San Diego, with its stunning coastline, rich marine life and temperate, enviable weather, is a dream destination for fishing enthusiasts from local anglers to visitors. Whether you’re a seasoned fishing enthusiast or a beginner, San Diego has a favorite fishing hole for everyone from deep-sea adventures to freshwater lakes. Grab your fishing gear, tackle box, sunscreen and head to one of these locations!
Point Loma boasts the most picturesque views and its proximity to the deep-sea trenches makes it an excellent location for deep-sea fishing. Expect to catch species like yellowtail, tuna and dorado.
La Jolla is a popular spot for both shore and kayak fishing. La Jolla’s rocky cliffs and kelp forests attract a diverse range of fish, including calico bass, halibut and sheepshead.
If you prefer a more relaxed fishing experience, head to Mission Bay. This large man-made aquatic park offers calm waters and numerous fishing opportunities including an extensive network of channels, grassy flats and jetties. You’ll be rewarded with spotted bay bass, halibut and various species of rays. It’s also a good place for fly fishing.
For adventurous anglers looking to go offshore, the Coronado Islands is located just south of San Diego. The four islands – South, North, Middle and South Kelp – are renowned for their bountiful marine life. Look for yellowtail, white seabass, rockfish and barracuda. Hiring a charter boat is typically recommended for navigating the area and maximizing your chances of landing a big catch.
Imperial Beach Pier
If you want to fish with stunning ocean views, head to the Imperial Beach Pier. This popular pier offers easy access to the Pacific Ocean and provides an opportunity to catch surfperch, croaker, halibut and sand shark. Enjoy talking about all things fishy with lots of fellow anglers.
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