Category Archives: Sport fishing Rio San Juan

Jungle River Tarpon Fishing Adventure

Special Packages for 2018 fresh water tarpon fishing.


Tour de Pesca

New 2018 Low discounted tarpon fishing package in the rain forest of the San Juan River, Nicaragua.

Basic 3 night, 2 fishing days at $499.00 per person, minimum of two person, double occupancy room and boat, includes room, meals, boat, guide, 5 gallon of fuel, gear.

Fish with Montecristo, the famous tarpon camp of Rio San Juan.

Extra fishing day at $250.00 per day, extra night with meal at $45.00

You may bring your own liquor and tobacco or you arrange for drink at an extra cost.

We fish two anglers per boat, one guide and sometime one deck hand.

Fish day is 8 hour days, starting around 6:00 am resting for lunch at the lodge, fish again from about 2 .30 till 6:00 pm

Tip is voluntary but expected by guide and lodge personnel.

Please book early, we are small eco lodge, we like to operate with less than 12 guesst at the time, preferring small groups of 6 or 4

We can arrange for transfer from airport or hotel in Managua at extra cost.

Pesca de sabalo en Rio San juan de nicaragua

Prices are low now, according to the season, prices will go back to normal, if you are planning on fishing the Rio San Juan, this is the time. Take advantage of our lowest prices ever.

You may contac Mr. Alfonso A. Llanes at

505 86499012 Whatapp

Fishing Report for Rio San Juan 29 January 2018

The weather is chancing, fishing condition are improving quickly.

tarpon jumpin
Tarpon Fishing


For next week,  light rain is predicted, the forecast indicates we will have a drastic drop in the amount of rain, from 5.0 mm of rain daily, down to 0.3 mm by next week , with temperature between 20 -27 degree C.  Not cold at all, but not too hot under the sun.

I got a report from  one of  COPDETOURSJ R.L,   fishing guides, that he saw a large school of tarpon going up the Devils rapid of El Castillo, Rio San Juan.

My theory is that tarpon come from the Caribbean Sea in to the Rio San Juan en route to Lake Nicaragua at the end of the rainy season. While the river still high enough to swim through all the rapids in their yearly 200 km journey up river. (Some people believe tarpon migrate back from Lake Nicaragua to the Caribbean every two years)

This January was the worth month for tarpon fishing, there were just few tarpon visible and not one got hook around El Castillo area. (I still believe it was due to the long rainy season we been having, but the fact that there were fewer fishermen trying to catch them, also affect the statistic)


My lodge, Montecristo Eco Lodge (the Tarpon Camp of Rio San Juan) has been kind of closed for more than a year, it was hit very hard by hurricane Otto, by now, we were able to salvage a few cabins, and we have the place operational again. We are accepting booking reservation for small groups of two’s with a maximum of eight’s. Contact or Whatapp 505 86499012, you may  also visit our web


We also lost some of our boat and engines, but we organized COPDETOURSJ R.L. the sport fishing and tourist coop of Rio San Juan, we are now a group of 20 members owner operators, (guides) with a combined fleet of 20 small boat and pangas used for fishing and tours in the river. Our members are based in Solentiname Island on Lake Nicaragua, San Carlos at the mouth of the river on Lake Nicaragua, Boca de Sabalos and El Castillo Rio San Juan, and soon will have member in the Caribbean.

No bull about it! Giant Tarpon fishing in fresh water is available and affordable; we may not warrant or promise you, that you will hook on a river monster, but we will treat you with respect and work hard to help you hook your trophy.

We practice catch and release on tarpon, is the new and strict regulation enforce by INPESCA, (Like the minister of fisheries of the country),


Our standard package is a follows: 3 nights, 2 full day of fishing, room and meal at the lodge for $490.00 per person, minimum 2 person per boat and room. You may bring your own liquor and Tabaco, we provide the rest.

We can organize custom fishing packages and  may be willing to offer discounts to help you budgets. It is possible to fish just a few hours at $35.00 per hour with a minimum of 3 hour. Full day at $280.00 (8 hours)  $140.00 for half day.

Also we may find you  lower priced lodge with no meals included, at around $40.00 per double room, and could also help you arranging transportation, either private or public boats.

We want to take you fishing and we need your business; we are the local’s owner and operators COPDETURSJ R.L. (505) 86499012 Claro Whatsapp,

Fishing got skunk for tarpon on early to mid-January 2018

view of the Rio San Juan
Our fisheries for tarpon and snook are just minute away from Montecristo Eco lodge

Got skunk on tarpon fishing on the Rio San Juan.

tarpon fishing
We love tarpon fishing

I don’t know what’s to blame, January generally have been a good month for fishing in the Rio San Juan. We got some good Robalos (snoks) but no tarpon, they were rolling in the morning above the rapid but they did not take the lures and they disappeared for a while after that.  But it may be the weird weather we been having as of Jan 27 still raining on the Rio San Juan, the rain is not uncommon during January, but this year has been excessive to the point that the other affluent that feed the river are pumping large amount of water that carries derbies and sediment, thus affecting the fishing.

The weather  is supposed to change very soon and fishing condition should improve drastically, we have opening for February, March and April when most angler take their vacation, we will be running some special fishing package combining Montecristo Eco Lodge and the new COPDETOURSJ R.L., the sport fishing and tourist Coop. of Rio San Juan.

The Lodge will charge $45.00 per person per night with meal (double occupancy) with a minimum stay of 3 nights. The fishing boat and guides wil be provided by the 20 member, owner operator of the coop. pricing for boat, gear, guide, fuel is $280.00 per fishing day, tip are not included but expected especially when you have a great fishing experience. The boat normally is shared by two anglers (recommended), but it is possible to share with one or two more friends to make it more affordable.

I will take this opportunity to invite everybody  to our annual fishing tournament held in Boca de Sabalos, El Castillo. The cooperative have 20 boat for rent with guide and gear and we have a few lodges and hotels that will run special for the tournament,  it probably be held on July 20, 21 and 22, but dates has to be confirmed.

If you want more info on our fishing packages write to or call Mr. Agustin Llanes at 505 86499012

Tarpon Fishing Rio San Juan, Nicaragua. 2016-2017

2016-2017 Tarpon fishing Season Report for Rio San Juan, Nicaragua.

Excellent sport fishing report, for Montecristo tarpon camp on the Rio San Juan, Nicaragua, located between the town of Boca de Sabalos and El Castillo, home for giant tarpon and snook.


Tarpon fishing
The Rio San Juan rives is a great place to get your tarpon trophy.

Sport fishing for tarpon should be good the whole season. As late as April 2016, we are seeing a great number of tarpon coming in from the ocean en route to Lake Nicaragua. This un usually high quantity of tarpon coming in during our dry season, when the river is at it lower level, it make me predict a really good 2016-2017 Tarpon fishing season.

We invite you to come Tarpon fishing and release your trophy, a giant river monster.

Like the past few year we are getting more angles coming to our water to try to battle one of this giant tarpon and this year, we will have  130 plus angler in our September fishing tournament, also our river has ben feature in a few sport fishing TV shows like River Monster and other sport channels.

Montecristo River Lodge offer affordable all inclusive tarpon fishing package that start at $649.00 per person for a 3 night, 2 full days of fishing, two anglers per boat. The price includes transportation from San Carlos, the lodge and all meals, fishing boat, guide and fuel. We are taking reservation for our 2016-2017 seasons, please book early.

Giant tarpon are everywhere in Boca de Sabalos, this mean that for the 56 International Tarpon Fishing Tournament in Rio San Juan this coming September 2016 will be very exciting for all participant anglers

Releasing tarpon
Oxygenating to revive a great tarpon, the Silver King after a great battle, a job well done.

To contact Montecristo Eco lodge, follow this link. Please come fish with us, we will treat you VIP.