Golden dorado hold a special place in the hearts of anglers in Argentina, they are a fish of contrasts; pretty yet powerful, aggressive but spooky, brutal yet fussy at the same time. Perhaps it is this complexity that makes them so alluring.


Esteros del Iberá Reserve (from the Guaraní language, meaning “Bright Waters”) is one of South America’s most important freshwater reservoirs. Ranked the second-largest wetland in the world after the Pantanal in Brazil, it’s also enormous. The area encompasses more than 3 million acres of flowing water—crystal clear creeks, shallows, lakes, swamps, and lagoons. And Pira Lodge, in northern Argentina’s Corrientes Province, strategically places anglers in the southern tip; a habitat-rich bottleneck where the marsh and Corriente River ecosystems converge. Here, the Dorado is king.

I caught more dorado that I could count but it was the superb quality of the lodge and the natural setting that made the trip special.
— Nick Reygaert, Te Anau, NZ