Silversides to the Wade in Adela and Melincue

The two Buenos Aires lagoons are areas ideal for attempting this type of fishing, as exciting as challenging. Image gallery.

Silverside fishing to the Wade is one of the most exciting ways to collect the most popular species among Argentine fishermen. Many shore-fishing fans who fear to embark, you will find an interesting variant into the various fields with waders, to live an intense and effective way fishing.

On this occasion we find two areas well different, but very suitable for you to get advantage fishing with water above the knee. One of them, which made time did not speak, is the laguna de Melincué, and the other is better known but we decided to relieve him from a newly opened fisheries: Adela Lake.

350 km from Buenos Aires on route 8 until passing Hughes and then taking provincial routes 93 and 90 to the lagoon, Melincué has unique characteristics in its quality of water and fish fauna.

Motivated by data from local fishermen who were removing them few but good silverside, we decided to visit it knowing full well that is not a fishing of large yields, but yes is a proposal only in a territory wide radius and it is the center of the province of Santa Fe, devoid of other nearby swampy areas. Why is celebrated, although shy, pejerrey species return to the lagoon.

Historical floods

To understand the current aquatic dynamics we need to explore the historical processes of its fish fauna, pointing out in three situations of flood where mackerel were introduced. The first in the 60’s, when fry of Chascomús is brought. Then, in 1979, were planted fingerlings of Junín.

And according to data provided by the local amateur Hugo Toscano, Silversides of the current process absconded from a mirror of the neighbouring village of Elortondo had planted people in the local fishing club. “It’s the first time in the history of the lagoon that fauna fish got to adapt to conditions of low dimension of water and high concentration of iodine. We have gone from a ph of 7 to 13 and Silversides was incredibly assimilated,”says local journalist and this fisherman.

With a high elevation, Lake salts and iodine dissolved in a large water mass. What is new is the survival of these pejes while Lake looks low: today Melincué is a nearly circular pot of 25 thousand hectares, which have become 50 thousand in the past. On its shores are the effects of iodine and salts, that to retire the water look like a naked lace without traces of vegetation. Yet silverside of Melincué appears to have made to spawn, offering an encouraging increased progression in yields in the past years, which today allows suck – on a good day – a dozen of parts per day.

Note published in the Edition 492 weekend, September 2013. If you want to buy the copy, call Tel.: (011) 4341-8900. To subscribe to the magazine and receive it free of charge at your home address, click here.