The Rainbow Bass
The Rainbow Bass fish (Parachromis dovii ) is a fish usually found in deep waters but emerges in the surface to feed and sleep. The female is a yellow color while the male is a blueish and back color and is able to grow to considerable sizes. They have a bump on their front and we have caught some weighing up to 4.6 kilos (10 pounds).
The Rainbow Bass fish is a carnivorous, highly predatory fish. Their diet consists mainly of small fish and macroinvertebrates. They prefer turbid, eutrophic lakes, often found in warm water depleted of oxygen. Their native substrate is one of the mud-bottoms, but can also be found in other ponds and springs with sandy bottoms covered in plant debris.
Rainbow Bass is most active during the first rains of the season and during the end of summer when the waters are murky. They prefer deeper areas with rocks to hide in and are also found in rivers and lagoons.
In the archipelago of the Nicaragua Lake of Solentiname, they call them “Laguneros” and the population grows around the islands.
The equipment used for Rainbow Bass is similar to the one used to catch Black Bass: short rods, quick and with light spools, and small bait that simulate small fish or shrimp (Crankbaits or Spinnerbaits). One can also use poppers or flies.
We recommend throwing between the branches or as close to the shore as possible and wait for them to come out of their hiding spots. They will attack with aggression because they are extremely territorial.
Their aggressiveness and strength remind one of the Pavon fish or the Tucunare (Peacock Bass). They call them peacock because of the colors they have when they reflect the light.
Not far from our Lodge, you can find areas of calm water, and with a lot of vegetation and submerged rocks. These areas, either in lagoons or channels, are perfect areas for the Rainbow Bass. It is a very technical way of fishing and a very entertaining one.