Starting at $234 per adult


Are you ready to go sport fishing on Lake Arenal? If so, this is the perfect tour for you! Imagine reeling in tropical fish on a lake surrounded by lush green vegetation covered hillsides and a volcano in the background on clear days!

Lake Arenal is one of the best places in the world for Guapote fishing. The lake was dammed for the production of hydroelectricity back in the 70s and is now three times its original size. Along with the lake size, the guapote sizes have increased as well.

Guapote are often mistakenly referred to as rainbow bass. They are similar in size and shape to largemouth and smallmouth bass, but are actually in the cichlid family. That said, they feed and fight like bass. In the morning, running top water baits such as walking the dog with zara spoofs or buzzing buzz baits along weed lines usually produces well. As the day goes on, it is best to switch to deep diving crank baits 20 – 50 feet parallel to the shore. Guapote can grow over 10 pounds, but are usually in the 2 – 3 pound range.

Toothy machacca can be caught as well. These hard fighting, feisty fish grow to 5 pounds or so, but are usually in the 2 – 3 pound range. They resemble tarpon and are known to tail dance across the water as you fight them. These guys are often found slashing at bait fish on the top.

A half day of sport fishing on Lake Arenal is the perfect amount of time to enjoy fishing and then wind down at the hot springs in the afternoon. Weather in this region is unpredictable and can have strong effects on both fishing and comfort. We recommend the early morning slot for best results.

After fishing you will be returned to your hotel. Including transportation time, this tour is expected to last 4 – 5 hours and includes transportation, guide, boat, tackle, gear, snacks and water..


  • Fishing for exotic fish on Lake Arenal
  • Chance of seeing the volcano on clear days

What to Bring

  • Sunblock
  • Insect Repellent
  • Camera
  • Rain Gear

Location and Availability

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

Tour Times

  • 5:30am
  • 12:30pm

Tour Type

  • Fishing

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

5 and up


Latitude: N 10° 27' 4.76"
Longitude: W 84° 45' 45.65"


  • Overall 86.1% (11 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 86.4%
  • Expectations: 81.8%
  • Guides: 89.1%
  • Logistics: 87.3%
  • Value: 85%


The guide and driver were excellent! Unfortunately, the troll broke. Although, the guide made sure that we were able to fish close to the shore, it was much more fun when he was fishing alongside with us.


good time even in the rain