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
    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
    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
    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
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $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
46 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 (Rainbow) Rainbow Bass
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

Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
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Friendly captain
97%
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96%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Nicholas L.
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Best Fishing Trip!!

VERIFIED   Volcano/Sunset Tour on August 17, 2021
My wife and I are on our honeymoon in Costa Rica. The whole trip has been a blast, but fishing with Captain Marc has been the...
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Beautiful Half Day Full Moon Fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on November 19, 2021
We had an excellent time fishing with Marc and his son! The scenery was absolutely stunning, we all caught fish and brought...
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Katy, TX
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Beautiful day at the lake

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 4, 2021
Great day at the lake. We arrived at 7 am at the ramp and he was there waiting for us. He provided snacks and coffee and set...
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Heredia, Provincia De Heredia
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on November 14, 2021
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 8, 2021
Captin Marc took us to a ton of spots searching for some big Rainbows but couldn’t get them to bite caught several different...
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FAQs about Fishing Lake Arenal

Fishing Lake Arenal offers the following trips to customers:
  • $150 per group, additional $30 per person after 2 guests - Volcano/Sunset Tour (3 hours)
  • $275 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $275 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Fishing Lake Arenal, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fishing Lake Arenal include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (On request)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Sandwitches)
  • Drinks (Water and sodas)

Fishing Lake Arenal offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing

Fishing Lake Arenal offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fishing Lake Arenal include:
  • Bass (Rainbow)
  • Tilapia