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