Belize is lucky to have consistent fishing 365 days per year. Of course, certain months of the year will generally produce better fishing for some species than others.

The climate in Belize is ideal for creating memorable fishing experiences on any date on the calendar. The temperature averages about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and rare sees temps over 100 degrees. Even during the “rainy” season, it is more common to have passing showers than all-day deluges, so rarely is the fishing day cut short by rain.

The flats of Belize are protected by the second-largest barrier reef in the world (now the longest living reef in the world), second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. As it is known, the Meso-American reef protects and natures the three most popular sportfishing species in Belize: the bonefish, the permit, and the tarpon. Tarpon and permit (to lesser extreme) tend to migrate up and down the barrier reef. Certain seasons produce better fishing because there are more fish around. For example, you’re much more likely to encounter large tarpon (80+ LBS) in June than you are in January.

Belize’s rainy season traditionally spans from June 1st through the end of November. The rainy season doesn’t mean rain all day, every day. Instead, it means small individual rainstorms that tend to move through quickly. This time of the season, we would typically expect to see the best fishing of the entire year.

The dreaded “Northern” or cold front will most likely produce the most challenging fishing any time of the year. A cold front will bring cold rainy, windy weather from the north. This cools the water temperatures on the flats, sometimes to undesirable temps that will prevent the fish from moving in the shallows. The north winds that characterize a “Northern” also have a dramatic effect on the tides. A strong wind from the north can make it hard to predict tide times and levels. On rare occasions, the flats can be blown dry. The most common months for a “Northern” is mid-December through mid-February, but if one doesn’t happen during your fishing trip to Belize, the weather conditions are likely to be ideal, and the fish will respond.

Fly Fishing Opportunities by Month

In our part of Belize, bonefish, permit, and tarpon can be caught year-round. Of course, some periods of the year are more likely to have better fishing for a specific species than others. We’ve broken down the fishing by month. NOTE: different parts of Belize have slightly different seasons. This is roughly what you can expect to see in the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve each month.

January: The new and full moon tide will create the most productive fishing for permit. Bonefish are a daily option. Tarpon schools are migrating and following bait. If you find them, the fishing will be excellent, but they can be challenging to locate cause they move frequently. January is the most likely month for a dreaded “Northern”. The high winds can make fishing the flats more challenging in January.

February: Similar to January, in the first two weeks of the month. The best tides remain the new and full moon. Weather is the most significant factor this month. By mid-month, the chances of a “Northern” diminish dramatically. By mid-month, we expect to start seeing some of the best catch rates for permit of the year.

March: March brings the beginning of the most favourable time for fly fishing for permit in southern Belize. For the next six months, the permit fishing will be the best of the calendar year. Bonefish remain catchable daily. Permit are the primary focus, and all-tide cycles will give the advantage to the angler. Tarpon continue to migrate with baitfish and, when found, will eagerly eat a fly. March can have higher winds, but it is not common to have a north front.

April: Bonefish are always an option. Permit fishing will remain significant with the new and full moon phases. During the full moon this month, more tarpon will arrive in the region. These tarpon tend to be larger than the resident tarpon that swim in the waters of South Water Caye Marine Reserve. The weather in April is settled and typically calm with little rain.

May: This is the hottest and often the driest month of the year. It is common to have calm, clear weather for weeks in a row. Bonefish are available. Permit fishing is excellent, especially during the new and full moon phases. Tarpon are caught with daily regularity. Weather is always a factor, but rarely in May.

June: Technically, June is the start of the rainy season, but don’t let this stop you from fishing during one of the best fishing months of the year. The rainy season is highlighted by quickly passing rainstorms. These storms can drop inches of water in less than 30 minutes. Luckily, they are most commonly isolated showers and won’t interrupt the fishing. June is the start of one of the best months for a grand slam: permit, bonefish, and tarpon on the same day. Again, new and full moon phases will bring the best fishing.

July: Nearly identical conditions as of June. One of the best months for fishing in Belize. Hurricanes can be a factor. We recommend you get travel insurance.

August: This is one of our favourite months of the summer season. In the first part of the month, the new moon has consistently produced more Grand Slams than any other time of the year. Hurricanes can be a factor. We recommend you get travel insurance.

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