U.S. Virgin Islands Fishing

virgin islands fishingUS Virgin Islands fishing is perfect for experienced fisherman and casual fishers alike. If you love the sea, you will love fishing in St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas.

Plus, the Virgin Islands National Park has open waters for tourists and locals to enjoy. Whether you are grabbing a handheld rod and fishing off shore or exploring deep-sea fishing off the coast, you’ll be in awe at the species of fish you reel in.

US Virgin Islands Fishing Guide

US Virgin Islands fishing is legendary for boaters because of the islands’ anchorages shelter, fantastic weather and incomparable beauty. Before you go deep-sea fishing for blue marlin, dolphin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo, skipjack and kingfish, there are some things you need to know to make a successful catch of the day. Read our list of fish to catch in the US Virgin Islands as well as their ideal location from land and which seasons are best for casting a line.

  • Blue Marlin: location is 100-fathom edge; season is all year, best in July – October.
  • White Marlin: location is 100-fathom edge; season is all year, best in spring.
  • Sailfish: location is offshore in October – April, in season best in December and February.
  • Wahoo: location is offshore, in season all year, best in September – May.
  • Allison Tuna: location is offshore, in season all year.
  • Dolphin Fish: location is offshore, in season spring, fall, and winter, best in spring.
  • Kingfish: location is reef-banks, in season all year, best in spring.
  • Tarpon: location is inshore, in season all year, best in spring.

Catching Other Sea Life

At the end of the day, US Virgin Islands fishing offers more than just a “fish”. There is other quality sea life to enjoy too. Here are the best seasons and locations for catching sea life other than fish.

  • Conch: Conch season is October 1 – June 30. Conch must be 9 inches long. There is a two person limit per day. You may not fish in Trunk Bay and in buoy-designated swimming areas. The park also prohibits possession of spear guns.
  • Lobster: There is a two per person limit per day for Caribbean spiny lobster and the carapace must be at least 3.5 inches. Whelk season is October 1 – March 30. Whelk must be larger than 2.5 inches, and there is a one gallon per person limit per day.