Where to Fish in Panama?

Sure! One of the many surprises Panama has in store for you is being able to go fishing in its capital city, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, 'Panama' in the Indian language means 'abundance of fish'.


Panama offers excellent options for sport fishing enthusiasts and expert anglers. Near Panama City is Gatún Lake, one of the largest artificial lakes in the world with an area of 425 square meters and located 26 meters above sea level. Gatún Lake was constructed from 1907-1913 and plays an important role in the functioning of the Panama Canal. Ships transit daily from Pedro Miguel Locks on the Pacific to the Gatún Locks on the Caribbean side.
A few of the species of fish that you can fish in Gatún Lake are sergeant (peacock bass), snook and tarpon.

SPORT FISHING AT SEA (Pearl Islands, Taboga Island and Pineapple Bay)

On the island of Taboga you can fish mahi-mahi, jack mackerel, king mackerel, and with a bit of luck a sailfish may appear.
The Pearl Islands archipelago, which includes the islands of San Jose, Contadora, Galera, Bodega and Isla del Rey, has a wide variety of fish species to enjoy great fishing.
On the Pearl Islands you can fish snapper, grouper, grunts, sea bass, jack mackerel, wreckfish, snook, amberjack, king mackerel, sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna and marlin. It is very important to have a good guide to know which species of fish can be found at each island.
Pineapple Bay is internationally recognized as an excellent fishing spot, and many International Game Fish Association (IGFA) records have been broken here.
Among the species of fish you can fish in Pineapple Bay are: Pacific tarpon, snook, snapper, jack mackerel, elephantfish, king mackerel, mahi-mahi, amberjack, tuna, sailfish, black marlin, blue marlin and striped marlin.