Santa Cruz Fishing Report

Report Updated July 26, 2013

Salmon, butts, Tuna & more

According to our pal Allen Bushnell (co-host of The Let’s Go Fishing Radio Show, Thursdays 8-9pm on KSCO 1080, local anglers enjoyed a good run of salmon fishing for a few days last week, though the halibut bite dropped off a bit due to a south swell rolling through. Fishing for rockish and lingcod remains very strong on all the reefy areas and looks to remain that way for the foreseable future.

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DFG Fishing Regulations

Local Radio Report

Let’s Go Fishing Radio Show
Capt. Mike Baxter is a local legend in these parts (our words, not his) and he and trusty co-host Allen Bushnell break down all the local bites for ya…as well as plenty of inland stuff from steelies to kokanee…every Thursday from 7-8 PM on AM 1080. Check it out…these guys are dialed in!

Current Weather

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About Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is best known for its surf, but it’s also got a lot of cool saltwater fishing opportunities — from albacore and the occasional bluefin tuna on the outside to salmon and rockfish (when in season) to inshore stuff like halibut and white seabass. And let’s not forget the surf fishing…you can catch summer stripers off the sand, along with year-round surf perch and even the occasional halibut.
Light Tackle Surf Perch Fishing
Shallow Water Rockfishing

Species of Santa Cruz

1Albacore Tuna

California Halibut

King Salmon

1Thresher Shark
Thresher Sharks


Striped Bass

Surf Perch

Photos from Santa Cruz:

Prospecting for striped bass near the Cement Ship

Prospecting for striped bass near the Cement Ship

The Capitola cliffs at New Brighton State Beach

The Capitola cliffs at New Brighton State Beach