Fishing is one of the important industries at Lake Chapala, Mexico, providing income and putting food on the table for some people. Though pole fishing is not uncommon, the most popular way to catch fish is with hand-thrown nets, tossed from a boat or by someone who’s waded chest-high into the water.

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A man adjusts his hat while fishing in the evening on Lake Chapala from the Ajijic malecón (boardwalk).
A man adjusts his hat while fishing in the evening on Lake Chapala from the Ajijic malecón (boardwalk).
Men go net fishing during sunset on Lake Chapala in Ajijic, Mexico. Fish provide daily nutrition for some people living on the lake. Though the lake water is fairly polluted with farming and industrial runoff, recent testing has indicated that fish from the lake are safe enough to eat.
Men go net fishing during sunset on Lake Chapala in Ajijic, Mexico. Fish provide daily nutrition for some people living on the lake. Though the lake water is fairly polluted with farming and industrial runoff, recent testing has indicated that fish from the lake are safe enough to eat.
Men net fishing on Lake Chapala
Men go net fishing during sunset on Lake Chapala in Ajijic, Mexico. Fish provide daily nutrition for some people living on the lake. Though the lake water is fairly polluted with farming and industrial runoff, recent testing has indicated that fish from the lake are safe enough to eat.
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Fishing at dusk at Lake Chapala, Mexico
A 30-second exposure of a man fishing at dusk on the shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Man in a boat fishing at Lake Chapala.
Lake Chapala’s calm waters make it easy for navigating with small boats.
Man net fishing off the shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico
Lake Chapala’s maximum depth is only 34 feet, which means there is plenty of area for wading and using a net.
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Man using soda bottle to fish at Lake Chapala
Sometimes you don’t have the right gear, like a fishing pole, but you still need to eat. You need to get creative like this man is doing by using an empty 7 Up bottle as a reel.
Boy fishing with a soda bottle in Ajijic, Jalisco.
This boy was also using a soda bottle to catch fish in Ajijic.
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Man using tortillas as fishing bait at Lake Chapala.
This man was using stale tortillas as fishing bait.
A man waits for a fish to bite at Lake Chapala.
Waiting for a bite while fishing at Lake Chapala.
Egrets and man fishing at Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Fishing at Lake Chapala often involves sharing the water with the local year-round egret population.
Man net fishing in Ajijic, Jalisco.
Netfishing is a popular way of fishing from the shore at Lake Chapala.
Fishing with a net in Mexico.
A fisherman setting a net late in the afternoon on Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Fishing from a boat at Lake Chapala.
A man goes fishing from a boat at Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Mario fishing in Ajijic.
Mario, standing, goes fishing with his friends on the Lake Chapala shore.