Dennis Melton

Phone(507) 6792-8027

It is about 50 miles to Arenosa you can either rent a car and drive or take a taxi or van from the city. We do not provide transportation. Here are a few reliable bilingual taxi drivers names and cell phone numbers that have brought people out here before. Luis 6-601-2826, Gabino 6-513-6327, Javier 6-684-0846 and Moises 6-657-3403. You will need to contact them directly to make arrangements
Driving Directions to Arenosa
The roads all the way to Arenosa are paved and in good condition and it only takes a little over an hour to drive the 50 miles from Panama City. The first 30 miles (48KM) is on four lane divided highways and the last 20 miles (31KM) is on a two lane road.


Fishing Trips 
I have a 24 foot pontoon boat that I rent to one of the local guides to take people out when there are more than two or three people or when a group wants or needs something more comfortable than a bench seat in a Jon boat all day. The rated capacity of the boat is ten people but I do limit fishing parties to six people or less so they can fish off the pontoon in real comfort.   There are comfortable chairs for all and even a stereo Radio/CD/MP3 system under a 13 X 8 foot canopy for the sun with side curtains in case of a heavy rain. (Bring your own MP3 player if you like.) Fishing trips on the pontoon boat are $150/day for the boat, fuel and guide. The guide can get live minnows for $5/100. Suggested amounts are 200 minnows for 2-3 fishermen and adding an additional hundred for every two fishermen over that. You can bring your own tackle if you like.  If you don't bring your own tackle we have light spinning rods and reels and tackle available for $5/person additional. If you don’t have a cooler there are also coolers on board for your use. The only other costs involved, besides food and drinks, would be a tip to the guide and filleting fish at 10 cents each.  Besides my pontoon boat there are several local guides that take people fishing in small (14 to 18 foot) aluminum Jon boats for about $60 a day, if you have your own rods, reels and tackle. 
Sport fishermen routinely catch 50 or more Peacock Bass in a day's fishing trip. 
I have been fishing out at Arenosa since 1999 and found that the guides out here know the lake and know where to fish. Even if you aren't a fisherman, you will catch fish on Lake Gatun. The lake is chocked full of fish and even non-fisher persons always have a good time. By the way, you don't have to be on Lake Gatun at the crack of dawn to catch fish. Peacock Bass are sight feeders therefore an early morning start works out just fine. In fact, if I had to guess I would say that most of the fish caught are caught from 9:00 AM on. If you want to take some home with you to cook up there are people that will skin and fillet your catch for ten cents per fish. Just bring some zip lock bags with you to carry the fillets home in.