Morro Bay

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Harbor History: Often called “the jewel of the Central Coast,” Morro Bay is a close-knit community known for its vibrant fishing industry and unique natural beauty.

The guardian to the entrance of the Harbor, Morro Rock, has been a landmark and navigational guide for hundreds of years. Chumash Indians were the first to cultivate the land and sea near the Rock and its seven volcanic sister peaks. 

The town of Morro Bay grew around the turn of the century as schooners arrived in the harbor for trade. Over the years strong fisheries developed in shark, salmon, albacore and abalone. Initially boats entered the harbor on both the north and south sides of Morro Rock. But the area was known to be dangerous because of high surf, surging tides, erratic winds and shifting channels.

Morro Bay was jolted by blasts in 1933 as a man-made causeway was built closing the north entrance and connecting the Rock with the mainland. The south channel was dredged and a breakwater protecting the entrance was constructed during World War II by the Army Corps of Engineers. The current Embarcadero area was formed from the dredged material.

In 1995 Morro Bay was federally designated as a National Estuary and the National Estuary Program was formed to work towards enhancing and maintaining the estuary’s vital habitat.

City facilites: The City maintains and operates North & South T-Piers (shown on map) for transient vessels. A City floating dock and anchorage area are also available to transient vessels. In addition, the City maintains approximately 50 slips and 70 moorings for home-ported vessels. Occasionally these slips and moorings are available for transient use.  

Use of the City Launch Ramp at Tidelands Park is free. There is a fee for park-ing vessels and trailers, $1/hour or $5/day. Most other facilities in the Harbor are operated privately. Always obtain permission before docking your vessel at any

Vessel Rinse Down: Located at the north end of the Launch Ramp Parking lot across from Tidelands Park (coin operated).

Charter boat trips and fishing information:

Morro Bay Landing, 1213 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442, (805) 771-5500,

Virg’s Landing, 169 Market Ave, Morro Bay, CA 93442, (805) 772-1222,

Articles & Reports
Live Bait Anglers Battle Big Rockfish and Lingcod Off Morro Bay Live Bait Anglers Battle Big Rockfish and Lingcod Off Morro Bay

Written By: Dan Bacher,
September 12, 2014

Rockfish and lingcod action has been superb in the Morro Bay area, especially since live anchovies became available in August.

On Saturday, September 6, the San Pedro Special went out on a 3/4 day trip under beautiful conditions,...


Hooking Big Lings And Rockfish In The Shadow Of Morro Rock Hooking Big Lings And Rockfish In The Shadow Of Morro Rock

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 29, 2014

When I arrived early at the docks at Morro Bay Landing to go fishing on a half-day bottomfish trip aboard the San Pedro Special, I saw three people there waiting until people began boarding the boat for the half-day rockfish trip at 8...


For Sale 2013 Fish Sniffer Willie Raptor For Sale 2013 Fish Sniffer Willie Raptor

Written By: FishSniffer Staff,
September 16, 2013

Once again, the Fish Sniffer is prowling the waters of Northern California in a beautiful 21’ Willie Raptor.  The Raptor is an extremely versatile boat – big and solid enough for large lakes and the ocean, yet compact enough to...


Californians Oppose Expanded Fracking

Written By: Dan Bacher,

A poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) on July 31 reveals that the majority of Californian residents oppose expanded fracking in the Golden State. 

Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) employs huge volumes of water, mixed with sand and toxic...

Fit To Be Tide

Written By: Kathie Morgan,

“King tide rolls ashore.” My full attention was drawn to that headline above the fold on Page One of our local paper last December. What, I wondered, was a king tide?

David and I live by the tides, and always have. When the tide ebbed, down the stairs we tumbled with...


Catching The Ultimate Lingcod Bait

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau,

They are long, skinny, extra shiny, and lingcod (especially BIG lingcod!) love to eat them. I consider them the ultimate lingcod bait. They are commonly referred to as jacksmelt.

Jacksmelt of any size are good bait, and the big ones are usually known as "horses.”...


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Tips & Tactics for Morro Bay
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...


How To Mooch Up A Salmon Dinner How To Mooch Up A Salmon Dinner

Written By: Cal Kellogg

The conditions were ideal. It was late summer and a dense fog hung over the dark water. The groundswell was low and the surface was dotted...


Deadly Salmon Trolling Techniques Using Hot Spot Flashers! Deadly Salmon Trolling Techniques Using Hot Spot Flashers!

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Designed and produced by successful fishermen, Hot Spot’s deadly trolling approaches have been proven to catch more and bigger salmon time...


Weather Report for Morro Bay

Todays date: Sunday May 24, 2015

Morro Bay Species
  • Saltwater Salmon
  • Saltwater Salmon
  • Rockfish
  • Rockfish
  • Albacore
  • Albacore
Whats Biting?

Saltwater Salmon



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