Tocantins reveals itself as one of the major destinations for sport fishing in Brazil. The Basin Araguaia in Tocantins is very rich in diversity and biodiversity, making it possible to fish several species of catfish like Pirararas, Pirarucus, Surubins, Cacharas, Cachorras, Caranhas, Fidalgos, Barbados, freshwater barracudas (Bicudas) and the large ambassador of fresh waters of Brazil, the Peacock Bass (Tucunaré), here represented by blue, yellow and orange colors. When fishing in Tocantins you can interact with nature and all it has – beautiful scenery, wild animals and a variety of fish.
Formoso do Araguaia
Capital of sport fishing in the state, Formoso do Araguaia is prepared to handle the lovers of the sport with rivers and lakes full of fish. You can fish main species like Peacock Bass (blue, yellow and orange), Aruanã, Pirarucu, Jacundá, Apaiari, Saicanga, Pirarara, Barbado, Fidalgo and Surubim throughout the year. The region is also highlighted by the diversity of fauna and flora, which in the same habitat are found biomes like the cerrado (a Brazilian tropical savanna), marshland areas and Amazonian forest. Formoso is the entry to the Bananal Island and among its attractions are the rivers Javaé, Formoso and Xavante.
Main attractions Calumbi Lake I and Calumbi Lake II Reservoirs in the vicinity of Formoso, provide fishing of Tucunaré, Aruanã, Pirarucu, Jacundá, Apaiari and Saicanga.
Lakes: Taboca, Piranhas, Silverio Lakes up to 64 km from Formoso, are reserves of plenty fish like the Peacock Bass, Aruanã, Pirarucu, Jacundá, Apaiari and Saicanga.
Cantão State Park
Shrine of nature, the State Park of Cantão has in it the magnitude of the Araguaia River and its tributaries and channels of transparent and shallow waters. The presence of large shoals in the period from June to September, offers ideal conditions for sport fishing in the Coco and Javaé rivers and in the various lakes of the park and its surroundings. With an area of approximately 90 hectares, covering the counties of Caseara and Pium, it presents characteristics of three ecosystems (Amazonian forest, marshland and savanna) expressed in the local fauna and flora. Its area is defined by the flow of waters that rise during rainy season (November to April) and joins all water channels, forming more than 830 lakes. In this environment nothing is more natural than to find jaguars, alligators, giant otters, turtles and great diversity of birds and fish. This scenario is perfect for lovers of sport fishing and for those working in scientific research, for those who like beaches and ecological trails, and for campers and boaters.
Source: 04/09/2008 – SECOM – Tocantins Government