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Fishing at Elkhorn Slough

Fishing is not permitted at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Along with those restrictions, a large part of the Slough waterway is a State Marine Reserve, making it closed to all fishing and protecting all marine life and plants. For more information about Elkhorn Slough Marine Protected areas, click here.

Click here for a map of the slough showing the protected areas.

As of summer 2014 regulations state that "fishing is allowed in the area that includes the waters below mean high tide within Elkhorn Slough east of the Highway 1 Bridge and west of longitude 121° 46.40' W." 

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

Only the following species may be taken recreationally: finfish by hook-and-line only and clams. Clams may only be taken on the north shore of the slough in the area adjacent to the Moss Landing State Wildlife Area [subsection 550(a)].

For up to date information visit the Fish and Wildlife website:

We have provided this information as a courtesy to you. The information provided here may not be the most current. You are responsible for knowing where these areas are and what species are permitted. Please also be aware of the many people who use this area for kayaking, birding and other recreational uses. Safety and caution is of the utmost importance.









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