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Gatun Sportfishing Lodge sits deep in the heart of Panama’s greatest fishery - the sprawling, murky waters of Lake Gatun. This artificial lake system is home to an amazing variety of gamefish. Where else could you target Peacock Bass and Tarpon on the same trip? And these guys have much more going for them than the lake they fish!

You will be picked up from Panama City and will be brought to the lodge free of charge from central locations. You will be supplied with all the tackle, lures, licenses, food, and soft drinks you will need for the day. In short, the Gatun Sportfishing team has thought of everything so you don’t have to.

You will have plenty to focus on, though, with monster Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle, and Peacock Bass hunting the lake for hooks to bite. To bring them in, you will be given a choice of light spinning or casting tackle, and a variety of lures to suit all each species. There is also the option to buy bait for around $15 extra.

If you’re looking for the ultimate angling adventure, you can’t beat Gatun Lodge’s multi-day packages. These trips are for up to two anglers and will have you fishing all day long without the long travel times in between. After each day, you can relax at the lodge and enjoy a delicious cooked meal.

At the end of your trip, your fish will be cleaned and filleted (tips are greatly appreciated) and you will be taken back to Panama City to enjoy the fruits of your labor and talk over the incredible hookups you experienced. One thing’s for sure: with so many incredible fish here, you sure will have plenty to talk about!



About the Charter Operator

Gatún Sportfishing Lodge
Gamboa, Panamá
3 Fishing Reports
18 Customer reviews
Member since April 2018
Rolando Periera is an avid fisherman, licensed captain, and operator of Gatun Sportfishing Lodge. After working as an executive in the tourism industry with multinational, high-performance organizations for more than 15 years, he decided to start out on his own. 10 years ago, he booked a fishing trip in the Everglades. His guide told him his story, how he went from a desk in the corporate world to making his living as a full-time charter captain. Rolando immediately knew that was the life for him. A decade down the line, he offers other anglers the chance to experience that fishing trip of a lifetime. Every single detail about your trip is supervised by Rolando or his partner Gerardo. From the moment you are picked up until the time of your return, every single need is taken care of. And if you have a request, they will do everything in their power to make it happen for you. Arrive as a client and leave as a friend!

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Peacock) Peacock Bass
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat specs

Glastron (Center console) originally built in 1995, and restored in 2019. Powered by a 40HP Evinrude engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 21 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Lake Gatún, at the Panama Canal

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Light spinning and casting tackle available
Trolling
Spinning
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Bluetooth stereo
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Minows Available for purchase
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Not availibale in the Green season special
Drinks
Not availibale in the Green season special
Fishing License
Fishing license not requiered
Lunch
lunch on the boat (full day only)

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Eight years old or older
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory
All Tarpon, Jack Crevalle and big Peacock Bass

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 18 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (31)
Half day with Gerardo
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Full day trip with Gerardo
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
82%
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Thomas M.
Panama City, Panama
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great fishing attempt

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 14, 2019
Gerardo Duran did everything but go to the fish market to get us fish. Unfortunealely there was a full moon the night before...
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Louis C.
United States
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Full day trip with Geraldo

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on February 17, 2020
Geraldo was the most fantastic captain and host to me and my wife.  He was extremely helpful and was very knowledgeable of...
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Maurus L.
Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Three day tryp

VERIFIED   3 Day Trip - MAX 2 on January 12, 2019
Fishing Gatún lake What a experience!! I stayed three days in a hotel in la chorrera which was organised by gatún...
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Rosalind C.
Panama
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Panama Canal Full Day Fishing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on January 8, 2019
‘The best fresh water fishing we’ve ever done’. We really enjoyed trolling as the big cargo boats went past in the Panama...
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Matt D.
San Diego, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day with Gerardo

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 7, 2021
Great day.  Our second time fishing with Gerardo.  Comfortable boat,  very nice gear, many different lures.  He was...
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FAQs about Gatún Sportfishing Lodge

Gatún Sportfishing Lodge offers the following trips to customers:
  • $245 per day per person - 3 Day Trip - MAX 2 (3 days)
  • $295 per group, additional $45 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $295 per group, additional $45 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $399 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Gatún Sportfishing Lodge, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System Bluetooth stereo
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Gatún Sportfishing Lodge include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Minows Available for purchase )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Not availibale in the Green season special)
  • Drinks (Not availibale in the Green season special)
  • Fishing License (Fishing license not requiered)
  • Lunch (lunch on the boat (full day only))

Gatún Sportfishing Lodge offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Gatún, at the Panama Canal)

Gatún Sportfishing Lodge offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Light spinning and casting tackle available)
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Gatún Sportfishing Lodge include:
  • Bass (Peacock)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Snook
  • Tarpon