The California spiny lobster season is upon us! Historically, the season opens on Saturday at 6 am before the first Wednesday in October; this year, that falls on October 3 and closes on March 17. Though I have never fished for lobster before, I know where they hang out in San Diego.
Down below, I have provided information on the California spiny lobster fishing regulations, a map on where not to look for lobsters (Marine Protected Areas), how to fish for lobsters; as well as, and a few San Diego recreational lobster boat charters that are available only during this time of year. Also included is a brief overview of the California spiny lobster life-cycle and a few interesting facts that will help you better understand this elusive and revered West Coast invertebrate!
Let’s now take a look!
(Update for 2021- Recreational lobster fishing season opens at 6 am on October 2 and closes at midnight on March 16. Lobster cards are due back by April 30…more information down below)
West Coast vs. East Coast Lobsters
There are 40 different lobsters worldwide, with the California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) being one of the biggest. Affectionately referred to as ‘bugs,’ the California spiny lobster ranges from south of Point Conception to Magdalena Bay on the west coast of Baja California, Mexico.
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