La Zona Lodge

Flies or Lures for World Record Golden Dorado.
La Zona is located very close to Concordia city right in front of the Uruguay River in the Entre Rios province, about 270 miles from Buenos Aires. La Zona is the exclusive area on the Uruguay River, downstream from Salto Grande Dam.

Fly Fishing or artificial lures

Golden Dorado Fishing

Jim Lampe with 47-pound golden dorado.

La Zona freshwater golden dorado fishing is unrivaled in the world and is home to over 12 fly-fishing world records. The shallow lake generated by the nearby dam supports an abundant and very complex food chain. Here, many species including the dorado achieve unprecedented growth rates.
In the past three seasons, more than 300 fish over 40-pounds were landed at La Zona. The Uruguay River is a tailwater below the large Salto Grande Reservoir. Six is the maximum number of anglers that can fish inside the exclusion area at the same time. The Lodge can accept larger groups by fishing half a day inside the exclusion area and half a day outside.
Anglers usually average 15 to 25 strikes per day. Fish average about 14-pounds with a chance at dorado over 50-pounds. Twenty pounders are commonplace. La Zona is a unique fishery where dorado reach incredible sizes and numbers due to the impressive amount of food available and the very restricted fishing pressure.
In April of 2012, our client Mike Sadar landed a world record fly-caught 50-pound golden dorado.

Golden Dorado Fishing Read Mike Sadar's La Zona article.

La Zona Fishing

La Zona Fishing

"...I feel that starting the drift 500 meters away from the dam walls puts the angler in a better position to catch true giants as evidenced by our results. - In my opinion, La Zona is the world's greatest freshwater fishery."
- Bob Daly - Peacock Bass e-Zine

New fishing package option:
Guided fishing for up to 11-hours per day. You'll take a sack lunch and stay on the water. (The 8-hour guided fishing package returns to the Lodge midday for lunch and a siesta.)

Peak season:  December 1 to May 15 is when the Uruguay River is at its lowest. Fishing can be done year-round, except for a period in late October to mid-November when the area is closed due to spawning.
Fishing is only allowed with flies and artificial lures. All Lures must be barbless hooks. During the regular season or spring season - August 15 to November - the river is at its normal flow, and huge schools of big dorado migrate to the dam to spawn. Rapala X-Raps and similar crankbaits are hot during this time.

La Zona Guides and Boats

La Zona golden dorado fishing

Jim Schmid with 46-pound golden dorado.

The Guides:  Experienced professional local guides who are well versed in both fly and spin fishing. Guides speak fishing English—enough to get by. Two or three anglers per boat and guide – package options vary.
Boats:  Very comfortable 21’ fiberglass, center console boats with 90-HP, four-stroke Yamaha motors, an 8-HP auxiliary motor and nice-sized casting platforms in the bow and stern.
Typical Fishing Day:  A normal day of fishing is from 8:00 a.m. until dark which is usually about 6:00 p.m. You'll take a two and a half-hour lunch and siesta break. You’ll get in about eight hours of fishing per day unless you're fishing here between January and May when the guided fishing day increases to eleven hours.
Equipment:  is not included. A detailed list of what to bring is in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  is included in the package.

Getting Here:

You'll fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thursday morning, a lodge representative will pick your group up from your hotel in Buenos Aires or from the airport. You'll be driven in an executive van to La Zona Lodge in Concordia, a five-hour 270-mile trip on an excellent highway. Or for an additional charge, arrangements may be made in advance to take a 90-minute charter flight from Buenos Aires to Concordia. Airfare, hotels and meals in Buenos Aires are not included in the package.

La Zona new Lodge

La Zona's new lodge will open in March of 2019, and is a 15-minute drive from Concordia, and just five minutes from the fishing at La Zona. The Lodge has six, air-conditioned bedrooms with private bathrooms and hosts a maximum of 18 guests. (Three anglers per room.) At La Zona, you'll enjoy home-cooked meals with excellent three-course dinners, an open bar, famous Argentine wines, free laundry service, a swimming pool, a fully equipped tackle shop, a new dock just meters from the Lodge, and friendly staff.
Communications:  La Zona Lodge has a telephone and Wi-Fi for guest use. Cell phones work at the Lodge. 220-volt electricity. If you’re a U.S. resident, you’ll need a power plug adapter and a voltage converter.

2019 USD Rates:

5-nights and 4-days guided fishing:
8-Hour Standard Packages:
You'll fish from 8:00 a.m. to noon then return to the lodge for lunch and a siesta. Then you'll fish from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Standard pkg. - Restricted Zone
High Season packages:
January to April:
Two anglers per boat:
$6,000.00 per person
Three anglers per boat:
per person

Regular Season packages:
May and October to December:
Two anglers per boat:
$4,700.00 per person
Three anglers per boat:
$4,000.00 per person

Low Season:  June to September
Two anglers per boat:
$3,300.00 per person
Three anglers per boat:
$3,300.00 per person
Non-angler companion rates are 50% of the 3-anglers per boat rate.

11-Hour Fishing Packages:

5-nights and 4-days guided fishing:

You'll fish from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a sack lunch provided.
Standard pkg. - Restricted Zone
High Season packages:
January - April:
Two anglers per boat:
$6,900.00 per person
Three anglers per boat:
$5,900.00 per person

Regular Season packages:
May and October to December
Two anglers per boat:
$5,600.00 per person
Three anglers per boat:
$4,600.00 per person

Low Season packages:
June - September
Two anglers per boat:
$4,200.00 per person
Three anglers per boat:
$3,900.00 per person

Non-angler companion rate:
is 50-percent of the 3-anglers per boat rate. There are several non-angler activities such as Concordia city tours, spa treatments, and a thermal waters park visit.

Packages include:

Round-trip ground transfers from Buenos Aires to La Zona Lodge in Concordia, lodging, guided fishing, boat and guide per two anglers (unless the 3-anglers per boat package is selected), fishing license, all meals and alcoholic beverages (open bar), Wi-Fi, and laundry service.

Packages do not include:

International airfare to Buenos Aires, meals, hotels or ground transfers in Buenos Aires, if needed; fishing gear, flies and lures, phone calls ($5.00 per minute), gratuities to guides and staff, excess baggage charges, accident or baggage insurance, accident during the trip and subsequent emergency removal procedures, trip cancellation or interruption by the customer, transportation not included in the itinerary, optional side trips, airport taxes (about $30.00 U.S.), spa treatments (booked and paid directly at the Lodge), items of a personal nature, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Deposit required:

50% deposit required to confirm the booking, with the balance due 90-days prior to arrival at the lodge. Reservations made within 30-days of trip date require full payment. If this installment is not paid when due, Untamed Angling reserves the right to treat and consider the reservation as canceled.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations will be confirmed only upon receipt of written notice by the customer that the trip must be canceled for him or her. Reservation deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE unless the client is replaced. The following fees will be charged: a.  180-days or more before departure date:  50% of trip cost b.  90 to 179-days before departure date:  75 % of trip cost c.   Less than 60-days before departure date or no-show:  100 % of trip cost. We strongly advise the purchase of international trip cancellation insurance after registering for a trip. The operator also reserves the right to cancel the trip for any other reason judged necessary. In the case of trip cancellation by the operator for any reason judged necessary, a full refund will be made to the customer.
We highly recommend Trip Insurance.

La Zona photos

Click here for a PDF of Russ DeFusco's La Zona photos.

Mike's world-record 50-Lb, fly-caught dorado

Golden dorado fishing

Jim Schmid with La Zona golden dorado

La Zona golden dorado

Jim Schmid and Tim Shattuck

La Zona

Hug-and-release fishing

La Zona

Jack Witt with La Zona golden dorado

La Zona golden dorado

Peter Ottesen with La Zona catfish.

Catfish at La Zona

The Trons with a La Zona double

La Zona double

Bedroom at the new La Zona Lodge

La Zona Bedroom

The new Lodge during the remodel process.

La Zona Lodge

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