Costa Rica Fishing – One of the most common questions we receive at the newspaper through emails is about fishing in Costa Rica and what is required. How do I get my Costa Rica fishing license? When do I need to use it?
When going out on a sport fishing charter the boat captain normally has obtained fishing licenses for all those on board. But what if you want to grab a rod and reel and toss your line in the fresh water of Lake Arenal or in the oceans on either side of Costa Rica you are going to need a fishing license.
In the past, fishing licenses could just be acquired in the offices of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA). But now for a little over a year the entire process of getting a Costa Rican fishing license, including payment, can be accomplished online.
A Costa Rica fishing license costs $15 for 1 to 8 days, $30 for a month & $50 for a year. It does not matter if you are a local of a foreigner the costs are the same.
So before you take your son or daughter out fishing in Costa Rica, make sure you do not get in trouble and buys your self a fishing license. At $8 there is really no reason not to.
Fishing licenses can be order here at the INCOPESCA website.