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JasonT 02-22-2012 12:07 PM

Santa Clara CA trout
I am possibly moving to Santa Clara CA, please tell me there is good wild trout fishing within a 2 hour drive, currently I live in the UK and fish for wild browns on small / mid size freestone and chalk streams, I use luke banister and edward barder cane rods, thanks in advance for your help, and tigh lines

mikel 02-22-2012 01:30 PM

Re: Santa Clara CA trout
You're definitely not moving to trout Mecca. Right at 2 hrs you can reach the lower Yuba, Putah Creek (the closest) the lower Stanislaus and a couple of other tailwaters on the far side of the San Joaquin Valley. The quality waters of the Sierra are going to be more like 3.5 to 5 hours out for you.

Sorry for that news. The good news is you'll have about the best weather in the world, San Fransisco will be 45 minutes away and the wine country is all around you. :)

If you fish the salt there are good opportunities for perch and stripers around the bay area, but beware of the ocean, as it'll kick your butt pretty quickly if you're not prepared.

I'd love it if someone could chime in with better trout news. Trust me, I'd be all ears and smiles...-Mike

MoscaPescador 02-22-2012 02:04 PM

Re: Santa Clara CA trout
What Mike said.

tbblom 03-02-2012 10:18 AM

Re: Santa Clara CA trout
I grew up in San Jose, it sucks BAD!!!

Los Gatos creek below lexington reservoir supposedly has some small salmon (I forget if Ca steelhead or not). I did not get to fish it over Christmas, but there are a few nice stretches below the dam.
Pretty sure nobody ever fishes it, you could try fishing Vasona lake too, which is where the trout would be hanging until they run.

Lots of bass and carp ponds around the Bay Area, sounds like you will become a warmwater afficionado. Don't eat the fish though, murcury poisoning in most water bodies around the SF bay and San Jose.

I assume you could find some awesome spawing run creeks along the Big Sur coast, but access is tough, and many of the creek properties seem to be private. Some of the watersheds are so clean and pristine you can drink right from the creek.

Otherwise, everything you want to do is at least 3 hours from the bay. I left 14 years ago, never going back!
Let me know if you find any fish in Los Gatos creek, I have been dying to know.

dcmcmill 05-06-2012 10:40 PM

Re: Santa Clara CA trout
its an EASY drive to redding where all the good water is. i live in palo alto and spend the 4 hours to get to redding to fish a llll the time. Drive a little extra, its worth it!

Ard 05-07-2012 12:39 AM

Re: Santa Clara CA trout
Hi Jason,

Welcome to America & to the forum here :) You may have to drive a bit but you'll find some forum members here who just may be willing to help you find your way about.


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