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Fishing in La Paz

La Paz fishing is a dream come true for any passionate angler on the planet. The warm waters of the Sea of Cortez are the playground of the most prized fish you can hook and they come in great numbers. To top it all off, the beauty of Baja California Sur’s capital is unparalleled thanks to its turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and awe-inspiring sunsets. So what is it that draws fishermen all over the world to this hidden gem?
Well, if you you’d like to come home with a mixed bag of catch, the Sea of Cortez hides over 700 fish species, and you can come any time of year to chase them. It’s like casting your line in the world’s greatest natural aquarium. Different types of Snapper and Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail Amberjack, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Marlin, or Sailfish – they’re all in the cards. 

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There’s so much you can do in La Paz, whether you’re hooked on fishing for life or you’re just exploring what this dream-like fishery has to offer.

Offshore Fishing

Going to the deep blue waters of the Bay of La Paz and beyond is one of the prime reasons why anglers from all corners of the planet come here. On your to-catch list is everything from Black, Striped, and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Broadbill Swordfish to Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Snapper, and Grouper.
Some of the best spots to go after deep sea royalty are found around the outer islands like Cerralvo Island. This is the place to test your sportfishing skills because there are two deep-water channels that are the hub of all the most-desired catch. The peak time for a bountiful fishing trip is anywhere from April through November, though the chances of catching something brag-worthy are solid year-round.

Fly Fishing

You can spend your time in La Paz, Mexico fishing with a variety of techniques. Fly fishermen love coming here because the fly fishing conditions are superb, thanks to the rocky shoreline and honeyholes close to land. If fishing from a boat is more up your alley, local guides use super pangas to get you to the most productive grounds. 
Inside the Bay of La Paz you can go after Triggerfish, Bonito, Roosterfish, and Jacks. Offshore fly rodders need to go only several miles outside of the Bay to target Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and the ultimate catch, Billfish. The best flies to use on your quest are Billfish Babies and see-through Deceivers. Bear in mind you will probably have to bring your own equipment on fly fishing trips, so come prepared.


Spearfishing is not a one-size-fits-all fishing technique, but those who love it are in it for life. Another great advantage of La Paz is that you can come any time of the year for a spearfishing trip and have an amazing and productive time in the water. You can be a beginner or a pro spearfisher, these waters won’t let you down. Whether you’d like to do bluewater or bottom spearfishing, there are La Paz fishing charters that can take you to the best spots.
You can go after easy prey like Leopard Grouper (Cabrilla) and Roosterfish, while other fighters of the deep like Dogtooth Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna will give you a run for your money. Cerralvo and Espiritu Santo islands are the spearfishing epicenter, as well as seamounts like La Reina and El Bajo.

Fishing Tips

  • If you want to go after hard-fighting Grouper, you’d do well to use live bait, because these greedy boys are crazy about them, and Mackerel is their favorite delicacy.

  • For fly fishing in the Bay, you’ll need a 300-grain full fly line, direct reels with the disc drag system, and Baja Babies or sardine and mullet pattern flies.

  • La Paz is also known for its excellent Lobster fishing, so if you want to get in on that action, come in October for a good time on the water and a delicious meal after that.


Need to Know

In order to keep the abundance and variety of the sea’s waters, the Mexican government has taken many precautions to protect the underwater biodiversity. Make sure to understand and follow the laws, that way you can keep coming back to this prolific fishery year after year.


It’s fairly easy to get a Mexican fishing permit – you can buy it online or buy it before you board the boat. If you’re fishing with a captain, he can arrange everything for you. The license can be issued for a day, a week, or the whole year, depending on how often you plan to fish in La Paz. 
You can also purchase a special license that allows you to cast your line around the Island of Espiritu Santo, where fish thrive, and commercial fishing is strictly forbidden.


To get the most out of La Paz fishing, going on a full day fishing trip is your best bet. The price of this eight-hour pleasure ranges from $450–$900, and it’s usually an all-inclusive trip, so you just have to buy a fishing license. Local charters organize multi-day expeditions as well, but they usually need to be arranged directly with the captain.

Getting There

Whale watching, snorkeling, diving, fishing, sightseeing – in La Paz, you can do it all. This city is a resort as much as it is the fishing central, and both you and your non-fishing family and friends have plenty of things to explore. Cabo San Lucas is located some 130 miles to the south, and you’ll need about three hours by car to reach it. While it’s easily on par with Cabo San Lucas and Ascension Bay when it comes to its piscatorial potential, La Paz (“The Peace”) has yet to gain traction as a busy, overcrowded fishing haven – so be sure to enjoy the serenity while it lasts.


Rules & Regulations

Before fishing in Mexico, all fishermen need to have a valid Sport Fishing License. Fishing licenses for all FishingBooker charters are either included in price or can be purchased from the charter operator. Please check the 'Amenities' section of any particular charter for more information. Only one rod per person is allowed. You may not sell the fish you catch while sportfishing. It is not allowed to fish any less than 250 meters away from swimmers. Your catch may not be filleted aboard the boat from which it was caught.

La Paz Fishing Seasons

Come to La Paz in January to go after Striped Marlin, because the bite in the winter months is off the hook. Wahoo is also on a roll, as well as Mahi Mahi, Snapper, and Bonito.

The weather is mild and the fishing conditions are excellent for reeling in Amberjack, Roosterfish, and Snapper, but Striped Marlin is still the main star.

Spring is just around the corner, which means Roosterfish is plentiful. The Snapper bite is also quite good, and if you’re looking for a strong fighter, go after Amberjack and Striped Marlin.
Come to La Paz to enjoy the beautiful weather and first-class Striped Marlin season. In case you’re not a Billfish aficionado, you can still target monster Roosterfish, Bonito, and Sierra Mackerel.

Blue and Striped Marlin are the ultimate catch in May, and Snapper, Grouper, and Roosterfish could easily find their way to your hook as well. This is also the best time to catch big Amberjack.

Mahi Mahi, Snapper, Amberjack, and Sierra Mackerel are just some of the A-listers you can find around La Paz in June. If you’re on the lookout for giant Blue Marlin, this is your month.

Enjoy the Dorado Shoot Out mid-July and hook monster Mahi Mahi. Black Marlin loves the warm waters, you can see Sailfish more and more, and Wahoo fishing just keeps on giving.

This is one of the most productive months in La Paz – Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Snapper, Grouper, Mahi Mahi – all the offshore A-listers are there for the taking.

Come September, you get a chance to chase Blue Marlin and Sailfish and land your next Billfish trophy. The Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna bites are also exquisite, so you’re in for a memorable day on the water.

Though the weather is cooling down, the bite remains red-hot. There’s a plethora of catch to choose from, so head out and hunt Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Blue Marlin, and Wahoo.

Sailfish season is at its best, and Mahi Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna are just as active. The Wahoo bite is superb, and you can still find a decent number of Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin around.

Come to La Paz to get away from the cold, stay for the top-notch Tuna fishery. Billfish don’t shy away from the right lure presentation either, and neither do Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, or Snapper.

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Top Targeted Species in La Paz

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Blue)

Yellowtail Amberjack

Yellowtail Amberjack









Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Black)