Fishing

If you love fishing, then you've come to the right place. Lompico is blessed with the Loch Lomond Lake where Trout, Bluegills and Largemouth Bass abound. Just down the street are some great parks where fishing from the San Lorenzo River is superb. For those with a real sense of adventure, charter a sportsfishing boat or simply cast your line of one of the great Wharfs nearby.

Lake and River Fishing

Loch Lomond Lake

Loch Lomond Lake is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the heart of Lompico and comprises an 87-acre lake stocked with Rainbow Trout, Bluegills, Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish. Fishing is always an option; just bring your pole. The lake side store rents electric and row boats, bait, tackle, fishing licenses, hot and cold drinks, and snacks.

Ben Lomond Dam Park

Fish for steelhead and rainbow trout, silver salmon and channel catfish at this historical San Lorenzo Riverside park. The park also offers seasonal swimming, picnic and barbecues areas, a playground, basketball courts, a horseshoe pit, and nature areas.

Big Basin State Park

Fish for rainbow trout, silver salmon and channel catfish at California's oldest State Park. The best place to fish in Big Basin is at Waddell Creek, which winds its way down to the Pacific Ocean.

Fall Creek State Park

Fall Creek is the northern area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and offers some of the best fishing in the San Lorenzo Valley for steelhead trout, rainbow trout and silver salmon. One of the park's best kept secrets, it is 2,390 acres in size, and contains over 2 dozen different fishing spots.

Felton Covered Bridge Park

Not only does this park provide a volleyball court, picnic areas with barbecues and a brand new playground, but also excellent fishing for steelhead trout, rainbow trout and silver salmon from just below the historic covered bridge.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Fish for steelhead trout, rainbow trout and silver salmon under the redwood groves that wind their way along the San Lorenzo River as it travels down to Santa Cruz and into the Pacific Ocean. There are so many miles of great fishing spots that you could easily find a quiet, secluded fishing hole or fish with the other anglers next to the Roaring Camp Railroad Train Trestle.

Ocean Fishing

Santa Cruz Wharf

The Santa Cruz Wharf is the longest public Wharf on the west coast offers several different types of fishing. Inshore, along the beach, an angler can fish most of the year for barred and calico surfperch, and most days will yield a few fish. Once in a while, an angler will also hook onto a skate, flounder, or small shark - usually a leopard shark. In addition, a few old-timers know how to catch rubberlip, rainbow, and white seaperch as well as blackperch. Boat and kayak rental are available from vendors on the Wharf.

Capitola Wharf

Although the pier is only 855-foot-long, it is rarely crowded with pier anglers unless there is a "big run" of fish present. The majority of fishermen here are boat anglers heading out to fish the nearby reefs. Some come to launch their own boats, some come to rent the boats which are available on the pier. Excellent fishing is found fairly close to the pier for several species. The wharf is used for fishing, boat launch, and for renting boats. Facilities include restrooms, a view deck, a restaurant, and a bait and tackle shop.

Also check out:

  • Fish from one of the local Santa Cruz beaches.
  • For sportfishing enthusiasts, fish from your own chartered boat on the Pacific Ocean.