Gatún Sportfishing Lodge

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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $399
    price breakdown
    $399
    You will be picked up at 5:30 am at your location in Panama City. After a 90 minute ride, you will arrive at our lodge where you will have half an hour minutes to eat a light breakfast, refresh, and get ready to fish! Your boat will be ready to depart at 7:30. beverages (10),  a picnic lunch, rods, lures, and tackle will already be in your boat. You will be back to the lodge after 8 hours of fishing. Afterward, you will have 30 - 45 minutes to refresh and relax before departure back to Panama City.
  • Private trip
    3 Day Trip - MAX 2
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Day Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    $490
    price breakdown
    $490
    All our multi-day packages include transfers from Panama City to our fishing lodge, all meals, boat, captain, lures, tackle, ice, soft drinks (soda and water,) and lodging. If you would like any other kind of drink available or want a special meal please contact us to make the necessary arrangements. This is the ultimate fishing escape for one to two anglers, targeting Peacock Bass, Tarpon, Snook, and Jack Crevalle. Payment required at least one week before the trip.

About the Charter Operator

Gatún Sportfishing Lodge
Gamboa, Panamá
Angler's Choice
2 Fishing Reports
16 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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) Bass (Peacock)
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
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License
Lunch

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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, there is a 3% fee.

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (29)
4.81
out of 5 stars from 16 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Full day trip with Gerardo
All day Trip with Ren\u00e9
Fishing with Rolando
+26
Angler Rating
13
3
0
0
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
80%
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Thomas M.
Panama City, 8
 5.00
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Great fishing attempt

VERIFIED   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.
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Full day trip with Geraldo

VERIFIED   February 17, 2020
Geraldo was the most fantastic captain and host to me and my wife.  He was extremely helpful and was very knowledgeable...
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James W.
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Full day trip with Gerardo

VERIFIED   February 26, 2020
Had a great time fishing, Gerardo put us on Peacock bass all day, was awesome with 5 or 6 big fish and tons of others. Definitely...
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Antonio L.
Panama City, Provincia De Panama
 5.00
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All day Trip with René

VERIFIED   February 14, 2020
It was a great day. Thank‘s for everything René. Best regards Antonio & Angi
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Joe T.
Carolina Beach, NC
 5.00
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Great Day on Gatun Lake

VERIFIED   January 31, 2020
Rene was great. Definitely knows the spots we caught everything except Tarpon. Catching snook was a thrill!
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