Fish species: Mekong giant catfish and striped catfish.

Fishing type: Bait fishing.

Location: Soi Mungkorn-Kandi Km. Soi entract is located at 8 Theparak, Muang Samut Prakan. About 30km from downtown Bangkok.

Directions in Thai/ทางไปบ่อตกปลา:

ทางไปบ่อ สกุณา เขตสมุตรประการ

  1. ไปทางถนนเทพารักไปทางบางพลี
  2. ไปที่ กม. ที่ 8 แล้ว กลับรถแล้วชิดซ้าย
  3. เลี่้ยวช้ายที่ เซเวนที่มีป้ายหมู่บ้านลลิล
  4. ตรงไปเรื่อยๆ แล้วพอหมู่บ้านลลิลอยู่ซ้าย ตรงข้ามทางขวาก็จะเป็นทางเข้าบ่อ


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Operating hours: Open daily 10am-10pm

Contact information: 02-755-4433

Price:

B100 per rod on weekdays

B120 per rod on Saturday

B150 per rod on Sunday

B60 after 6pm everyday

Description: Spelt either Sakuna or Skunar in English (สกุณา in Thai). Here is one of the cheaper alternatives to the popular Bungsamran for the Mekong hunters out there. The pricing is the same for everyone and there are individual little huts to sit in, free of charge.

There are no wooden docks or obstacles in the water to snap your line so you wouldn’t have to worry about a naughty fish trying to dive under the docks like Bungsamran.

Instead of wooden or concrete docks Sakuna fishing park offers a grass lawn that is trimmed weekly. Another very wonderful part about this pond is their free bait mixing service. Purchase the ingredients for your bait at the counter and let the staff mix the bait for you in their bait mixing machines, this service is also free of charge.

The pond’s restaurant also has a very respectable menu serving all sorts of Thai food and seafood.


Tackle information: Since there are Mekongs in the pond one should always be prepared for a big fight just in case. However the Mekongs rarely ever feed at the bottom so a rig for bottom feeding would usually ensure that the Mekongs won’t bite. All bait used in Sakuna must be purchased there. The most popular bait both the Mekong and the striped catfish is what they call a “yua nuad” (เหยื่อนวด), or literally “massaged bait”. This is a combination of coconut milk, bread, fruity essence, “nom maew” essence and some pond water blended into an almost play-dough substance in their mixing machines.

Pond difficulty: Medium. The striped catfish here are high in abundance here. One will take the bait almost every single cast and they are not too big. The Mekongs of this pond are no where near as plenty as Bungsamran but they can get pretty big with the  bigger ones being at around 60kg. Due to their scarcity compared to Bungsamran the Mekongs here usually take a while before they bite but when they do you can expect a good fight on your hands.

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let someone do the mixing for you!

They are about this big

40 Responses to Sakuna – Where the grass is always green

  1. Robert Wong says:

    Hi there,

    I hail from Singapore, and had been fishing around Thailand for a short time, around Bangkok, Khao Laem Dam, Phuket, Chiangmai and K. Samui.
    I had not fished at Skunar before, and would certainly like to fish here one day.
    BSR is good with larger fishes, but a change in location would be good, right?
    Tight Lines.

    Robert Wong

    • oh yes, Skunar/Sakuna is a fantastic place to go significantly cheaper for foreigners.

      tight lines indeed,

      Bangkokhooker.

      • Khaled Maruf says:

        Hi,

        Can you arrange me someone experienced for a fishing trip to Sakuna on 28 February. I will be staying at Soi 4 Schumvit.

        What will be the cost, and facilites arranged?
        Will Bungsamran be good for me instead?

        Please reply.

        Regards,

        Maruf

  2. roby says:

    hi

    your website is super!ILIKE what you do..
    I hawe a couple questions:if I come to fishing on(sakuna)lake can they arange everything for good fishing:eqipment(rood and reel …)quide?if I hire equipment and quide,what is the cost?
    -I woud like to go also fishing on BUNG SAN RAN:quides ther propably not speak anglish?is this a problem?its not mouch to talk aboat..I think…
    thaks for youar replay roby

  3. roby says:

    and another thing:bait?can I buy ther on the lake?
    thx roby

  4. Robert Wong says:

    Skunar is next on my list for fishing. Read so much about it that I would want to give it a try. Since there are no snags here, can I use a 30lb line?

    • Yes 30lb line is fine. Happy fishing!

    • James says:

      Hay everyone,Sorry I have not potsed a comment lately. I’ve been having to much fun this summer on the river to spend any time on the computer, but it is raining cats and dogs today so here I go. The river and the weather have been awesome and the paddling has been so good. Everyday on the river is different and you never know what you will see. The bald eagles have been seen by most groups that paddle the river below our shop, and one guest even had a black bear run across the river in front of him. There is so much wildlife in the area that chances are you will see something as you float down river. With all the rain overnight and today the river should be running at a little high level for the rest of the week so there should be some fun white water for the next couple of days. Nows the time to get out here and have a wet and wild time.See you on the river,Jason

  5. Alex West says:

    My younger brother used to go to Sakuna very often to let off some steam (usually when he was out of ‘happy-leaves’…). I joined him once -not to fish though-, which was quite entertaining. I think people even gamble there on Sundays on who catches the biggest fish…

    • Robert Wong says:

      I managed to fish at Skunar for two days last week. Not too many people and I used the bait sold at the fishing park. Managed to catch less than 4 fish weigh about 2 kg to 3 kg only. There were two other fishermen there who catch many fishes, but also small. Seems like the bigger fishes are not biting.

    • Alex West says:

      @ Robert Wong – seems that many people who went fishing lately (either in fishing ponds or in the wild) have little tales of success to report of…could be the sudden change of weather.

      Contrary to popular believe, fish do not bite more when or after rain (personal experience).

  6. Robert Wong says:

    Being the first time there, I just used the kherng bait (fishmeal) sold at Skunar. They mixed it with some essences. Not very effective though.
    I tried to add some kluay and did get some bites.
    What bait do you recommend using? Maybe I can use your ‘secret bait recipe’ the next time I go to fish there. LOL

  7. Tim Spooner says:

    Went to Skunar with my wife’s brother-in-law, who fishes there regularly. He laughed at the gear I had brought with me from NZ and supplied me with a stronger rod. I thought I would be catching 3kg fish. First cast to the middle of the pond using the bait supplied. Wait 3 minutes. First fish on!!! Took 20 minutes to land it and weighed about 30kg. So it went on, fish after fish, wait no more than 2 minutes after cast and no small fish at all.Biggest fish was the last one we caught, about 60kg. Luckily I live only 10 minutes away so will be going again many times, after I get some new and much stronger gear. This is not the place for light lines. I was really happy to have my English speaking b-i-l as my guide, made a huge difference to our success. He is a Vet but like most fisherman, he would rather be fishing than working. He could guide for you as well, just send me a message and will pass on details.

    • Bangkokhooker says:

      Haha, I’d like to see what kind of gear you brought to induce laughter from your brother-in-law!

      • Tim Spooner says:

        Let’s just say that the gear would be fine for sea fishing in NZ where you expect to catch snapper and other species up to about 10kg.All brand new and not used so it was not the appearance and the gear is certainly stronger than a tooth-pick. So, I thought it would be fine for largeer freshwater fish at Skunar (like NZ trout). I had no idea that I would need a winch attached to a 4WD to drag those monsters ashore!!! My arms and back are still aching today. Whoever says that there are no big fish at Skunar must be casting into the drainage ditch next door! As well as new rod and a bigger spinning reel, a full size gimbel belt is on my shopping list (not the type that holds a boiled egg, I want the type with armour plating behind the cup to look after my jewels). The other great thing about Skunar is no extra pricing for farangs. I should also say that there would have only been about 20 fisherment in total yesterday.

    • Cheam says:

      Great catch there …would be going there soon…since the bait sold at sakuna not effective…what bait did u use during your trip…did u make it yourself or buy the bait ready ? Would appreciate it if u could share this?

      • Tim Spooner says:

        The bait sold at Skunar IS effective. In fact, I think that it is compulory to use their bait, as everybody I saw fishing was using their supplied bait. It comes in a very large container anyway, which makes it impractical to think about taking your own bait along. They had a selection of flavour enhancers and they mix it all for you and deliver it to your fishing spot. Cannot ask for better service than that AND the bait is cheap. It just looks strange and if you have not used before, ask somebody else there how to ball it up for putting on the hook.It will be roughly the size of a cricket ball. My observation is that casting to the right place to present the bait is the most important key to success. Will be there again later this week and next week and can’t wait to get stuck into those giants again.

    • Khaled Maruf says:

      Hi,

      I will be visiting bangkok during 20 Feb and have a day spared for fishing on 28 Feb. Can your brother in law guide me in fishing at Sakuna. Can you give me his phone no so that i can contact with him. I will be staying at Soi 4.

      Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.

      regrds,

      Maruf

    • michael says:

      i would like to try sakuna out.will your b.i.l be able to guide me ?

  8. Cheam says:

    Thanx for the reply and advice…will try the bait there…tight lines!

  9. Bob Bowden says:

    can you keep a fish or two?

  10. Simon Andrews says:

    Hi Oz,

    any siamese carp in Sakuna?

  11. Adam says:

    Hi there My old man recently took me fishing and i have nit stopped going since . I fish from saphan taksin bridge but some days the water is too black i think not even a bite. Anyway i would like to fish here i have a cheap fishing set how much will i need to soend on kit and will this place be too much for a beginer? Thanks guys

  12. Simon says:

    Can we buy the hook and “spring” cage for the bait at the pond?

  13. FishingCat says:

    Recently visited Sakuna. Staff were friendly and helpful. Fishing difficulty was not high. Ticket was Baht 120 per rod on weekday.

  14. Mike says:

    Just a missing information to add:
    Renting a rod is possible. 250 thb.

    We were two people, rented rods, bought bait, entry fee. Total was 785 thb. During weekday.

  15. Albert says:

    Hello i’m thinking of trying sakura also, can i rent all the gear there ??? And also i don’t have a car can i grab a taxi to the lake ? Curently staying in bangkok ok sukhumvit …..

  16. Tobias says:

    Hi guys, can I stay over night at or close to the lake? Thanks for your answers

  17. GRAHAM says:

    hi there is it possible to fish with a light rod that could hold a 15 pound fish and just target the smaller species ?

  18. GRAHAM says:

    hi there is it possible to fish with a light rod that could hold a 15 pound fish and just target the smaller species ?ffefe

  19. patrick says:

    Went there at 5pm, 80 bath acces to the pond 300 for renting a rod. They have styrofoam coils which float on the top, i don’t like it at all. Makong catfish are bottom feeders which makes this technique useless. Nets are 60 bath for rent otherwise you have to pull out the fish with the hand which can be quite dangerous. They obviously want to make money. Many very experienced thai poeple, if you have some skilled poeple next to you with the right scent in their bait the fish will prefere their bait and you end up with less than a fish per hour. The fish are great: 5 kilo up, after 9 pm when there were about 10 poeple left on the pond i finally got some fishes, the last one about 40kg.

  20. Imran says:

    today on 7th December 2016, I went at sakuna fishing park, taxi take 160 bhat from ladkrabang (near airport). its is a nice park you can find big fish, cost for entry 120 bath bait 40 bath, use strong line and big rods, you can also use small rods but big rod is batter, policy is catch and release, you can take rod on rent but i have my own. its cheaper place as compares to others. It was my first time into some park fishing. However i catch 6 fishes 2 kg to 15 kg but i missed fresh natural fishing which i normally used to. in parks you can have fun fun but natural has no match at all.

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