Where can you fish in Big Sur?
Fishing is available at the following locations in the Big Sur region.
Is there Trout fishing in Big Sur?
The Big Sur River is a stronghold for one of the most important wild steelhead trout populations on California's Central Coast.
Is fishing allowed at Big Sur?
Fishing is allowed on Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, Wednesdays, and the first and last day of the season. Click Here to download important information for hunters coming to Big Sur.
Freshwater and ocean fishing in the Big Sur area is highly restricted. Call the Department of Fish & Wildlife's Steelhead Fishing Hotline at 831-649-2886 for the current status of fishing in the Big Sur River and other Big Sur coast streams. See Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Regulations for more information.
Big Sur Multi-Agency Visitor Center: (831) 667-2315, open daily 9:00am - 4:00pm. Open for walk-in visitation and phone calls.
A variety of fish can be caught from the near shore areas. Most common are Perch, Jacksmelt, and small Rockfish and occassionally small Cabezon and Lingcod. During the summer and fall Pacific Mackerel, Jack Mackerel and Sardines move through the area.
This massive area is ideal for hunting all varieties of game. Animals such as wild pig, deer, pronghornantelope, and elk are just a few examples of what can be hunted.
Mission San Antonio de Padua. Mission San Antonio de Padua was established in 1771 in the small community of Jolon in San Luis Obispo County.
About Big Sur River
Big Sur River is a stream near Monterey. The most popular species caught here are Lingcod, Rock bass, and Striped bass. 50 catches are logged on Fishbrain. Please use your best judgement when determining where you can fish, and make sure you follow local rules and regulations.
Reservations: Reservations: www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. Reservations need to be made 3 or more days in advance. This is a very popular campground and making reservations well in advance is recommended.
Take Highway 101 South to Highway 156 West. Connect to Highway 1 South. Continue through Monterey and Carmel to Big Sur. Total distance is about 150 miles.
In Big Sur the shoreline is rough, the waves are heavy, the currents are violent, the waters are cold and some beaches are inaccessible. As such, swimming at the beaches is dangerous and not encouraged. However, Big Sur is home to great swimming holes, where it's possible to go swimming.
Big Sur is a very worthy road trip destination for anyone who loves to be outdoors and experience nature. Sure, it takes a little longer, but the views of the Pacific Ocean, rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, towering redwoods, and vibrant green hills make it worth the extra time spent on the road.
Redwood, also known as Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), grows in a very narrow strip along the coast of California from the extreme southwestern corner of Oregon to 150 miles south of San Francisco in the Soda Springs drainage of Big Sur.
Located a couple of miles from the Big Sur area, Pfeiffer Beach is accessible from Highway 1. While on the road, take a turn on to Sycamore Canyon Road, which winds its way down the shore. Within 2 miles on a paved but twisty and narrow road, you'll reach the pay station and gain access to the beach area.
U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest
Big Sur Sector State Parks remain open, including Pfeiffer Big… More Sur SP, Andrew Molera SP, Point Sur Lightstation (by tour only), and Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP. Pfeiffer Beach is part of Los Padres National Forest and is closed.
Big Sur is located along Scenic Highway One approximately 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles. Historically, the name Big Sur, was derived from that unexplored and unmapped wilderness area which lays along the coast south of Monterey. It was simply called El Sur Grande, The Big South.
The Purple Sand
It comes from manganese garnet in the hills being eroded and washed down the creek to the beach. You are more likely to see the purple sand after winter storms.
The Los Padres National Forest is home to Big Sur and there are lots of places on the side of the road that you are allowed to camp for free. Big Sur campgrounds can fill up months in advance, so car camping on public BLM land (Bureau of Land Management) is a great back-up or last-minute trick.
25 Best Things to Do in Big Sur
Marine mammals such as sea otters, sea lions and harbor seals find shelter along the shore. Over 300 species of birds can be found benefiting from the abundance of food and habitat afforded by protected land and seas. Permitted/Prohibited Uses: No fishing. All take of living marine resources is prohibited.
Waterfowl populations are very limited in numbers and diversity. Wild Pigs: The Pozo/La Panza area on the Santa Lucia Ranger District (805-865-0416) and the U.S. Army installation at Fort Hunter Liggett (831-386-2506) also offer good prospects for Wild Pig hunting.
The B zones are the one bright spot for California deer hunters. This year there is plenty of water and the herd is in good shape and even increasing. If I was allowed only one deer tag, I would choose a B zone tag. Last year, hunters enjoyed a 19 percent success rate.
Hunters may obtain two deer tags per license year. Applicants for deer tags must be age 12 as of July 1, of the current license year or at the time of purchase if purchasing after July 1.
Along with the beach at Andrew Molera State Park, this crescent-shaped shoreline is considered to be one of the best surfing spots in Big Sur, and is also a hot spot for fishing. Keep in mind that swimming at Sand Dollar Beach is considered dangerous and if you plan on searching for jade, mind the regulations.
The term "sand dollar" derives from the appearance of the tests (skeletons) of dead individuals after being washed ashore. The test lacks its velvet-like skin of spines and has often been bleached white by sunlight.
Silver Strand State Beach, located in Coronado, California, offers the Golden State's best seashell hunting ground.
No Campground fires are allowed. The campground is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and is close to a variety of scenic trails that lead visitors into the Los Padres National Forest.
Dogs are allowed at Kirk Creek Campground, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet when outside your vehicle. For more information on pet restrictions, please call (805) 434-1996.
Kirk Creek Campground does not have potable water, so be sure to bring your own water for drinking and cooking. (Note that descriptions posted elsewhere of Kirk Creek not taking reservations and offering water and flush toilets are out of date and incorrect.) The five hike-in or bike-in sites are $5 per person.
Big Sur and Neighboring Cities:
Cambria is around the half way point, but the closest town to Big Sur area on the south is San Simeon. It is also the closest to Hearst Castle. On the north side, Carmel is the last town you get to before going to Big Sur area. You will want to see Big Sur during daylight hours.
If you are staying in the area, we recommend spending at least 2-3 days in the area. There are so many beautiful hikes, beaches and nearby towns that will make it easy to fill those three days. One of the best parts about visiting Big Sur is not being rushes and taking the time to enjoy the area at a relaxing pace.