TROUT FISHING: Argentina - Santa Cruz,
Intro & About the Area
Prior to 2007, Jurassic Lake was only known by its original name, Lago Strobel, and probably known to no one other than neighboring landowners and a few local anglers. But when Christer Sjöberg discovered this fishery, he coined the famous nickname, Jurassic Lake, and that put the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina on the international trout fishing map. The small number of international anglers who fished in this province were after Sea Run Brown Trout in the Rio Gallegos. Around the same time, articles were coming out about big Steelhead being caught in the Santa Cruz River. Santa Cruz, Argentina is now internationally considered a top fly fishing destination, and Jurassic Lake is considered THE WORLD’S BEST trophy Rainbow Trout fishing destination.
The Santa Cruz province is bordered by Chile to the west, the Chubut province to the north and the straights of Magellan and the province of Tierra del Fuego to the south. Travelers worldwide are drawn to Santa Cruz’s Glacier National Park and the growing Perito Moreno Glacier, which is the world’s 3rd largest fresh water reserve. The expansion of the glacier causes massive pieces of ice to frequently crumble into Lake Argentino making for a spectacular show for park visitors. Tourists can experience the glacier and other attractions from the picturesque town of El Calafate on the southern shore of the lake.
Santa Cruz is the second least populated province in Argentina but is one of Argentina’s most prosperous economies because of its vast resources of petroleum, gas, gold, gypsum, salt and coal. Sheep and commercial fishing are Santa Cruz’s second biggest export.