Ensenada Harbor Fishing
31░50.39'N - 116░38.3'W
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

What's biting today????Todos Santos Bay and the outer waters off Ensenada teem with fish. The island of Todo Santos to the west, the rocky shoreline of Punta Banda to the southwest, the flat, sandy bottoms of Estero to the south and the multitude of kelp beds provide an ideal home for both indigenous and migratory fish.  During the summer you can expect to catch Yellowtail, Bonito, Barracuda, White Sea Bass, and Sand Bass, within 10 miles of Juanito's Marina. Bottom fish are plentiful all year and include Halibut, Rock Cod, Ling Cod, Perch, Sheephead and White Fish. 
There are a number of ways to go fishing out of Ensenada Harbor.  Our favorites are Juanito's Boats and the package Casa Del Sol is offering.  With a wide selection of boats and knowledgeable skippers, we always have a great time and catch fish.  
Looking for fish? It's Juanito's!
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC
ALBACORE NADA NADA IFFY IFFY IFFY IFFY SO-SO GOOD GREAT GOOD IFFY IFFY
BARRACUDA NADA NADA IFFY SO-SO GOOD GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GOOD SO-SO IFFY
BLACK
SEA BASS
IFFY IFFY IFFY IFFY SO-SO GOOD GREAT GOOD SO-SO IFFY IFFY IFFY
CALICO
SEA BASS
IFFY IFFY IFFY SO-SO GOOD GREAT GREAT GOOD GOOD GOOD SO-SO SO-SO
BLUEFIN TUNA IFFY IFFY IFFY IFFY IFFY SO-SO SO-SO SO-SO SO-SO IFFY IFFY IFFY
BONITA IFFY IFFY IFFY IFFY IFFY SO-SO GREAT GREAT GREAT SO-SO IFFY IFFY
CROAKER IFFY IFFY IFFY SO-SO GOOD GREAT GREAT GREAT GOOD SO-SO IFFY IFFY
HALIBUT IFFY SO-SO GREAT GREAT GOOD GOOD SO-SO SO-SO IFFY IFFY IFFY IFFY
MARLIN NADA NADA NADA NADA NADA NADA IFFY SO-SO SO-SO SO-SO IFFY IFFY
ROCKCOD GREAT GOOD SO-SO SO-SO SO-SO SO-SO SO-SO SO-SO SO-SO SO-SO GOOD GREAT
WHITE
SEA BASS
NADA IFFY SO-SO GOOD GOOD SO-SO IFFY IFFY NADA NADA NADA NADA
YELLOWTAIL NADA NADA SO-SO GOOD GOOD GREAT GREAT GREAT GOOD GOOD SO-SO IFFY
YELLOWFIN NADA NADA NADA NADA IFFY SO-SO GOOD GOOD GOOD SO-SO SO-SO IFFY

 

Before fishing in Mexican waters all anglers must have a valid Mexican Sport Fishing License. This license covers all types of fishing and is valid anywhere in Mexico. These licenses may be purchased a day, week, month or year. Aboard private boats in Mexican waters everyone must have a fishing license if there is any fishing gear, fish, or fish parts on board. The boat operators normally provide licenses for people fishing on charter sport fishing boats, but check before you go out on the boat. A fishing license is also required for underwater fishing. A fishing license is not required when fishing from land.

Fishing License Fees (USD)

Weekly $25.80
Monthly $37.00
Yearly $48.20

Effective January 2008, boat fishing permits are no longer required for vessels practicing sportfishing in Mexican waters.
You may order licenses via postal mail from the Oficina de Pesca (Department of Fisheries) in San Diego, CA.  Click here to download the application form

Only one rod or line with hook is permitted in the water, per person, but there is no restriction regarding the number of replacement items.

The fishing license allows you to capture only fin fish. It does not allow you to capture any mollusks or crustaceans, and their capture by anyone is strictly prohibited. Totuava, turtles and marine mammals are under protection of the Ministry and may not be captured at any time.

To catch bottom fish, up to four hooks on a vertical line may be used.

The use of electric reels is restricted to disabled fishermen only, after written authorization for the Ministry before use.

In ocean waters and estuaries the limit is a total of ten fish per day, with no more than 5 catches of a single specie, except of the species of Marlin, Sailfish and Swordfish and Shark, of which only one specimen of either is allowed, and which counts as five toward the overall 10 fish limit, or Dorado, Roosterfish, Shad, or Tarpon, of which only two samples of each specie are allowed, and which count as five toward the overall 10 fish limit.

Limit on inland bodies of water (rivers, lakes, dams, etc.) is five fish per day, whether of a single specie or in combination.

Underwater fishing is limited to five fish per day, using rubber band or spring type harpoons, and only while skin-diving.

There is no limit to the practice of "catch and release", as long as the fish that exceed the bag limit be returned to their environment in good survival condition.

Where sportfishing is conducted from boats out at sea for longer than three days, the bag limit will be the equivalent of three times the amounts mentioned above.

It is illegal to sell, trade, or exchange the fish caught. Fish should not be cleaned on board at sea but should be brought to fish cleaning stations in the marinas. Fish can be eviscerated and filleted, but a patch of skin must be left to permit identification.

The taking of abalone, lobster, shrimp, clams, cabrilla, totuava, oysters, and sea turtles is prohibited.  Purchases of these species may be made at designated public markets or fishing cooperatives.

VIOLATIONS
 It is illegal to capture and maintain alive any fish for ornamental purposes.
 It is prohibited to receive any financial gain from the product obtained through sport fishing.
 It is prohibited to dump trash, litter or substances that harm the aquatic flora or fauna, whether on lakes, river banks, shores or oceanic waters.
 It is prohibited to collect shells, corals, sea anemones and snails, or to disturb the original ecosystem environment.
 It is prohibited to practice sport fishing 250 meters or less from swimmers.
 It is prohibited to use artificial lighting to attract large quantities of fish.
 It is prohibited to discharge firearms in Mexican waters.
 Fish caught under a sport fishing license may not be filleted aboard the vessel from which it was caught
 It is requested that all unusual activities, occurrences or record catches be reported to the nearest office of the Oficina de Pesca, or to its representation in San Diego, CA., in order to ensure the preservation of natural resources for the continued enjoyment of all fishermen.

Note: Sea turtles are protected under US law and may not be brought into the US.

Be prepared to show a Mexican fishing license to US Customs if bringing fish back into the United States.

Source and thanks to:
Oficina de Pesca
2550 Fifth Avenue # 15 San Diego, CA. 92103
Ph: (619) 233-4324 Fax: (619) 233-0344

 

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