Pier Fishing in California

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San Francisco Bay piers—

Posted by Ken Jones (Skipper - Posts: 11990)
on May-31-08 12:53pm
(In reply to: Last Pier Fishing Report (#125) for this board— posted by Ken Jones on May-31-08 12:47pm)


San Francisco Piers

Remember the perch closure inside the bay (April 1 to July 31)

Fort Point Pier — Jeff at Hi's Tackle Box, says he hasn’t really gotten many pier reports but halibut action remains strong while some stripers are around. Some jacksmelt are also apparently available for those interested. How To Get There: From Highway 101 the easiest way is to turn into the parking lot near the toll plaza at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge, from there Battery E. Road winds down the hill to Lincoln Boulevard, turn left and proceed a short way until you see markers indicating the way to Fort Point, turn left on Long Avenue and it will take you down to the pier.

Fort Mason Piers — No report although some crabs, kingfish (white croaker) and jacksmelt should be available. How To Get There: The entrance to the parking lot is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. From the north, Highway 101 and the Golden Gate Bridge, head east on Doyle Drive till you come to Marina Boulevard, follow it to the entrance of the park. From the south, Highway 101, take Van Ness Avenue north all the way to Bay Street, turn left and follow it to the park entrance.

San Francisco Municipal Pier – Ditto Fort Mason. How To Get There: From Highway 101 north, take Lombard Street to Van Ness Avenue, turn left and follow the street till it ends at the pier. From Highway 101 south, take Van Ness Avenue straight to the pier.

Pier 7, San Francisco – No report this month. How To Get There: From the Bay Bridge follow the First Street exit and follow to The Embarcadero, then left past the Ferry Building to the pier. From the Golden Gate, take Lombard to Van Ness, turn left and go to Bay, turn right and follow to The Embarcadero, turn right and follow to the pier. From the south and Highway 101 take Van Ness and follow as listed above.

Ferry Building Pier/Pier 2 — No report. How To Get There: From the Bay Bridge follow the First Street exit and follow to The Embarcadero, then left to the Ferry Building. From the Golden Gate, take Lombard to Van Ness, turn left and go to Bay, turn right and follow to The Embarcadero, turn right and follow to the pier. From the south and Highway 101 take Van Ness and follow as listed above

South Harbor Marina Pier — No report. How To Get There: From the Bay Bridge (I80) heading into San Francisco take the Embarcadero exit and then turn right on the Embarcadero to the pier. From south on Highway 101 take exits marked for Fisherman's Wharf (First Street). This will take you to The Embarcadero. Once on the Embarcadero turn right and follow it all the way until you see Pacific Bell Park. The marina sits just north of the ballpark and the pier is located behind the marina parking lot. A left turn on Townsend will take you into a small parking lot that has some spaces available for the public; a right turn on Townsend will offer a few metered parking spaces. Coming up the Embarcadero from the south turn into the parking lot at Townsend Street (just past The Java House restaurant).

Agua Vista Pier — Closed. How To Get There: Take the Embarcadero south past Pacific Bell Park to Third Street. Turn left and follow the road to its intersection with China Basin Street and then turn right (south) to the park and pier.

Heron's Head Pier — No report. To Get There: Third Street to the Islais Creek Bridge and then left (east) on Cargo Way to the end where it meets Jennings Way. The park is located on the other side of the parking lot. To get to the pier take the first trail off to the right of the main trail (near the entrance); it will wind around to the pier.

Candlestick Point – Generally slow—about the same as Oyster Point. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Candlestick Park exit and simply follow the road to the park.

South Bay Piers

Brisbane Fishing Pier — Slow. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Sierra Point Parkway and follow it to the end. Where it ends, near the Sierra Point Yacht Club, turn left and follow the unpaved road to the unpaved parking lot near the front of the pier (northeast end of this area).

Oyster Point Pier — John at the Oyster Point Bait & Tackle says it’s mostly sharks and rays with most of those on the small size and most being thrown back. He says boaters are getting halibut but not the anglers on the pier. How To Get There. Take Hwy 101 to South San Francisco/Oyster Point Blvd exit. Then one mile East on Oyster Point Blvd. Turn right on Marina Blvd and follow the road to the pier, which will be on your right side.

Robert E. Woolley Peninsula Park Pier. – No report this month. How To Get There: From the south, take Highway 101 to the Broadway Exit and go east to Airport Boulevard to Anza Boulevard, and follow it to the end, where the park is located. From the north, take Highway 101 to the Airport Boulevard exit, go east to Airport Boulevard, "then go south to Anza Boulevard where you turn left and follow Anza to the park (it is just past Rings and the Embassy Suites Hotel).

San Mateo Pier - Closed.

Redwood City Marina Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: Leave US 101 (Bayshore Freeway) at the Seaport Blvd. exit (also marked Port of Redwood City and Redwood City Marina) and drive east until you see Seaport Court. Turn left and go to the back of the parking lot behind the buildings.

Dumbarton Pier – No report this month. How To Get There: From I880 take Highway 84 west to the Paseo Padre Parkway exit; follow the exit and road south back under the highway, the road will turn into Thornton Avenue; follow it till you see the signs on your right indicating both the visitor center for the wildlife refuge and the pier; after entering the refuge, follow the road three miles to the pier.


East Bay Piers

Arrowhead Marsh Fishing Pier — No report. How To Get There: Take I880 to Hegenberger Road then go west toward the airport; go to Doolittle Drive and turn right; follow it to Swan Way where you will turn right again; the entrance to the park is a third of a block down on your left. To get to the main pier simply follow the park road as it winds to the north; the road ends at the parking lot near the pier.

Doolittle Pier — No report this month, need a reporter (doesn’t anyone live in the Alameda area?). How To Get There: Take I880 to Hegenberger Road then go west toward the airport. At Doolittle Drive turn right and go just past Swan Way to the pier. There is limited parking at the front of the small pier.

Veterans Court Fishing Pier — No report. How To Get There: From Alameda, take Hwy. 61 (Encinal Ave.) south as it turns right into Broadway and then left into Otis Dr., follow it toward the Bay Farm Island and then turn right at the first street past the bridge (Island Dr.) and then make another right just after your turn - onto Veterans Ct. Follow to the pier. From the south. Take I880 to Hegenberger Rd. (as though you're going toward the airport) and follow it to Doolittle Dr. Turn right and follow it all the way till you see the Alameda Municipal Golf Course. The first road past the golf course is Island Drive. Turn left and then make a quick right onto Veterans Court just after your initial turn. Follow it to the pier.

Fruitvale Bridge Piers — No report. How To Get There: Take I880 to the Fruitvale Avenue then go west to the bridge. The entrance to the Oakland Pier is on Alameda Avenue. The entrance to the Alameda Pier is on Versailles Avenue.

San Antonio Pier - No report. How To Get There: From I880 take the 16th Avenue exit onto Embarcadero and turn left, follow the Embarcadero until you see the Executive Inn and the Motel 6, the pier is located between and behind the two motels.

Estuary Park Pier - No report. How To Get There: From Interstate 880 take Jackson west to Embarcadero, turn left and follow the street to the pier. The pier is eight blocks south of Jack London Square.

Port View Park Pier/Seventh Street Pier - No report. How To Get There: From San Francisco leave Interstate 80 at the West Grand Avenue exit, soon you will see the Harbor Terminals exit, go south on Maritime Street till you hit Seventh Street, turn right and follow the street to the park and pier. From Interstate 880 take the Eighth Street exit and go west to Peralta, turn left on Peralta and then right onto Seventh Street; follow it to the park and pier.

Emeryville Piers (Chevy's and Shorebird Park) - No report. How To Get There: Take Interstate 80 to the Ashby Avenue exit, then go south on the Frontage Road till you see Chevy's and the Shorebird Park area. Park on the Frontage Road.

Emeryville Marina Fishing Pier - No report. How To Get There: From I80 take the Powell Street exit in Emeryville, head west and simply follow the road to the end where you will find a small park and the pier.

Berkeley Pier – All the reports say that the halibut are still around with some days yielding 20 or more legal fish. Mix in a smattering of striped bass, some sharks and some rays and you have a nice bouillabaisse of fish. How To Get There: Take I80 to University Avenue in Berkeley, turn west and follow the road to the pier.

Ferry Point Pier – George at Bay Tackle (El Cerrito) said he’s gotten reports of stripers, halibut and starry flounder at the pier. According to the Angler’s Edge “Fishing has been slow.” How To Get There: From I-580, there are two main Point Richmond exits, Canal Boulevard and Castro Street (also the south terminus of the Richmond Parkway). Take either into the center of town where you should see Dornan Drive and a tunnel that says Ferry Point. Go through the tunnel and continue out to the end of Dornan Drive. The park is intersected by Dornan Drive and Brick Cove Road


North Bay Piers

Point Pinole Pier — Angler’s Edge reports “Fishing has been slow.” How To Get There: From I80 take the Hilltop (Richmond) exit; go west on the Richmond Parkway to the exit for Giant Highway and a sign for Point Pinole Regional Park.

New Vallejo Pier – Jerry at Norms Bait and Tackle reports good numbers of stripers being taken along the walkway, most on anchovies. A few halibut have also been taken but they were all under-sized fish. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Georgia Street exit all the way to the waterfront.

McNear Beach Fishing Pier (San Rafael) – It’s closed for an indefinite length of time. To Get There: From Highway 101 take Point San Pedro Road east and follow it for approximately 8 miles to the park entrance and road.

Paradise Park Pier (Tiburon) – Apparently it’s about as close to paradise as you will ever come in regard to halibut although some days still sees many fish and some days few. How To Get There: Take Highway 101 to the Tiburon exit (State Highway 131). Drive west on Tiburon Boulevard until you come to Trestle Glen Boulevard where you will turn left; follow this until you hit Paradise Drive where you turn right and drive a short distance to the entrance of the park.

Elephant Rock Pier – No report (remember that perch season is closed). How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Tiburon exit west and follow Tiburon Boulevard (State Highway 131) to Paradise Drive where you will see the pier. The pier is at the corner of Paradise Drive and Mar West Street.

Angel Island Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: Ferries are available to the island from Tiburon, San Francisco and Vallejo, but most visitors use the Tiburon ferry ($7 for adults and $5 for kids which includes the $3 entry fee for the state park). From Highway 101 take the Tiburon exit west and follow Tiburon Boulevard (State Highway 131) to Main Street (where there is a light). Turn right and the landing is half a block down the street on the left. Where to leave the car? Most parking in downtown Tiburon is of the short-term, 1-2 hour variety. Most island visitors use the municipal parking lot. It sits just past the main business district to the right of Main Street. It is expensive with a $9 maximum all-day rate (3+hours).

Fort Baker Pier – With the perch season closed, you can target jacksmelt, halibut, sharks and rays along with the usual rock crabs. How To Get There: Take Alexander Avenue off of Highway 101. It is the last exit before driving onto the Golden Gate Bridge going south and the first exit after the vista point going north. Take Alexander Drive down the hill until you see Danes Drive and then, just before the tunnel, turn right onto Bunker Road and follow it down to the pier


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