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Barrett Lake (Reservoir) is located in a remote area approximately 35 miles east of San Diego. It has 811 surface acres at capacity. It is open for fishing on a limited basis (25 parties per day with each party consisting of no more than four people, including children). Fishing days are Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Reservations are available one month at a time. Fishing is offered on a catch and release (zero kill) basis, with barbless artificial lures only for all species of fish.

Fish: Largemouth Black Bass, Bluegill, Bullheads, White Crappie, Black Crappie

Barrett Lake General Information & Reservations
Barrett Lake Fishing Information & Rules

Barrett Lake
Dulzura CA  MAP & Directions
City Lakes Recreation Program: (619) 465-3474

Barrett Junction Road is closed. From Interstate 8, take the Japatul Valley Road exit and turn right, turn left on Lyons Valley Road, and travel 6 miles to gate. From state Route 94, turn left on Honey Springs Road, turn right on Lyons Valley Road, and travel 1.7 miles to the reservoir gate.

Chollas Reservoir is a little 16-acre lake for free youth fishing (age 15 and under ONLY). A reservoir built in 1901, it was turned over to the Park and Recreation Department in 1966 and in 1971 it was designated a youth-only fishing lake. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fish: Bluegill, Trout

Chollas Reservoir General Information
Chollas Lake Program Guide & Park Map (pdf)
Chollas Lake Park Rules (pdf)

Chollas Lake Park
6350 College Grove Drive   San Diego CA 92115
(619) 527-7683  MAP & Directions
Chollas Lake Park Rangers: (619) 235-5910

Diamond Valley Lake is a man-made offstream reservoir located near Hemet, and is Southern California's largest reservoir. Here you'll find some of the greatest fishing in the state. World-renowned for its black bass fishing, Diamond Valley is also home to bluegill and red ear sunfish, rainbow trout, and both blue and channel catfish.

Fish: Black Bass, Bluegill, Red Ear Sunfish, Rainbow Trout, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish.

Diamond Valley Lake
2615 Angler Avenue   Hemet CA 92545
(951) 926-7201  Website    MAP

Diamond Valley Lake is located next to the Riverside County city of Hemet, approximately 1.5 hours north of downtown San Diego.

Dixon Lake is located in the northern Escondido hills and offers fishing, camping, hiking and picnicking. Dixon Lake is open year-round. Gates open at 6:00 a.m. daily; park closes at dusk. Night fishing is available during the summer months. Dixon Lake is stocked with 34,000 lbs. of trout and 13,000 lbs. of catfish annually. No pets are allowed at this facility.

Fish: Trout, Catfish

Dixon Lake

1700 North La Honda Drive   Escondido, CA 92027
(760) 839-4680   Website    MAP

El Capitan Reservoir is located approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, and two miles north of the town of Alpine, on the San Diego River. El Capitan has the largest capacity in the City reservoir system. When full, the reservoir has 1,562 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 197 feet, and 22 miles of shoreline. Fishing is allowed all year.

Fish: Florida-strain Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Green Sunfish, Carp.

El Capitan Reservoir General Information

El Capitan Reservoir
Just Northeast of Lake Jennings Park
Lakeside CA   MAP
City Lakes Recreation Program: (619) 465-3474

From Interstate 8 East, take the Lake Jennings Park Road exit north, turn right (going East) on El Monte Road, and travel approximately 8 miles to the reservoir entrance.

Guajome Lake actually refers to a developed 33-site campground. Guajome Regional Park is located in the coastal community of Oceanside and has a little bit of everything that San Diego County offers. Two day use areas with new playgrounds, a basketball court and lots of green lawn for picnicking or relaxing. Two fishing ponds attract a wide variety of migratory birds and serve as home to a variety of fish that will test the skills of any angler.

Fish: Unknown

Guajome Lake General Information
Printable Brochure (pdf)

Guajome Lake  Guajome Regional Park
3000 Guajome Lake Road   Oceanside CA 92057  MAP pdf
(760) 724-4489

From I-5 take Highway 76 east 7.5 miles to Guajome Lake Rd. Turn right on Guajome Lake Rd. and proceed to the park main entrance. From I-15 take Highway 76 west for 10 miles to Guajome Lake Rd. Turn left at Guajome Lake Rd and proceed to the park main entrance.

Lake Cuyamaca is a 110 acre lake stocked with over 44,000 lbs. of fish and is the only San Diego lake that is able to stock trout all year long. Other species of fish include Florida bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill and sturgeon. The State Park has 160 campsites located close to the lake.

Fish: Trout, Florida bass, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill Sturgeon

Lake Cuyamaca
15027 Hwy 79   Julian CA 92036
(760) 765-0515   MAP   Website

Lake Henshaw is a reservoir located in San Diego County at the southeast base of Palomar Mountain, approximately 60 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. The lake covers approximately 1,140 acres.

Fish: Black Crappie, Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass.

Lake Henshaw Resort (adjacent to the lake)
26439 Highway 76   Santa Ysabel CA
Resort: (760) 782-3501  Campground: (760) 782-3487
Website   MAP & Directions

Lake Hodges Reservoir, when full, has 1,234 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 115 feet, and 27 shoreline miles. In addition to fishing from boats and a wheelchair accessible fishing float, patrons can use float tubes, waders, or simply fish from shore, which is generally readily accessible by foot.

Fish: Florida-Strain Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Bullhead, Carp

Lake Hodges General Information

Lake Hodges Reservoir
Lake Drive   Escondido CA 92033
(858) 674-2270   MAP & Directions

From Interstate 15, exit Via Rancho Parkway and turn left on E. Via Rancho Parkway, turn left on Lake Drive, and continue to the reservoir entrance.

Lake Jennings Park campers are just a few steps from some of the best fresh water fishing in the County and beyond! Fishing is available from the shore below the campground seven days a week or by boat during regular operating hours.  Each year, Lake Jennings stocks 34,000 pounds of fish (26,000 pounds of trout and 8,000 pounds of channel catfish). New: Mt. Lassen's "Sierra Bow" Rainbow Trout will be added.

Fish: Trout, Channel Catfish, Sierra Bow Rainbow Trout

Lake Jennings General Information
Lake Jennings Fishing Information

Lake Jennings Park
9500 Harritt Rd   Lakeside CA 92040
(619) 443-2510   MAP
Camping (619) 390-1623   Fishing (619) 980-4844

Lake Miramar (Miramar Reservoir) is located in the community of Scripps Ranch, near Mira Mesa. When full, the reservoir has 162 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 114 feet, and 4 shoreline miles. This reservoir is very popular for bicycling, jogging, walking, rollerblading and picnicking.

Fish: Florida-Strain Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Sunfish, Trout

Lake Miramar General Information

Lake Miramar (Reservoir)
San Diego CA 92131   MAP & Directions
City Lakes Recreation Program: (619) 465-3474

From Interstate 15, take the Mira Mesa Boulevard east, turn right on Scripps Ranch Boulevard, then left on Scripps Lake Drive. The reservoir entrance will be on your left.

Lake Morena (Morena Reservoir) is the highest and most remote of the City's reservoirs. Morena is connected to the City’s Barrett Reservoir. Morena Reservoir lies in the middle of 3,250 acres of chaparral, oak woods, and grassland.

Fish: Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish, Rainbow Trout.

Lake Morena Park Map
Lake Morena General Information

Lake Morena County Park
2550 Lake Morena Drive   Campo CA 91906
ThomBros: 1296-D5   MAP & Directions
(619) 579-4101

Take I-8 east to Buckman Springs Road, head south 4 miles to Oak Drive, then west 3 miles to Lake Morena Dr. and the park entrance. Fishing, boating, sail boarding, and hiking can be enjoyed all year, seven days a week, sunrise to sunset.

Lake Murray Reservoir is located within the boundary of the City's Mission Trails Regional Park. When full, the reservoir has 171.1 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 95 feet, and 3.2 shoreline miles.

Fish: Florida-strain Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Trout

Lake Murray General Information

Lake Murray Reservoir
5540 Kiowa Dr   La Mesa CA 91942
(619) 668-2050   Web Page    MAP

From Interstate 8 take Lake Murray Boulevard exit, turn right onto Lake Murray Boulevard, and turn left on Kiowa Drive, which leads to the reservoir entrance.

Lake Ramona is located 2 miles northwest of Lake Poway. The capacity of the lake is 12,000 acre feet. Shoreline fishing in designated areas, fishing license required for 16+. Small 1-2 lb largemout bass, channel catfish. No fish are stocked.

Fish: Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish

Lake Ramona General Information
Ramona Municipal Water District 
(760) 789-1330

Lake Ramona - Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
Lake Ramona CA 92065
(619) 486-7238   MAP & Directions

The Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is located on Espola Road, a half-mile north of Lake Poway. Lake Location: 2 miles Northwest of Lake Poway, 3 miles from Espola Road in Poway through the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve.

Lake Skinner is located in Riverside County near the city of Temecula. The Lake has 1400 acres of surface water, 241 campsites, and provides a place to enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, horseback riding, and sailing. Its biggest attraction is the fishing. The District stocks Catfish in the summer and Trout in the winter, keeping the fishing active all year long.

Fish: Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Carp, Bluegill, Catfish, Trout

Lake Skinner General Information

Lake Skinner
37701 Warren Road   Winchester CA 92596
(951) 926-1541   MAP & Directions

Lake Sutherland (Sutherland Reservoir) is located approximately 45 miles northeast of San Diego. When full, the reservoir has 556.8 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 145 feet, and 5.25 shoreline miles.

Fish: Florida-Strain Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Red Ear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Bullhead, Carp

Lake Sutherland General Information

Lake Sutherland
Sutherland Dam Road   La Mesa CA 91942
(858) 565-3600   MAP

Lake Wohlford is located in northeastern Escondido and offers fishing. Lake Wohlford is open from mid-December to early September seven days a week, and from early September to mid-December on Saturdays and Sundays. Fishing hours are 6:00 a.m. to dusk. Lake Wohlford is stocked with 25,000 lbs. of trout and 7,000 lbs. of catfish annually.

Fish: Trout, Catfish

Lake Wohlford
25453 Lake Wohlford Road    Escondido CA 92025
(760) 839-4346   Website    Lake Map    MAP & Directions

Lindo Lake is a natural lagoon. Lindo Lake County Park is the recreational center of the Lakeside community, with picnic areas, play areas, softball field, horseshoe pits, fishing, and tennis courts. No boating allowed.

Fish: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Trout

Lindo Lake General Information

Lindo Lake County Park
12660 Lindo Lane   Lakeside CA 92040
ThomBros: 1232-B3   MAP & Directions
(619) 443-1666

Loveland Reservoir is located in the Cleveland National Forest, south of Alpine, CA. Public shore fishing is allowed along a 5-mile portion of the shoreline, and is limited to posted areas.

Fish: Bass, Catfish, Bluegill, Red Eared Sunfish, Crappie

Loveland Reservoir General Information

Loveland Reservoir
Fishing Hotline: (619) 409-6777
MAP & Directions

From San Diego: Take Interstate 8 East for 16 miles, then take exit 30 toward Alpine. Merge onto Tavern Road, go 3 miles south to Sequan Truck Trail. Turn right onto Sequan Truck Trail, go 1/2 mile and make a slight left onto Forest Road 16SD1. Go another 1/2 mile and turn left onto a short trail that leads to Loveland Reservoir.

Lower Otay Reservoir is located about 30 minutes south of downtown San Diego, in Chula Vista, not too far from the Mexico border. When full, Lower Otay has 1,100 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 137.5 feet, and 25 shoreline miles. The reservoir is the home of the United States Olympic Training center for rowing sports.

Fish: Florida-Strain Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Crappie, White Crappie, Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, White Catfish, Bullhead

Lower Otay Reservoir General Information

Lower Otay Reservoir
Otay Lakes Rd   Chula Vista CA 91913
City Lakes Recreation Program: (619) 465-3474
MAP & Directions

From Interstate 805, take Telegraph Canyon Road exit east. Turn right on Wueste Road south and continue to the reservoir entrance.

Upper Otay Reservoir, when full, has 20 surface acres. This is the smallest of San Diego's reservoirs. The reservoir is an active hatchery and breeding ground for the Florida-strain largemouth bass. Fishing is offered on a catch and release (zero kill) basis.

Fish: Florida-Strain Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Bullhead

Upper Otay Reservoir General Information

Upper Otay Reservoir
Otay Ranch CA 91914   MAP & Directions
City Lakes Recreation Program: (619) 465-3474

From Interstate 805, take Telegraph Canyon Road exit east, and continue past Wueste Road (Telegraph Canyon then becomes Otay Lakes Road). Make a left turn at the Upper Otay Reservoir sign.

Poway Lake offers annual community events, fishing and boating, an extensive trail system, picnicking, softball, summer day camps, and more. Year-round fishing is available for several species of fish.

Fish: Trout, Bass, Catfish, Red Eared Sunfish, Bluegill

Poway Lake General Information
Poway Lake Fishing Information
Poway Lake - Park Area Map (pdf)

Poway Lake
14644 Lake Poway   Rd Poway CA 92064
(858) 668-4772   MAP & Directions

San Vicente Reservoir

San Vicente Reservoir is a deep, steep-sided impounding reservoir on San Vicente Creek, approximately 25 miles northeast of San Diego. It currently has a depth of 190 feet when full.

The construction of the San Vicente Dam Raise Project began in early 2009 and will take about four years. Refilling the reservoir after construction will take another two to five years. When complete the reservoir will be able to store an additional 152,000 acre-feet of water supply. A new marina is also being constructed for the reservoir. The new marina will reduce boat launching wait times, provide picnic and shade areas, and increase the parking spaces and areas for boat preparation. All worth waiting for.

San Vicente Reservoir General Information

San Vicente Reservoir
13500 Moreno Ave   Lakeside CA 92040
City Lakes Recreation Program: (619) 465-3474
MAP & Directions

Santee Lakes consists of seven lakes. The lakes are stocked with catfish and rainbow trout on a seasonal basis. Bass and bluegill are also prevelant in the lakes. Lakes 1-5 are for day use fishing, while lakes 6-7 are for registered campers.

Fish: Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, Rainbow Trout

Santee Lakes General Information
Santee Lakes Fishing Information

Santee Lakes
9310 Fanita Parkway   Santee CA 92071
(619) 596-3141   MAP & Directions

Sweetwater Reservoir is located in Spring Valley. Only shoreline fishing is allowed along a 2.5-mile stretch on the south side of Sweetwater Reservoir. The residing fish are natural populations.

Fish: Bass, Catfish, Bullhead, Bluegill, Perch, Rock Bass, Carp

Sweetwater Reservoir General Information
Sweetwater Fishing Flyer & Printable Area Map (pdf)
Sweetwater Reservoir Fishing Hotline: (619) 409-6777

Sweetwater Regional Park
3218 Summit Meadow Road   Bonita CA 91902
ThomBros: 1291-B7   Reservoir Map & Directions   Park Map
(619) 472-7572

From Interstate 805 South exit Bonita Rd (Exit 7C). Head east to San Miguel Road. Continue approximately 2 miles and turn left on Summit Meadow Road. The Reservoir is northeast of the park.

San Diego Fishing Locations: San Diego Bay Fishing, Mission Bay Fishing

Mission Bay is a saltwater bay or lagoon located just south of the community of Pacific Beach. Twenty-five millions cubic yards of sand and silt were dredged to create the varied land forms of the park, which now is almost entirely man-made. The Bay has 27 miles of shoreline and is generally shallow. The maximum depth in most areas of the bay is only 12 feet with gently sloping sand bottoms.

Fishing and shoreline fishing is permitted in all areas of Mission Bay, except in areas designated for swimming, water skiing and personal water craft use (including take off and landing zones). Fishing is also not allowed from any bridge. Fishermen in boats are not permitted to anchor in or near the center-span of bridges.

Fish: Barred Sand Bass, Spotted Bay Bass, Calico (kelp) Bass, Halibut, Shortfin Corvina, Spotfin Croaker, California Scorpionfish (Sculpin), Yellowfin Croaker, Lizardfish, Starry Flounder, California Needlefish, Opaleye, Corbina, Barracuda, Mullet, Bonito, Black Croaker, White Sea Bass and 6 varieties of Perch. Also Lobster, Eel, Shark (Leopard, Horn, Angel, Brown Smoothhound), and Ray (Batray, Butterfly Ray, Shovelnose Guitarfish and more).

Mission Bay Information   Mission Bay Parks Information

San Diego Parks & Recreation: Mission Bay
Mission Bay Park Map  Mission Bay Printable Park Map (pdf)

Mission Bay Park
1775 E Mission Bay Dr   San Diego CA 92109
Park Ranger Office (858) 581-7602
Mission Bay Parks (619) 221-8900
MAP & Directions

San Diego Bay, also know as The Big Bay, is a natural harbor and deepwater port. It is 12 miles long, and ranges from 1 mile to 3 miles wide. The bay is bordered by San Diego International Airport at the north, the Embarcadero, and the cities of San Diego, Coronado, National City, Chula Vista, and southern-most, Imperial Beach.

Fishing: Pier fishing on several piers, boat launch ramps, and ocean fishing charters offered. There is no shoreline fishing in San Diego Bay. Fish species are not listed, but probably similar to Mission Bay.

San Diego Bay Information
San Diego Bay Pier Fishing Information

San Diego Bay Area Piers:
Chula Vista Bayside Park & Pier
Embarcadero Marina Park South & Pier
Imperial Beach Municipal Pier
Shelter Island Fishing Pier

San Diego Bay
Chula Vista 91910   MAP & Directions

San Diego Fishing Charters - San Diego Sportfishing Charters

H&M Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Join us on the open seas when you're ready to tackle some wonderful adventures! Boats depart every day, all year around. Half Day & 3/4 Day Sportfishing. Whale Watching: Dec thru Apr.

San Diego Fishing Charters & Whale Watching: H&M Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Half Day 5-hour fishing trips. Package includes tour, rod & reel, and helpful instruction from a friendly crew. Whale Watching: 2-hour narrated cruises on comfortable boats. Search for blue whales, dolphin, sea lion and other marine life. Gray Whale Season November thru April / Blue Whale Season May thru October. (Out of Dana Point, Orange County CA).

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Offers year round 1/2 day fishing and 3/4 day fishing trips; and year round multiple whale watching cruises daily. View several species of whales, dolphins, sea lions, during the summer & fall months and the annual grey whale migration during the winter & spring months. (Out of Newport Beach - Orange County).

Newport Fishing Charters & Whale Watching: Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching

San Diego Fishing Locations. San Diego Fishing Piers. San Diego County Fishing Piers.

Crystal Pier is considered one of the top piers in the state because of the number of fish caught and the possibility of good quality fish. The pier is located on a long, sandy beach and is one of the best beaches to fish for sandy-shore species and is one of the top piers in California for halibut and guitarfish. The pier is 872 feet in length and is lined with cottages.

Fish: Barred Surfperch, Walleye Surfperch, Shovelnose Guitarfish, California Halibut. Also Yellowfin Croaker, White croaker, Queenfish, Gray Smoothhound Shark (Sand Shark).

Hours: The pier is open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm (or to sunset) for visitors, and 24 hours a day for those staying in the pier motel.

Facilities: The pier has restrooms, one cleaning station, some benches, and limited night lighting. Some bait and tackle is available at the pier office.

Parking: This is a problem. Grab whatever you can find, but be careful not to park in the lots with warnings...you will be towed!

Crystal Pier
4500 Ocean Blvd   San Diego CA
Hotel (858) 483-6983   MAP & Directions

Take I-5 to Garnet Ave. then take Garnet to the foot of the pier.

Ocean Beach Pier is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast. It has more than a mile of railing, and its tip ends in a "T" which extends 360 feet to the south and 193 feet to the north. At the far end, the water is 25 feet deep. Pier length is 1,971 feet. The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier is located at the south end of the beach.

Fish: Kelp Bass, Sand Bass, Several Variety Of Perch, Bonito, Mackerel, Scorpionfish, Halibut, California Lobster

Hours: Open 24 hours

Facilities: The Pier has public restrooms, a bait and tackle shop, fish-cleaning stations, lights, and benches, and the Ocean Beach Pier Cafe.

Parking: Near the pier, a small parking area is available with free parking 24 hours a day.

Ocean Beach Municipal Pier
5080 Niagara Ave   San Diego CA 92167
MAP & Directions

From the north: take I-5 to the Sea World Dr exit and follow it until it turns off to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Follow Sunset Cliffs Blvd to Newport Ave, turn right and follow the road to the pier parking lot.
From the south: take I- 5 to the Nimitz Blvd exit, then follow Nimitz to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Follow Sunset Cliffs Blvd to Newport Ave, turn right and follow the road to the pier parking lot.

Oceanside Pier is 1,942 feet in length. Fish caught here are typically the standard sandy-shore, long-pier variety.

Fish: bonito, mackerel, barracuda, small white seabass, small yellowtail, halibut, sand bass, guitarfish.

Inshore: surfperch, corbina, yellowfin croaker, spotfin croaker, sargo, round stingray, guitarfish, thornback rays

Mid-pier: white croaker, yellowfin croaker, queenfish, jacksmelt, topsmelt, butterfish, halibut, walleye surfperch, and sand sharks (smoothhound sharks).

End-Pier: as above, plus bonito, mackerel, small barracuda, small white seabass (seatrout), tiny yellowtail, kelp bass, barred sand bass, salema and occasionally, sheephead. Sharks: leopards, threshers, blue. Rays: monster bat rays.

Hours: Open 24 hours a day.

Facilities: Restrooms, bait and tackle, lights, benches, and fish cleaning stations are all found on the pier as well as snack bars and a restaurant.

Parking: A parking lot is available near the entrance to the pier and metered parking is available on Pacific Street.

Oceanside Pier
Pierview Way   Oceanside, CA 92054
MAP & Directions

From I-5 take Mission Blvd. west to Pacific, turn left and follow it to the pier.

Shelter Island Pier is fairly new. It extends out into San Diego Bay only about 200 feet past the shore but has a T-shaped end nearly 500 feet in width. The most consistent results are for perch (many species), smelt, sand bass, sharks, rays.

Fish: Perch, Pacific Mackerel, Yellowfin Croaker, Kelp and Sand Bass, Herring, White Croaker (a type of Cod), Jacksmelt, Opaleye, Halibut, Turbot, Bonito

Hours: Open: 6:00 am to 10:30 pm (subject to change)

Facilities: Restrooms, fish-cleaning tables, benches, light, snack bar, and a bait and tackle shop are available. Fishing access is free. Lodging and camping are nearby.

Parking: Free parking at the foot of the pier.

Shelter Island Pier
1776 Shelter Island Dr   San Diego CA 92106 (Point Loma)
MAP & Directions

Take I-5 or I-8 to the Rosecrans exit. Go west on Rosecrans and drive approximately five miles to Shelter Island Drive. Turn left and drive 0.5 mile to the pier and parking lot entrance on the left

Imperial Beach Pier is 1,491 feet long and is located on a long sandy beach. The water is nearly 20 feet deep. It is withing walking distance of the Mexico border.

Fish: barred surfperch, California corbina, yellowfin croaker, spotfin croaker, thornbacks, stingrays, guitarfish. Ocassionally: halibut, sand bass.

Mid-pier: more white croaker, queenfish, walleye surfperch, jacksmelt, halibut, sand sharks (gray smoothhound sharks) and guitarfish, larger sharks, batrays.

End-pier: all of the above, plus some bonito, mackerel, small barracuda.

Hours: 10:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew. (subject to change)

Facilities: Restrooms, fish-cleaning stations, benches, and night lighting.

Parking: There is a parking lot close to the foot of the pier. The fee is small, generally $2 for the day. Some free parking is available on the nearby streets.

Imperial Beach Pier
2 Elder Ave   Imperial Beach CA 91932
MAP & Directions

From I-5: take the Palm Avenue (Hwy 75) exit and follow it to where Palm Avenue and Hwy 75 divide. Continue on Palm Ave to Seacoast Dr. Go left on Seacoast directly to the pier.

Coronado Ferry Landing actually is a fishing pier even though part of it is the boarding area for the ferry. It's a small pier, only 377 feet long, with a somewhat shallow depth, but seems to yield a good quantity of fish. At night it can be a fairly good pier for sharks and rays.

Fish: jacksmelt, topsmelt, mackerel, bonito, bass, perch, croakers, rays and sharks

Hours: Open 24 hours

Facilities: a few benches, lights and bait-cutting platforms. Restrooms are in the shopping center. No bait.

Parking: You can find both free and metered parking on First Street & B Avenue.

Coronado Ferry Landing
1201 First St at B Ave   Coronado, CA
Behind the Old Ferry Landing Shopping Center
MAP & Directions

Chula Vista Bayside Park and Pier: Bayside park has a public fishing pier, but no information available. About the park.

Hours: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm (subject to change)

Chula Vista Bayside Park & Pier
Bayside Parkway   Chula Vista CA
(619) 686-6225   Website    MAP & Directions

Embarcadero: Marina Park South & Pier: This park features ample parking, a fishing pier, basketball courts, gazebos, and a concession stand. No specific fishing information available.

Hours: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm (subject to change)

Embarcadero Marina Park South
1 Marina Park Way   San Diego CA 92101
At the foot of Marina Park Way
(619) 686-6200   Website    MAP & Directions

San Diego Fishing Locations: General Information


San Diego City Reservoir schedules are subject to change and occasional closures. Check HERE for Bulletins, Rules & Regulations, and other Important Information.

Note: the terms Lakes and Reservoirs are interchangeable unless the lake is naturally formed.

California Dept of Fish & Game: Fishing Information
Licenses, FAQs, Alerts, Fishing Guide, Fish Identification, Ocean and Bay Fishing & Regulations, Fresh Water Fishing & Regulations and more.

Health Advisories for California Finfish, Shellfish, and Crustaceans

About Quagga Mussel Infestation
The Quagga Mussel is an invasive species capable of causing great damage to the aquatic ecology of lake and water conveyance structures. Boaters should anticipate inspections at launch ramps around the state.

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San Diego Whale Watching Excursions
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Wine Tours

Several Tours to choose from
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