Fishing in Ecuador

Saltwater fishing

For saltwater fishing, there are two main points in the Ecuador: the Galapagos Islands and the mainland coast of Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are the perfect retreat for those seeking to bring your family or have a good time with friends. Famous worldwide for extensive migrations of all kinds of pelagic fish, the Galapagos are a destination that promises good opportunities with blue, black and striped marlin. Complete vacation packages are available for all budgets and all sizes of groups. The small town of Puerto Ayora, home to all fishermen, is the economic center of the archipelago, with the largest population and largest number of tourist facilities.

Best seasons:
Striped marlin: January, February, March, April, may, June, October, November
Blue Marlin: January, February, March, April, may, June, September, October, November, December
Tuna and Wahoo: January, February, March, April, may, June, September, October, November, December

On the coast, Salinas (Guayas province) and Manta (Manabi province) on the Pacific coast are the major fishing centres on the high seas. Fresh and nutritious waters of the Humboldt Current provide a supply constant bait are ideal to catch Dorado (Coryphaena hippurus), Barracuda (Sphyraena indiastes), Blue Marlin and black, yellow fin and long-finned tuna (Thunnus thynnus, Thunnus alalunga) and a lot of other species.

Most hotels and agencies in the following resorts offer fishing trips. Salinas, beaches, Manta, Puerto López and Bahia de Caraquez.

Freshwater fishing
There are several lakes and rivers in whole Ecuador for this exciting sport, as listed on sportingology. The places listed below are the most popular for this activity: trout fishing in the rivers and Lakes of Ecuador mountain (sierra) is a very popular sport, although banned in national parks and national reserves. The well-known fishing spots are Laguna La Mica, Laguna San Marcos, River Lagoon of Mojanda, Micacocha (Laguna La Mica), Chalupas, rio Chambo, Cosanga and Papallacta, lacquers and rivers in Cajas National Park and in the Osogoche area.

The fishing for Piranha in the lagoons of the oriente (Amazon) is an attraction that is offered at many of the adventure in the jungle and Rainforest tours. After a refreshing swim in the Lake, equipped with only one line, hook and bait, you can catch the most fierce and bloody fish of the world…

To the North of Quito
San Marcos Lakes, lagoons of the Voladero, near the Angel, boxes and Mojanda.
South of Quito
Laguna La Mica or Micacocha and dry (both close to Pintag and Chalupas River) Lakes.
In the Amazon
Rio Cosanga (South of Baeza), Rio Quijos (Baeza and Lago Agrio) and Laguna Pañacocha (to the East of Coca).