Keywords: Adventure, Nature, Wildlife, Aquatic, Leisure
Ideal for: Families, Couples, Adventure Seekers, Nature Lovers, Relaxation
Best Time of Year: You can enjoy sportfishing anytime of year in Costa Rica. There are certain areas that are better during certain times of the year, but for the most part is a year round activity
Most Popular Destinations: Costa Rica Sportfishing is available along any coastal region of Costa Rica as well as the inland part of the country specifically around the Arenal Volcano and Rio Frio. This really depends on your target species as well as the type of fishing you want to do and they overall schedule/route of your trip.
Related Activities: When you enjoy a day or half day of sport fishing, you are likely to exprience so much more. With Costa Rica’s tropical waters, on any given day, you can see endless dolphins, turtles, whales and an abundance of other amazing sea life. Also, to see Costa Rica from the perspective of a boat is quite amazing. The shoreline of this amazing country is unlike any other and you will see that during your trip.
Sportfishing in Costa Rica is one of the most popular activities to enjoy in this amazing country. The waters of Costa Rica are home to some of the most sought after game fish and is considered one of the best fisheries in the world. Whether you are an avid big game sport fisherman, recreational weekend warrior or the first time novice that wants to learn more about fishing, there is no better place than Costa Rica.
There are many popular species that Costa Rica is famous for and there is something for everyone here to enjoy. The most popular types of fishing you can enjoy in Costa Rica are, freshwater fishing on our inland lakes and rivers. This type of fishing is going to target the famous rainbow bass or also commonly known as “Guapote”. In addition, you can catch Machaca, Blue Tilapia and in the rivers to the north along Nicaragua you can catch Tarpon as well. As for salt water fishing, you can spend your time going after the world famous “Silver King” or commonly known as Tarpon. This activity is very popular in the Caribbean waters of Tortuguero but can be found in some of the inland rivers of the northern part of Costa Rica. In addition to Tarpon, we have a world calls inshore fishery that will allow you to target the famous “Pez Gallo” or commonly known as a Roosterfish, Cubera Smapper, Amberjack, Grouper and other sought after reef dwelling species. Then to finish things up our most popular sportfishing in Costa Rica which is our world class offshore fishing. In Costa Rica, we have one of the most productive Pelagic fishing grounds anywhere in the world. It is quite amazing that on any given day in Costa Rica, you can catch Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Strip Marlin, Dorado, Tuna and Wahoo within 15-40 miles of our coastline. The great thing about any of these activities is anyone can do it. You do not have to be a proffesional angler or an avid outdoorsman. Fishing is a family friendly sport and offers some amazing sights that will be remembered and cherished for years to come. Not to mention, it offers some incredible meals if you catch some of our great table fare as well.
As far as the time of year to come fishing in Costa Rica, it is really wide open. Our fishery stays pretty consistent year round, but there are certain parts of the country which offer better fishing than others at certain times of the year. With this being said, there are some strategi hot spots to consider that are home to some of the best guides in the country which I will lay out below.
Guanacaste & North Pacific
One of our best areas for you to visit and fish in Costa Rica. Guanacaste is a great year round destination for fishing, but is considered the hot spot for the months of May – November. Dec. – April can be a bit tough as the weather in this area is very windy during these months and makes for difficult fishing conditions.
Also another great area to fish and follows the same recommendations as the North Pacific
Arguably one of the best fishing grounds in the country. This area of the country is red hot during the months of Dec – April with a very good Marlin bite in May. The Central Pacific is also home to two of our largest and most popular marinas, which is home to some of the best captains in Costa Rica as well. The Central Pacific also offers some great inland river fishing that is done from a custom white water raft and is a lot of fun for the fly fishing with light tackle.
Osa Peninsula & South Pacific
Osa Peninsula is also one of our best fishing grounds in the country. There have been more world records caught in this area than any other part of the country. This regions fishing season follows very closely to that of the Central Pacific as once green season starts (May – November), the fish tend to be migrating north.
Arenal & Northern Lowlands
Our best inland fishing grounds. The lake Arenal is one of the most beautiful man made bodies of water that sits right at the base of the Arenal Volcano. This lake offers pristine views, crystal clear water and world class light tackle fishing. The fishing is great here year round, but the peak season is considered from January – April due to water levels. In this area, you can also fishing on the beautiful Caño Negro and Rio Frio area. The peak season here is January – May and then is closed from June – August. Here you can catch a variety of species from Alligator Gar, Guapote, Machaco and Tarpon.
This area is home to our most famous tarpon fishing grounds. The peak season in this area is from late January – mid May and then again in late August – Early November.