Where to Fish in Costa Rica

If you are looking for an adventure tour. The deep blue warm waters of the country (Caribbean and Pacific) along with all of the marlin, mahi mahi, sailfish, tarpon, snook, to name a few, are waiting for you. These are definitely great reasons to consider going to fish in Costa Rica

We will set you up on a half or full-day, one or multi-day tour for any budget. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive fishing package, we can arrange one that fits your budget and style. All packages provide hotel pick up, drinks, and snacks, and all the equipment needed to catch big fish. The all-inclusive packages also include cooking the daily catch. However, to preserve big game fish, all packages follow the ‘catch and release’ code of ethics.

Here are the names of places where you can fish in Costa Rica:

Northern Caribbean

Barra del Colorada has been ranked as one of the top ten sport fishing places in the world. The fresh water of the 600-meter Rio Colorado forms a unique habitat where monster tarpon and two species of snook thrive. This is the only place in Costa Rica where you can catch 100-plus pound tarpon year-round.

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Tortuguero offers fishing excursions to Barra del Colorado and the remote village of Parismina, just south of Tortuguero, offers all-inclusive fishing retreats with luxury lodges where tarpon and snook can also be caught year round.

Southern Caribbean

Puerto Viejo and Cahuita National Park will offer you a new kind of fishing, yet it is 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 your tour.

Northern Pacific (Guanacaste Province)

Tamarindo, Playa del Coco, and Flamingo are happening beach towns with year round great sport fishing. They are so into sport fishing that Flamingo hosts an annual sport fishing tournament every July, when the tuna and sailfish are plentiful.

Central Pacific

Quepos, Manuel Antonio, and Jaco are the places to be for sport fishing charters.

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

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Southern Pacific (Osa Peninsula)

Big fish are caught year-round in Drake Bay, which holds many big game fishing records and every species has its season. To access Drake Bay you need to come from the Sierpe River which is bordered by a mangrove estuary.

Dominical is great for inshore and offshore fishing where anglers get a run for their money. Fishing is good year-round, with the peak season from December to April. Off shore and in shire fishing trips are offered in the region.

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Freshwater Fishing (Fly and Lure)

Freshwater fishing is just as exciting, in Costa Rica, as is deep sea fishing.

Central Valley – Tapanti National Park

Tapanti National Park, in the Orosi Valley, is 1.5 hours from San Jose where the Rio Grande de Orosi is full of trout. Fishing is only permitted from April to October and only with a permit which can be purchased at the ranger station.

Southern Highlands of Costa Rica

Lure fish and catch 11 inch Rainbow trout in the Rio Savegre of the San Gerardo de Dota Valley 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 your reservation at one of the lodges and 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 rainbow bass, machaca, mojarra, and tilapia in the most beautiful and largest lake (33 miles long) in Costa Rica with Arenal Volcano as its primary backdrop. We’ll arrange the best tour for you.

Northern Lowlands – Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Close to the Nicarguan border, the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge has a freshwater lagoon with a series of canals. Fishing is permitted here from July 1 to March 31 and can only be accessed by boat from Los Chiles or Cano Negro village. You must also buy a fishing license at the ranger station. Contact us for a reservation, in one of the lodges, around this area and to arrange a one-day to a multi-day fishing trip (licenses included).

 

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