Top 3 Fishing Spots in the South Bay

Matt Crowe’s Blog

Living near the Pacific Ocean has opened me up a world of amazing fishing spots.  Locals tend to know where the best spots are, but I’m happy to share my knowledge with travelers and new anglers, alike.  Here are a few of my favorite spots around the South Bay.

  1. Coyote Lake – Harvey Bear Ranch County Park – Gilroy, CA

Coyote Lake is one of the more popular fishing lakes located around the South Bay, although Lake Almaden, Anderson Reservoir, Lake Vasona, Lake Cunningham, and Uvas Reservoir are notable.  Coyote Lake is one of the larger lakes in the South Bay and the water quality is better than others.  The lake, east of Gilroy, is open for boat or shoreline fishing.  The lake has black bass, rainbow trout, and bluegill.

  1. Loch Lomond Recreation Area – Felton, CA

Off the beaten path, the local fishermen believe Loch Lomond reservoir to have the best fishing in Santa Cruz.  Off of Highway 9, you can find a few types of bass. Including, smallmouth, largemouth, striped, and white. Catfish, rainbow trout, and walleyes can be found as well.

  1. Pillar Point Harbor – Half Moon Bay, CA

Not usually considered part of the South Bay, Pillar Point Harbor is best known for its commercial and sport fishing.  A few charters operate from Johnson Pier.  Salmon season runs until September.  Local shops sell bait and tackle, and you can fish off the pier without a license.  Great crab fishing as well.

With all of these great spots, you’ll be out angling in no time!

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