Fishing Permits

Mexico Fishing License and Mexico Boat Permit Requirements

Prior to taking your boat into Mexico we recommend that you review the rules and regulations listed below, taken from the
Comisión Nacional De Acuacultura y Pesca website.

Failure to comply with these regulations could result in fines and/or confiscation of your boat:


  • When operating a boat that carries fishing equipment in Mexican waters, it is necessary to hold a valid fishing license for everybody aboard the boat, regardless of age and whether fishing or not. A Fishing License is not required when fishing from land.
  • Only one rod or line with hook is permitted in the water, per person, but there is no restriction regarding the number of replacement items.
  • A fishing license allows capture of fin fish only. It does not allow you to capture any crustaceans or mollusks, with the exception of squid, and their capture by anyone is strictly prohibited. Totuaba, turtles and marine mammals are under protection of the Ministry and may not be captured at any time.
  • To capture bottom fish, up to four hooks on a vertical line may be used.
  • The use of electric reels is restricted to disabled fishermen only, after written authorization for the Ministry before use.
Mexico Fishing Permits


  • In ocean waters and estuaries, the limit is a total of ten fish per person per day, with no more than 5 catches of a single species, except of the species of the “Billfishes”, Shark and Giant Sea bass (Stereolepisgigas), of which only one specimen from this group is allowed per day, and which counts a five toward the overall 10 fish limit, or Dorado, Roosterfish, Shad or Tarpon, and Gulf Grouper (Mycyteropercajordani), of which only two samples from this group are allowed, and which count as five toward the overall 10 fish limit.
  • NOTE: As of July 14, 2014, and for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year, the capture of Blue Fin Tuna (Thunnus Orientals) is suspended.
  • Limit on inland bodies of water (rivers, lakes, dams, etc.) is five fish per day, whether of a single specie or in combination.
Bag And Possession Limits
  • Underwater fishing is limited to a total of five fish and/or squid per day, using rubber band, spring or pneumatic harpoons, and only while skin diving.
  • There is no limit to the practice of "catch and release", as long as the fish that exceed the bag limit be returned to their environment in good survival condition.
  • Where sport fishing is conducted from boats out at sea for longer than three days, the bag limit will be the equivalent of three times the amounts mentioned above.


  • It is illegal to capture and maintain alive any fish for ornamental purposes.
  • It is prohibited to receive any financial gain from the product obtained through sport fishing.
  • It is prohibited to dump trash, litter or substances that harm the aquatic flora or fauna, whether on lakes, river banks, shores or oceanic waters.
  • It is prohibited to collect shells, corals, sea anemones and snails, or to disturb the original ecosystem environment.
  • It is prohibited to practice sport fishing 250 meters or less from swimmers.
  • It is prohibited to use artificial lighting to attract large quantities of fish.
  • It is prohibited to possess firearms in Mexican waters.
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  • Fish caught under a sport fishing license may not be filleted aboard the vessel from which it was caught.
  • It is requested that all unusual activities, occurrences or record catches be reported to the nearest office of the Oficina de Pesca, or to its representation in San Diego CA, in order to ensure the preservation of natural resources for the continued enjoyment of all fishermen.

To request a fishing license, please visit the website below.
Comisión Nacional De Acuacultura y Pesca
2550 Fifth Avenue # 15 San Diego, CA.92103 Ph: (619) 233-4324 Fax: (619) 233-0344