Destination: Cedros Island

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Cedros Island, Isla Cedros (Spanish for Island of Cedars), is the 4th largest island in Mexico.

The island was named by Spanish explorers who mistook the stands of pine trees for cedar and redwoods more commonly found farther north.

Located approximately 300 miles south-southeast of San Diego, Cedros is about a 24-hour ride for the typical long range vessel.

Cedros Island Location Map

Due to the distance from San Diego, Cedros has been a frequent destination on trips of 4 days or greater for decades.  However, recent changes in regulations may affect your ability to fish around Cedros and nearby Benitos Islands aboard a U.S. based sportfishing vessel.

The main target here is the year-round population of California Yellowtail.

Cedros Island Yellowtail
A California yellowtail caught onboard the Spirit of Adventure

In addition to yellowtail, trophy-sized calico bass, white seabass and halibut are common catches in and around the kelp beds surrounding the Island.

Cedros Island Weather

This large Baja California island rises from sea level to nearly 4,000′ at its highest point.

The western “weather” side is frequently subject to larger swells and marine layer overcast.

The south and eastern “lee” sides of Cedros Island (below) are often sunny and calm.

Cedros Island
South end of Cedros Island

Vegetation across the island is sparse due to the arid climate.  Rainfall is limited to occasional winter storms and the remnants of eastern Pacific tropical systems.

While you may visit Cedros Island on a long range sportfishing trip out of San Diego on trips of 4 days+, you can more easily experience this remote fishery with some local flavor.

Operations such as Cedros Island Adventures, Cedros Sportfishing with Toro and Cedros Sportfishing offer vacation packages including panga and kayak fishing, local accommodations, food and air travel directly to the island.  Yes, it has an airport!

The main settlement is located at the southeastern end of the island.

Known simply as Cedros, the town has a reported population of around 1,000 and is dependent upon the abalone and lobster fishery.

Another feature of the southeastern end is located at El Morro (Puerto Morro Redondo).

El Morro Salt

That is where salt from salt evaporation ponds of Guerrero Negro is taken by barge to a deepwater salt dock where it is loaded onto ships for export.

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