Monterey Bay Fishing



Top Monterey Bay Fishing Spots

  1. Soquel Hole
    12/31/2012 1:02:37 AM - Soquel Hole 36.52.00 / 121.57.00 Popular King Salmon and Silver Salmon hole for trolling and drifting. 


  2. Mulligan Hill
    12/31/2012 12:40:32 AM - Mulligan Hill 36.44.98 / 121.52.


  3. Soldier’s Club
    12/31/2012 1:01:17 AM - Soldier’s Club 36.41.14 / 121.52.28


  4. 601 South Rock
    12/31/2012 12:19:04 AM - 601 South Rock 36.55.00 / 122.01.00


  5. Adams Reef
    5/19/2018 10:29:13 AM -


  6. Three Trees
    10/31/2018 10:51:32 PM -


  7. Three Trees
    5/19/2018 10:29:09 AM -


  8. Moonglow Point
    5/13/2019 10:19:44 AM -


  9. Manresa State Beach
    5/4/2013 12:16:40 AM -


  10. Park Reef Kelp
    5/19/2018 10:29:10 AM -



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Monterey Bay Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Monterey Bay, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Giant Sea Bass

  2. Giant Sea Bass

    There is a 21.24% catch rate for Giant Sea Bass, based on 435 Giant Sea Bass counted.


  3. Lingcod

  4. Lingcod

    There is a 17.53% catch rate for Lingcod, based on 359 Lingcod counted.


  5. Cabezon

  6. Cabezon

    There is a 16.02% catch rate for Cabezon, based on 328 Cabezon counted.


  7. Kelp Bass

  8. Kelp Bass

    There is a 15.23% catch rate for Kelp Bass, based on 312 Kelp Bass counted.


  9. Rainbow Trout

  10. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 11.28% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 231 Rainbow Trout counted.


  11. Bocaccio

  12. Bocaccio

    There is a 10.64% catch rate for Bocaccio, based on 218 Bocaccio counted.


  13. California Sheephead

  14. California Sheephead

    There is a 5.66% catch rate for California Sheephead, based on 116 California Sheephead counted.


  15. Halibut

  16. Halibut

    There is a 0.93% catch rate for Halibut, based on 19 Halibut counted.


  17. Great White Shark

  18. Great White Shark

    There is a 0.34% catch rate for Great White Shark, based on 7 Great White Shark counted.


  19. Striped Bass

  20. Striped Bass

    There is a 0.2% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 4 Striped Bass counted.


Recommedations above based on 23 species of fish and 2048 fish counted for September around Monterey Bay.

To date, there are 50 species of fish and a total of 29160 fish counted for Monterey Bay and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (162 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 10:51:13 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Latest Monterey Bay Fishing Reports

  • September 17
    9/18/2022 11:15:12 AM - Ran up the coast for our Jurassic Park trip (deep reef not fishable with the high winds) and found some nice fish. Ended up with three nice lingcod and a lot of olive canary


  • September 16 – Afternoon trip
    9/18/2022 11:13:56 AM - Another fun local potluck trip. Wind came up pretty strong and the water was a wee bit bumpy but the fish didn’t mind. We nailed the big canary blue black brown olive and red


  • September 16 – Morning trip
    9/18/2022 11:12:38 AM - Nice weather for our local “lingcod only” trip. Was able to boat a big lingcod and some rockcod. Not stellar but lots of fun. The post September 16 – Morning trip appeared fi


  • September 4 – Afternoon trip
    9/5/2022 11:23:57 AM - Fun fun fun local potluck trip with our post-grad students from Stanford. Lots of fish lots of laughs and great memories. Betty is determined to get the big lingcod that got


  • September 4 – Morning trip
    9/5/2022 11:19:07 AM - Another great local potluck trip for our group from San Jose. Lots of fish and lots of laughs. Happy Birthday Alex! The post September 4 – Morning trip appeared first on Mont


  • August 28
    8/28/2022 7:27:14 PM - Headed up the coast for our Jurassic Park trip today with flat calm seas. After picking up some live bait we dropped in an immediately got lingcod. Finished up with good qual


  • August 26
    8/26/2022 7:56:47 PM - Went out to the halibut grounds but found no takers. Came back into the rockcod grounds and finished the morning with brown blue olive canary and red pacific snapper. Happy f


  • August 24
    8/24/2022 3:56:54 PM - Awesome local potluck trip today with flat seas and plenty of fish including Ramsey’s lingcod. The post August 24 appeared first on Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz Fishing Charte


  • August 22
    8/22/2022 1:31:40 PM - Happy happy family up from orange county. Local potluck today and the catching was non stop! Olives blues browns canary and red pacific snapper (rockfish). The post August 22


  • August 20
    8/20/2022 6:13:51 PM - Headed out to the deep reef for Jurassic Park today. Fish were big! Canaries green spots coppers yellowtail and red pacific snapper. Fish getting packed and taken back to Ida


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Top Monterey Bay Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Monterey Bay Charters
    MEGA-BITE is the premier 6-pack charter boat located in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and we fish the Monterey Bay. We provide all types of charters aboard our spacious 32x12 foot 630 horsepower Sport Sedan. We can take up to six people fishing for sa

  2. Capitola and Santa Cruz Boat Rentals
    Santa Cruz Boat Rentals and Capitola Boat and Bait have the only motorized ocean skiffs for rent on Monterey Bay, so if you want to get out there, you want to come here! Our shops are located on the Santa Cruz and Capitola wharves, making them the pe

  3. Fish Taxi Sportfishing Oceanside CA
    Fish Taxi 6-pack private deep sea fishing charter all-inclusive 1/2 day, full day and overnight excursions available. From sportfishing tournaments to kid-friendly outings, we've got you covered. Gear and refreshments provided.

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