Fish Species

Here’s an overview of many great different Costa Rica fish species you can come across while going after deep water sea beasts, such as blue marlin, or fly fishing fresh water fish in Costa Rica’s rivers and lakes. Read everything about your favorites as we are sure these fish species in Costa Rica will not disappoint even the most experienced fisherman.
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Wahoo are found all over Costa Rica, but they usually travel alone so catching one is always a challenge.


Snook are found literally all over Costa Rica – from the Caribbean Coast to the Pacific Coast to the inland rivers and lagoons.


Machaca are one of the most aggressive and hardest fighting fresh water fish in Costa Rica, so much so they have earned the nickname “mini tarpon”.

Rainbow Bass

Better known as ‘guapote’ here in Costa Rica, Rainbow Bass are the main target of freshwater anglers.

Cubera Snapper

In Costa Rica, snapper are caught on both Pacific and Caribbean side of the country. Varied in their habitats, you can catch them in estuaries as well as several hundred feet of water.

Mahi-Mahi Dorado

Mahi-mahi are found all over Costa Rica – up and down the coast and in both oceans.


Blue marlin are the most common marlin in Costa Rica and they can be found all along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. 


You can catch roosterfish all the way from Costa Rica's southern to northern Pacific coast throughout the entire year. They are considered a hard fighting prized trophy fish.


The sailfish is one of the fastest marine creatures. Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is by far the best destination to find them.

Yellowfin Tuna

One of the most sought-after species in the world, Yellowfin tuna are found all over Costa Rica – up and down the coast, and in both oceans.
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