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  Santa Barbara Island

Map of Santa Barbara Island

General Info:

    Santa Barbara Island is located approx. 63 miles offshore. (3329.20 / 11900.75) It is a small island of 640 acres and is 635 feet at it's highest point. There is a visitor's center and Ranger Station on the island and camping is permitted by reservation (800) 365-2267.

Fishing Info:

  There is good fishing at this island year round. Because of it's proximity from shore, it is seldom visited by private and sport fishing boats. There is an abundance of calico bass, white sea bass, halibut and rockfish that inhabit it's waters. The island also sees an abundance of yellowtail, especially during the spring squid runs. 50-pound white sea bass and 30 pound yellowtail are not uncommon here. The kelp beds on the south end of the island are a popular spot to hook one of these monsters. A northern current tends to get these fish into biting mode.

  Even when the sea bass and yellows are not biting, there is always whitefish on the bottom and an occasional halibut to 50 pounds.

Chad Compton with a nice lingcod caught near Santa Barbara Island.

Comments and Tips:

Private boaters need to use caution when traveling here, the channel between Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands can get very nasty at times. Be sure to check the weather reports before heading out.

    If you know something about this area or have some photos that you'd like to share, please E-mail and I'll post it here!

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