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Pescadero was once a legendary seaside resort town that every San Franciscan went to for some trout fishing and relaxation. Today, though, it feels like a destination that only a few in the know whisper about, much like the Ohlone Indians who kept the spot a secret amongst themselves before the European settlers came in. Its beauty is no secret, though. If you want to experience its rolling hills, amazing bike trails, picturesque land farms, quaint downtown, and pristine coastline, don’t just see it in the pictures. Head to Bay Area’s best-kept secret, and you’ll find a wondrously rugged place that also happens to offer plenty of productive fishing opportunities. 

Pescadero, California: Calm Catch-and-Release Fishing

Pescadero is still in the process of rehabilitating its waters, but it’s now back on its feet. For this reason, responsible anglers who want to see the town back to its former glory may want to adhere to Pescadero’s strict catch-and-release regulations. In any case, it’s a fantastic place to fish if you want to practice your fly fishing and troll fishing techniques. Top fish species to target include:

Chinook salmon - actively bite around the start of summer, going offshore to inshore until their season closes officially around August.

Surfperch - this fish species is a springtime catch

Rockfish - available all year round both inshore and offshore

White sturgeon - bite at the beginning of spring until fall

Halibut - available at the start of spring and active until fall

Fish species
White Sturgeon 
White Sturgeon  fish

Habitat: Onshore

Weight: 1 - 1100 Pounds

Length: 1" - 148"

Barred Surfperch
Barred Surfperch fish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore

Weight: 1 - 1 Pounds

Length: 4" - 17"

Chinook Salmon
Chinook Salmon fish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, River, Lake

Weight: 10 - 50 Pounds

Length: 30" - 59"

Black Rockfish
Black Rockfish fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Offshore

Weight: 2 - 11 Pounds

Length: 8" - 25"

Pescadero, California: A Tranquil Mix of Quirky, Active, and Just Plain Fun

It’s easy to spend a whole tranquil day in Pescadero, California, where you can enjoy a mix of family-friendly activities that appeal to different kinds of interests.

1.See Some Unique Animals

If you’re an animal lover, go ahead and visit the elephant seals at the Ano Nuevo State Park, and the goats and llamas at the Harley Farms Goat Dairy. You will need a guided tour to see the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park, so make sure to call ahead before going as it is a seasonal activity.


2. Pay Homage to the Town’s Local Pride and History

Line up for some freshly baked artichoke bread at Arcangeli Grocery Company/Norm’s Market. Or enjoy the unique local atmosphere at Duarte’s Tavern. Walking around Pescadero is already a great way to feel the town’s rich history, as many of the original structures from its glory days still stand.


3. Bike Your Way Through Pescadero

You can either bike on one of the town’s many bike trails, or if you want to up the ante, join the Pescadero Coastal Classic Road Race, annually sponsored by the Alto Vejo Bicycle Racing Club in June

Fishing Techniques
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing