Cuba Bass Fishing
About Treasure Island
Treasure Lake is located on the Zapata Peninsula in the Matanzas Province south of Havana and just six miles north of the Bay of Pigs. It consists of a main body of water about six square miles and a maze of canals and creeks spreading across 70 square miles. The Guama canal that bridges Guama Village, a replica of the original village of the native Taino Indians, is the only access to the lake. The Taíno were an Arawak people who were the indigenous people of the Caribbean and Florida. At the time of European contact in the late 15th century, they were the principal inhabitants of most of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti), and Puerto Rico. Treasure got its name from the belief that the Taino sunk a vessel filled with treasures in the lake to avoid it being taken by conquering thieves.
More recently however the lake received notoriety for being one of the best largemouth bass fishing lakes in Cuba. While indeed there were some huge bass caught in the 60’s and 70’s it quickly was diminished due to commercial fishing and the introduction of Tilapia. Well good news, due to conservation efforts and better enforcement of existing laws, the bass are back!!
Trek and its partners have designed a five day/four night trip that offers a night in Havana with some light touring, three nights in Playa Larga and three days fishing on Tresure Lake for largemouth bass. This exciting program will initially be available for only four anglers at a time until additional boats become available in the fall of 2018. What’s even more important, this program is compliant for legal travel by U.S. citizens under the OFAC category of “support for the Cuba People”. While the lake is not currently producing large trophy bass, there are plenty of fish in the 3-12 pound range and with current schedules for major re-stocking coming soon we expect trophy fish and more of them as a result. Season for bass on Treasure Lake is October-Mid May.
Located on beautiful Central Park in the heart of Havana, the Parque Central comprises two buildings, a colonial section and modern tower, linked by a stylish, underground tunnel. Both sections have independent lobbies, restaurants, and rooms. The newer tower is sleek, chic and contemporary, with a wood, glass and steel design theme set off by bright colors and textured fabrics. The colonial part is classic elegance: what you’d expect to find in a 5-star hotel in any global capital city. While we personally prefer the Colonial side, you will find both sections will offer the best service and accommodations in Havana. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks can be enjoyed in several restaurants in the complex, each dedicated to a different cuisine. The roof terraces of both sections have pools overlooking the entire city – and make the Parque Central an attractive option for guests and families with children who want to stay in the city center.
At Playa Larga we have renovated a new section of the Playa Larga Hotel and has been dedicated strictly for our anglers. This new section of the hotel features 24-hour security and private access to a new seaside Angler’s Lounge serving breakfast, burgers, appetizers and a has a full bar. The renovated rooms are located close to the water and are being updated to include well-appointed amenities such as new furniture, air conditioning, ceiling fans, television, separate sitting room and large bathroom. For dinner guests are treated to the best Paladares (locally owned restaurants) in the Playa Larga area and many have said this one of the highlights of the trip. Lobster, whole snappers, venison, and shrimp caught fresh every day will be the fare.