January is the middle of the dry season in North and Central Belize and is often considered to be the perfect time of year to visit. Tarpon are prolific, with up to 50–75 of the being spotted per day! Fishing for Tarpon and Bonefish are good this month. Reef fishing is good to excellent on calmer days.
The dry season continues, although the weather can be changeable. Flats fishing is excellent as long as there isn’t too much wind, while reef fishing is consistently very good. Look out for huge Wahoo over the reefs. Bonefish, permit and tarpon fishing is good, but weather-dependent. Reef fishing is considered excellent for the month of February.
March can be windy in Belize. There's plenty of Bonefish around, with Tarpon appearing on calmer days in the lagoons. A fair amount of Permit schooling up in good numbers. Excellent time for Wahoo fishing. Reef fishing for the month of March is good to excellent.
April is the beginning of the prime flats fishing season, which lasts until October. Tarpon seem to be more aggressive, as they start migrating on the reefs. Good month for Permit fishing. Usually large school of small permit and plenty of Bonefish during this month. The water is calm and clear, while rising temperatures may be marked by brief rain showers. Look for King Mackerel on the reefs. Reef fishing for the month of April is considered excellent.
May is usually the hottest time of year in Belize, with calm to light breezes but that doesn’t stop the fish. This is a great time of year for enormous schools of Bonefish on the flats. It's not uncommon to see huge schools of 200-300 of Bonefish. Tarpon can be found on both flats and the reef. Reef fishing is good to excellent for the month of May.
Temperatures are high, with morning rain showers bringing a welcome relief. Bone fishing is at its peak (from April to October), while Tarpon can be found on both the flats and the reef. This makes for a summer holiday you won’t forget! Reef fishing is good to excellent for the month of June.
This is lobster season, and the numerous festivals along the coastline won’t let you forget it! With warm weather broken by showers and cool breezes, this is real summer. Flats and reef fishing are extremely good. Waters are usually calmer and warmer this time of year, this makes for great fishing. Lots of bonefish, tarpon. We consider this the best time of year for Tarpon. Also some of the largest permit of the year have been caught during the months of July to September.
Don't miss the International Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Escape the crowds and you’ll find that this is also peak season for Tarpon, with catches reaching over 100 lbs! Waters are usually calmer and warmer this time of year, this makes for great fishing. Lots of bonefish, tarpon. We consider this the best time of year for Tarpon. Also some of the largest permit of the year have been caught during the months of July to September.
The celebrations continue, with locals celebrating both the Battle of St George’s Caye day and Independence day. Will you be having your own little celebration by taming the biggest Tarpon of your angling career? Waters are usually calmer and warmer this time of year, this makes for great fishing. Lots of bonefish, tarpon. We consider this the best time of year for Tarpon. Also some of the largest permit of the year have been caught during the months of July to September.
The fish on the flats are generally larger and more aggressive at this time of year. Permit fishing is heating up, while Tarpon and Bonefish are large and more aggressive this time of year. are still breaking lines whenever they can. Big schools of Jack Crevalle on the flats during this month and it's also a good month for the larger permit, Snook is plentiful as well. Reef fishing in general is fair to good. If there is a lot of rainfall on the mainland, snook arrive on the flats in large numbers.
Deep sea fishing is as good as it gets in Belize in November, and the Belize Game Fish Association celebrates this with their annual Bluewater Classic. Look out for Marlin, Tuna, and Belize’s famously large Wahoo.
There are plenty of 60-100 pound tarpon on the flats. Jack crevalle and bone fishing are also good. Reef fishing is good to excellent during the month of November.
Peak tourist season means it can be hard to find accommodations. But secure your lodging, and we think you won’t be in your room for long — not with Bonefish, Tarpon, Jacks, Wahoo, Groupers, and Snappers all biting. The full moon brings them all out to the reef to spawn. Reef fishing is good to excellent during the month of December.
Belize Fishing Calendar
Also known locally as macabi. No person shall buy or sell any bone fish.
Shell length should exceed seven inches, and market clean weight should exceed three ounces, no diced or fillet. The season is closed July 1 to September 30th.
No person shall have in his possession more than three, or transport on any vehicle more than five such turtles, or fish for female hickatee that are greater than 43 centimeters (17.2 inches) or smaller than 38 centimeters (15.2 inches). The season is closed May 1-31st.
Minimum cape length is three inches, minimum tail weight is four ounces; no diced or fillet. The season is closed February 15th to June 14th.
No person should interfere with any turtle nest. No person may take any turtle unless with a license from the Fisheries Administrator (traditional use only). No person shall buy, sell, or have in his possession any articles made of turtle shell.
No person shall take in the waters of Belize, or buy, sell, or have in his possession, any Nassau Grouper between December 1 and March 31, except from Maugre Caye at Turneffe Islands and Norhthern Two Caye at Lighthouse Reef. At these two places a special license is granted to traditional fishers.
Trawling: the season is closed April 15th to August 14th. No one should fish using scuba gear except under license from the Fisheries Administrator.