What are the Cozumel Fishing Seasons?

Tourists visit Cozumel all year round because there is really not a bad time of the year to be in this tropical Caribbean island. You can do still do a lot of things even if the weather is considered cold or rainy as it has no effect on both snorkelers, divers, and anglers.

There may be slight differences on what you can catch depending on Cozumel’s fishing seasons but regardless, fish are still plentiful in Cozumel. This is the reason why anglers regularly schedule fishing trips on this island because of its healthy and bountiful marine life.

Cozumel fishing seasons

Angler from USA checks fishing seasons in Cozumel

What can you catch in Cozumel per season?

Although the popular tourist season in Cozumel is considered to fall on the months of December to March (this is also when hotels present peak rates), anglers choose to visit in the warm months, mainly from April to August, because these is when most fish are active. The hottest month is August, which averages eighty degrees at night and ninety-five degrees during the day.

This heat is offset by the ocean breezes and is generally comfortable for most people, especially the anglers who are stuck under the heat for long periods. The rainy season in Cozumel starts in late summer or early fall.


If you are an angler visiting Cozumel for deep-sea fishing, the best time to go is April, when the billfish starts moving in the Cozumel area. You are sure to catch yourself some big fishes such as Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sailfish by May to June, when they are settling in and are most bountiful. If you are targeting to catch Barracuda, Mahi-Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo, they are around Cozumel’s area all year round.

As for fly-fishing, the major species that are usually caught in Cozumel’s lagoons are the Bonefish, Snook, Permit, and Tarpon. There is no slow fishing season in these waters as Bonefish are available all year round and they are very easy to catch. The big types of Snook and Permit are bountiful on the warm months, from March to August. Tarpons on the other hand are difficult to catch, especially the big ones. Generally, Tarpons are available all year round but you will most likely catch small ones.

Other flats fishing species include triggerfish, jack, snapper, barracuda and small sharks. They are all over the lagoons of Cozumel all year round but they don’t bite as much as the Bonefish, Snook, and Permit do.


To maximize your fishing experience and avoid disappointments, always check the Cozumel fishing seasons. Since there is almost always something to catch all year round in Cozumel, many anglers prefer to book their fishing trips around this area. Beginners, who are not targeting billfish, can go anytime they like and avoid the peak season where rates are much higher. Seasoned anglers who are going for the big game should be present in Cozumel during the warm months when big fighting fishes are plentiful and willing to take the bait.