Monterey Spotlight

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Easter Brunches in Monterey County

Apr. 20
Looking for a way to celebrate Easter weekend in Monterey County? Overwhelmed with…more

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more


Apr 16, 2014
- Dec 31, 2014

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Fishing on Monterey Bay

Fishing on Monterey Bay


Sport fishing is one of the most thrilling activities for visitors to the Monterey coastline. Whether out on the bay or off the banks of the Carmel River, fishermen find that the local fishing spots offer unbeatable views and are stocked with aquatic treasures such as salmon, rock cod, albacore, halibut, trout and bass. Monterey County is truly the ultimate fishermen's fantasy!

Get Your Fishing Permit!

Be sure to check the California Department of Fish and Game website for information about sport fishing licenses. Several deep-sea charters on the Monterey Peninsula also supply visitors with one-day or annual sport fishing licenses.

Deep Sea Fishing

Boats depart daily, year-round for deep sea fishing on the stunning Monterey Bay. Depending on the current fishing season visitors can try their luck at salmon, albacore, rock cod, lingcod, halibut and rockfish.

Several companies charter fishing trips right from Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. See squid, salmon or deep sea fish with Chris' Fishing Trips, featuring four quality boats and experienced skippers who know the bay. Try Randy's Fishing and Whale Watching Trips for unforgettable marine adventures on board their two vessels. These businesses make deep sea fishing a breeze. Visitors can even rent full gear and purchase the required fishing licenses.

Tips for the Deep Sea Fisher

Monterey's knowledgeable fishermen have several tips for amateurs looking to get the big catch. Captain Brian from Randy's Fishing Trips suggests that novice fishermen start with cod fishing as there is an abundance of this particular rockfish in the deep sea.

Plan Ahead

  • Make reservations in advance as trips can fill up fast.
  • Be sure to pack plenty of water, a lunch and snacks since food and beverage are not available for purchase once on the boat.
  • Most fishing trips will allow mates to bring beer aboard as long as it's not in a glass container.

Dress Appropriately

  • Even if the weather seems warm on the dock the ocean air can get frigid!
  • Be sure to wear multiple layers, preferably waterproof.
  • Rubber-soled shoes are recommended when on the slippery deck.
  • Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are essential, as you can still get burnt even if the sun is not visible.

Once you get the catch of the day

Let the crew clean and fillet your fresh catch for a minimal fee. Day fishers are not allowed to clean their own fish on the dock. The deckhand can get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Deep Sea Fishing Boats


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Chris' Fishing and Whale Watching

48 Fisherman's Wharf #1 , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 375-5951
Fax  (831) 645-9895
Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching tours year around in the third largest deep submarine canyon in the world.  more

Randy's Fishing Trips and Whale Watching

66 Fisherman's Wharf 1 , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 372-7440
Fax  (831) 372-7442
Full-service boat chartering company that offers whale watching and recreational sport fishing trips, specialty cruises, sailing and more. more


Surf Fishing

Many state parks in Monterey County permit saltwater fishing including Carmel River State Beach, Garrapata State Park, Limekiln State Park, Moss Landing State Beach, Zmudowski State Beach, Salinas River State Beach, Ford Ord Dunes State Park, and Marina State Beach. Surf fishers can expect to reel in halibut, stripers and perch.

Tips for the Surf Fisher

Don't be surprised if you aren't alone. Many of these fishing havens are popular spots for tourists also enjoying the spectacular views and recreational activities.

  • Pack a jacket. You never know when the sea breeze will pick up.
  • Look for rocks that provide access to deep water. You might be able to catch a lingcod if you are lucky.
  • Use fresh bait, the fresher the better!
  • Bring a bucket to fill with water to keep your catch as fresh as possible.

Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater fishing is available at El Estero Park Lake on the fishing piers located on the Pearl Street bridges in Monterey. Other locations include Arroyo Seco River, Carmel River, Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Lake San Antonio in South Monterey County and Cachagua Community Park and Los Padres Reservoir in Cachagua. Arroyo Seco Recreation Area on the edge of the Ventana Wilderness about 15 miles from King City also allows fisherman to cast for freshwater fish. Hopefuls in these areas can hook bass, trout, steelhead and catfish.

Tips for the Freshwater Fisherman

  • Be patient. Pack a snack, book or radio as you may have some downtime before the big bite.
  • Bring multiple types of bait. Sometimes it's difficult to see what fish are in the mood for.
  • Clean up after yourself and allow others to enjoy the site as well.

Lay of the Land

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Lay of the Land

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Click on the links for high-resolution maps of Monterey County communities, suitable for printing: Monterey, Carmel and Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Salinas, Seaside, Marina, Sand City and Moss Landing.


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Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport (PHX)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
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