Abbreviations: b. b., black bass; br., brook; cr.,
creek; 1., lake; 1. m., large mouth; m., mile; p.,
pond; p. d., per day; p. w., per week; r., river; s.
m., small mouth; str., stream; w., week.
Alvord (C & C) Big Pine
Creek, Jones Creek, both accessible; first named
best; Mountain, or California trout; worms and
flies; May, June, July, and August, best; hotel, $2
p. d.; fish weighing from 6 oz. to 2 lbs. plentiful
Pac.) Aptos Creek and Valencia Creek, near station;
Soquel Creek, 4 Mile; first named best; trout and
salmon; first most numerous; worms and art flies in
use; April, to October best; hotels, $1.50 to $4 p.
d.; bait plenty; there is also fine salt water
(So. Pac.) Crystal Springs 1., 4 Mile; trout and b.
b., latter most numerous worms, shrimp and live bait
used; April to November best; hotels, $1 p. d.;
boats can be had at reasonable rate; permits are
required from the Spring Valley Water Co. to fish in
this lake and the quantity is limited to 16 fish.
Bishop Creek (C
& C) Bishop Creek, 5 Mile; Owen's River, ¼ Mile;
first named best; mountain and river trout; worms
and art. flies; May to October, best season; hotel,
$2 p. d.; guide can be procured; some Eastern brook
trout have been introduced here lately.
Castroville (So. Pac.)
Monterey Bay and Epinosa Lake, accessible; first
named best; "surfs," smelts, rock cod, flounders and
others; first named most numerous; sand crabs and
clams as baits; hotels, $2 p. d.; we have no report
of the fish in Espinosa Lake.
Chico (Cent. P.) Feather
River, at Big Meadows, 60 Mile by stage; rainbow
trout; fly fishing mostly; summer months best; trout
fishing reported very fine here; guides and
accommodations can be had.
Clairville (S. F. & N.
P.) Russian River, ¼ Mile; Sulphur Creek, 4 Mile;
Warm Springs Creek, 6 Mile; Dry Creek, 4Mile, and
San Sal Creek, 5 Mile; Sulphur Creek best; mountain
trout; worm bait and art flies; May and June best:
hotel, $1 p. d.; the above waters are excellent ones
for trout with the exception of Russian Creek, where
coarse fish prevail, except in the spring when large
numbers of salmon trout run up.
Cloverdale (S. F. & N.
P.) Russian River ½ Mile, Sulphur Creek 1 Mile,
Pinte Creek 6 Mile. Squaw Creek 10 m.; Sulphur and
Piute Creeks are best; brook and lake trout, the
latter being most abundant; usual baits; May, June,
and July, are the favorite months; hotels, $1.50 to
$2 p. d.; guides, $2 to $2.50 p. d.; no boats
needed; local anglers use the fly tipped with a
piece of worm. Tackle can be bought in Cloverdale.
Pac.) Head waters of Coyote and Las Animas Creeks,
15 Mile; first named best; speckled trout and
whitefish; whitefish most numerous; worms used
mostly as bait; April, May, and June best; no
regular hotels or guides; boats not needed.
Duncan's Mills (N. P.
C.) Russian River near station, Austin Creek 1 Mile,
Willow Creek 5 Mile; Russian Gulch, 8 Mile; about
equally good; trout in the creeks, salmon in river;
worms, grasshoppers, and flies, as baits; winter
best for salmon, winter and spring for trout; hotel,
$2 p. d.; boats at nominal cost. Hook and line
fishing not much followed, yet local anglers
generally get fine creels of trout.
Freestone (N. P. C.)
Salmon Creek, near station; salmon and trout; the
lattermost numerous; baits, worms and flies; April
to August best time; hotels at reasonable rates.
Fulton (S. F. & N.
P.) Laguna, 6 Mile; Mark West Creek, 8 Mile; the
latter with its headwaters are abundantly supplied
with trout; Laguna best; trout, perch, catfish,
carp, etc.; perch and catfish most numerous; worms
used mostly as bait; March, and July best; hotels at
very reasonable rates; boats 50c, p. h.; guides not
needed. These waters are much frequented by campers
(Son. & S. R.) In this immediate vicinity the
following creeks contain many "trout: Sonoma,
Colabasas, Stewart, and Graham, of which the first
is best; usual baits; hotels, $6 to $10 p. w.; no
boats or guides needed.
Guerneville (S. F. & N.
P.) Gillim's Creek, 6 Mile; East Austin Creek, 8
Mile; Austin Creek accessible; first two named best;
mountain trout and salmon; trout most numerous; worm
bait; hotels at reasonable rate; boats not needed.
The fishing here is reported excellent.
Hamlet (N. P. C.)
Tomales Bay, near station; smelt, perch, flounders,
rockcod, sea bass, herring, etc.; smelt, perch, and
herring, most numerous; clams and muscles used as
bait; April, May, June, and July, best; hotel, $2 p.
d.; boats, $1 p. d. Perch are caught all the year
(C. & C) Lone Pine Creek; Whitney Creek; headwaters
of Kern and Kings Rivers; Cal. mountain trout and
river trout; baits used are, minnows, worms, and
flies; August, September, and October, best; no
hotels at these places and camping is necessary;
guides can be procured. Whitney's Creek is the home
of the celebrated "golden trout," which is said to
be unclassified by ichthyologists. For description,
etc., see The American Angler, April 11, 1885.
Marshall (N. P.
CREEK) Tomales Bay, close to town; salmon, perch,
smelt, and herring: clams are used mostly as bait;
January, February, September, and October best;
hotels, $1.25 p. d.; guides, $ 3 p. d.
Millbrae (So. Pac.) Lake
San Andreas, 4 Mile; Lake Pilarcitos, 7 Mile; last
named best; trout and b. b.; trout most numerous;
worm and shrimp baits; April, May, June, and July,
best; hotel, $1.50 p. d.; guides at reasonable
rates; boats and bait moderate. During April, May,
and June, good trout fishing can be had in several
streams from 2 to 3 Mile from station.
Monterey (So. Pac.) The
trout streams in this vicinity are numerous. We
name: Carmel River, 4 Mile; San Jose Creek, 5½ Mile;
Garra Patas Creek, 16 Mile; Rocky Creek, 20 Mile;
Cerro Creek, 23 Mile; Little Sur River, 30 Mile; Sur
Grande, 34 Mile Of these the two last named and the
Carmel are the best, the tributaries of the latter
being full of fine trout. May, June, and July are
the favorite months. The salt water fishing in the
bay is excellent. The best season is from August 1
to November 1. Trolling is in general use, by which
salmon (?), sea bass, skipjack, and barracuda are
caught. Rockfish, halibut, sole, flounders, and cod,
are caught by still fishing. Boats and bait $1 per
hour, cheaper by the day; guides, $1 p. d., with
board; hotels, $1 to $2 p. d., $6 to $7 p. w.;
boats, for 2 to 4 persons, $8 p. d., including bait
and lines and services of 2 oarsmen; $5 p. d. is
charged for a boat and services of one boatman.
Novato (S. F. & N.
P.) Novato Creek, 2 Mile; Halleck Creek, 3 Mile;
both are fair; brook trout; worm bait; April and May
best; hotels at reasonable rates.
Ocean View (So. Pac.)
Knowles's fish ranch, 1 Mile; trout; usual baits and
season; hotel, 50Creek p. meal; it costs $1 p. lb.
to take fish here.
Pajaro (So. Pac.) Corralitos Creek, 8 Mile;
Pajaro River, 1 Mile; Pescadero Creek, 9 Mile Aptos
Creek, 12 Mile; The Lakes, 2 Mile: Aptos Creek best:
trout, salmon, perch, and catfish; trout most
numerous; flies, worms, sand fleas, and salmon roe
as bait; May, June, and July best; hotels, $2.50 p.
d.; livery men as guides at reasonable rates; boats
and baits nominal Art. flies, the medium size, are
successful lures. Monterey Bay, not distant, gives
the usual salt water fishing.
Redding (Cent. P.)
McCloud River, 20 Mile; salmon and rainbow trout;
salmon eggs are usually used as bait; early summer
best season; hotels reasonable; guides at moderate
charges; boats and baits can be had at nominal cost.
This is a celebrated river.
Redwood City (So. Pac.)
San Gregorio Creek, La Honda Creek, Harrington,
Ralston, Bogus, Pescadero crs., all from 6 to '20
Mile, and all about equally good; salmon trout
-trout and salmon; usual baits; April to August,
inclusive, best months; hotels, $1 to $2 p. d.;
guides can be had at reasonable rate; boats not
needed; bait at moderate cost. Stage to best fishing
grounds. Address, E. N. Wilcox, Redwood City, Cal.
San Anselmo (N.
P. C.) San Anselmo Creek, near station; salmon and
trout; trout most numerous; usual baits; April and
May best; hotels, $2.50 to $3 p. d.; guides can be
had reasonable: boats not used in fishing.
San Bruno (So. Pac.)
Lakes Pilarcitos, 7 Mile: San Andreas, 2 Mile:
Crystal Spring, 8 Mile; Lake Pilarcitos best; trout
and b. b.; first most numerous; worms and shrimp as
baits; May, June, and July, best; hotel at
Francisco Lake Merced, Lake San Andreas,
Pilarcitos Crystal Springs; Chabot 1., Lagunitos 1.,
all good; b. b. (?) and trout; the latter most
numerous; shrimp, worms, live baits, flies, and
spoons used; May, June, July, and August, "best:
hotels, $1.50 to $2.50 p. d.; boats, $1 p. d. The
salt water fishing near the city is mostly for rock
cod, sea bass, smelts, etc. Many trout streams are
accessible. Consult the local fishing tackle
(N. P. C.) Lagunitas Creek, 2½ Mile; Nicasio Creek,
5 Mile; first named "best; trout; worms and flies
usual baits; May and June best; hotels reasonable;
local anglers get fair creels; no boats or guides
(So. Pac.) Smith Creek, 15 Mile; mountain trout;
worm bait; hotel at reasonable rate.
San Mateo (So. Pac.)
Crystal Spring Lake, 6 Mile; San Andreas Lake, 6½
Mile; Pilarcitos Lake, 15Mile; Pilarcitos Creek, 8
in.; Purissima Creek, 16 Mile; Tunitas Creek, 20
Mile; Lobitas Creek, 20 Mile; San Gregorio Creek, 25
in.; Pecadero Creek, 30 in.; Butauo Creek, 30 Mile;
The Lakes are best; brook trout, b. b., and salmon
trout; brook trout most numerous; artificial flies
and minnows best baits for lakes and worms for
creeks; April to October, inclusive, best; hotels,
$1.50 to $2 p. d.; guides, $3 p. d.; boats on the
lakes and permits to fish must be obtained from S.
V. W. W. Co., of San Francisco. A fine fishing
section including excellent saltwater angling.
Address, B. F. Peckham, S. Pac. R R Co., San Mateo,
Cal., for detailed information.
Santa Cruz (So. Pac.)
San Lorenzo River, near city; Soquel Creek, 4 Mile;
Laguna Creek, 9 Mile; Eagle Glen Creek, 7 Mile; San
Vicente Creek, 12 Mile; Scott's Creek, 16 Mile, and
Monterey Bay, accessible; San Lorenzo River, Laguna
Creek, and Monterey Bay best; mountain trout and
salmon trout exclusively in river and creeks; worms
and sand fleas used as baits; April to September
best: hotels, $2 to $2.50 p. d.; guide, with
carriage and team, $5 to $10 p. d.; boat, with man,
$5 to $10 p. d. Monterey Bay, not far distant,
affords excellent salt water fishing.
Santa Rosa (S. F. & N.
P.) Mark West Creek, 12 Mile; the Laguna, 7 Mile;
about alike; trout, carp, and catfish; trout and
catfish most numerous; worms usual bait: April and
May best; hotels, $2 p. d. See Fulton, Cal. Trout
fishing not first class.
Sargents (So. Pac.)
Pajaro River, near station; trout, perch, chub,
etc.; worms and other baits: April, May, June and
July, best; hotels, $1.50 to $2 p. d.; boats and
baits reported "free."
Skagg's Springs (S. F. & N. P., and overland
stage line.) Warm Spring Creek, nearby; Dry Creek, 2
Mile; Rancherie Creek, 8 Mile, and Gualalla Creek, 8
Mile; Warm Spring Creek and Gualalla Creek best,
mountain trout; worms and flies; April, May, and
June, best; hotel moderate; guides, $2 p. d.; boats
and baits can be had at $1 p. d.
Soledad (So. Pac.)
Salinas River, 1 Mile; Arroyo Seco, 8 Mile; last
named best; salmon trout, speckled trout and coarse
fish (S. trout speared as a rule): March and April
best; hotels, $1 to 2 p. d., $5 to $10 p. w.; boats
not used, grasshoppers, shrimps, and worms are
Tocaloma (N. P. C.) Paper Mill Creek, close
by station; trout, salmon, and chub; the last most
numerous; worms usual bait; April and May best;
hotel $5 p. w.
(S. F. & N. P.) Raccoon Straits from ½ to 1 Mile;
Peninsula point, Bluff Point, (Hospital Cove) best
places; rock cod, perch, smelt, sea trout, etc.;
rock cod and smelt most numerous; worms, sardines,
and clams, usual bait; July, August, September, and
October, best; hotels, 50Creek p. meal, $6 p. w.;
guide, $1 per person p. d.; boats, bait, and line,
$'2 to $3 p. d.
Ford (N. P. C.) Salmon Creek; trout and
salmon; trout, most numerous; worms used as bait.
Windsor (S. F. &
N. P.) Russian River, Mark West Creek, and Bedwell
Creek, accessible; first named best; perch and
coarse varieties in summer and salmon in winter and
spring; coarse varieties are most numerous; worms
usual bait; hotels, $5 to $10 p. w.; guides can be
obtained reasonable; boats not kept for regular
hire, but can be procured.
Source: The Angler's Guide Book and Tourists'
Gazetteer of the Fishing Waters of the United States
and Canada, Compiled and Edited By William C,
Harris, Editor of the "American Angler." "The
American Angler," New York. 1885.