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Fishing in Ecuador

Ecuador’s geography is as diverse as its fishing. From the Galapagos Islands to the Sierra highlands and Amazonian jungle – this country’s got it all. Fishing in Ecuador is as exciting as you can imagine. Whether you’re looking to target big game fish or go after some of the most exotic-looking freshwater species, you’ve got to check Ecuador off of your bucket list!

Types of Fishing

Ecuador has a wide variety of possibilities for any type of angler. Its coast has a tropical climate, keeping water temperatures relatively warm year-round. This puts Ecuador among one of the best places in the world for deep sea fishing.

Its mountains and jungle also provide an array of opportunities for fly and light tackle fishermen. You can go up against some of the toughest fighting fish on the planet.

Deep Sea

One of the best spots to go offshore fishing in Ecuador is the town of Salinas, located on a peninsula that juts out into the Pacific. Just a few miles off the coast, the Humboldt Current funnels big game fish right through these waters.

Pelagic species such as Blue and Striped Marlin, as well as Sailfish, and Bigeye Tuna are abundant here, making it possible to hook multiple trophy-sized fish in one day.

The Galapagos Islands are located about 600 miles off the coast. Opportunities for deep sea fishing out here are unlimited, with likely catches of Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Striped Marlin, Skipjack, Bonito, Wahoo, and Yellowtail Amberjack. Bottom species such as Mullet and Cubera Snapper, as well as Grouper and California Sheephead, also thrive here.

Rivers and Lakes

Rivers and lakes in the Andes are stocked with large numbers of Trout which thrive in higher altitude climates. Largemouth Bass can also be found in freshwaters at higher elevations, such as in the Laguna de San Pablo, next to the town of Otavalo.

A variety of Piranha species are common in the rivers of the Amazon jungle, but the Peacock Bass reigns supreme. Anglers from far and wide come here to test their skills against this hard-fighting fish. Other highly sought-after species in this region include Catfish, Arapaima, and Payara.

Need to Know

As of now, you can fish recreationally in Ecuador without a license. Keep in mind, however, that the country’s charter industry is still in its early stages of development, so regulations could change. Your best bet is to keep up to date, stop by the tourism bureau, or ask a local guide before you head out. Fishing permits are needed for protected waters, but your guide will usually cover this for you

Charters and guides usually provide tackle and bait on their trips. Just be sure to bring extra sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and bug repellent, and you’re good to go.

Get ready to discover Ecuador and its amazing fishing opportunities. Take a look at some of the different regions, find a guide that’s right for you, and get ready for an exciting adventure below the Equator!

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Ecuador Fishing Seasons

January is summertime in Ecuador, which means offshore fishing is hot! Be sure to visit the coastal towns of Salinas and Manta and check out some of the charters in the area.

Head to the Galapagos for an exciting adventure and target Yellowtail, Mahi Mahi, Striped Marlin, and many other pelagic species.

Bigeye Tuna fishing is hotter than ever, especially off the coast of Salinas. Yellowfin Tuna start to show up as well, so be sure to book an offshore charter and head out for a deep sea adventure.

Yellowfin Tuna takes the center stage offshore and Rainbow Trout fishing is solid in the streams and rivers of the Andes.

Blue Marlin fishing starts to heat up, so take out the heavy tackle and get ready to land the fish of your dreams! Other target species include Yellowtail Amberjack, Roosterfish, and Yellowfin Tuna.

Blue Marlin season is at its peak. June is also a good time to target Black Marlin, Sailfish, and Roosterfish.

July is wintertime in Ecuador, but that doesn’t matter because the fishing remains hot! Head offshore and deep drop for Yellowfin Tuna or stay inshore and target the sneaky Snook.

August is a good time to target Cubera Snapper and Corbina. Offshore, Blue Marlin fishing continues to attract lots of anglers, so if you’re planning a deep sea excursion, be sure to book your trip well in advance!

Bonito fishing is great in September and so is Yellowfin Tuna and Blue Marlin fishing. Check out some of the freshwater guides in the Andes and get ready to experience one of the most breath-taking sceneries in the world.

There’s a famous saying among freshwater anglers, “Trout don’t live in ugly places,” and this couldn’t be more true about Ecuador’s highlands. Target Rainbow Trout and Largemouth Bass and get ready for an epic adventure in the Andes!

Now is the time to go after the tricky Peacock Bass. This is one of the most beautiful fish to be found in the Amazon, so be sure to have a camera ready!

Head deep into the jungle and battle against the beastly Payara or the prehistoric Arapaima. Other target species include Piranha, Peacock Bass, and Catfish.

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Top Targeted Species in Ecuador

Wahoo

Wahoo

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Blue)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Striped)

Marlin (Striped)

Yellowtail Amberjack

Yellowtail Amberjack

Roosterfish

Roosterfish