Santa Cruz Wharf and Game Warden Megan

Ken Jones

Staff member
In Santa Cruz for my granddaughter's graduation from UCSC. Walked out on the wharf this morning to check out the action.



Fairly dead. Inshore, before the wharf widens, there were a few perch fishermen but I only saw a couple of smallish-size white perch.




Where the wharf widens there were quite a few halibut fishermen using a variety of baits, live shinerperch, frozen anchovies, and plastics. One man reported a short 21-inch halibut.


I did get a chance to meet Warden Megan. She was checking anglers for their numbers of rods and any illegal fish and doing so in a great manner. Talked to her and told her how we discuss this so much on PFIC — and, I gave her our thanks from PFIC.


Warden Megan


Further out on the pier I saw nothing except for an occasional kingfish.


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Santa Cruz wharf has always been one of my favorite fishing piers. IMO it's an example of a supremely well-designed wharf that hits all the multi-use functions. Retail, restaurant, fishing, and just general recreation. Good restroom access, decent parking, excellent facilities. The boat rentals (is it still there?) is something I haven't seen outside of that area (hopefully Capitola will be able to rent again someday too) which I think is just awesome. Not just boat rentals but they are designed with fishing in mind!
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Thanks for the report. I only go there to fish crab once a year in the winter. I didn't know that fishing was allowed anywhere but the end of the pier.