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Santa Cruz Fishing

Santa Cruz Fishing

Beautiful beaches and weather make Santa Cruz a popular tourist destination. Fermín de Lasuén from Spain established Mission Santa Cruz in 1791. Some time after the Conquest of California, Santa Cruz was incorporated as a city. In 1907, the city constructed the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Santa Cruz soon became recognized as a seaside resort community. Monterey Bay and the San Lorenzo River are two major bodies of water, where you can go fishing.

Popular inshore species you may catch while Santa Cruz fishing include Bluefin Tuna, Cabezon, Flounder, Halibut, Lingcod, Rockfish and Sea Bass. King Salmon is a highly sought after fish that you could target nearshore. Other species that you have a good chance of catching while nearshore Santa Cruz fishing are Cabezon, Halibut, and Lingcod. Albacore Tuna and Bluefin Tuna are plentiful much of the season offshore. If you are in Santa Cruz during fall, you may want to head to the mouth of the San Lorenzo River to target Silver Salmon. In 2011, a record White Sea Bass was caught off of the Santa Cruz shore that weighed 79 pounds. It was also one of the largest Sea Bass to be caught on rod and reel.



Top Santa Cruz 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. Manresa State Beach
    5/4/2013 12:16:40 AM -


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


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



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Santa Cruz Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Santa Cruz, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Common Carp

  2. Common Carp

    There is a 43.42% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 33 Common Carp counted.

    Santa Cruz Common Carp Counts Chart
    Common

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  3. Cabezon

  4. Cabezon

    There is a 21.05% catch rate for Cabezon, based on 16 Cabezon counted.

    Santa Cruz Cabezon Counts Chart
    Cabezon

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  5. Largemouth Bass

  6. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 6.58% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 5 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Santa Cruz Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

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  7. Rainbow Trout

  8. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 6.58% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 5 Rainbow Trout counted.

    Santa Cruz Rainbow Trout Counts Chart
    Rainbow

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  9. Bluegill

  10. Bluegill

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 2 Bluegill counted.

    Santa Cruz Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

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  11. Halibut

  12. Halibut

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Halibut, based on 2 Halibut counted.

    Santa Cruz Halibut Counts Chart
    Halibut

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  13. Starry Flounder

  14. Starry Flounder

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Starry Flounder, based on 2 Starry Flounder counted.

    Santa Cruz Starry Flounder Counts Chart
    Starry

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  15. Striped Bass

  16. Striped Bass

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 2 Striped Bass counted.

    Santa Cruz Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

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  17. Black Crappie

  18. Black Crappie

    There is a 1.32% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 1 Black Crappie counted.

    Santa Cruz Black Crappie Counts Chart
    Black

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  19. Bonito

  20. Bonito

    There is a 1.32% catch rate for Bonito, based on 1 Bonito counted.

    Santa Cruz Bonito Counts Chart
    Bonito

    ENLARGE SANTA CRUZ BONITO COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 17 species of fish and 76 fish counted for February around Santa Cruz.

To date, there are 65 species of fish and a total of 51587 fish counted for Santa Cruz and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (163 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 12:31:21 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.

View full Santa Cruz Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Santa Cruz Fishing Reports

  • December 28
    12/28/2022 11:27:48 AM - Our fishing season will open up again April 1st for salmon then on May 1st for all other fish types. We are especially excited that this coming season we will be able to fish


  • October 6
    10/6/2022 7:27:51 PM - Still getting our lingcod at Jurassic Park. The post October 6 appeared first on Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz Fishing Charters.


  • October 5
    10/5/2022 9:56:42 PM - Tuna update – The bluefin have moved offshore again meaning they are too far out for any local boats to fish. Hopefully in a week or two the Bluefin will wander closer to San


  • October 3
    10/4/2022 2:07:22 PM - Another great day at Jurassic Park. The post October 3 appeared first on Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz Fishing Charters.


  • October 2
    10/2/2022 7:56:47 PM - Jurassic trip today and it was a good one! The post October 2 appeared first on Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz Fishing Charters.


  • October 1
    10/1/2022 5:26:44 PM - Local potluck today and the fishing was slow. Probably our slowest day this year! A low system is in the area so the fish tend to slow down when there’s a low atmospheric sys


  • September 27
    9/27/2022 10:56:56 AM - Fishing report update for tuna – Bluefin have been around for a few days now with fish in the 100 pound class. Fish are as close as 10 miles to Santa Cruz! Looks like they’ll


  • 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


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Top Santa Cruz Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Coyote Discount Bait & Tackle
    A local tackle shop with deep roots in the fishing community for over 40 years. Swing by and test our knowledge!

  2. Fisherman's Warehouse
    In 1982 we started as one small store, Delta Bait & Tackle, in Manteca, California. Since then, we’ve changed our name and grown into the largest tackle outfitter in Northern California. At Fisherman’s Warehouse you’ll find our staff are experien

  3. Sportsmen's Supply


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Top Santa Cruz 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 On Sportfishing


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Santa Cruz Light

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Bouy Conditions

Station 46269 - Point Santa Cruz, CA (254)
February 8, 2023 8:30 pm PST
Location: 36.934N 122.034W
Significant Wave Height: 3.9 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 13 sec
Average Period: 8.5 sec
Mean Wave Direction: WSW (238°)
Water Temperature: 53.4°F (11.9°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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