12 Best Spot for Sport Fishing In Malaysia (Recommended by pro anglers)

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Are you looking for the best place to fish in Malaysia?

Well, you have come to the right place as we have twelve recommended fishing destinations, from pro anglers, that will guarantee bowing lines all-day long.

Fishing in Malaysia is booming, thanks to the high demand and abundance of saltwater fish species and freshwater species. 

However, 

there are various things to know before you head out to the deep waters and one of the most crucial is identifying the fishing hotspots with the top malaysia fishing tackle.

Fishing in Malaysia and fish species to look out for

Malaysia is home to diverse cultures and a flourishing fishing population. The country is known for its beaches and rainforests, the Asian hotspot attracts millions of tourists each year, and fishing is a fun activity you can explore. 

Residents also rely on the dense populations of sailfish and giant snakehead. 

However, Malaysia has more than 300 species of freshwater fish within its many lakes and rivers. 

Saltwater anglers can also catch rare saltwater species exploring offshore action.

List of Fish to look out for in Malaysia:

  • Black Marlin
  • Sultan fish
  • Sailfish
  • Mahi Mahi

What To Expect

Finding the best fishing grounds in Malaysia shouldn’t be a daunting task. Many lakes and rivers flow through the dense rainforest, with specific locations where you can expect a bite. 

Pro anglers can catch over 40 species using rod and line alone. 

However, if you prefer other casts, there are plenty of options in the endless coasts and deep waters. 

The rivers offer various freshwater fish like the Malaysian jungle perch, mahseer, giant snakehead and giant featherback. 

You can also catch sailfish, barracuda, mackerel and giant trevally in the west coast’s shallower waters.

What to prepare and what to avoid

Preparation is essential when heading out to fish. You need to bring the right fishing equipment and check that your rod and baits are in good shape before docking. You should always choose the correct lure before heading out.

While there are no sports fishing regulations, 

you’ll still need a permit to fish in the National and Marine Parks. 

You can book fishing trips and packages that offer stunning views of the island and its beaches.

It is also a smart idea to bring an expert, especially when pursuing deep sea fishing in Malaysia. Motion illness can be a problem for some, so make sure you take medication to alleviate the symptoms. 

Fishing near the coral reefs is excellent for small fish while tuna anglers achieve more success in deep waters. Beware of dolphins, which often school together with tuna but are protected. If you trap one, release it back immediately.

12 Best Spots Recommended By Pro Anglers

#1 Sg Raia Simpang Pulai Perak Recommended by Fyzal Dino

This is one of the best fishing destinations you can go fishing in Malaysia. It is easy to access and has plenty of sebarau, tilapia, lampam, baung and redtail baung.
If you are lucky, you may catch the monster using lures like sinking minnow, worm and small prawn.

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Sungai raia simpang pulai perak fishing location in malaysia

Favorite location:

  • Sg Raia simpang pulai perak
  • Sg Jahang Gopeng Perak
  • Sg Kinta Batu Gajah perak

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

Casting / Bottom

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing location?

Sebarau / Tilapia / Baung / Lampam / Redtail Baung

What are your setups to catch the species?

Sebarau

  • Rod : 4-10lbs 6 -12lbs
  • Line : 10lb -20lb leader 15 -25 lbs
  • Lure : Sinking minnow 5cm / Popper 7cm

River Tilapia

  • Rod : 3 -10lbs , 4 -8 lbs
  • Line : 8 lb -15 Lb
  • Lure : Live Bait worm or small prawn

Baung

  • Rod : 4-10lbs;  6 -12lbs
  • Line : 10lb -20lb leader 15 -25 lbs
  • Lure : umpan tapa

Best Time to Fish in Sg Raia Simpang Pulai Perak

Early in the morning, 6.45 am and late evening 5 pm – 7 pm

#2 Terengganu Oil Rig Recommended by Fadzlee Lee

This is another best fishing location with high reviews in Malaysia perfect for early April and late November trips. It offers massive populations of giant trevally, red snapper, mackerel, cobia, stingray and grouper. You can also use various techniques, including jigging, bottom, casting, drifting and trolling.

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Terengganu oil rig fishing location in malaysia recommended by local anglers

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

All Technique Suitable

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing location?

Giant Travelly, Grouper, Red Snapper, Mackeral, Stingray, Cobia, Shark and many more. 

What are your setups to catch the species?

  • Rod: Shino PE8 rill shimano 10k
  • Line : Main line 80lb power pro8x
  • Leader: 170lb Varivas shock leader
  • Lure: 120g keats,180cm

Best Time to Fish in Terengganu Oil Rig

Early month of April and end of November.

#3 Sri Aman Puchong Lake Recommended by Fendy MN

Anglers that prefer lure casting have a fantastic destination here, primarily consisting of human-made lakes and low ground. Popular fish species include giant snakehead and clown feather back, but you can catch other species. Like most fishing spots, early morning provides the best chance of getting a catch.”

 

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Sri aman puchong lake fishing spot in malaysia recommended by local anglers

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

Technique mostly use there are Lure casting / casting

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing location?

Giant Snake head /Clown Feather back

What are your setups to catch the species?

Giant Snake Head:

  • Rod : 12-25lbs 6’9 Or 10-20lbs 6’3
  • Main line : 30lbs Or 40lbs
  • Leader: 50lbs Or 60lbs
  • Lure: 7cm above Diver,  9cm  pencil, 9cm above popper, 9cm above spinner bait 12g above

Clown Feather back:

  • Rod : 8-20lbs; 10-25lbs, pe3
  • Line : 30lbs; 40lbs
  • Leader : 40lbs

Best Time to Fish in Sri Aman Puchong Lake

7am to 11am / 4pm to 7pm

#4 Sungai Suai, Niah Recommended by Yussie Yus

“This long river offers another best place to fish in Malaysia and attracts anglers looking to catch trophy species such as giant-size prawns. Freshwater barramundi also thrives here and you can get in the action through bottom and casting fishing methods. Accommodation like boat & engine rental also provided. Muara Miri very popular spot for angler to fishing variety type of fish especially one of my favorite, Siakap.

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Sungai suai, niah fishing spot in malaysia recommended by local anglers

Where is your favorite location?

Sungai Suai, Niah Muara, Miri

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

Bottom & Casting

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing location?

Giant fresh water prawn & Barramundi/Siakap

What are your setups to catch the species?

Giant Fresh Water Prawn :

  • Rod : Seahawk Micra 2-60lb
  • Line : Seahawk SOL 15lb
  • Reel : Seahawk Midget500 / Seahawk Lite Pro 800 / MxLite800
  • Hook : Seahawk DX 777 No.1

Siakap / Barramundi :

  • Rod : Seahawk Carbon Fury 8-17lb
  • Reel : Seahawk XEON
  • Line : Seahawk SOL 40LB
  • Leader : Seahawk Noro 40Lb

Best Time to Fish in Sungai Suai, Niah

Giant Fresh Water prawn: Early morning 6 a..m to late evening 6 p.m (direct)

Siakap/Barramundi: Early morning 6 a.m while high tide

#5 Beris Lake Kedah Recommended by Pijuk Caster

“Giant snakehead, hampala, mahseer and emperor snakehead all live in this human-made lake, which is a hotspot for tourists. It also offers a fantastic view with various beautiful structures of the strike zone. The best time for fishing in these waters is early morning (7 am) and late evening.”

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Beris lake kedah fishing spot in malaysia recommended by local pro anglers

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

Casting / Bottom

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing location?

Giant snake head / Hampala / Mahseer / Snakehead / Emperor snakehead

What are your setups to catch the species?

Hampala / Mahseer

  • Rod : 2-6lb 6’3 – 6-14lb 6’7
  • Line : 4lb – 15lb Lure :
  • Lure : Sinking minnow 5-7cm /  Spoon 4-18gram/  Popper 7cm /  Jig 10-15grm

Giant Snakehead

  • Rod : 8-16lb 6’10 – 20-40lb 6’9
  • Line : 30lb – 50lb
  • Lure : Spinnerbait / Buzzbait / Jump frog Size 7-8cm / Crank 6-7cm/ Pencil 10cm – 12c / spinner bait 30-40gram

Emperor Snakehead

  • Rod : 6-12lb 6’4 – 10-20lb 6’6
  • Line : 10lb – 20lb
  • Lure : Soft plastic 5-8cm / Soft Frog / Jump frog / Mini Spinner / Live Bait (frogs)

Best Time to Fish in Beris Lake Kedah

Early 7.am  and  late evening  3.30pm – 7pm

#6 Air Kuning Recommended by Vincent Paul

“This destination boasts low fishing pressure and is great when looking for private experiences. It is home to many mining ponds and anglers come to catch peacock bass, toman, jelawat, haruan and kaloi.”

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Air kuning best 12 fishing spot in malaysia recommended by vincent paul

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

Lure Casting or Bottom. But my favorite is lure casting. 

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing location?

Peacock Bass, Toman, Jelawat, Haruan, Kaloi

What are your setups to catch the species?

Peacock bass :

  • Rod : 6-14lbs or 8-16lbs
  • Line : 10lbs
  • Leader : 10lbs or 15lbs
  • Lure : 8cm below pencil; 6cm below popper; 6cm below sinking pencil; 8cm below sinking or floating minnow

Toman:

  • Rod : 8-20lbs; 10-25lbs; pe3
  • Line : 30lbs; 40lbs
  • Leader : 40lbs

Best Time to Fish in Air Kuning

Early morning 6.50am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm

#7 Tanjung Lobang Recommended by Laksana Mana

With convenient infrastructure, parking and a walking path, Tanjung Lobang offers straightforward fishing through casting, pelampung, bottom and micro jig. You can catch various fish species including barramundi, stingray, cobia, giant trevally, grouper and threadfin fish.”

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Tanjung lobang fishing spot in malaysia recommended by local pro angler

Your Favorite Location?

TANJUNG LOBANG / COCO CABANA / PULAU MELAYU MIRI SARAWAK BORNEO

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

CASTING / PELAMPUNG / BOTTOM / MICRO JIG

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing location?

StingrayI / Barramundi / COBIA / Giant Travelly /Threadfin Fish / Grouper

What are your setups to catch the species?

Stingray / COBIA / GT / Threadfin fish

  • Rod  : 20lb-50lb 15′ -17′
  • Lure Weight : 100gram – 300gram
  • Line : 40lb -60lb
  • Lure : Gelama / Kemura / anak Gt / ikan nipis / ikan minyak /

Barramundi / Grouper 

  • Rod : 10LB -20LB 6’/7′
  • Line : 10LB 15LB
  • Lure : Soft Plastic colored : PINK / WHITE&RED

Best Time to Fish in Tanjung Lobang

1 JAM after high tide TEBU 1 JAM after low tide

#8 Tronoh Mines Recommended by Frenzy Hunter

“Through casting and bottom, you can catch various fish species here, such as peacock bass, haruan, tongsan, rohu, lampan, patin and jelewat. You also have a wide range of lure to use, including dedak, bread, pallet, popper, pencil, minnow and micro jig, among others. It is worth a visit when looking for the best place to fish in Malaysia.”

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Tronoh mines fishing spot in malaysia recommended by local pro angler

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

Casting / Bottom

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing location?

Peacock bass / Haruan / Rohu / Tongsan / Jelawat / Patin/Lampam

What are your setups to catch the species?

Peacock Bass,  Haruan,  Lampam : 

  • Rod : 1-4lb 6’0 – 2-6lb 6’8
  • Line : 3lb -6lb
  • Lure : mini lure like popper; pencil; micro jig; minnow; vibe; soft plastic; flutter;  fly.

Rohu, tongsan, patin,  jelawat :

  • Rod : 10-20lb 7’0 – 15-30lb 7’3
  • Line : 10lb – 25lb
  • Lure : Dedak, Pallet, Bread.

Best Time to Fish in Tronoh Mines

Early in the morning 6.45am – 11am and late evening 5pm – 7pm

#9 Kolam Pancing Seksyen 24 Shah Alam Recommended by Umpan Terbang

“There are many fish species to catch here, including the giant Mekong, catfish (redtail, Amazon, patin), chopraya, and pacu. All fishing techniques are allowed, but most anglers prefer bottom, floating and live bait. What’s more, you can fish from 8 am to 7 pm with a reasonable guarantee of a catch.”

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Kolam pancing seksyen 24 shah alam fishing spot in malaysia recommended by local pro angler

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

All technique especially bottom and floating even life bait also can use here

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing location?

Giant Mekong Catfish, Redtail Catfish, Amazon Catfish, Chopraya Pacu, and local catfish, Patin catfish

What are your setups to catch the species?

KOLAM MEKONG/PATIN

  • ROD :
    • MEDIUM / HEAVY  PE 2-4; 3-6
    • LENGTH 7feet to 8feet
  • REEL : Size 4000 – 6000
  • BRAID :
    • MIN 40Lb-80Lb
    • MIN 200m-500m (0.28-0.32mm)

Best Time to Fish in Kolam Pancing Seksyen 24 Shah Alam

8am to 7pm

#10 Tambisan Lahad Datu Sabah Recommended by Blackbass Hunter

If you prefer using your fast-action rods, this is the place to be for some amazing fishing experiences. There are healthy populations of emperor fish, giant trevally, grouper, red snapper, shark and coral fish. You can also catch black bass, tarpoon and barracuda.

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Tambisan lahad datu sabah fishing spot in malaysia recommended by local pro anglers

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

ROD with FAST Action

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing spot?

Emperor Fish, Grouper, Giant Trevally, Shark, Red Snapper, Coral Fish  Black Bass, Mangrove Jack, Tarpoon, Grouper, Barracuda   

What are your setups to catch the species?

MERUAP River

Fish : Black Bass, Mangrove Jack, Tarpoon, Grouper, Barracuda   
  •  Type of Fishing : CASTING
  • Rod : 10-20; 15-30 lb
  • Line : 50lbs; 60lbs
  • Leader : 40; 50LBS
  • Lure : 75; 85g

 

Best Time to Fish in Tambisan Lahad

From 7am – 5pm

#11 Mengalum Island Recommended by Leanddo 

“Ideal for stream fishing, Mengalum Island offers a relaxing environment with stunning scenery and nature. It is also home to a diverse fish population, including coral fish, stream, river pelian and sebarau, which you can catch using light jigging, micro sinking lure, minnow and micro pencil.”

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Mengalum island fishing spot in malaysia recommended by local pro anglers

What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

Light jigging fast and slow action. and for stream fishing usually used any micro sinking lure minnow, micro spoon, and micro pencil

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing spot?

Mengalum island Rich of beautiful coral fish. For stream, no els river pelian and sebarau.

– Only Available to fish ONCE a year

What are your setups to catch the species?

Light Jigging Set 

  • Rod : PE 0.8-2.5 6″2;  PE1-3 6″
  • Line : PE 2 – 3
  • Jig :  100grm – 200grm

Stream Ultra Light Casting 

  • Rod : 1-3lb;  1-4lb; 2-6lb; 3-10lb
  • Line : 3lb-8lb
  • Lures : Micro spoon 1.5gram-4gram;  Sinking minnow 2.5gram-5gram

Best Time to Fish in Mengalum Island

Anytime for Saltwater fishing,  however for stream usually MUST be before 7am in the morning.

#12 Bukit Merah Recommended by Zaki Png

“You can use casting and bottom to catch different fish species in these waters. Toman, haruan, sebarau and kerandang are the most common catches drawn to sinking minnow lures. Anglers can also use spinner-bait and soft plastic Zman.”

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What technique is suitable to be used in this location?

Casting / Bottom

What species of fish can you catch in the recommended fishing spot?

Toman / Sebarau / Haruan / Kerandang

What are your setups to catch the species?

Sebarau :

  • Rod : 4-10lb 6’3 – 8-17lb 6’6
  • Line : 8lb -15lb
  • Lure : Sinking minnow 5cm / Spoon / Popper 7cm

Toman :

  • Rod : 10-20lb 6’6; 15-30lb 7’2
  • Line : 20lb -40lb
  • Lure: Spinnerbait / Jump frog Size 7-8cm / Minnow size 11cm above / Crank 3m -5m / Pencil 11cm above /Sinking Vib 20g

Haruan :

  • Rod : 8-17lb 6′ ; 10-20lb 6’3
  • Line : 15lb -20 Lb
  • Lure : Soft plastic Zman / Soft Frog Size 4cm – 8cm

Best Time to Fish in Bukit Merah

Early in the morning

6.45am and late evening 5.pm – 7pm

Overall Best time to fish in Malaysia?

Fishing is all about timing and preparation. In Malaysia, the best fishing season runs from March to October. You can plan your trip before June or after August to avoid the tourist rush. The west coast is also off-limits during the heavy rainy seasons that begin as early as October and remain until late May. You can always look for a fishing charter and fishing guide if you are a complete beginner.

For deep-sea anglers, the best time to go fishing is mid-year and end-year monsoon season. Are you ready to explore opportunities for fishing in Malaysia? Comment Below To let us know!

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