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The town of Santa Cruz was once home to the Awaswas Native until the coming of Spanish soldiers, colonists, and missionaries in the 18th century. Today, Santa Cruz is a town well-visited because of its quintessential beaches and different cultural attractions. So, if you are looking for a place to visit with your family, Santa Cruz might just be it.

Nestled on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, the town of Santa Cruz holds one of the serene beaches and unspoiled landscapes making it a hotspot for both anglers and nature lovers. Whether you are someone who wants to see a place with a rich cultural heritage, or someone who enjoys swimming on the beach, Santa Cruz has it. In addition, the town also holds a pristine marine environment that makes anglers keep coming back to visit.

So, what are you waiting for? Visit Santa Cruz today and experience a trip that you would always remember. 

Santa Cruz, CA Fishing: Experience Multiple Fishing Opportunities

Fishing in Santa Cruz California offers different angling spots any time of the year. Starting off with the Santa Cruz Wharf. The town’s wharf is known for boat tours and sea lion dining. However, it is also known to be one of the best fishing spots in town as it does not require any fishing license and is open to the public.  The more than 800 mile-long wharf is home to different species of fish like the small shiner perch, which becomes a common target on hot summer days. Anglers use these perch as bait to pursue large game fish like the halibut and striped bass. During fall, silver salmon become an angler’s target as they migrate towards the moth of San Lorenzo. In addition, the wharf also offers excellent fishing opportunities during winter. These months are best for catching surf perch, pile perch, black perch, and rubber lip perch which they can easily catch along the piling around the wharf.

The Loch Lomond Recreation Area is another fishing opportunity anglers can visit in Santa Cruz, California. During the warm, summer months, an angler can easily target some bluegill and green sunfish just along the shoreline of the lake. This is in addition, small to medium-sized largemouth bass prowl the shades by the shoreline. In addition, the lake’s higher elevation makes it viable for trout to thrive. Targeting trout during the months of June and early July will give visiting anglers and locals a great angling experience.

Another famous fishing destination in the town of Santa Cruz is the San Lorenzo River which gives anglers different fishing opportunities like baitcasting, fly fishing, spinning, and trolling. In addition, the 26-mile stream was once the most popular waterbody to target steelhead trout and coho salmon.

Fish species
Shiner Perch
Shiner Perch fish

Habitat: Inshore

Weight: 1 - 3 Pounds

Length: 5" - 8"

Atlantic Halibut
Atlantic Halibut fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Offshore, Continental Shelf

Weight: 30 - 150 Pounds

Length: 52" - 185"

Green Sunfish 
Green Sunfish  fish

Habitat: Lake, River, Backwater, Gravel Bottom

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 3" - 12"

Bluegill  fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, River

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 6" - 16"

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Striped Bass
Striped Bass fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Onshore, Near shore

Weight: 10 - 81 Pounds

Length: 20" - 55"

Rubberlip Seaperch
Rubberlip Seaperch fish

Habitat: onshore, nearshore, jetties, piers

Weight: 2 - 5 Pounds

Length: 8" - 18"

Pile Perch
Pile Perch fish

Habitat: Reefs, inshore, offshore

Weight: 3 - 4 Pounds

Length: 15" - 17"

Discover Santa Cruz, California

1.Try the Roaring Camp Railroad

The Santa Cruz Beach Steam Train departs from Santa Cruz Mountains in Felton and travels through the awe-inspiring Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park into the San Lorenzo River Gorge. It also passes through a tunnel built in 1875 and ends in Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Hop aboard this steam-train ride and visit the most scenic areas of Santa Cruz.

2. Find out about Mystery Spot

Do you want to experience what it is like to be in a place without gravity? The Mystery spot is an area with a 46-meter diameter where the normal effects of gravity do not apply. Objects and people appear to be tilted even in an attempt to stand up.

Fishing Techniques
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing