Golden Dorado


The Golden‍ Dorado, scientifically known as‍ Salminus brasiliensis,​ belongs to the⁣ Characidae family. This dynamic carnivorous fish is known for its⁣ striking color and the sheer power ⁢it exhibits when it’s hooked, putting up a strong ⁣fight and gracefully ⁢leaping out of the water.

Conservation Status

The‌ Golden Dorado⁣ is currently classified as “Least ‌Concern” by‍ the‍ International Union ⁢for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and numerous international and local conservation measures have been put⁤ in place to protect and ⁢sustain the fish and its‌ ecosystem.


Statistic Average Range
Length 80 cm 30 cm – 100 ​cm
Weight 15 kg 1 kg ​- 30 ⁤kg
Average Lifespan 10​ years


The‌ Golden Dorado is⁣ native to South⁤ America, wherein⁢ it‍ spans Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil. It does not ⁢possess any specific migration patterns and is typically a sedentary species, preferring fresh water environments.


The ⁢Golden Dorado predominantly inhabits ⁤freshwater rivers and basin areas. It tolerates ⁣a broad temperature range of 20-28 degrees​ Celsius ​and ‌can⁢ be found at‌ various depths, including shallow water ⁣bodies and deeper river sectors.

When and Where to See

Golden Dorado can ⁢be spotted ⁢throughout the year, but they are particularly ⁣abundant during the warmer months of October through March ⁣in the Southern Hemisphere. They are active primarily during ‌the day, ​especially⁤ in the morning and late afternoon.

Best Fishing Locations

  1. Parana River, Argentina
  2. Pantanal wetlands, Brazil
  3. Uruguay River, Uruguay
  4. Salto ‌Grande Dam, Argentina/Uruguay
  5. Yahapeand, Ita ⁤Ibate, Argentina

How to Catch

The ‌preferred baits for Golden ⁣Dorado are a ‌variety of large, brightly colored lures and flies. They can be caught by ⁣trolling, fly fishing, and bottom fishing, with the best ⁤times being early ⁢morning and late afternoon.

Identification Guide

The Golden Dorado is recognized by its⁢ bright gold color,⁢ enormous head, sharp⁣ canine-like teeth, and a dark, ⁣horizontal⁤ stripe that extends from its gill to⁤ its tail.


Golden‍ Dorado has ⁢a mild flavor profile and a medium-firm texture.⁢ It can be grilled, oven-baked, or‌ pan-seared. Its meat is nutritious and rich in ‌protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Additional Information

Golden Dorado is a top-level predator⁢ in its environment, feeding primarily on smaller fish. It⁤ is known⁣ for its aggressive nature and​ high‌ leap when⁣ it is hooked, adding thrill to the angling experience. Historically, the Golden Dorado is also seen as a symbol of bravery and endurance in various South American cultures due to its golden color and strong fighting ‌spirit.

References and Further ‌Reading

For further insight into ‍Golden Dorado’s‍ behavior, ⁢ecology, and angling techniques, refer to the following ‍sources: