Fishing in Costa Rica

Fish Fish, Got My Wish!

The warm, cystalline waters of Costa Rica (Caribbean and Pacific) offer some of the best fishing in the world. Several species of fish like roosterfish, Pacific-fishing-Dorado.jpgsnapper and tuna can be caught year-round, so there really is no off season for fishing in Costa Rica.

Fishing Packages

We can set you up on a half-day, full-day or multi-day tour, inshore or offshore. If you're looking for an all-inclusive fishing package we can arrange that too.

  • We'd love to set you up with our friends in Barra del Colorado (Caribbean) for world-class tarpon and snook fishing or in Sierpe de Osa (Pacific coast) for world-class bill fishing. 
  • Father & Son Packages - Day or multi-day trips available 
  • Charter boats from Quepos, Jaco, Flamingo, Pavones & Golfito

Contact us about any of the above tours and tell us exactly what you're looking for. king-mackrel

What's Your Flavor?

Sport Fishing

Northern Pacific (Guanacaste Province)

Tamarindo, Playa del Coco and Flamingo are happenin' beach towns where the sport fishing is great all year-round. Playa Flamingo hosts an annual sport fishing tournament every July, when the tuna, marlin and sailfish are plentiful.

The most popular catches in these Pacific waters are:

  • Blue, black and striped marlin -  year-round, with peak times from November to mid-March
  • Yellow fin tuna - year-round, with peak times from August to October
  • Dorado
  • Sailfish - year-round, with peak times April to August
  • Contact us for one day or multi-day packages, private charters or whatever else you have in mind.
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Central Pacific

Quepos, Manuel Antonio and Jaco (Los Suenos) are the main launching points for sport fishing charters. October - May are the peak months here.  Contact us for the best charter trip for you. 

The warm waters of the central Pacific are full of:

  • Black snook - Good year-round
  • Cubera snapper - Great year-round
  • Rooster fish - Great year-round
  • Dorado -  October - April are best
  • Tuna peak in September & October
  • Pacific sailfish - peak season in Quepos is from November to April
  • Pacific Blue & Black Marlin - Good in May / June, October / November

Puntarenas also offers fishing charters, which we'll arrange for you. The best time is mid-December to April.

  • Wahoo
  • Dorado
  • Tuna
  • Marlin

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Southern Pacific (Osa Peninsula)

Dominical is great for inshore and offshore fishing where anglers get a run for their money. The fishing is good year-round, with peak season from December to April. snapper

The warm waters teem with:

  • Sailfish
  • Wahoo
  • Dorado
  • Marlin
  • Mackerel
  • Jacks
  • Roosterfish
  • Snapper

Let us hire a charter for you with professional captains.

Big fish are caught year-round in Drake Bay, which holds many big game fishing records (every species has their season). To access Drake Bay you'll need to come from the Sierpe River which is bordered by a mangrove estuary. Contact us for the best way we can get you there.

This area is home to:

  • Wahoo
  • Yellow fin tuna - December - April for 100lb+, year-round for 30lb+
  • Spanish mackerel
  • Marlin - Peak season is December - August
  • Sailfish - December - March is best
  • Dorado - late May - October
  • Roosterfish - all year
  • Snapper
  • Corvina
  • Snook - Best from May - July and January / February
  • Pacific cubera snapper (mainly found around the reef)

The country's best deep-sea fishing is in Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf). Most trip depart from Golfito, but for those who want to get away from it all, we can arrange for charter boats from Pavones, which is on the other side of the Sweet Gulf from Golfito.

  • Roosterfish Giant-Snook-Barra-del-Colorado.jpg
  • Jacks
  • Black tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Sailfish - January - April are peak months
  • Blue & black marlin - June - October are best
  • Dorado
  • Wahoo - June - November is best
  • Yellow fin tuna - Giant ones show up April - November
  • Snapper

Let us hire you a charter today.

North Caribbean 

Barra del Colorado has been rated as one of the top ten sport fishing places in the world and is known for snook and its monster 'silver bullets' or tarpon. Tarpon and snook tarpon can be taken any month of the year, but January thru May are considered the peak months. Late fall offers the best surf fishing when mackerel, big jack crevalle or bonita dorado can be caught. Several fishing lodges in Barra offer multi-day packages including transportation from San Jose. Let us arrange a trip into the jungle at  Archie Field's Rio Colorado Lodge. 

For those traveling with families who don't want to stay at a fishing lodge, day fishing excursions are available in Tortuguero where the tarpon and snook fishing is also pretty good, plus there's plenty for the family to do.

Parismina, a remote fishing village just south of Tortuguero, offers all-inclusive fishing retreats where tarpon and snook can also be caught year round. Contact us for reservations.

South Caribbean

Puerto Viejo and Cahuita will expose you to a new kind of fishing, yet it's not new to the local fishermen who have been doing artisan fishing for generations. On these tours you will hop into a small dugout canoe or wooden panga and use a hand reel and line. Bet you can't do this one at home, contact us for a tour.

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Freshwater Fishing (Fly and Lure)

Freshwater fishing in Costa is fabulous. Remote, tranquil mountain streams and freshwater and sweet-water lagoons harbor monster trout, rainbow bass, gar fish, snook and more. mojarra-fly-fishing-barra-del-colorado

Central Valley

Tapanti National Park

Tapanti National Park in the Orosi Valley is 1.5 hours from San Jose. The Rio Grande de Orosi is full of trout. Fishing is only permitted from April to October. Fishermen need a permit which can be purchased from the Minae office.

Southern Highlands of Costa Rica

Up in the mountains in between Cartago and San Isidro del General (aka Perez Zeledon), the cold mountain streams of the Savegre River are prime fly fishing habitat. Fish for huge rainbow trout in the San Gerardo de Dota Valley with lures from December to March. And if you're into fly fishing, you'll find the months of May and June to be the best.  Contact us to make a reservation at one of the lodges or to arrange a tour for a guided fishing excursion on the river.

Arenal Lake

This 100% man-made lake, created by ICE (the National Electrical Institute) in 1979 for hydroelectric power is one of the best freshwater fishing spots in all of Costa Rica. Catch tilapia, rainbow bass, machaca and mojarra. This sweet-water lake is 24 miles long and features the Arenal Volcano and rolling green hills as its primary backdrop. We'll arrange the best tour for you.

Northern Lowlands - Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Close to the Nicaraguan border, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge has a freshwater lagoon and many canals where numerous species of fish and other wildlife hide. Fishing is permitted here from July 1 to March 31 and can only be accessed boat from Los Chiles or Cano Negro village. You must also obtain a fishing license from the ranger station. Contact us for a reservation in one of the lodges around this area and one-day to multi-day fishing trips (licenses included).

  • Snook
  • Tarpon
  • Drum
  • Machaca
  • Rainbow bass
  • Gar fish

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