Everybody knows that this state is full of outdoor wonders to experience. From San Diego to San Francisco and everywhere in between, there are cliffs to hike, mountains to climb, beaches to comb. But fewer people realize that the fishing and hunting opportunities in California are unparalleled, and underutilized.
Fishing in California
California’s 1,200 miles of Pacific coastline and hundreds of lakes and rivers provide plenty of diverse fishing opportunities.
Top 10 Best Places to go Fishing in California:
- San Joaquin Delta – bass, catfish, stripers and sturgeon
- McCloud River – trout
- Clear Lake – bass
- Lake Shasta – bass
- Santa Monica Pier – halibut, herring, surf perch, sculpin, calico bass, mackerel
- Lake Almanor – trout, smallmouth bass
- Lake Cuyamaca – trout, bass
- Castaic Lake – bass
- Russian River – steelhead, smallmouth bass
- Coronado Ferry Landing Pier – sand bass, spotted bay bass, mackerel, bonito, rays, sharks
Upland Bird Hunting in California
If you’re an upland bird hunter who likes mixed bags, check out the Golden State.
California offers unique upland bird hunting opportunities unlike anywhere in the United States. If you plan carefully, you can hunt several species at once! There are areas where you can hunt mountain, valley and Gambel’s quail all at once and maybe even some chukar, for example.
California has good numbers of California, Gambel’s and Mountain quail, doves, chukar, pheasant, Sooty and Ruffed grouse, snipe, Band-tailed pigeon, ptarmigan, wild turkey and even some Sage grouse. It is no wonder that bird hunters in this state try to keep it a secret. Like many Western states, California has vast amounts of public land. About 45% of the state is public land.