Fishing

 

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

In fall and winter, salmon and steelhead swim through the park on their way upstream to spawn. Catch-and-release fishing is sometimes allowed. All anglers 16 and over must carry a valid California fishing license. Visit www.wildlife.ca.gov for complete regulations. 


Caspar State Beach

The beach includes a deep, protected cove which provides some nice spots for fishing from the beach.


Greenwood State Beach

All anglers aged 16 and over must carry a valid California fishing license. Visit www.wildlife.ca.gov for regulations.


hendy woods state park

Fishing is not allowed in the park and has not been for several decades. However, fishing is permitted just outside the park entrance, down river from the Prune Belly Bridge on the Philo-Greenwood Road.


Jug Handle State Natural Reserve

All anglers aged 16 and over must carry a valid California fishing license. Visit www.wildlife.ca.gov for regulations.


mackerricher State park

Licensed anglers may fish from shore or for bass in Lake Cleone.


Manchester state park

Steelhead may be caught in Brush Creek and Alder Creek. Please check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife for seasonal closures and restrictions at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations. All anglers 16 and over must possess a valid California fishing license.


navarro river redwoods state park

Steelhead fishing along the Navarro River is excellent during the months when fishing is allowed. Barbless hooks must be used; catch-and-release rules apply much of the year. A valid California fishing license with a steelhead card is required for anglers 16 and over. Visit www.dfg.ca.gov for all current fishing regulations.


Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

Fishing is not allowed within the park.


Russian gulch state park

Fishing permitted. Species you can catch and keep include abalone, crabs, finfish, lobster, mussels, and oysters. All anglers aged 16 and over must carry a valid fishing license and report card. See www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing for full regulations.


van damme state park

Van Damme is popular with abalone divers. The dive site has shallow areas, offering beginners gradual entry from the shore. Abalone divers need a valid California fishing license and report card. Remember that the beauty of the Mendocino coast is tempered by its unpredictability and danger. Dive only in designated areas and heed the warnings on the park's map.

All anglers aged 16 and over must carry a valid California fishing license. Visit www.wildlife.ca.gov for regulations.


Westport-Union Landing State Beach

Several small sandy beaches and one large beach located at the mouth of Howard Creek provide some good sport for fishermen; the Surf Smelt (Hyomesus pretiosus) come in near shore to spawn in the surf during the day. Night Smelt (Spirinchus Starksi) come in to spawn at night. These smelt, 6 to 10 inches in length, are called surf fish and night fish by the sportsmen who take them in nets as they approach the beach to spawn. Several kinds of rock fish and abalone are taken when tides and ocean conditions are right. Water temperatures of around 52 degrees and a surging bellowing surf discourages all but the hardy individual.