Best fishing in Northern California

Best fishing in Northern California

Northern California is a huge area, roughly 2/3 of the state, with a fishing line in the sand pulled somewhere below Fresno. If your map is looking for fishing in California, you will find plenty of fishing opportunities in Northern California. However, if you are looking for Bakersfield you have gone too far down and are now in Southern California. And with over 800 miles of coastline, Northern California saltwater fishing is certainly a fascinating option in Northern California. But there are also many other freshwater fishing opportunities in Northern California.

Finding a Northern California fishing report can help you see just how many species are available for saltwater fishing. For example, charter boats are currently reporting catches of halibut, lingcod, striped bass and stonefish, to name a few.

Not all Northern California fisheries are conducted from a boat. There are also plenty of opportunities for land fishing. Piers and footbridges provide living space and can help anglers reach deeper water. For more information on California Fishing as a valuable resource in finding the best fishing in Northern California, please visit here. On this status page you will find information on fishing access points, camping areas as well as fishing reports and special regulations, licenses or notices if these are designated as a nature reserve or a protected area.

You can also find information about freshwater fishing in Northern California that can be grouped by technique (such as “fly fishing”) or water type such as river or lake. Start your search on Trout Reviews for information about trout fishing in Northern California as well as information about salmon fishing. “Lake” reports provide additional information on trout, including lake trout (which locals may refer to as “mackinaw”) as well as catfish, giant largemouth bass, and crappie.

The hardest part of saltwater fishing in Northern California or Northern California can be deciding where to start because everything looks so good! Before you set off, make sure you have a California fishing license.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.