Each year thousands of tiny fish show up on the shores of Southern California during the spring and summer months.

What are these fish?

They are called Grunions and they’re a species of fish that exchange water for land to spawn during spring and summer nights along the Southern California coast.


What is the grunion run?

From June to September anyone 16 or older with a valid fishing license is allowed to pick up as many grunions as they want. Even though there is no limit to how many grunions a person can take home, it is encouraged to take only what you need since California law forbids the waste of fish.

If you want to participate in the grunion run but are under the age of 16 or you don’t have a valid fishing license, don’t worry! People of all ages are welcome to participate in gently catching the grunion and putting them back!

Grunions are most likely to surface after the highest tides and the best time to go is after a full and new moon.

What are the rules of the grunion run?

There are only a few rules when it comes to the grunion run:

  1. Limit the use of flashlights because it can scare away the fish.
  2. Grunion must be caught by hand. The use of tools is not allowed.
  3. It is forbidden to dig holes in the sand to trap the fish.

Why the grunion run?

The grunion run is a fun event and it’s a great way to get fresh seafood!


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