Category Archives: Pacu


For those looking for a real laid back fishing experience in small ponds full of fish there is Crocolandia.  It is a zoo/animal rescue and conservation effort that is located in Biasong, Talisay City, just south of Cebu City.  Here is a map of the spot:


Great place for family fishing trip

Benches to sit Shaded fishing area, Snack bar, other animals to see

Lots of fish and some big ones too

Bamboo poles available at no extra cost


Only two small ponds to fish

Entrance fee (kids-50php, adults-100)


Tilapia, Red Pacu, Striped Snakeheads and possibly others


Crocolandia was started as a sanctuary for the fast disappearing species of Philippines saltwater crocs and alligators.  It has since expanded to include a wide variety of both native and introduced species of animals.  They have resident biologists and consulting vetrenarians that ensure that the animals, birds and reptiles are healthy and well taken care of.

The fishing ponds at Crocolandia are a relatively new addition to the zoo and provide another fun activity there.  The ponds are relatively small and are not that deep but they do hold an abundance of tilapia, snakehead and large pacu.  To fish there at Crocolandia just inform the staff and they will assist you.

You can keep the fish that you catch there and purchase them to bring home.  However we also recommend that you release the snakeheads to hep keep the already booming population of small tilapia at bay.


( 6/10 )  I rate this spot as a 6 because I prefer fishing in natural wild environments. However if you are looking for a fun spot to take the family this place is excellent.


Don’t forget about the entrance fee.

Ask for a guided tour of the zoo to learn a lot of interesting stuff about the animals.

Say Hi to Lapu-Lapu, the largest Croc that is there.  If you are lucky you may catch them at feeding time.


Crocolandia fishing

Vince caught a good size pacu there.

zoo in Cebu

A great place for a fun day with the family!

snakehead spots cebu

The two fishing ponds at Crocolandia



Here is their well kept Facebook page:

Red Pacu ( Piaractus brachypomus )

red pacu

Common Name:   Pacu, Pirapatinga,

Local Name:  Pacu (Tagalog);  Pacu (Cebuano)

Max Size:  88 cm (25 kgs)

Biodiversity:   Freshwater

Depth:  0 – 15 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:   none

Recommended Bait:  Masa, Insects,

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

Colossoma bidens

This is a freshwater species of fish that is native to South America.  It was introduced into the Philippines from Singapore in the 1980s via the aquarium trade.  It is now a common species that can be caught mainly in private ponds though the BFAR has proposed this fish be stocked in rivers and lakes where the water hyacinth plants are a problem.  It is currently bred throughout the country in ponds and is readily available in local pet shops.

This fish has the reputation of being a vegetarian, though it is more correctly a omnivore.  It can be taken on dough bait, worms, bread and a variety of other bait by fishermen.

These fish grow quite rapidly and can reach weights of over 3kgs.  They are also an excellent food fish.

fishing Crismar

Troy’s Red Pacu from Crismar

If you have any pictures of Pacu you have caught here in the Philippines please send them to me and I will include them in this post 🙂