Amazonian redtail catfish

An Amazonian redtail caught during sunset

Fish species: arapaima, Amazonian redtail catfish, alligator gar, tiger shovelnose, barramundi, Asian redtail catfish, giant snakehead, Siamese giant carp and spot pangasius.

Fishing type: Lure and bait.

Location: Off highway 323 in Amphoe Baan Poeng, Ratchaburi province.


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GPS coordinates: 13.862924,99.835178

Operating hours: Open daily from 6am-6pm but advanced booking required.

Price: B3,500 for lure fishing and B7,000 for bait fishing. Rods for rent at B1,000 via the guides stationed there but you should call in advance to book the rods.

IMPORTANT: To fish here one must book in advance.

Description: The world famous IT Lake Monsters has constantly been featured on many international fishing shows such as, Extreme Fishing with Robson Green. After looking at their line-up of fish species it’s no surprise why. Not only do they stock some serious international predators but they are also mostly trophy-sized when compared to almost anywhere else.

Not only can one fish for the predator fish but there is also the option to go for the vegetarian species including their Siamese giant carp, the Julien’s Price carp and the Mekong giant catfish. In the near future these fish will be moved into their second pond.

The highlight fish here is definitely their arapaima, which has grown to goliath proportions. However, they are a little more elusive than the other fish so catching one would be quite a challenge.

The clubhouse is quite attractive with hammocks right on the waterfront for the sleepy fisherman. They don’t have their own kitchen so the food selection is limited to the stalls and restaurants nearby that will be picked up by the staff. The toilets here are clean and there are seats for them (no squat toilets thank god).

One thing people never mention about the pond is the fact that is it situated between two factories: a sugar factory and a motorcycle parts factory. On certain days the sugar factory’s waste water will stench up the air and the motorcycle factory will be extremely loud. Nevertheless, it’s a small price to pay (including the fishing ticket) for trophy fish from all over the world.

Tackle information: The fish here can get quite big and quite aggressive especially the Amazonian redtail. Your tackle should be able to handle fish of up to 20kg or more and have plenty of line. If you are lure fishing be sure to arm yourself with plenty of tilapia and fishlike swim baits as the main feed there is live tilapia.

Pond difficulty: Lure fishing here can be quite difficult unless they are chumming the water with live tilapia. With bait fishing you would not have to wait long for a bite but what species you catch more of really depends on the day and is quite unpredictable.

A tourist holds up a monstrous barramundi


Tiger shovelnose catfish

giant snakehead

Siamese giant carp

Alligator gar

The clubhouse

13 Responses to IT Lake Monsters

  1. Andreas Badel says:

    my name is Andreas Badel
    I would. 01.März.2013 am happy at IT Monster Lake Fishing Can I book with you. And how expensive would it be?
    Greetings from Germany

  2. Deni McCormack says:

    Hi, absolutely can’t wait to fish here. Can you send me some info on prices and such.
    I would be interested in targeting arapima.Would need rod rental and guide.

  3. Kelson says:

    I would like to check out the price too. Can you kindly send me the chargers to fish over there with own equipment and without???

  4. Christopher says:

    Hi there,
    We are looking at going to Thailand next year and while I am over there I am interested in visiting your IT lakes after seeing it on a couple of fishing shows, Can you send me more details please.



  5. nangze says:

    Can I have your telephone number .

  6. nangze says:

    I am interested to visit your lake tomorrow .
    I will appreciate you give your contact no.

  7. andrea puppo says:

    I would book one day for 2 anglers from 19 January 2016 to 23 January 2016 let me know your availability.thanks

  8. Stevo says:


    I am a German angler, who want to catch some nice fishes in Thailand….
    I will get to Bkk on 1st of December.
    Looking for some fishing days.

  9. Ton Schel says:

    I would like to come fishing because i am in Thailand now maybe i am to late but i want to try. I hope to speake to you Guy’s to mail tomorrow. Thanks

  10. Gavin says:

    Hi. I m planning a trip to it lake . Can I know the price for the fishing package. We will bring our own equipment. We just need transport, and guide.

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