Mangla Dam is one of the biggest fresh water reservoirs located in Azad Jammu Kashmir. It has
many fishing spots. Mangla reservoir, as I know, has many approaches from main GT Road i.e. Sari
Alamgir, Dina, Gujar Khan and Rawat. Rawat/Kalar Sayedian/Dhan Gali is a beautiful and short cut
route for people living in Rawalpindi if they wish to select a spot at Khadimabad, Chaksawari, Siak, Pota
orPplak area. You can also select a spot near Jabbar if you go via Gujar khan. Route via Dina would be
the best for anglers living around Rawalpindi if they wish to select a sport near Mirpur area. Now I will
discuss about the most famous spots of Mangla Reservior:
Barooti The area around spillway water is called Barooti which is very close to the bridge on the River
Jhelum. You can find chilwa/luria in the shallow water on the right side of the road near the
bridge. This spot is well known for every kind of fresh water species but cat fish is most common
there. You will find lot of fungus and weed there in the bottom of reservior, the fish you will
cath would have effects of fungus on her skin and and after washing you can see beautiful
natural color of fish. It would be best to chose a spot closer to the spillway for better game.
Lanchoon (Boats) wala Adda is the nearest spot just before reaching Mirpur. You can hire a boat and select one of
the many spots there, don't forget spooning while you are on the boat as you may catch catfish as a bonus before
you reach at your selected spot. If weather is good and calm you can select one of many small islands. If you
expect weather can change, don't chose sitting on islands as you would struck there for unknown period of time.
Once we sat on a small island and suddenly weather changed. We saw clouds rising from the horizon, wind was
getting stronger and stronger after passing of every minute and light drizzle started. We decided to leave the place
and boarded on an inflatable boat. When we were in the middle, strong wind starting blowing, the whole reservior
became a rough sea. Our boat was uncontrollable and it was floating like a toy as it was taking us to opposite
direction to our intended destination. After a lot of struggle and prayers wind slowed down and we reached to
Chaparian is well known as"Tilapia's paradise". To reach Chaparian you need to go to Mirpur first. In between the
city a road turns to left which leads you to the spot. You can catch as many tilapias as many hooks you have
on the line. Tilapia is hungry specie and is very found of worms beside eating any other bait you have on the
hook, she is hooked without any effort or applying special techniques. Even a child can hook and land it without
any effort. Although Tilapia is very tasty fish yet I prefer catching Catfish which gives you immense pleasure while
playing and landing. I have experienced catching 3 tilapias at a time as I never used more than 3 hooks on one
line. You can catch many big eels(bam) there as well. This point is also good for catching Catfish (Singhara &
Malee) beside Carps. This is a well spread spot and you can find both deep and shallow water there.
Kabootron Wali Dhan This spot is very famous for catching big species, it is located on the main reservior on the
walls of Mangla Dam. I have heard many stories from my mother about catching big species of 30 to 40 Lbs by
my grandfater & uncles. About 30-40 years back when there was not much transport availble anthuestic
anglers used to reach that point by foot. There is a steep and it is almost impossible to reach at the top with so
much fishing gear, food, water and camping material we carry now a days for our comfort.
Qabarustan (Grave Yard) Located on the right site of the main dam, while you cross Mirpur city and where the
wall of dam end you will find this spot. Qabarustan was very famous spot for big games. Since the upraising of
Mangla dam I believe this spot has been drowned.
Naka before reaching Chaparian there is another point on the left called Naka. I have no experience of fishing there
although I have heard a lot about this point. You need to cover a very long distance by foot to reach this spot.
Jari Kas after crossing the Mirpur city there is a bridge and just after that bridge Jari Kas area starts . There are
many fishing spots at Jari Kas, on most of the spots water is quite deep therefore you need to find a good spot.
Kakra Town next stop from Jari Kas is Kakra Town famous for Rahoo and Narain. There are many more
unexplored points on the way towards Chak Sawari e.g. Akalgarh/Salamgarh, Khaliqabad and Abdullahpur but I
have never visited and explored these spots.
Chak Sawari around 40 KM away from Mirpur there is a placed called "haven of carps". You need to turn left
from main chowk at Chak Sawari/Dhudial Road. After crossing the bazar you need to travel around 6-7 KM and
you will see the water. Fishing spots are spread over miles, you can sit at any suitable point but if you hire a boat
and ask the boat man to take you to a good spot it would not be a bad idea at all. We have always experienced
catching many big Carps there beside catching cat fish. Chak Sawari is one of my favourate place. Try to selft a
muddy and plain spot for catching carps.
Khadimabad/Siak these two points are very close to Dhudial. When you reach Dhudial there is a Shell Gas
Station, a road alongside gas stations leads you to Khadimabad/Siak. If you go streight you will reach Siak and if
you turn right you will rach Khadimabad. There are many good fishing spots at both places. The best is
Khadimabad, I have caught many big species mostly Catfish and Carps.
Dhangali/Plak River Jhelum is falling into Mangla reservior at a place called Dhangali and River Punch is falling at Plak, on the
bank of both rivers you can find many spots where you can catch Mahasheer and Catfish.