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. 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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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. Rainbow Trout

  2. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 51.62% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 286 Rainbow Trout counted.

  3. Lingcod

  4. Lingcod

    There is a 9.75% catch rate for Lingcod, based on 54 Lingcod counted.

  5. Bocaccio

  6. Bocaccio

    There is a 9.21% catch rate for Bocaccio, based on 51 Bocaccio counted.

  7. Cabezon

  8. Cabezon

    There is a 6.68% catch rate for Cabezon, based on 37 Cabezon counted.

  9. Giant Sea Bass

  10. Giant Sea Bass

    There is a 6.5% catch rate for Giant Sea Bass, based on 36 Giant Sea Bass counted.

  11. Kelp Bass

  12. Kelp Bass

    There is a 6.5% catch rate for Kelp Bass, based on 36 Kelp Bass counted.

  13. Halibut

  14. Halibut

    There is a 3.43% catch rate for Halibut, based on 19 Halibut counted.

  15. Largemouth Bass

  16. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 1.44% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 8 Largemouth Bass counted.

  17. Great White Shark

  18. Great White Shark

    There is a 1.26% catch rate for Great White Shark, based on 7 Great White Shark counted.

  19. Striped Bass

  20. Striped Bass

    There is a 0.72% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 4 Striped Bass counted.

Recommedations above based on 22 species of fish and 554 fish counted for September around Santa Cruz.

To date, there are 54 species of fish and a total of 28911 fish counted for Santa Cruz and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (162 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 7:18:35 AM

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

  • 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 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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Latest Fishing Spots


Ventura Rocks1

Terrace Point1

Sunset Point7

South East Reef

Soquel Point

Soberanes Point

Santa Cruz West Breakwater Light

Santa Cruz Lighted Whistle Buoy Sc

Santa Cruz Light

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Bouy Conditions

Station 46269 - Point Santa Cruz, CA (254)
September 25, 2022 5:30 am PDT
Location: 36.934N 122.034W
Significant Wave Height: 3.3 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 17 sec
Average Period: 10.7 sec
Mean Wave Direction: SSW (198°)
Water Temperature: 62.4°F (16.9°C)

Current Moon Phase

New Moon

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