Big Golden Dorado
Caught by our Clients at La Zona
La Zona Lodge - Uruguay River - Argentina
This page is dedicated to the Big Golden Dorado that our clients have landed at La Zona. The current world record is a 55-pound, 11-ounce golden dorado caught in 2006 at... you guessed it, La Zona!
La Zona Golden Dorado
Mike Sadar's' World-Record Golden Dorado, 2012.
In April 2012, our client Mike Sadar landed a world record fly-caught 50-pound golden dorado at La Zona!
Mike Sadar, 2019
Seven years later, Mike Sadar with his last fish of the trip, a 54-pounder, in 2019.
Kurt Pettipiece, 53-pound Golden Dorado on a Fly, 2022.
Kurt Pettipiece with a 53-pounder La Zona, landed on a fly in 2022.
Mike Hughes, a giant fly-caught dorado from LaZona, 2022.
Mike Hughes a giant fly-caught dorado from LaZona.
James Auman with a 52 pounder - 2023
Pat Love with a 50-pounder caught on a fly, 2022.
Peter Ottesen - La Zona, 2016
Dick Tron with a 47-pounder, 2012.
"Even though the water was very low, we had excellent fishing."
- Dick Tron
Jim Schmid with a 50-pounder, December 2022.
"Water levels were extremely low, and the fish were very lethargic about 90% of the time. There were some brief flurries of feeding activity when they ran more water through the turbines, and the larger fish seemed to be the most aggressive…so we were able to catch a high percentage of trophy size (over 30 pounds). I FINALLY got a 50-pounder! This was my 12th trip there, so it’s been a LONG time coming! I hooked several large dorados that either broke the 60# fluorocarbon the guides put as my leader or had the fluorocarbon bitten off when multiple fish simultaneously attacked the lure! It was wild! I will be equipped with heavier fluoro next time!"
- Jim Schmid
Jim Kever with La Zona Dorado, 2022.
Jim Schmid with a 42-pounder, 2022.
We could dedicate an entire page to Jim Schmid's big La Zona dorado.
Jim Lampe, 2016
Ray Snyder, 2012
Ray, with the last fish of the trip, a 33-pound monster caught on a titanic (mouse pattern).
Nick Stephens, with a 46-pounder, 2020
Nick Stephens with a 52-pounder, 2020
Nick Stephens' last fish of the day was a 52-pounder!
Farris Elassner, 2023 Hosted Week
Brad Staples, 2023 Hosted Week
Our agent, Brad Staples, made the page too, with his Hosted Week 50-pounder. Read Brad's 2023 Trip Report.
Jim and Cindy Schmid - Kissing Couples, 2020
2020 Trip: We recently visited LaZona, and I was particularly excited to share this special place with my wife, Cindy. She had fished in South America twice previously, but neither location had golden dorado available, so this would be her first opportunity to experience this sometimes moody, sometimes aggressive, but always hard-fighting and beautiful species. I have visited LaZona many times and always look forward to hooking up with my favorite freshwater species in the world, the golden dorado!
The Fishing Gods must have been smiling on us because even though the river was experiencing abnormally low flows, we had a fantastic first day. Cindy didn’t waste much time before setting the hook on a solid take, and after a lengthy fight, including 4 jumps, she managed to land a beautiful 34# female! Not bad for her first dorado ever! Her “first fish luck” must have rubbed off on me because my fly line soon went tight, and a huge slab of golden fish immediately shot into the air! After an even longer fight, we boated a gorgeous fat dorado that pulled the scale to 42#s! What a start!
Our first day ended with a total of 10 fish landed, and incredibly 5 of those were over 30#s…including a 40# and 42#! What a day!
The next day a storm blew in, the fish got moody, and the fishing became much tougher. We managed to land a few more over the next 3 days, including our only double of the trip: two beauties of 24 and 32 pounds.
While this trip was challenging due to both less-than-ideal water and weather conditions and travel difficulties (because of the coronavirus), we were glad we went…and were very grateful for the exceptional fish we caught. Hard-earned trophies are the most meaningful, and LaZona was generous enough to share some of its golden treasure with us! Special thanks to the hard-working guides, lodge owners, and staff for the great food, accommodations, guiding, and overall exceptional service.
We can’t wait to go back.
- Jim and Cindy Schmid