Bumping another somewhat old thread but seems there is frequent intest here so....
I will focus my coments on fishing in northern peru along the coast.
You can go to trujillo and visit huanchaco and fish off the pier there. Lots of great fish caught right from the pier. However if you want to experience something different, and if your spanish is good, you can simply approach one of the locals who hang out by the caballitos de totoras and ask them to take you out. They usually use nets but know where to go, and will probably be happy to let you fish with a rod. Best to go out when the surf is small, but also super fun to use this traditional method which has been used for thousands of years.
You can safely fish from the beach to the north of the pier and out to the end of the dirt road there, but use caution if you are alone. There is also a great marine institute there by the pier in huanchaco which displays all the local varieties of fish caught in the peruvian coastal waters. They have a very knowledgeable staff as well so feel free to ask questions, but best to speak spanish:-)
In this marine institute there are a few sharks on display, so while it is common for the peruvians to deny existence of sharks within their waters, generally speaking, if there is open ocean, there are sharks! There are definitely sharks in peru but it is doubtful you will see or catch one without lots of time, experience, and a good guide.
As you head north the coastal port town of chicama is a really cool little town with many local fisherman. They also have a big long pier which you can fish from and if you want an exta special experience.....I have a contact who owns a nice seaworthy boat who can guide you to an offshore island, to stay and fish out there for the whole day is quite an experience. This trip is best done when the surf is small and early in the morn when the winds are light. These waters are very rich and you will not go back empty handed. On top of this the island has a large population of seals and humboldt penguins, so you can see the amazing colonies there which is worth the trip in itself. I have some pics and will come back here to update this thread with my island pics. If you are into fishing and go to the trujillo area this trip is really a must do, it was one amazing experience to be out there, fishing, enjoying the wilderness of this island.
As you go north from chiare about re is abut twenty miles of very remote coastline all easily accessed by 4x4 and completely super safe. Nobody will mess with you there, son buenas personas, gente puro simple people also if you see anyone there they are alple very friendly fishermene fishermen. Youanywheretup anywher on about a twenty km stretch of very beautiful beach between there and puemape. You can drive all the way to puemape along the beach, just be careful of large rocks or the slow pelicans. This zone is extremely ripe with tons of fish, the beach is always loaded with pelicans that are so fat from gorging on fish they cant even move! I stretchthis strtch of beach and mainly used it to go from chicama to puemape for surf trips rather than leaving to drive the panamerican, but i also fished a few times and neverempty handedemptyhan met really, et realoy friendly and cool locals as well as the occasional tourists, local peruvians who came down from chiclayo to Lastly in puemape there is a nice rock outcropping you can fish from, as well as very safe and friendly locals:-) they have caballitos in puemape also and you may be able to ask nicely to borrow or rent one from a local. I did this for free but if i caught anything i would share it with the locals, who will also cook up a mean lunch for you!fish there.
Nortyou can continue along the coast but it gets a little more dangerous, best to be in a group and know the 4x4 road, untilof there is pacasmayo and they have a nice pier and some boats you can also contra Boats are best used when the surf is small, or it will be pretty crazy,also best in early morn when the winds are light.ct in town. Continuing north to pimentel, it more a bit, ore sketchy due to the proximity of the big city of chpuerto but pierto eten is quite nice and a little out of the way.
Heading north from chiclayo yooff at turn of at bayovar and be super ca this ara is super super dangerous x3 very dangerous and lots of banditos, but then eventually you can get to the beach and away from the impoverished port of bayovar. Going both north and south on the coast it seems there are many opportunities but best to go in a group or with a guide and always 4x4.
From there north you arrive at paita, unfortunately i have not yet spent any time there but heard nice things about this port town.
Next up is talara. Stay away from this area. Rough and dirty lots of commercial fishing and very dangerous. However driving north from talara to lobitos you can arrive at a very safe and mellow rural beach community that has lots of security due to the military presence. You can fish from a pier there or hire a boat but use caution. Also lots of open beaches and easy access, along with very safe and friendly locals.
Heading north from lobitos there are many other spots along the coast with easy access, and if you have 4x4 can get off the beaten track easy. There is cabo blanco they have a nice pier and you can also hire locals to take you out on their boats but again use caution. Going north onto the areas around mancora you will find plenty of beaches with very easy acccess and lots of safe spots but best to use caution here and go with a guide or in a group. So many spots, too many to name and many nameless long stretches of open beach.
Well i never ventured much past mancora but hope to get all the way up to the ecuadorian border one day if possible.
During my last time in Peru I spent the most time in the la libertad area so i would highly reccomend it, seems the anchoveta is making a comeback there now, as day after day i would see millions of seabirds blanketing the sky and they we there for a reason, to feed on the inshore anchoveta. It was really an amazing site to see, having aveled the world over for surfing i jave never seen such a site and it was a sign to me the waters were teaming with life! I can fully understand why this zone has been fished since ancient times!
I also can personally vouch for the boat contact I have as a very trustworthy and safety oriented person. I actually bought the motor for his boat and so we went on a few good fishing trips when the surf was down. They even speak a little english....so if you are intersted in this just PM me for contact info, i can provide a cell, email, and local contact info.
Might i also say that i have been on the trip they sell in paracas to the tourists that takes you out to the island there, and the trip in chicama to the offshore island there is very similar, only without the crowded tourist boat. Just you and a few locals and lots of wildlife. I was even dreaming of somehow getting this setup as a busniess similar to the famous tours they give out of paracas, but that is a long term goal and mostly just to benefit the locals of the fishing port of malabrigo/puerto chicama:-)
Apart from the significant time i spent along the ocean, there were a few lakes and rivers up north in the sierra that would probably be quiye worthwhile. I have many pics and since i have some free time on my hands right now, ill try to put together some pics and post up the names of these out of the way spots. My only concern with the lakes, rivers, and creeks in the sierra is that they may be highly contaminated due to the informal, illegal, unregulated, rampant mining in these areas. They may also not exactly be the safest spots, so always exercise extreme caution in the sierra, be very friendly and ask for permission, if you can find authority figures who can guide you that is even better:-) bueno suerte.
Hope this post was helpful!