Fishing Lake Arenal

If the famous Rainbow Bass (Guapote) is on your bucket list, now is the right time to cross it off! Fishing Lake Arenal will take you on an amazing adventure on the largest man-made lake. Lake Arenal attracts anglers from all over the world and offers great inland fishing. Captain Marc Delvaux has been fishing here for over 25 years and he’s your go-to-guy for this spot.

Come aboard Capt. Marc’s 19’ Sea Pro boat. She’s powered by a 90 HP Yamaha engine and accommodates up to 4 anglers. She also features safety equipment, a fishfinder, a live bait tank, and an ice box.

Lake Arenal is full of Rainbow Bass (locally known as Guapotes, originally close to Peacock Bass), Mojaras, acrobatic Machacas (related to Piranha, a smaller version of Tarpon), and Tilapia. Early in the morning, the best fishing is done by casting and spinning. Later in the day, fish retreat to deeper waters and you’ll start trolling or jigging.

The captain likes to release female Bass when casting but all other fish can be kept. He’ll clean it for you after the trip.

Capt. Marc provides the fishing equipment for both left-handed and right-handed anglers. He’s extremely flexible regarding the departure location and it’s important to contact him one day prior to the trip, to discuss the details. If you have a pet, feel free to bring them along.

Have an unforgettable experience with Fishing Lake Arenal. You’ll be surrounded by nature, overlooking the Arenal Volcano and enjoying the bliss of lake fishing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    This trip is intended for serious fishermen or anybody who would love to spend more time on the water. Captain Marc will prepare all of your fishing equipment and make sure there are enough snacks and drinks for the day. Start with casting and spinning, switch to trolling and jigging in the afternoon.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $275
    price breakdown
    $275
    A nice 5-hour tour, just enough to enjoy the lake and catch some nice Guapotes (Rainbow Bass). Your captain will provide necessary fishing equipment, snacks, and drinks. Don't forget to bring your camera!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $275
    price breakdown
    $275
    Spend this afternoon on Lake Arenal, fishing for Rainbow Bass, Mojaras, Machacas, and many more. Bring your kids along and make this a memorable family trip. Contact the captain before the trip to discuss the pickup point and other details.
  • Private trip
    Volcano/Sunset Tour
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $150
    price breakdown
    $150
    Nice afternoon tour to see the volcano up close! Enjoy the beautiful sunset and do some fishing on the way. Your captain will prepare your fishing equipment. Bring your loved ones and enjoy some quality family time. If you have a pet, bring them along too!
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About the Captain

Marc Delvaux
La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica
12 Fishing Reports
27 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2019
I live in Costa Rica since 1981 and since I was 6 years old, I always loved fishing. Although I studied to become a bookkeeper, I knew an office was not my style and wanted to make my hobby into my job. I started fishing Lake Arenal about 25 years ago and since I like the surroundings, I made it my base to make some money. I am pretty successful in what I do and pretty well-known in the area by my nickname "EL BELGA."

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Peacock) Bass (Peacock)
Bass (Rainbow) Bass (Rainbow)
Tilapia Tilapia

Boat Specs

Sea Pro (Center console) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 90HP Yamaha 4 stroke engine.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.73
out of 5 stars from 27 reviews
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Vijay A.
Atenas, Provincia De Alajuela
 4.33
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Half day with a Captain Marc

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 11, 2020
Marc is a knowledgable captain and did his utmost to find the best locations, but as we all know the conditions need to be...
Vijay A. recommends Fishing Lake Arenal
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Jason B.
La Fortuna, Provincia De Alajuela
 5.00
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Half day morning trip with Captain Marc

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 25, 2020
Great morning fishing in the most tranquil setting with a great captain, no whoppers but a great experience
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Stefan K.
Costa Rica
 4.67
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Half Day Fishing Trip with Marc in the afternoon

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on November 30, 2019
It was a real pleasure fishing with Captain Marc. He knows a lot about the lake Arenal and the fish inside. I was lucky that...
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John G.
Olney, MD
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Fishing with Marc

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on February 8, 2020
Captain Marc is a well seasoned captain.  He knows the lake and knows how to pursue the Guapote
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Jim H.
College Station, TX
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 10, 2020
We had a great experience with Captain Marc. Fishing was good but it was Marc and the scenery that made the trip exceptional.
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