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Top Fishing Charters in Ensenada

Fishing in Ensenada

Going fishing in Ensenada? Check out this short guide to see when the best time to plan your trip is, what the top-targeted species are, and what you can expect once you hit the open waters.

Over the last half-century, fishing in Ensenada has become synonymous with big game fishing, and the town attracts thousands of tourists each year for this reason. Its crystal blue waters hold a wide range of trophy pelagics and bottom-dwellers, putting this town at the top of many anglers’ bucket lists.

Known For

Ensenada was coined the “Yellowtail Capital of the World” back in the 1950s due to the abundance of Amberjack located just off the coast. Although Yellowtail is one of the top targets in the region, these waters hold many other surprises, which is why today, it’s been renamed “The Cinderella of the Pacific.”

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep sea fishing in Ensenada is exactly what you think it is: full of adrenaline-pumping, drag-screaming action. Just a short distance off the coast, you’ll be chasing Blue and Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Skipjack, Albacore, and Yellowfin Tuna. Ensenada has plenty of charters that offer all types of fishing, including trolling, bottom fishing, and spearfishing, so keep reading to find out which trip is right for you!

Bottom Fishing

With places such as the San Miguel Reef and La Bufadora geyser, you should definitely plan a bottom fishing trip. Here, you’ll have the chance to target incredible species, such as Snapper, Grouper, Yellowtail, Barracuda, Rockfish, and Lingcod. These spots are also popular diving areas, so pick a charter that will combine a bit of bottom fishing and snorkeling. This way, you can take a dip and come face-to-gill with some of the most beautiful creatures in the world! Just be sure to pack your bathing suit and you’re all set.

Bay Fishing

Ensenada is situated in a prime location for bay fishing. Todos Santos, San Miguel, and Salsipuedes Bays are top spots for catching Calico (Kelp) Bass, Corbina, White Seabass, Barred Perch, and California Sheephead. These trips are perfect for those with a busy schedule, as 4–5 hours is more than enough time to reach the fishing grounds and enjoy a successful day on the water.

Need to Know

In short, if you’re fishing from a boat, you’ll need a fishing license. Many Ensenada charters provide licenses for their guests but not all of them do. In case you have to purchase one on your own, you can buy them at any local tourism office or even at your hotel. If your license isn’t included on the trip, most captains will gladly assist you and it usually only costs around $10. If you’re planning on fishing from shore, whether from the rocks, beach, or a pier, you don’t need a fishing license.

You’ve now scratched the surface of Ensenada fishing. Your next step is to dive deeper and check out some of the local charters in the area. Find the trip that’s right for you and start planning your adventure today!

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Ensenada Fishing Seasons

Ring in the new year with a fun fishing trip in Ensenada! January is a great month for hitting the reefs to bottom fish for Barracuda or staying in the bay to target Bonito and Kelp Bass.

Take your partner on a Valentine’s Day cruise in Todos Santos Bay. While you’re at it, troll a few lines and catch yourself some supper and enjoy a romantic dinner as the sun sets over the bay. Top catches this month include Mahi Mahi, as well as Calico Bass closer to shore.

Farewell winter and hello spring! March kicks off the sportfishing season with large numbers of Yellowtail coming in closer to shore. You may also have success trolling for Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, and various Tuna species, such as Skipjack and Albacore.

Things really start to heat up offshore in April. Now is the time to pick a charter that will take you offshore to target Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail, Skipjack, and the occasional Roosterfish.

The fishing continues to heat up offshore and more fish are thrown into the mix. In May, you can expect likely catches of Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Roosterfish, Yellowtail, and Tuna. Closer to shore, you’ll find Corbina, Barred Perch, White Seabass, and Calico Bass.

Offshore fishing will reap lots of great catches in June. Head offshore and go Tuna fishing for Yellowfin and Bluefin or stay within the bay to target White Seabass and Corbina. Your options are endless!

July is prime time. Tuna fishing is at its peak, as well as Mahi Mahi and Roosterfish. Marlin and Sailfish join in on the fun as well, so pick an offshore charter to take you deep sea fishing and get ready for a crazy adventure!

August is a great time to target Striped Marlin as they tend to show up closer to shore. Other key species will include Albacore, Skipjack, Yellowfin, and Bluefin Tuna.

Target Jack Crevalle in the shallows or head just a bit further and catch Corbina, White Seabass, and Roosterfish. Bluewater fishing will see you going after Mahi Mahi, Striped and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Tuna.

Offshore, you’ll still be able to target Striped Marlin and all the regular Tuna species. Inshore and nearshore trips are great in October as well. Plan a family trip with the kids and catch Croakers, Barred Perch, Corbina, and Seabass.

November is great for bay fishing. You’ll have the chance to target Corbina, White Seabass, Kelp Bass, and Barracuda. Offshore, you can still catch Yellowtail.

Things cool down offshore but you’ll still be able to target Yellowtail and the occasional Mahi Mahi as well. The Barracuda bite is still hot too so hit the San Miguel Reef for a fun day of bottom fishing.

Ensenada Fishing Calendar

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Top Fishing Techniques in Ensenada

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Ensenada

Yellowtail Amberjack

Yellowtail Amberjack

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)



Snapper (Cubera)

Snapper (Cubera)



Barracuda (Pacific)

Barracuda (Pacific)