Starting at $293 per adult


Ever wonder what it would be like to go sport fishing on Lake Arenal or a tropical freshwater lake? If so, this is a great opportunity for you to fulfill your fantasy and catch some tropical fish!

The day starts off when you are picked up at your La Fortuna area hotel. You will be brought to the Lake Arenal dam to meet up with your guide. Then you will be on your way.

Lake Arenal is the largest freshwater lake in Costa Rica, encompassing nearly 33 square miles. It is three times its original size since being dammed for hydroelectric power in the 70s. There are many points, islands, structure and brush to fish.

The lake is one of the best places in the world for guapote fishing. Guapote are often referred to as rainbow bass due to their body shape and feeding habits which resemble largemouth bass, but they are actually in an entirely different genus as they are in the Cichlid family. These hard hitting, feisty fish can grow to over 10 pounds, while the average fish is in the 2 to 3 pound range.

Guapote will hit top water baits such as buzz baits and zara spoofs run along weed lines early in the morning. You can also try spinnerbaits ripped through the brush ion heavy line. During the day, you are better off trying crankbaits 20 to 50 feet off the shore line.

You will also have the possibility of hooking up with a Machacca. These toothy 2 to 3 pound fish resemble miniature tarpon and can often be seen feeding on the surface.

Please note: As a fisherman, I honestly recommend the half day tour over the full day tour. Weather can play a significant role in both fishing and comfort. In addition, the Guapote bite is slow during the day.

After the tour you will be returned to your hotel. Including transportation time, this tour is expected to last 8 hours and includes transportation, guide, boat, tackle, gear, snacks and water..


  • Fishing for exotic freshwater fish species
  • Possibility of seeing Arenal Volcano from the lake on clear days

What to Bring

  • Sunblock
  • Insect Repellent
  • Camera
  • Rain Gear

Location and Availability

The Sport Fishing on Lake Arenal - Full Day is available from Arenal, Arenal Zone 2, Arenal Zone 3, Chachagua Rainforest Hotel, and Nuevo Arenal

Tour Time

  • 5:30am

Tour Type

  • Fishing

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

5 and up


Latitude: N 10° 27' 40.11"
Longitude: W 84° 45' 39.41"


  • Overall 90% (2 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 95%
  • Expectations: 70%
  • Guides: 95%
  • Logistics: 100%
  • Value: 90%


Not much fish, but can't blame anybody for that.