Costa Rica Fishing

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An Anglers Paradise

Costa Rica is a stunning destination for the avid angler. The Pacific Coast boasts fish species such as the Roosterfish, Marlin, Snapper, Sailfish, Dorado Wahoo, Tuna and many more.  The Caribbean Coast can offer you game such as the Big Tarpon and Big Snook. If you want to fish for the beautiful and strong Guapote (Rainbow Bass), Lake Arenal is the places to be. The peak seasons for fishing varies a lot, depending on where you decide to fish and what species of fish you are after. That means that no matter what time of year an angler chooses to take his/her fishing trip, they are sure to find big game. Come and experience the thrill and excitement of Costa Rica fishing and read about our fishing packages below.

Sustainable Fishing in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a strict policy of catch and release in order to protect its marine resources. This knows its strongest expression in the law against bring billfish on the boat. If carriers were to break this law, they risk heavy fines as well as loss of the vessel. So, make sure you respect this law and don’t drag the fish on board for a photo.

In 2018, Costa Rica announced its plan to create the fishing industry as well as the fishing tourism more sustainable to the benefit of marine diversity, the economy and ocean health. My Costa Rica only supports sustainable practices in line with our own environmental and social goals.

Fishing Seasons

Although there are specific Fishing seasons some months are better to catch certain types of fish. Please consult the list below.

 Fish Type 

 January – March

 April – June 

 July – September

 November – December

 Roosterfish Great Great Fair Great
 Grouper  Great Great Great Great
 Snapper Great Great Fair Great
 Amberjack Great Great Fair Fair
 Mackerel Good Good Good Good
 Marlin Great Fair Fair Great
 Sailfish Great Fair Fair Great
 Dorado  Great Good Good Good
 Yellow fin tuna Great Great Fair Fair
Guapote(Rainbow Bass) Good Good Good Good
 Machaca Good Good Good Good
 Tarpon  Good Good Good Good

Fishing in Costa Rica: Atlantic Vs Pacific

Where to go for the best sports fishing in Costa Rica is a great question to consider when planning your trip.  It clearly depends on what one is looking for. Located at the Marriott Los Suenos Resort, the Costa Rica Fishing Report is a great operation with charter boats and vacation rentals available in Jaco, Manuel Antonio National Park, and Quepos.  There are quite a few quality charters in Guanacaste.  We are happy to arrange charters out of great Northern Pacific destinations such as Carillo, Samara, Garza, Nosara, Tamarindo, and Flamingo.  Also out of the Southern Pacific ports of Drake Bay, Mata Palo, Puerto Jimenez and Golfito near the majestic and wild Corcovado National Park.

For Big Snook and Big Tarpon, try the Caribbean Coast where you will find great fishing lodges.  Also in Barra del Colorado, Rio Colorado, Tortuguero, Rio Parma, Rio Frio, and Cano Negro, on the San Juan River and even on Lake Nicaragua. The Caribbean Coast has offshore fishing limitation along the coast.  So anglers will find their thrill in the estuaries, the backwaters, the lagoons and the wide rivers like those that extend inland from Tortuguero to Barra de Colorado, that is the two main Sports Fishing Centers of the Caribbean. Expect to catch Barracuda, Tarpon, Grouper, as well as many other types of fish.

lake arenal costa rica aquatic adventures at the feet of giants fish

Sportfishing at Lake Arenal with Jacamar

Arenal. Excursion
Yellowfin Fishing

Sportfishing Angelica IV 29′ Feet Sportfisher

Tamarindo. Ocean, Nature
Barnacle II

Sportfishing Bernacle II 36′ Feet Ocean Boat

Tamarindo. Nature, Ocean

Sportfishing BrindisiToo 50′ Feet Bertram Boat

Tamarindo. Ocean, Nature
Fishing Costa Rica Experts

Sportfishing Bushwacker 42′ Feet Bertram Boat

Flamingo. Ocean, Nature
Deep Sea Sportfishing Sea

Sportfishing Circle Hooker 29′ Feet Pursuit Boat

Tamarindo. Ocean, Nature
Fishing Costa Rica

Sportfishing Navigator 32′ Feet Gamefisherman Boat

. Ocean, Nature
Yellowfin Fishing

Sportfishing Scorpion 58′ Feet Bertram Boat

. Ocean, Nature
Wetass fishing

Sportfishing Wetass II 31′ Feet Boat

Flamingo. Ocean, Nature
Arenal Sport Fishing

Fishing Tour at Lake Arenal

Arenal. Drinks, Snack, Transfer, Equipment.
From: Over $100

Los Sueños Marina Jaco

Jaco Marina

The Jaco Los Suenos Marina is a stunning place to go Sports Fishing and there is more than enough boats and fishing gear to keep you going the whole day. Los Sueõs did a fantastic job of creating a incredible and memorable marina. Not only can you enjoy the Marina but there are fabulous Vacation Rentals and Villas for you to stay in while you are here. Here is a sample of their boats in Jaco.





Pipo 26

  •  26 Foot, 150 HP


Predator 28

  •  28 Foot, 270 HP


Just Fishin off 33

  •  33 Foot, Twin 315 HP


Rock and Roll 55

  •  55 Foot, Twin 12-71TI’s Diesels

Quepos Marina Pez Vela

Quepos Marina

The Quepos Marina is located very close to Manuel Antonio you will be amazed at the boat selection here. One of the best reasons to come here is not just the marina, but also the stunning beauty of this region. Manuel Antonio National Park is a top destination in Costa Rica.




Bluefin III

Blue Fin III

  •  33 Foot, Twin 315 HP


Blue Water II

  •  32 Foot


Moon Walker

  •  33 Foot, QSL9 Turbo Diesel



  •  60 Foot

Papagayo Marina

Guanacaste MarinaThe Papagayo Marina is one of the most popular marinas in all Costa Rica. Here is just a small selection of the boats and charters that are offered here. The Marina in Papagayo is advertised as Costa Rica’s first luxury marina. Their years of experience have helped them create one of the best fishing spots in the entire country.






  •  42 Foot, Bertram



  •  42 foot, Twin 350 hp

Coyote Tres

Coyote Tres

  •  35 Foot, Twin 500HP Cummins



  •  31 Foot

Golfito Banana Bay Marina

Golfito Marina VillageThe Golfito Marina Village is located in the Osa Peninsula. This new Marina in Golfito is rapidly growing thanks to sponsors that have invested a lot of time and money into making this the perfect spot for a fishing trip.




  •  31 Foot, Bertram

Muy Caliente

Muy Caliente

  •  31 Foot, Bertram

Real Escape

Real Escape

  •  35 Foot

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