
Jullieni Barb or Temoleh Probarbus jullieni River carp which is quite rare now.
Malaysia Bonytongue or Kelisa Scleropagus formosus Also known as arowana, protected
and must be released when caught.
Red Mahseer or Kelah Tor tambroides Thrives in rivers of National Parks.

Fishing In Malaysia - Marine Species

Common Name Scientific Name Remarks
Bigeye Tuna Thunus obesus Caught by trolling.
Black Marlin Makaira indica Found at the Spratlys
and Aur Island.
Blue Marlin Makaira nigricans Found at the Spratlys.
Cobia Rachycentron canadum Fights well.
Dogtooth Tuna Gymnosarda unicolor Night fishing using jigs.
Dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus Fun with great leaps.
Escolar or Oilfish Revettus pretiosus Deep dweller.
Giant Trevally Caranx ignobilis Liking for large poppers.
Great Barracuda Sphyraena barracuda Widely distributed.
Greater Amberjack Seriola dumerili Can grow to 70kg.
Groupers Many species Habitats near coral beds. Popular dish.
Narrowbarred Mackerel Scomberomorus commerson Popular dish.
Rainbow Runner Elagatis bipinnulata Found close to rocky islands.
Sailfish Istiophorus platypterus Found mostly off Rompin.
Short Bill Spearfish Tetrapturus angustirostris Quite hard to find.
Sharks Many species Found near atolls.
Snappers Many species Bottom dwellers and
popular dish.
Trevallies Many species Abound near corals
and wrecks.
Wahoo Acanthocybium solandri Fastest fish
in the sea.
Wrasse Many species Tendency to rush to
rocky structures.
Yellowfin Tuna Thunus albacares Highly prized Sport Fish.

Fishing In Malaysia - Lakes and Rivers

Kenyir Lake
This man-made lake in Terengganu is the biggest in South East Asia. Malaysian Mahseer and Giant Snakehead(Toman) can be found here.

Kelong Fishing

Kelong Paradise Waterfront Resort
You can stay overnight and fish here. This kelong in the Straits of Malacca is located off the coast of Sabak Bernam.

State Government-Owned Ponds & Private Ponds

Fishing In Petaling Jaya
There are 5 public parks that you can fish managed by MBPJ. You will need to apply for permit to fish here.

Fishing In Shah Alam
There are 8 public parks that anglers will soon be able to fish once the MBSA open it to the public for fishing.

Danau Serendah
This private fishing pond is located near Serendah Waterfalls.

Shah Alam Agriculture Park
You will need to buy fishing permit ticket to fish here.

Terengganu | Perak | Malaysia Hotels | Airlines | Shopping 

Pulau Perhentian | Beaches & Islands | Highlands | Theme Parks 

Museums & History | Landmarks | Public Transports | Videos 

Souvenir | Calendar 2017 | Tourism Centre | Cyberjaya | Golfing 

Penang Food | KTM | Beruas Museum |  Selangor |  Templer's Park

Your Story | KLIA2 | Pulau Sibu | Advertise With Us 

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave us a comment in the box below.

Recent News

  1. KL Free Guided Walk

    Join the KL free guided walk to discover more about the city of Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding areas. Booking for the tours is necessary.

    Learn More

  2. Kuala Lumpur Music Museum

    Stop by the Kuala Lumpur Music Museum to see the exhibits on traditional musical instruments of the Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups from Sabah and Sarawak.

    Learn More

  3. Kuala Lumpur Buses - BETs & GoKL

    Enjoy faster Kuala Lumpur buses by taking the dedicated BET(Bus Expressway Transit) system on certain routes to Pasar Seni, KL. GOKL free bus services available on certain routes.

    Learn More

KL Free Guided Walk

FRIM Canopy Walk
Visit this forest reserve
and enjoy the nature
walk. Read more here.

National Zoo Camel
National Zoo
Have a close encounter
with the animals
at National Zoo.

Genting Highlands Cable Car
Genting Highlands
Enjoy the cool fresh air
and theme parks at
Genting Highlands.

Taman Negara Penang
Penang National
Park Boat Tour

Take a boat excursion
and enjoy the natural
beauty of the national
park. Find out more

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
KL Bird Park
Have a close encounter
with the birds at
KL Bird Park.