Belize Fishing Calendar – Everything You Need to Know
Fishing in Belize is fun for anglers of all skill levels. You’ll catch plenty of fish in the sea, rivers and lagoons here.
Some Pointers for Fishing in Belize
Before you pack your rod and reel, there are some things unique to Belize fishing you should know.
Protected areas and species: Belize takes conservation seriously. That’s great for Belize, our fish stock and our visitors. The many marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries mean fish are abundant all year. You’ll never get bored with the endless variety and huge number of fish you’ll find here.
That also means you have to follow strict fishing regulations. All fishing charters must have a license from Belize’s Coastal Zone Management Authority (CZMA) to fish in certain areas.
Catch and release: Part of Belize’s commitment to conservation is a strict catch and release policy for certain species. You must release tarpon, bonefish and permit fish immediately.
Migratory fish: The fish in Belize stay here year-round. You can catch great barracuda, snappers, tuna, bonefish and Jack Crevalle all year. Tarpon begin migrating to Belize in March. The migration lasts until August. In November, they start to leave. The best place to catch them is their feeding area in the Victoria Channel.
Lionfish: The lionfish is an invasive pest fish in Belize. You are encouraged to catch and destroy as many lionfish as you want.
Belize Fishing Month by Month
Fishing is good all year, but these are the main species you’re likely to catch each month.
January: Tarpon, bonefish, grouper, wahoo, Atlantic snook, giant barracuda.
February: Reef fish, blue marlin, white marlin, amberjack, grouper, Atlantic snook, giant barracuda.
March: Blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, amberjack, grouper, wahoo, giant barracuda.
April: Blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, king mackerel, grouper, bonefish, yellowtail snapper.
May: Blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, king mackerel, tarpon, yellowtail snapper.
June: Blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, king mackerel, tarpon, permit, mahi mahi, yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper.
July: Permit, tarpon, mahi mahi, cubera snapper.
August: Permit, tarpon, mahi mahi, tuna.
September: Amberjack, permit, tarpon, tuna.
October: Amberjack, wahoo, bone fish, tarpon, permit.
November: Blue marlin, white marlin, amberjack, wahoo, tuna.
December: Blue marlin, white marlin, amberjack, grouper, wahoo, Atlantic snook.
Where Can You Fish in Belize?
Glovers Reef Atoll: Some of the world’s best fishing is in the flats and deep waters of Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. All fishing on the reserve is catch and release only.
Belize Barrier Reef: The waters around the reef are full of barracuda, bonefish, cobia, grouper, rainbow runners and triggerfish.
Spend Your Days Fishing
If you’re a fishing enthusiast and want to spend your retirement or vacation fishing, then there’s no better way to do that than buying property at Salt Life Belize where we are currently building a fishing lodge.