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Fishing in Catalina Island
Take your pick of Catalina Island fishing charters and experience the waters that made recreational angling the sport it is today. Just 21 miles long and 8 miles across at its widest points, this little slice of paradise offers a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of urban LA. Unless you’re fishing, in which case Catalina is full of action!
Stick close the island’s rocky shoreline and you’ll come across some of California’s most-sought after inshore and nearshore game fish. Calico Bass, Seabass, Halibut, Blue Perch, California Sheephead, and the odd Yellowtail are all on the cards.
Game fishing continues as you head into deeper waters. Catalina is known worldwide for astonishing Tuna catches and you’re looking at hooking into Skipjack, Yellowfin, and even Bluefin Tuna. Add other trophy fish such as Marlin, Barracuda, Mahi Mahi, and monster Sharks to the list and it’s easy to see why deep sea fishing enthusiasts flock to Catalina.
The island lies about 28 miles off the coast of Southern California. As a result, most fishing charters depart from San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Dana Point. The average full day trip lasts around 9 hours and you won’t want to go any shorter than that if you plan on taking full advantage of the fishing grounds. Better yet, opt for a multi-day trip and make a mini-vacation out of it!
Rules & Regulations
The most important thing you’ll need to bring along with on your Catalina Island fishing adventure is a valid California fishing license. Bear in mind that Southern California is subject to strict size, seasonality, and bagging regulations. As such, it’s always best to head out with a reputable captain who will ensure you’re fishing within the law.
Catalina Island Fishing Seasons
Average temperatures range from 46–58°F at the start of the year. Warm up at the annual Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run from Avalon to Two Harbors and back, then head to the water for some bottom fishing.
Winter fishing on Catalina Island will have you hooking into Halibut, Blue Perch, and Calico and White Seabass. In some areas, you can catch Lobster, as well.
Rockfish season might open in March, depending on the year. If it does, California Sheepshead, Lingcod, and Cabezon will all be available to you while bottom fishing near Catalina.
By now, you can expect Rockfish season to be open, just as Barracuda and migratory Yellowtail start showing up around Catalina Island. Hot weather and hotter fishing are just around the corner!
Average temperatures are creeping up to the mid 60s, and the first of the summer’s big game fish are already giving anglers a run for their money. Come catch mega Sharks, Barracuda, and more!
Yellowtail Amberjack and Bluefin Tuna are at their peak near Catalina, along with many other game fish. Work up your appetite offshore and then enjoy one of several food festivals on the island this month.
The legendary Yellowfin Tuna are joining the Bluefins, which makes this month excellent for big game fishing. Mahi Mahi will make a brief appearance, while the usual suspects will continue biting all month.
Average temperatures on the island reach up to 74°F in August. Escape the heat of the mainland and come cool off while indulging in the hottest fishing action of the year!
Warm weather and big game fishing continue in early fall. Your chances of landing anything from Yellowfin Tuna to Rockfish are excellent.
Lobster season usually reopens in October, just in time to make up for fading numbers of big game trophies. Try bottom fishing and setting a few traps to bring home a cooler full of delicacies!
Average temperatures can still tip the scale past 60°F in November. Weather permitting, you can have great success while bottom fishing offshore or from the coast of the island.
Local weather has the potential to reach its coldest in December, averaging 46-57°F. Those who go out of their way to reach the island or cast a line from its shore can catch Halibut, Seabass, and more.