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Sport Fishing in Costa Rica: the best spots

Sport fishing_in_Costa_RicaThere are so many places where you can go sport fishing in Costa Rica: at sea, by the coast, at tropical rivers, or at mountain lakes and there are plenty of different species to fish at any time of the year. It is therefore difficult to establish a ranking of the best spots. No doubt if you are fond of spinning, we recommend the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, part of the SINAC park system. We are in the northern part of the country, 20 km from Los Chiles, near the Nicaraguan border. In this maze of rivers and forest, fishing is allowed throughout the year, except during the months of April, May, and June. The license is about $30 and can be purchased at the ranger station at the village of Caño Negro. The most coveted prey? The prehistoric “tropical pike”, also known as pez Gaspar (pictured above).

If you prefer more traditional fish, the Rio Savegre, located about seventy kilometers south of San José (Costa Rica's capital), is like trout paradise. The scenery here is breathtaking and, although the average size of the prey is small, walking along the river, while listening to the sounds of the forest and fishing in absolute peace, is a truly magical experience. Fishing for guapote, a sort of black bass of South America, is just as magical. To catch this fish you have to go to Lake Arenal, a huge artificial reservoir located north of the capital, near the Arenal Volcano National Park.


If freshwater fishing is not for you, don't worry: there are two oceans in Costa Rica! With immaculate sandy beaches and cliffs overlooking the sea, the environments change, but the loot is nonetheless abundant and varied. For roosterfish, go to the Pacific Ocean coast, between Jaco and Uvita. Marlin and tuna are found more to the north, by Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, and the Papagayo Gulf. For wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Spanish mackerel you have to go to the east coast, that is to say by the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean Sea. Keep in mind that Costa Rica protects its habitats and biodiversity, so before you go on a fishing trip, make sure you know what species are protected, the periods and minimum size allowed.

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