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Monday, December 2, 2019

Best Locations for Kayak Fishing California: Methods and Preparation

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California is the land of scenic beauty. If you love to hang out in nature or love exploring places and adventure then California is the ultimate choice for you. California is the home to countless salmon rich rivers and miles of lovely shorelines that makes it one of the best locations for kayak fishing. So, Kayak fishing in California is productive and the heaven for anglers and adventure lovers.
Below, you will find out about kayak fishing tips and techniques in California.

Why kayak fishing in California?
California has many lakes and rivers where you can hang out for kayak fishing. California state often face drought from middle to end of the year. During this time, most lakes and rivers get dried up. So, you need to choose and explore the seas and rivers in a suitable time.
During the off-dried season, kayakers and anglers find California is one of the most appropriate places for fishing. Kayaking and fishing in California provides opportunity to explore the ocean and beaches in different perspective. California has various kayak fishing spots in Northern and Southern region. Kayak fishing depends on the types of fish available, natural surroundings and congeniality. You can go to different locations in Northern and Southern California.
The most popular place for kayak anglers in Northern California is, Lewiston Lake, South Lake and more. These lakes have reputation for being the ultimate choice for kayak anglers. On the other hand, Southern California has L.A. River, Catalina Island and many more for kayak fishing. See the later sections to find out about more on kayak fishing in California.

Kayak Fishing California: Where to?
California is the heaven for kayak fishing. Both Northern and southern part of California has kayak fishing spots. You need to make the choice by the types of fish available in river, the natural surroundings and the safety concerns around the spot. So, if you plan to visit different spots in summer, spring or fall or during the winter season, surely an adventure is coming at your way.

Northern California
      Lewiston Lake
      Clear Lake
      Shelter Cove
      Klamath River
Southern California
      Pyramid Lake
      Monterey Bay
      Lake Gregory
      San Diego Harbor

Where to fish in Northern California
If you start travelling to Northern California, you can find the lakes, bunch of woodlands and streamed with rivers and canals with the striking views of scenic beauty. When expert anglers talk about the California fishing, they will surely start with Northern California Fishing. Below, you will find out about kayak fishing spots in Northern California.

Lewiston Lake
Lewiston Lake long yet narrow, Lewiston is a privileged region for trout fishing. Deep holes under the cold water with fluctuating flow rates and overhanging branches of trees make it a quite rainbow trout habitat. The alluring views of low hills on the backdrop and the people are kayak fishing right beside these hills with colorful kayaks make the Lewiston Lake on of the prettiest kayak fishing spots in Northern California.
Types of fishes you can find
      Trout Fishes are mostly available
      You can find hatchery raised rainbow and brown fishes
Fishing Allowance and Time
      Jet and waterskiing don’t get the allowance
      10 mph boat speed limit if you get the
      Allowed for kayak fishing from sunrise to sunset


Clear Lake
Clear Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northern California. This bass haven ultimate fishing spot contains large number of fishes and lots of invasive species which makes it one of the best spots for kayak fishing. Schedule your tour to this spot for kayak fishing and camping while you have chance.
Types of fishes you can find
      You can find Catfish, bluegill, crappie and carp fishes
      Also, Snail, Jellyfish and European Thistle you can find often
Fishing Allowance and Time
      Fall, Winter and spring are the best for fishing here
      There are boat speed limit of 90 horsepower


Shelter Cove
This is also another preferable fishing spot for kayak anglers. This undeveloped and uninterrupted fishing spot is the gem along with California coastline is a gem for kayak anglers due to its abundant of different fishes available in this area. People call the Shelter Cove a ‘Lost Coast’ in California because of its hidden gem.
Types of fishes you can find
      You can find salmon, trout, steelhead, halibut, rockcod fishes
      Also, lingcod, rockfish, abalone, crab and more you can find often
Fishing Allowance and Time
      Best time for fishing from late July to September
      You have to get prepared for the long distance of this area


      Remember to bring your offshore paddle

Klamath River
This wild and scenic river is famous for its scenic beauty, diverse wildlife and perfect recreational choice for your family vacation. This river also consists of bubbles and bouncy rapid freshwater with pleasant swimming holes and opportunity for adventurers. The easy kayaking and fishing in the river makes it an ideal place for anglers.
Types of fishes you can find
      You can find chum salmon, trout, steelhead, cutthroat fishes
      Also, white and green sturgeon, pacific lamprey and more you can find often
Fishing Allowance and Time
      Best time for fishing from August to December
      You have to get prepared for the long distance of this area
      Remember to bring your offshore paddle

Where to fish in Southern California
When you start travelling to the far south region of the California, you will find mostly good-sized rustic lakes and streams of river flowing around which are the ultimate choice for kayak fishing. Below, find out the spots in Southern California region.

Pyramid Lake
Pyramid Lake is the best region for kayak anglers due to its big sized striped bass. This Pyramid Lake region consists of rustic lake with the rugged foothills above Santa Clarita Valley. It is a good kayak angling destination who loves to catch big sized fishes and enjoy the scenic beauty it contains.
Types of fishes you can find
      You can find rainbow trout, crappie, bluegill fishes
      Also, white and green sturgeon, pacific lamprey and more you can find often
Fishing Allowance and Time
      Best time for fishing from August to December
      You have to get prepared for the long distance of this area
      Remember to bring your offshore paddle

Monterey Bay
This area is one of the popular places for kayaking and an ideal place for kayak fishing. You can catch varieties of fishes with flourishing ocean wildlife. There are also a tropical invasive species you can find.
Types of fishes you can find
      You can find rockfish, lingcod, cabezon, striped and white seas bass fishes
      Also, white and green sturgeon, pacific lamprey and more you can find often
Fishing Allowance and Time
      Anglers can catch fish all the year round
      You have to get prepared for the long distance of this area
      Remember to bring your offshore paddle

Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory is the origin to abundant of fish species. This artificial lake includes brown and rainbow trout, so make sure you visit this place during the time of trout fishing to experience the kayak fishing. 
Types of fishes you can find
      You can find channel catfish, bullhead, black crappie, bluegill fishes
      Also, largemouth bass and more you can find often
Fishing Allowance and Time
      Lake opens all the year round from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Anglers can catch fish all the year round
      You cannot bring privately own boats
      You can rent boats for fishing

San Diego Harbor
This lake is abundant with its scenic beauty where you can watch the sunset and nature’s dramatic scenery with plenty of wildlife. You can do a lot more outdoor activities other than kayak fishing. This place has fame for one of the ideal locations for kayak fishing.
Types of fishes you can find
      Get Game fish, including spotted bass, halibut, turbot
      Also, guitarfish, croaker, perch, and bonefish and more you can find often
Fishing Allowance and Time
      Lake opens all the year round
      Anglers can catch fish all the year round
      You can rent boats for fishing

Preparing for kayak fishing in California
So, you are ready for the adventurous journey! But before you start the journey, you need to know about kayak fishing and equipments that you need to take along with you. These kayak fishing tools and equipments will ease your fishing experience and ensure your safer journey. Check the details below.
Prepare for kayaking
Kayak fishing is fun and adventurous at the same time while you can combine yourself into the nature. If you are a newbie for kayaking, you should note that you can make yourself fit in with this adventurous journey quite easily.  But two things you need to keep in mind before preparing for kayaking.
·        Kayaks are paddle-powered
·        You need enough strength for kayaks paddling
Prepare for fishing from a kayak
So, you are all prepared for fishing. But you need to choose the suitable gear and tools which would make your journey more relaxed. Choosing right types of kayak is important. Most kayaks are 10 to 14 feet longer. Small kayaks are easy to handle but for one passenger only. Small kayaks help you to paddle faster while; wider kayaks offer more like stability on the water. Later, you need to prepare the kayak fishing gear tools. Check the info’s about kayak fishing tools and gears below.
·        Rod Holders (It helps to paddle your boat)
·        Anchor (It helps you to hold your boat in a particular place)
·        Fish Finding GPS (Mount it on kayak and find fishes easily)
·        Bait Bucket (Floating bucket for catching fishes)
·        Tackle Box (Contains Baits, hooks, sinkers, first-aid kits)
·        Navigation Lights (Helps to find you the right place during low light)
·        For Safety concern , have Paddling First-aid Kit
·        Weatherproof Radio
·        Signaling device (Whistle or Horn)
·        Tow Lines ( Used in towing )
·        Kayak PFD ( Partly immersed in water under the boat to help you floating)
Knowing the law
California has legal obligations regarding fishing. California fishing and wildlife authority restricts fishing in Northern and Southern California. Both regions have different laws and regulations over fishing. You need to obtain fishing license and have familiarity on legal ways of fishing. Look at the brief discussion below about fishing laws in California.


Fishing license
As in all states, California has its own way of issuing a license to an aspiring angler upon meeting some conditions, such as things one needs to procure a license, fees, etc. Anglers need to submit their report card regarding harvest data. This data helps Fishery scientists to get help from the fishing programs. To report and purchase fishing license, you need to visit Fish and Wildlife department of California and know about fees, licensing and report cards. You will get the details about California Fishing License in my another article.
General Fishing Methods by Authority
Fish and wildlife department of California has restriction over fishing methods, such as, using rod or one line only or snagging. See the list below that briefly shows what kinds of usual activities have restricted by the authority.
·        Use only one attended rod line when catching fish
·        Leader length needs to be accurate
·        Using Gaff on inland water is illegal
·        Possessing illegal gear is against the law
·        Bow and arrow fishing is only for the specific fish types
·        There is a hook and weight restrictions
·        Bait using is different in Northern and Southern California
·        Fishing hours is also different in some areas
You can find the detailed instructions about fishing laws in California from California department of fish and wildlife website.

California is the ultimate heaven for kayak anglers where you get lost in its natural surrounding and scenic beauty. If you are a true enthusiast in kayak fishing, you need to focus on gathering knowledge about all the fishing stuffs. In addition, you should be aware of the law provided by the authority. So, follow the above discussion properly as to make your kayak fishing enjoyable.

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