FISHING IN KL, A TOURIST PERSPECTIVE – 3 JUNE 2014
Over the past one year, I have been getting a lot of feedback from Tourist wanting to know a suitable location for fishing activity which is near to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With such an overwhelming support, I would like to share share my top 3 fishing spot that are suitable for angler+tourist wanting to explore the local fishing scene. Preparation is always the key to establish a great day of fishing, thus prior heading out to you favorable spot its good to know what type bait, terminal tackles and other stuff that you need to bring along.
Terminal tackle can be bought at local tackle shop or you can just bring some from home. A normal swivel, sinkers, leaders, and a variety of hook sizes will be enough to start fishing in my top 3 list. Any fishing rod would do, with rod rating of 10-20lb and a reel with a line capacity of 100m or more and the poundage of the line is around 20lb or heavier.
Travelling to all location will be shown using public transportation starting from KL Sentral and you may opt to travel directly using a Taxi or you can opt to save cost by travelling with KTMB Komuter Train and Taxi. I will try to give a comparison in terms of travelling cost and hopefully it will help you take make the best decision.
Your normal rod, reel and terminal tackle is sufficient to try out Malaysia’s local fishing scene
NATURAL EXOTIC FISHING POND, RAWANG
Natural Exotic Fishing Pond (NEFP) based on my opinion is the best fresh water paid pond situated outskirt of Kuala Lumpur. It is a great place for anglers who wanted to try out local and imported exotic fish species and its similar to paid exotic fishing pond in Thailand.
TRAVEL COST TO NEFP
Direct Taxi From KL Sentral To NEFP : RM110
KTM Komuter From KL Sentral to Rawang : RM3.60
Taxi from Rawang Station to NEFP : RM20.00
Total : RM23.60
NEFP ADMISSION FEES
Deposit : RM150
3 Hours Fishing : RM100
Remaining RM50 will be returned after fishing session (3 Hours) ended
Facilities: Restaurant, Tackle & Live Bait Shop, Rod and Reel Rental, Huts, Rod-holder and Fishing Hut
NEFP although it is slightly far from Kuala Lumpur, but with public transportation access as well the facilities within the pond compound is complete as a one stop angling center where you can get your terminal tackle and live bait all in one place. Currently they are stocking Asian Redtail Catfish, Amazonian Catfish, Arapaima, Alligator Gar, Mekong Catfish, Chao Praya Catfish, Carp, Sultan Fish, Patin (local catfish), Pacu, Knife Fish and Toman. With a long list of exotic species, this is a place to be if you are planning to experience local fishing scene especially near KL.
BUKIT CERAKAH FLY FISHING AND CASTING CENTER, SHAH ALAM
If you love flyfishing and nature and would like to try out other nature+ family activities, then Taman Pertanian Malaysia is the best choice. Bukit Cerakah Flyfishing and Casting Center (BCFCC) is located within this pristine forest reserve in Selangor city center. It is a great place to enjoy nature and a great place to spend half of the day for some fresh water fishing.
TRAVEL COST TO BCFCC
Direct Taxi From KL Sentral To BCFCC : RM80
KTM Komuter From KL Sentral to Shah Alam : RM2.50
Taxi from Shah Alam Station to Taman Pertanian Malaysia : RM34
Total : RM39
BCFCC ADMISSION FEES
Taman Pertanian Malaysia Entrance Fee : RM3
6 Hours Fishing : RM20
Small Rowing Boat (optional) : RM20
Bait : Chicken skin is the best bait around or you can use any pallet shaped flies or any lure
The Taman Pertanian Malaysia was opened to the public in 1986 and located in Shah Alam, Selangor. The area, which is also known as Bukit Cherakah, covering 1,295 hectares or virgin jungle is the world’s first agro-forestry park. The genesis of the agricultural park was initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture.
There are many gardens in this park amongst which are the Spice Garden, Ornamental Garden, Orchid Garden, Cactus Garden, Bamboo Garden and Mushroom Garden. Bicycles are available for rent at the park while free bus service is provided to ferry visitors to various spots within the park. If you just wanted to fish in the surrounding park you may fish for a fee of RM2 per fishing rod. The operating hours of the park is from 8:30am to 4:30pm Tuesdays to Sundays. It is closed on Mondays except when Monday is a public or school holiday.
The fishing center is the best spot for anglers to try out and currently they stocked Tilapia, Sultan Fish, Pacu and Toman! It is not as hard core as the NEFP but with a nice subtle ambiance of the rain-forest this is great place to spend some precious time with families and friends.
FISH VALLEY, SEMENYIH
The last selection incorporates both nature ambiance and a great place for angling activity as Fish Valley (FV) stocked variety of fresh water species plus a great restaurant and other facilities like shooting range, chalet (coming soon) and ATV rides. There are 3 main fishing pond and I will explained it in detail later.
TRAVEL COST TO FV
Direct Taxi From KL Sentral To FV : RM100
KTM Komuter From KL Sentral to Kajang: RM2.50
Taxi from Kajang Station to FV: RM34.00
Total : RM36.50
FV ADMISSION FEES
SPORTS FISHING POND
6 Hours Fishing : RM40
CATCH AND SELECT POND
12 Hours Fishing : RM10
TOMAN CASTING POND
4 Hours Fishing : RM100
*only opens on weekend or public holiday. 2 Session per day, 7.30am – 11.30am and 3.30pm to 7.30pm.
Facilities: Restaurant, Bait, Rod and Reel Rental, Huts, ATV, Shooting Range and Chalet
All fishing activities in FV starts at 7.00am until 7.00pm. Sports fishing pond is where they stocked species like Mekong Catfish, Local Catfish, Pacu and a variety of asian Carp species. The catch and select pond situated just besides the FV Restaurant is for those who like to catch their fish and select which of the preferred species as a keeper for dining at the restaurant or simply bring it home. The prices varies from on species to another and its weighted to get the selling price.
The last pond which only opens during weekend and public holiday and is limited to 2 fishing session as explained earlier is the Toman Pond. It is the newest attraction to Fish Valley stocking Giant Snake Head, Pacu and Local Catfish. FV fishing activity is great and it offers good food and service. You can buy the bait at the Restaurant counter and ask their friendly guides to prepare the bait for you.
I really hoped that with this post, it can give tourist and anglers from abroad some ideas and selection on the fishing spot located near KL. With access to public transportation, travelling around KL will be a breeze although the taxi pricing may varies and I think it should be lower than what I’ve suggest. Well I hope you guys would have a great experience trying out one of this location and share you journey in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with your friends and families