Some locals fishing in a kayak.
Althought it’s not the most loved fish in Lake Arenal, the Machaca is a hard hitting,quick to strike,Jumper much like the Tarpon. They hit all day long on different points,mostly when its windy, or when there is a good chop. For my clients i use only top water lures, Zara Spooks or poppers work great, it takes a little talent to land them very close to shore , but that will give you some ferocious hits. The Machaca is also a schooling fish unlike the Guapote ,find one and you will see more, usually right on thier tail.
The water is still quite high but we are still finding a few fish close on the shoreline in the heavy grass. Some of the feeder rivers are running muddy. But, oh yeah, the volcano blew several times.
For a Flyfisherman its all about reading the water and picking the best fly to get a strike. Lake Arenal posses its own set of fishing conditions. If you can cast to the same area several times, close to shore, then you have a very good chance of fighting with a guapote. Most every fish is taken within inches or a foot from shore. Fast is an understatment for the strike of a guapote, all your fly needs to do is land in the vicinity, with a couple twitches, its fish on.
With water levels high the fishing continus to be a challange, we still have a early bite but it can slow down quickly. good news is that dense clouds help the bite stay on a little longer.
One visit to the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica in the Arenal area, is an experince of a lifetime ,to remember with the whole family. The air is fresh from the nearby jungle, the howler monkeys will wake you on most mornings and then your off to experence a day of fishing Lake Arenal. Guapote ” Rainbow Bass” are the first to strike in the early am, then follows the hard fighting :Machacca” they will thrash you top water lure on most days all day long.