Fishing, Fishing & More Fishing

Almost all the lodges here specialize in fishing packages. If you (or your significant other) don’t fish, this might not be the place for you. Even though the area offers excellent opportunities for bird-watching and touring jungle waterways, a rod and reel are standard equipment here and binoculars are optional.

Fishing takes place year-round. You can do it in the rivers and canals, in the very active river mouth, or offshore. Most anglers come in search of the tarpon, or silver king. Tarpon can be caught year-round, both in the river mouth and, to a lesser extent, in the canals; however, they are much harder to land in July and August—the 2 rainiest months—probably because the river runs so high and is so full of runoff and debris. Snook, an aggressive river fish, peak in April, May, October, and November; fat snook, or calba, run heavy November through January. Depending on how far out to sea you venture, you might hook up with barracuda, jack, mackerel (Spanish and king), wahoo, tuna, dorado, marlin, or sailfish. In the rivers and canals, fishermen regularly bring in mojarra, machaca, and guapote (rainbow bass).

Following current trends in sportfishing, more and more anglers have been using fly rods, in addition to traditional rod-and-reel setups, to land just about all the fish mentioned above. To fish here, you’ll need a fishing license, which covers both saltwater and fresh. Fishing licenses can be bought for anywhere from 1 week to 1 year in duration and cost between $15 and $50 accordingly. The lodges in the area either include these in their packages or can readily provide them for you.

If you don’t fish, ask whether your lodge has a good naturalist guide or canoes or kayaks for rent.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.