Monterey Bay

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Rockfish Season: Fishing for groundfish from shore and piers is open year-round. Boat-based  fishing for rockfish and lingcod in the Monterey South-Central Management Area (Pigeon Point to near Lopez Point) is open May 1 through December 31 from 0-40 fathoms (0-240 feet).

Groundfish Bag Limits: Sport anglers are allowed daily bag and possession limits of 10 rockfish, cabezon and greenlings, in combination. Sublimits exist for bocaccio, cabezon and greenlings; cowcod, yelloweye and canary rockfishes may not be retained at any time. The bag limit for lingcod is two, while the minimum size limit is 22 inches. For complete groundfish fishing regulations, refer to http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.

Fishing for halibut, sanddabs, white seabass, surf perch and other species is open year round. Salmon season ran from April 6 – October 6 in 2013 and the 2014 season will be finalized in March and April by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC)

Marine Protected Areas:  For more information, go to: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/mpa_regs.asp  

Boat ramps: Private boaters targeting rockfish, salmon and albacore can launch their craft at the public ramps at Moss Landing and Monterey.

Moss Landing Harbor: the number one commercial fishing harbor in the Monterey Bay with 600+ slips for recreational boaters and commercial vessels. Partnering with marine research and education, the Moss Landing Harbor District (MLHD) provides full public access to the environment. For more information, go to: http://www.mosslandingharbor.dst.ca.us/

Fishing information: The Kahuna, owned by Carol Jones,  operates out of Moss Landing Harbor, 831-633-2564.  Charter boat operations in Monterey include Chris’s Fishing Trips, 831-375-5951 www.chrissfishing.com; and Randy’s Fishing Trips, 831-372 7440, www.randysfishingtrips.com.

Private boaters and surf fishing enthusiasts can get updated fishing information at J&D Auto/Gone Fishin’ in Sand City, 831-899-1111.

Articles & Reports
Boaters Head To Big Sur For Big Sacks Of Lingcod And Rockfish

Written By: Dan Bacher,
May 15, 2015

(Moss Landing) Anglers are catching limits and near-limits of lingcod and rockfish on trips to the Big Sur coast.

 A Point Sur trip aboard the Kahuna on Friday, May 1, produced 72 lingcod, 154 rockfish, 35 copper rockfish and 51 vermilion...

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Ventura Angler Wins Sand Crab Classic With Big Barred Perch Ventura Angler Wins Sand Crab Classic With Big Barred Perch

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 28, 2015

Monterey Bay is the “Perch Capital” of the California Coast. The bay features the widest array of perch species found in one area on the West Coast, including barred, silver, pile, walleye, shiner, black, striped, rainbow, rubberlip and...

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Sanddabs And Crabs Delight Charter Boat Fishermen

Written By: Dan Bacher,
January 16, 2015

(Moss Landing) Monterey Bay charter boats are now doing sanddab and crab fishing trips or are conducting annual maintenance to get ready for the 2015 salmon and rockfish seasons.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our final rockfish and...

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Boaters Head To Big Sur For Big Sacks Of Lingcod And Rockfish

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Moss Landing) Anglers are catching limits and near-limits of lingcod and rockfish on trips to the Big Sur coast.

 A Point Sur trip aboard the Kahuna on Friday, May 1, produced 72 lingcod, 154 rockfish, 35 copper rockfish and 51 vermilion rockfish for 24 passengers....

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Sanddabs And Crabs Delight Charter Boat Fishermen

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Moss Landing) Monterey Bay charter boats are now doing sanddab and crab fishing trips or are conducting annual maintenance to get ready for the 2015 salmon and rockfish seasons.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our final rockfish and lingcod trip of the season, as the...

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Hit Point Sur For Lingcod And Rockfish Limits

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Moss Landing) Want to catch limits of both big, surly lingcod and hard-battling rockfish? Then head down the Monterey County Coast to Point Sur aboard the Kahuna.

The 14 anglers aboard the boat on Sunday, November 2 landed 28 lingcod and 140 assorted rockfish. On the...

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Coming Soon

Monterey Albacore

Written By: Forum Member: Hamachi_Kamas,
September 29, 2013

Fished with Brad aboard the Luty Fish yesterday. Launched @ grey. Conditions were not as forecasted - we had some wind and lots of residual windswell from the weeks blow. Mixed with some small groundswell, it was tough on us! We trudged forward heading for the 31/25 line? Not exactly...

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Guides and Services

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Modesto, CA 95351
Phone: (209) 526-4120

7812 Auburn Blvd.
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Bob’s Marine Bob’s Marine

Bob's Marine has been in business as a full sales, service and accessory dealer for 25 years in the same location. We have two full...

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Winkle Family Automotive & Marine Winkle Family Automotive & Marine...

Winkel Family Automotive, formerly Saturn of Reno, is located in Reno, Nevada which also serves the Truckee, Sparks, Carson City,...

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KITTLES Outdoor & Sport Co. KITTLES Outdoor & Sport Co.

Kittle's Outdoor was established in 1999 by Scott and Patrick Kittle. It continues to be a family owned operation located in...

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Tips & Tactics for Monterey Bay
The Fine Points Of Bay Area Live Bait Fishing The Fine Points Of Bay Area Live Bait Fishing

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Both halibut and stripers are showing in San Francisco Bay and there is already a substantial amount of bait in the form of anchovy...

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Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait? Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Written By: Cal Kellogg

I’m of the opinion that in most situations well-presented natural baits will outperform artificials. Following this philosophy, when the...

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Surf Striper Lures Surf Striper Lures

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau

It wasn't too long ago (or so it seems to old guys like me!) that surf fishing for stripers was a "manly" sort of endeavor.

The ten to...

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Weather Report for Monterey Bay

Todays date: Sunday May 24, 2015

Monterey Bay Species
  • Saltwater Salmon
  • Saltwater Salmon
  • Rockfish
  • Rockfish
  • Halibut
  • Halibut
  • Saltwater Stripers
  • Saltwater Stripers
  • Albacore
  • Albacore
  • Lingcod
  • Lingcod
Whats Biting?

Saltwater Salmon

Rockfish

Halibut

Saltwater Stripers

Albacore

Lingcod



Water Level for Monterey Bay

Sorry. We don't have any water level information for Monterey Bay. Our information comes from the USGS.

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