The Paya Indah wetlands in Malaysia have such huge potentials as a sport fishing and eco tourism paradise. If only the party in charge is willing to make some effort.
This is a case of you reap what you sow. Only there is no sowing being done.
Forget about the crocodile and hippo enclosures in the wetlands. They are boring. Pathetic even. Let’s go straight into the fishy stuffs because we know those are what you want see and find out.
The photos shown here are taken at places that are not normally where the public are allowed access to. They used to be accessible and facilities such as toilets, information signage, viewing platforms and towers can be found at many places.
After the wetlands was closed down for many years and re-opened, these backstage places never saw the light of day anymore. The public areas now are near the entrance and is actually only a very small section of the entire Paya Indah wetlands.
If you are thinking “Oh man, the place must be over flowing with fishes since entry is restricted”. Boy, you are wrong. Even with such expanse of water the aquatic population is very unbalanced. Sure, there are fish everywhere but not even close to what you would expect from a place like this.
One have to work hard to catch fish. We came to this conclusion after many visits and from trying out many techniques.
Giant snakehead (toman) and striped snakehead (haruan) are by far the most common species caught though many species of fish are said to lurk in the lakes around the wetlands.
Many parts of the Paya Indah wetlands is truly beautiful. Too bad its potential as a eco-sports tourism destination is totally ignored.