Here is the 2017 Grunion Run Schedule, for Open Season Only

March12, Sunday10:30 PM - 12:30 AM
March13, Monday11:00 PM - 1:00 AM
March14, Tuesday11:30 PM - 1:30 AM
March15, Wednesday11:05 PM - 1:05 AM
March28, Tuesday10:30 PM - 12:30 AM
March29, Wednesday11:05 - 1:05 AM
March30, Thursday11:45 PM - 1:45 AM
March31, Friday13:30 AM - 2:30 AM
June9, Friday9:40 PM - 11:40 PM
June10, Saturday10:10 PM - 12:10 AM
June11, Sunday10:40 PM - 12:40 AM
June12, Monday11:15 PM - 1:15 AM
June24, Saturday10:00 PM - Midnight
June 25, Sunday10:50 PM - 12:50 AM
June26, Monday11:40 PM - 1:40 AM
June27, Tuesday12:30 AM - 2:30 AM
July9, Sunday9:55 PM - 11:55 PM
July10, Monday10:30 PM - 12:30 AM
July11, Tuesday11:05 - PM - 1:05 AM
July12, Wednesday11:40 PM - 1:40 AM
July23, Sunday9:50 PM - 11:50 PM
July24, Monday10:35 PM - 12:35 AM
July25, Tuesday11:25 PM - 1:25 AM
July26, Wednesday12:10 AM - 2:10 AM
August7, Monday9:40 PM - 11:40 PM
August8, Tuesday10:15 PM - 12:15 AM
August9, Wednesday10:50 PM - 12:50 AM
August10, Thursday11:30 PM - 1:30 AM
August21, Monday9:40 PM - 11:40 PM
August22, Tuesday10:25 PM - 12:25 AM
August23, Wednesday11:05 PM - 1:05 AM


Grunion open season run from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

  • The grunion run is closed for observation only during the months of April and May.
  • The times above for each date reflect the probable two-hour interval during which spawning may occur. The second hour is typically better, and the best runs normally occur on the second or third nights of a four-night run.
  • Times are Pacific Standard Time, and predicts runs from Cabrillo Beach to the Los Angeles Harbor entrance. For San Diego runs, they are 5 minutes earlier than the above times and Santa Barbara runs they are 25 minutes later than the above times.
  • A valid California fishing license is required for any one 16 years and older.
  • Grunion may be taken by the hands only, and no holes may be dug to entrap them.
  • No bag limits, but only take the fish you can actually use. It is unlawful and unethical to waste fish that you catch.

Image of grunion courtesy Wikimedia Commons via CC 2.0 license.

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