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Los Osos Creek

San Luis Obispo County, California.

Los Osos Creek midpoint in Los Osos, California.

Los Osos Creek ends in Los Osos, California.

13 feet (4 meters)

10.81 miles long (17.40 kilometers)

About The Los Osos Creek

Los Osos Creek is a River located in San Luis Obispo County, CA. Starting in San Luis Obispo, CA the Los Osos Creek flows 11 miles through Los Osos, CA before ending in Los Osos, CA. The Los Osos Creek rises to an elevation of 13 feet. Find maps, fishing guides, weather and recreation information at Guidesly.

 

About Los Osos Creek, CA

Los Osos Creek is a dynamic stream located in the coastal San Luis Obispo County, California just 2.3 miles away from Morro Bay. It is situated nearby Chorro Delta and the Morro Estuary Natural Preserve. The stream originates in the Clark Valley along the slopes of Irish Hills where its headwaters are located. It then flows into the Los Osos Valley, then finally drains into Morro Bay. Its watershed is one of the two primary systems of the Morro Bay watershed along with the Chorro Creek Watershed. The stream is also divided into two subwatershed areas, the Warden subwatershed, and the Clark Valley subwatershed, and drains approximately 23 square miles.

The creek features good conditions of riparian vegetation that supports plenty of plant and animal species in the area. Its upper watershed contains oak woodland and oak forest, including different willow species. Small brackish marsh areas have also been observed near the mouth of the stream. The area also features the Los Osos Creek Trail which passes the stream as it travels eastward. 

Los Osos Creek Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Los Osos Creek, CA

Los Osos Creek, along with Chorro Creek, provides habitat for the southernmost populations of steelhead trout in the state of California. They are both tagged as anadromous fish streams. Los Osos Creek also features opportunities for catching largemouth bass, threespine stickleback, prickly sculpin, alligator gar, common bleak, asp, and crappie fish species. The stream also contains decent populations of other trout species such as brown trout, rainbow trout, bull trout, and brook trout. You may also find populations of common carp, channel catfish, chinook salmon, tautog, grayling, goldfish, and eel species out here. There are also reports of muskellunge, ide, grass carp, rudd, and pike-perch species sighted in the stream. Not only that, you may expect the presence of silver carp, roach, ruffe, tench, gudgeon, bluegill, and burbot species here as well. 

Popular fishing techniques used here are baitcasting, fly fishing, spinning, and surfcasting. Bream fish species tend to dwell in deep places, as well as the common bleak, common carp, channel catfish, eel, gudgeon, and rainbow trout. Some like to hang about in shallower areas, such as the silver carp, grass carp, and tench. However, some of these also like to stay in either the deep or shallow parts of the stream so it’s best that you should always be on the move when angling here. The stream experiences dry spells sometimes so be wary of the conditions before heading out to the area. 

Remember to secure your fishing license first on the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife website, and adhere to the rules and regulations established while angling in the creek.

Los Osos Creek Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality

The best times to fish in Los Osos Creek would be around 4 AM to 7 AM. You may also try during 1 PM and the time range between 5 PM to 7 PM. The creek is fairly dry in June, so you may skip a visit during this month. Prickly sculpin species tend to be more active during January and February, and will potentially spawn from late February to June. Most of the fishes are also active during the last weeks of August, but not in the succeeding week in September. 

Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality

The best times to fish in Los Osos Creek would be around 4 AM to 7 AM. You may also try during 1 PM and the time range between 5 PM to 7 PM. The creek is fairly dry in June, so you may skip a visit during this month. Prickly sculpin species tend to be more active during January and February, and will potentially spawn from late February to June. Most of the fishes are also active during the last weeks of August, but not in the succeeding week in September. 

Los Osos Creek Fish Species

All About Fishing in Los Osos Creek, CA

Los Osos Creek, along with Chorro Creek, provides habitat for the southernmost populations of steelhead trout in the state of California. They are both tagged as anadromous fish streams. Los Osos Creek also features opportunities for catching largemouth bass, threespine stickleback, prickly sculpin, alligator gar, common bleak, asp, and crappie fish species. The stream also contains decent populations of other trout species such as brown trout, rainbow trout, bull trout, and brook trout. You may also find populations of common carp, channel catfish, chinook salmon, tautog, grayling, goldfish, and eel species out here. There are also reports of muskellunge, ide, grass carp, rudd, and pike-perch species sighted in the stream. Not only that, you may expect the presence of silver carp, roach, ruffe, tench, gudgeon, bluegill, and burbot species here as well. 

Popular fishing techniques used here are baitcasting, fly fishing, spinning, and surfcasting. Bream fish species tend to dwell in deep places, as well as the common bleak, common carp, channel catfish, eel, gudgeon, and rainbow trout. Some like to hang about in shallower areas, such as the silver carp, grass carp, and tench. However, some of these also like to stay in either the deep or shallow parts of the stream so it’s best that you should always be on the move when angling here. The stream experiences dry spells sometimes so be wary of the conditions before heading out to the area. 

Remember to secure your fishing license first on the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife website, and adhere to the rules and regulations established while angling in the creek.

Crappie

Habitat: River, Lake

Weight: 0 - 5 Pounds

Length: 4" - 19"

Largemouth Bass

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Alligator Gar

Habitat: Inland, Nearshore

Weight: 100 - 160 Pounds

Length: 48" - <