Trout Fishing in Monterey

Rainbow Trout at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

I walked over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and photographed some rainbow trout in the Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit. The aquarium trout don’t fit into the angling category but there are a few freshwater opportunities here – you’d just have to work at it.

In Monterey, there stocked hatchery trout in Lake El Estero, located near the bay off Del Monte Avenue and managed by Monterey City Parks and Recreation Department. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife mentions fish plants there and the last one , (California Fish and Wildlife Planting Map), was January 19, 2017. I used to see people fishing Lake El Estero but it’s been a while. A couple of years ago, when I inquired at the recreation center at the lake about fishing, a woman asked me, “Why would anyone want to fish here?”

When I first moved here, I found a nice, friendly fly fishing store in Carmel, Central Coast Fly Fishing. They qre the most informed about trout fishing in Monterey county.

According to the California DFW, “Most Monterey County streams have their headwaters in the Los Padres National Forest. These headwater streams provide good trout angling for hikers.”

This is a link to a very long PDF entitled “Steelhead/Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Resources South of the Golden Gate, California” that will require significant wading through.

Some of My Fishing Books

Some of My Fishing Books

When I lived in New York City, I always found solace in fly fishing for trout in the Catskills, mostly on the Beaverkill River.

A New York bookstore was another place to find solace. My favorites were Scribner’s, Rizzoli, Shakespeare, Strand, Coliseum, Barnes and Noble and McGraw-Hill. I always looked for fishing books. After baseball, fishing seemed to produce the most titles. Over the years, I accumulated many. Here are a couple of them:

Good Fishing Close to New York City: A Guide to the Great Close-To-Home Angling of the Metropolitan Region (Good Fishing to New York Ser.)Open SeasonFrench Fishing FliesFishing Idaho, An Angler’s GuideArt Flick’s New Streamside GuideMatching the HatchVermont River: The Classic Portrait of a Man and His RiverThe River Why21 Great New Zealand Trout Waters (Fly Fishing International)Fear of Fly-FishingNeversink: One Angler’s Intense Exploration of a Trout RiverFishless Days, Angling NightsEvery Angler’s Guide to Amazing Lures and Flies: Rare and Forgotten Masterpieces of FishingThe Complete Book of Fly TyingTrout StrategiesFishing Came FirstTrout on a FlyHigher Elevations: Stories From the WestNew Zealand’s Top Trout Fishing Waters