Magdalena Bay

San Carlos, Mexico

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Mag Bay is the largest bay on the Baja peninsula, is on the Pacific side and is about 800 miles south of the U.S. border. Saltwater fly fishing here is like angling in fresh water for much larger fish. The bay, including Bahía Almejas and a 65 mile channel north to San Jorge, is over 125 miles long! It warrants a fly fishing guidebook of its own so this summary intends to give you enough to start the journey. For more information, pick up a copy of Gary Graham’s Fly Fishing Magdalena Bay. With mangrove trees surrounding most of the shoreline, shallower and warmer water, and almost everything else, Mag Bay is unique in Southern Baja. The mangroves require fly fishers to use pangas. Once in a boat you’ll have numerous coves, back bays and deep channels to fish. Types of Fish: Bay: Porgy, cabrilla, pargo, pompano, grouper, halibut. Offshore: Marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo and dorado around high spots outside the bay in the blue water. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.

Magdalena Bay Professional Review and Guide

"Mag Bay is the largest bay on the Baja peninsula, is on the Pacific side and is about 800 miles south of the U.S. border. Saltwater fly fishing here is like angling in fresh water for much larger fish. The bay, including Bahía Almejas and a 65 mile channel north to San Jorge, is over 125 miles long! It warrants a fly fishing guidebook of its own so this summary intends to give you enough to start the journey. For more information, pick up a copy of Gary Graham’s Fly Fishing Magdalena Bay.

With mangrove trees surrounding most of the shoreline, shallower and warmer water, and almost everything else, Mag Bay is unique in Southern Baja. The mangroves require fly fishers to use pangas. Once in a boat you’ll have numerous coves, back bays and deep channels to fish. Types of Fish: Bay: Porgy, cabrilla, pargo, pompano, grouper, halibut. Offshore: Marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo and dorado around high spots outside the bay in the blue water. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: San Carlos
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Good year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Magdalena Bay

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May 2018