"Nowadays, Ebro River and the reservoirs of Ribarroja and Mequinenza are known worldwide thanks to the catfish. These places due to the quality, quantity, size and weight ratio are undoubtedly the top one destination for the passionate fishermen of this specie.
Now, thirty years after its introduction and once the catfish has been acclimated, it is recognized specie with its regulation, quotas, fishing hours, etc. which is so important for the fishermen who like excitement and extreme fishing.
Ebro River generates life everywhere; the food chain is abundant since the early stages of growth in the catfish.
You can observe from the river banks and see the variety of invertebrates that inhabit its waters and sustain carps, pike-perches and catfish.
In these waters, catfish has a big amount and variety of food and it’s the reason why it has increased in number in such a short time.
Its shores are full of wild vegetation and the average weight of the catfish, caught with released fishing method, is around 44 lbs (20 kgs). This area is really full of big fishes and they usually bite well and a lot.
We can say without any hesitation that Mequinenza and Ribarroja have the biggest catfish in Europe; especially the back of Cinca-Segre, which is an excellent place for anyone who wants to catch one of these giants above the 8 ft (2.46 m) . Cat fish record.
When we speak about the area between Chiprana and Escatrón, in Mequinenza reservoir, we mean about 20 km of river and reservoir with the dense vegetation and nature everywhere, murky waters and muddy bottom ideal for the catfish, with abundant food, bleaks, carps, pikes, etc. and where there is no fishing pressure due to the difficult access.
For the fisherman who likes launch fishing or released fishing it's a real paradise. There are some seasons of the year when it is not strange at all to have 10 bites in only one day, or to see catfish lying in wait for the carps on the water surface, or attacking in the daylight.
The other area I would like to write about is the Ebro River upstream, the Azud-Escatron to Sástago. You have 10 km of the river with several waterfalls, where bait fishing is not allowed, but you can do decoy fishing and it is a nice place to use small boats in these water.