Spiny Lobster Season

California Spiny Lobsters are back for the season! Available from October –March, these special lobsters are an all-time favorite for seafood lovers.
Saltwater tanks at Water Grill in Costa Mesa

California Spiny Lobsters are back for the season!

Available from October–March, these special lobsters are an all-time favorite for seafood lovers.

 

The Spiny Lobster has a sweeter flavor profile than its counterpart, the Maine Lobster. It also has more meat — generally around 25% more per pound. And unlike Maine Lobsters, they don’t have claws, and instead use their spine and tail as their sources of defense.  

 

These unique lobsters are nighttime scavengers, which means they search for their food after dark. They eat sea life like urchins, snails, smaller fish, clams, and mussels.

California Spiny Lobsters are back for the season! Available from October –March, these special lobsters are an all-time favorite for seafood lovers.
Spiny lobster at King's Fish House in Laguna Hills

At this time, there’s no specific quota for catching these lobsters during the season, but the California Department of Fish & Wildlife has stricter, daily regulations and enforces what sizes of lobsters can be caught. Spiny Lobsters can reach up to 20 pounds in weight, but usually fall within the 1.25–2-pound range.

 

Location of Harvest:
Magdalena Bay, Baja California to Morro Bay, CA

Seasonality:
October–March  

Flavor Profile:
Sweeter taste and firmer texture

Published on
November 12, 2021
by
Mahsa Khalilifar

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