|California Pier Report — June 2008
San Diego County Piers
Imperial Beach Pier – Billy Burns, at the Ocean Beach Pier tackle shop says he’s getting reports of wide open mackerel runs at the pier along with good numbers of sardines and the usual queenfish. Bigger species include good numbers of leopard sharks and a few halibut. How To Get There: From I-5 take the Palm Ave. (Hwy. 75) exit and follow it to where Palm Ave. and Hwy. 75 divide. Follow Palm Ave. to Seacoast Dr., turn left and it will take you right to the pier.
Ocean Beach Pier — Billy Burns, at the Ocean Beach Pier tackle shop on the pier, says several BIG fish have recently with the largest being a lost-at-the-gaff 7-gill shark estimated to be between 10-10 ½ feet long. Only problem is that 7-gills are only supposed to reach about 9 feet in length. Wonder if it could have been a 6-gill (they’ve been reported to 15 feet in length). Two giant sea bass were also taken and released. The fish were both estimated at 80-pounds with one hitting a chunk of mackerel and one a live queenfish. A 160-pound bat ray was taken on 5/24. All of the large fish seem to have been taken around the evening setting of the sun, a time that coincides with the appearance of the mackerel each night. Add in a good showing of barracuda, some calico bass, and some nice opaleye near the front of the pier and it sounds like a good time to visit OB. How To Get There: From the north, take I-5 to the Sea World Dr. exit and follow it until it turns off to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. From the south, take I- 5 to the Nimitz Blvd. exit, then follow that road to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Follow Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to Newport Ave., turn right and follow the road to the pier parking lot.
Crystal Pier – Jim at the Crystal Pier (and motel) says it’s smallish queenfish, the usual perch, and increasing numbers of leopards and shovelnose sharks. How To Get There: Take I-5 to Garnet Ave. then take Garnet west to the foot of the pier. (A license is required from this pier).
Pepper Park Pier — No report although a few bass should still be hanging around. How To Get There: From I-5 take the 24th Street off-ramp west to Tidelands Avenue and go left (south) on Tidelands to the end.
Bayside Park Pier — No report. How To Get There: From I-5 take the J Street off ramp and go west. Take J Street to Tidelands Ave., turn right. Take Tidelands to Sandpiper Way, turn right. Take Sandpiper to Bayside Parkway, turn left and follow the road to the park.
Embarcadero Marina Pier — James at JJ’s Sunset Deli (foot of the pier) says things have been slow with the exception of some sand bass on the bottom and an occasional leopard shark or shovelnose guitarfish. How To Get There: From the I-5 south, take the Front Street exit south to Market (just stay on Front Street, it runs into Market), take Market west to Harbor Dr. Turn left on Harbor Dr. and take it to 8th Ave., turn right onto Convention Way (formerly Harbor St.). Follow it a short block to 5th Ave. and the pier. It seems that with the new Convention Center the city is constantly working on these streets near the pier and renaming them; if you get confused remember that the park and pier are immediately to the southwest of the Convention Center. From I-5 North, approaching from the south, take the J Street exit, then go straight, three blocks up to Market, turn left and take it from there.
Ferry Landing Pier (Coronado) – No report this month. How To Get There: From San Diego, take the Coronado Bay Bridge (Highway 75) to Coronado. Once over the bridge you are on Third Street. Simply follow it to B Avenue, turn right, and follow it to the front of The Old Ferry Landing - the intersection of First Street and B Avenue. The pier sits behind the shops in the complex.
Shelter Island Pier – Ed, at Sharkey’s B&T on the pier, says things have been up and down recently. A couple of weeks ago he saw 15 keeper-size halibut landed (on live anchovies) but then things slowed and only an occasional flattie is being taken. There has been sporadic mackerel action and some bay bass showing on the bottom. An interesting catch was a 25 1/2” halibut by a youngster on a SABIKI. How To Get There: Take I-5 or I-8 to Rosecrans (Hwy. 209) and go west, turn left at Shelter Island Dr. and follow the road until you see the pier and the entrance to the parking lot.
Oceanside Pier — Unable to reach. Is the bait shop open? How To Get There: From I-5 take the Harbor Dr. exit off the freeway, follow it and it will wind down to the harbor; where the road splits stay to the right on North Harbor Dr., and follow it to the pier.
Oceanside Harbor Pier — The pier continues to see perch inshore, rays and sharks further out from the pier. How To Get There: From I-5 take the Harbor Dr. exit off the freeway, follow it and it will wind down to the harbor; where the road splits stay to the right on North Harbor Dr., and follow it to the pier.
Orange County Piers —
San Clemente Pier — Sheryl, at Schleppy’s Bait and Tackle at the end of the pier, says an interesting mix of fish continue to show. Shark action continues strong with a 36-pound angel shark and a swell shark added to the recent hodgepodge of shark species (but no 7-gills or horn sharks this month). Several moray eels were landed this past week along with a 50-pound bat ray, some large leopard sharks, a smattering of shovelnose sharks (guitarfish), and fair numbers of sand bass, croakers and halibut. The mackerel have also begun to show up but not in big numbers as yet. things have heated up. How to Get There: From I-5 take any of several exit streets west to El Camino Real, follow it to the center of town, and from there take Del Mar down to the pier.
Dana Harbor Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: The pier is located in the Dana Cove Park area of Dana Point Harbor. From the Pacific Coast Highway take Green Lantern Road south to the harbor, turn left on Cove Road, and follow it to the pier.
Balboa Pier — Our reporter Snookie says, “I can just report for this last week since I've been out of state for a couple of weeks. It has been good for halibut. The bait situation is mostly smelt, but sometimes the sardines are around plus some small queenfish all of which are great bait for halibut. There has been several keepers caught by those that know how. Several big ones have been lost too. There was a 40 plus inch leopard shark caught. The weather has been awful, but at least the halibut didn't mind. It's stirring up their food supply. Ours too. The water has warmed to 66 degrees which is what we needed. If the rain quits, I look forward to this weeks fishing.” How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway take Newport Blvd. which will turn into Balboa Blvd., follow it west to Palm Street. Turn right and follow it to the pier and the adjacent parking lot.
Newport Pier— Basically the same as Balboa. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway take the Newport Blvd. turnoff and proceed west watching for signs directing traffic to the pier. The pier sits at the foot of McFadden Place.
Huntington Beach Pier — Marion, at Let's Go Fishing (on the pier), says HB is seeing some BIG bat rays and leopard sharks along with more and more halibut. Perch, spotfin croakers and yellowfin croakers are available inshore while some mackerel are showing mid-pier to the end. How To Get There: Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Huntington Beach and the pier.
Seal Beach Pier — Gary at Big Fish Bait & Tackle. 1780-C. Pacific Coast Hwy says it’s still croaker and perch inshore with some bass, sharks and rays out toward the end. Not much on top other than sporadic mackerel attacks. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway simply take Main St. west and follow it to the pier.
Los Angeles County Piers
Belmont Pier —Randy, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, 803 South Pacific Ave. in San Pedro, says Belmont is seeing some good action on sand bass out toward the end of the pier as well as quite a few sharks (smoothhounds and leopards) at night. There are also some surfperch showing up in the surf and lots of rock and spider crabs for those with nets. How To Get There: From the north take I-405 to the Lakewood Boulevard turnoff, and then go south to 7th Street, turn west (right) until you come to Ximeno Ave. and then turn left. Follow it to Livingston Dr. and go west. You will see signs by Ocean Ave. and Termino Ave. indicating the pier. From the south take the Pacific Coast Highway to 2nd. Street (Westminister becomes 2nd. Street when it crosses PCH), go west, follow to Livingston Dr. Follow it to signs by Ocean Ave. and Termino Ave. indicating the pier and parking lot.
Shoreline Aquatic Park Piers — Randy, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, 803 South Pacific Ave. says things have slowed somewhat although there are still quite a few diamond turbot being taken along with the usual sand bass. There’s not much on top. How To Get There: From inland areas take I-710 south and follow it to the Shoreline Drive. From downtown Long Beach, take Pine Avenue south to Shoreline Drive. For the northernmost piers follow Shoreline Avenue west and follow it around the lagoon to where the street ends. For the southernmost piers, follow Shoreline Drive east to the markings for Shoreline Village, continue past the shopping complex, and follow the road out to near the end of the peninsula. You will see the various piers as you drive the road out to the end.
Cabrillo Pier — Randy, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, says the pier is producing some big perch out toward the end by the rocks (use ghost shrimp or bloodworms) while some halibut are showing in the mid-pier area (use anchovies). Schools of mackerel are also showing up with most of the fish being landed on Sabiki-type rigs. Some spider crabs are also showing up. How To Get There: Take the Harbor Freeway (I-110) south; it will turn into Gaffey St. Follow it to 22nd Street and turn left. Follow 22nd St. to Pacific Ave. and turn right. Follow Pacific Ave. to 36th Street and the entrance to Cabrillo Park.
Green Pleasure Pier (Avalon, Catalina Island) – Lots of small bass as well as other species are available although space on the pier can be very limited. How To Get There: The trick here is to get to Catalina. Ships and helicopters make the journey several times a day from the Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Newport Beach. Information is available on all of these by calling the Avalon Chamber of Commerce on the Pleasure Pier (213) 510-1520 or the Visitor's Information & Service Center (213) 510-2500. Once in Avalon there should be no problem in finding the pier, which is located at the foot of Catalina Avenue.
Cabrillo Mole (Avalon, Catalina Island) – A mix of bass, opaleye, halfmoon and other Catalina pier species are available. The bonito come and go but they’re big ones this year—mostly 5/6 pounders. How To Get There: The trick is to get to Catalina. Ships and helicopters make the journey several times a day from the Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Newport Beach. Information is available on all of these by calling the Avalon Chamber of Commerce on the Pleasure Pier (213) 510-1520 or the Visitor's Information & Service Center (213) 510-2500. Once in Avalon there should be no problem in finding the mole that sits right where most boats disembark.
Redondo Beach Pier – Pete at Just Fishing By Pete. 2427 190th St. Redondo Beach, says mackerel fishing remains strong while an occasional halibut shows on the bottom. Crabbin’ seems good as usual. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway, take Torrance Blvd. west to the foot of the pier and the parking lot.
Redondo Sportfishing Pier — Dee, at the Redondo Sportfishing office, said things haven’t changed from last month. There are numerous perch and perch-like species under the pier—opaleye, blackperch, blacksmith, halfmoon, etc, as well as a few sheephead. Casting out from the pier yields some kelp bass. Nothing much on top although the mackerel come and go. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway take Beryl St. west to Harbor Dr. and follow it to the entrance of the Sportfishing parking lot.
Hermosa Beach Pier – Pete, at Just Fishing By Pete, 2427 190th St. Redondo Beach, says the surfperch are available inshore along with an increasing number of corbina. Mackerel action continues to grow while sardines are also increasing. A few halibut are available in the mid-pier area with sharks and rays available mid-pier to the end. How To Get There: Take the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Pier Avenue and follow Pier Avenue west to the pier.
Manhattan Beach Pier – (Ditto Hermosa) How To Get There: From Sepulveda Boulevard, turn west on Manhattan Beach Drive and follow it to the pier.
Burton Chace Fishing Platform (Marina Del Rey) — It sounds like some barracuda may still be available as well as a few halibut on the bottom. How To Get There: From Lincoln Boulevard turn west on Mindanao Drive and follow it to the park. To reach the dock you must go through the park.
Venice Pier — (Ditto Hermosa and Manhattan) although a few thresher sharks were also reported during the month. How To Get There: Highway 1 to Washington St., turn west and follow Washington St. to the pier.
Santa Monica Pier — John, at the Santa Monica Pier Bait & Tackle, reports the fishing is mixed. Sargo are showing up along with yellowfin croakers; try fresh mussels or sand crabs. An occasional halibut is also being taken (and a couple of big ones were lost). A few mackerel are on top, a few leopard sharks and shovelnose sharks on the bottom. How To Get There: From I-405 take Santa Monica Blvd. west to Ocean Ave. Turn left, go to Colorado Ave., and turn right onto the pier.
Malibu Pier – Ginny at Wylies Bait and Tackle is reporting lots of mackerel and sardines along with some halibut but most of the flatties were taken during the grunion runs. There’s also a lot of small white seabass in the area and some are being taken from the pier ( just hope they survive the gauntlet of often not so careful anglers). How To Get There: The pier fronts on the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) so just drive until you see it.
Ventura & Santa Barbara County Piers
Port Hueneme Pier — Jacksmelt, sardines and mackerel lead the hit parade with a few perch inshore and an increasing number of bat rays. How To Get There: From Highway 1 take Hueneme Rd. west until it turns into Port. At Ventura Rd turn left and follow it to Surfside Dr. Turn left again and follow it to the park.
Ventura Pier — Walleye surfperch and queenfish are available inshore to mid-pier while sharks are found out at the end. Bat rays are mid-pier to the end. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Seaward Drive exit west to Harbor Drive, turn right and follow it to the pier.
Stearns Wharf — Frank, at Stearns Wharf Bait and Tackle, steady action on mackerel and sardines along with a few barred surfperch. Nothing much else. The crab action (spider crabs and rock crabs) continues to be strong. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take Castillo St. or State St. west to the beach and follow signs to the pier
Goleta Pier— The pier has been up and down with the mackerel coming and going. Small halibut and big perch are still available. Rockfish (mainly browns) are available by the pipe-reef but not too many people are fishing for them. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Hwy. 217/Airport exit. Follow it to Sandspit Rd. and the Goleta Beach Park turnoff. Follow this to the park and the pier.
Gaviota Pier —The pier has been pretty dead with sporadic visits by pelagics—sardines and mackerel but not much else. How To Get There: From Highway 101 simply take the Gaviota State Park turnoff.
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier —Blair, from Sheldon's Clam Stand (on the pier), reports a plethora or smelt (jacksmelt) along with the usual perch. Not much else although the weather has improved. How To Get There: From the north, take Hwy. 101 to the Five Cities Dr. exit; follow Dolliver into the middle of town, then turn west on Pomeroy and follow it to the pier and parking lot. From the south, take the Pismo Beach Exit (Price St.), follow it to Pomeroy; turn west and follow it to the pier.
Avila Pier – No report this month. How To Get There: Take Hwy. 101 to Avila Rd. and go west; turn left off of Avila Rd. on to Front St. and follow it to the pier.
Port San Luis (Harford) Pier — Jerimah at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier says things have slowed. There was a very good bite going on for the smelt but the schools seem to have moved on. How To Get There: Take Hwy. 101 to the Avila Rd. turnoff and head west; follow the road to the end and the pier.
Morro Bay Wharf – No report this month. How To Get There: From Highway 1 turn south onto Main Street, follow it to Morro Bay Boulevard, turn left toward the bay and follow it to Embarcadero, turn right and follow Embarcadero to the end of the public parking which adjoins the piers.
Cayucos Pier — Glenda at the Tidepool says it’s mainly been surfperch with not too much else being reported. She says most of her shark regulars have died so now it’s mainly newbies and tourists. How To Get There: Take Highway 1 to either Ocean Boulevard, which is the main street and will take you past the pier, or take the Cayucos Drive exit which will take you straight to the pier.
San Simeon Pier — Some surfperch are showing at the pier along with a few jacksmelt. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Wharf #2 — No report this month. How To Get There: From Highway 1 take the central Monterey exit and follow Del Monte Avenue to Figueroa Street, turn left and follow to the wharf.
Seacliff State Beach Pier — Ed, at the Capitola Bait Shop, on the wharf, says anglers are getting a few halibut at Seacliff while the shark fishing has been unusually good. Recent catches have included soupfins, threshers and even 7-gills from the shallow water pier. How To Get There: How To Get There: From Highway 1 take the State Park Drive exit; follow the road west to the park entrance.
Capitola Wharf — Ed, at the Capitola Bait Shop, on the wharf, says some nice fish continue to be taken including an 18-pound striper taken by an angler (Mike) who fly-lined a live anchovy behind the bait shop. The same angler lost a large bat ray (estimated at 50 pounds) later in the day. Two legal halibut were taken from the pier last week (live and frozen anchovies) while the surfperch have slowed. However, the usual denizens—kingfish and small perch—are available around the pier. The bait shop also now has a fishing report on the tackle shop’s web site for those who want up to the minute information (http://capitolaboatandbait.com/fishing-report). How To Get There: From Highway 1 take the Bay Avenue exit west until it hits Capitola Avenue where you turn right; stay on this to Cliff Drive, turn right and park wherever you can find a spot.
Santa Cruz Wharf — Christina, at Andy’s Bait and Tackle, at the end of the wharf, says things have been really slow although there have been some reports of good jacksmelt action. How to Get There: There are many ways to get to the wharf, the way I usually go is to take Ocean Street south from Highway 1; when you get to Laurel Street turn right and follow it to Pacific Street, turn left and follow Pacific to the wharf.
Piller Point Pier — Apparently the crabs are still around but fishing is slow. How To Get There: From Highway 1 simply take the Pillar Point Harbor turnoff and follow the road down to the main parking lot. This pier is to the far right of the parking lot
Pacifica Pier – Joe, at the Rusty Hook, says action is pretty dead. The perch have slowed while a few stripers are being taken inshore, but not too many. He says local anglers are concentrating on the beaches and the beaches are producing quite a few stripers and some nice sized stripers. He says there just isn’t any bait at the pier, not even bullheads. How To Get There: Take Highway 1 to Pacifica, take the Paloma Avenue-Francisco Boulevard exit, take Paloma west to Beach Road, turn left and follow the road to the pier
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
Piers in the Carquinez Strait, Suisun Bay and the West Delta
Angler’s Edge: http://www.ebparks.org/activities/fishing/anglersedge
Eckley Pier —According to the Angler’s Edge “Fishing has been slow.” How To Get There: From I80, take the Crockett exit, turn east on Pomona Dr. which becomes Carquinez Scenic Dr., travel 1.5 miles to the Bull Valley Staging area entrance to the park. From I680 take Hwy 4 to the Cummings Skyway. Take the Crockett Blvd. exit and turn right on Pomona Dr. which becomes Carquinez Scenic Dr., travel 1.5 miles to the entrance of the park.
Martinez Pier — No report this month although some flounder and stripers should be available. How To Get There: The pier is found at the foot of North Court Street. From I680, take the Marina Vista exit west off of the freeway, continue to the middle of the downtown area to Ferry Street and turn right, follow Ferry Street to Joe Dimaggio Road where you take another right, follow it a short distance to North Court Street, turn left, and follow the street through the Martinez Shoreline Park out to the pier parking lot. From Highway 4, take the Alhambra exit north and follow it to Escobar Street, turn right and follow it to Ferry Street, turn left and follow to Joe Dimaggio Drive, turn right and follow it to North Court Street, turn left and follow it out to the pier.
Benicia 9th Street Pier – Pam, at the Benicia Bait & Tackle, 509 Claverie Way, Benicia, says most of the action is on shaker stripers along with a few starry flounder. Best bait for the flounder has been pile worms followed by grass shrimp or anchovies. But, he said if you really are targeting the flounder use the worms. How To Get There: From I780 take the Seventh Street exit south to Military Street, turn right and follow to Ninth Street, turn left and follow it to the end of the street and the pier.
City of Benicia Fishing Pier – Pam, at the Benicia Bait & Tackle, 509 Claverie Way, Benicia, says she hasn’t gotten too many reports from the pier although shaker stripers are around. How To Get There: From Highway 4 take the Railroad Exit north toward the center of Pittsburg; when Railroad ends, turn left on Third Street and follow it to Marina Boulevard; at Marina turn left and follow to Bay Side Drive; now turn right and follow it to Riverview Park Drive. Turn left and follow it to the parking lot.
Pittsburg Pier — No report. How To Get There: From Highway 4 take the Railroad Exit north toward the center of Pittsburg; when Railroad ends, turn left on Third Street and follow it to Marina Boulevard; at Marina turn left and follow to Bay Side Drive; now turn right and follow it to Riverview Park Drive. Turn left and follow it to the parking lot.
Antioch Pier – No report. How To Get There: The pier is located at the foot of H Street in downtown Antioch. From Highway 4, go north on G. Street; follow it to Second Street where you will turn left; follow Second Street about a block to the free public parking lot near the Jerome Waldie Plaza. A short walk through the park and down the hill will take you to the foot of the pier.
Antioch Marina Pier – No report. How To Get There: From Highway 4, take the G Street exit and go north to Sixth Street; turn left and follow Sixth to L Street; turn right on L Street and simply follow it to the Antioch Public Marina and Marina Plaza Drive which takes you straight to the pier. The pier is to the right of the large Humphrey's Restaurant.
Antioch Bridge Pier — The Angler’s Edge reports “Fishing has been great! Bass, stripers, and sturgeon are being caught. On 5/8, Dick Delago of Antioch caught and released a 73" sturgeon on Chade. On 5/14, he also caught two striped bass, both 23", also on chade. On 5/19, Benjamin Hua of Antioch caught a 22" large mouth bass with minnows.” (I assume he meant shad??? Instead of chade) How To Get There: Follow Highway 4 east until it turns into Highway 160; just before you get to the bridge take the Wilbur Avenue off ramp (it is the last exit before the bridge), then turn left on Bridgehead Road and follow it to the entrance to the Antioch Regional Shoreline Park - the pier is the main feature of the park.
Rio Vista Pier — Most of the action is on stripers at this time although some catfish are also available at night. How To Get There: The pier is located near the west end of the Rio Vista Bridge (the Rio Vista side of the bridge). Going east on HY 12 take the last exit right before the bridge. Go one block until you see Front Street, turn left, and the entrance to the pier parking lot is approximately one half block on your right. Going west on HY 12 continue past the bridge until you can turn left safely. You can turn around and continue to the last exit or go through the downtown area until you hit Front Street. Turn left on Front Street and follow it to the pier parking lot.
Northern California Piers
Lawson's Landing — No report this month. How To Get There: Take Highway 1 to the middle of the town of Tomales. Turn west onto the road that goes to Dillon Beach. At Dillon Beach you will see a road marked Lawson's Landing; simply follow it down to the entrance, pay your money, and stay on the road to its end at the foot of the pier.
Lucas Wharf (Bodega Bay) — No report. How To Get There: Take Highway 1 to Bodega Bay, the wharf is at the south end of town, the parking lot fronts onto the highway.
Tide's Wharf (Bodega Bay) — No report. How To Get There: Take Highway 1 to Bodega Bay, the wharf is at the south end of town; the parking lots fronts onto the highway.
Spud Point Marina Pier (Bodega Bay) — No report. How To Get There: Take East Shore Rd. off of Hwy. 1 to Bay Flat Rd. Turn right and follow until the road turns into West Shore Rd. Continue on past the marina until you see the breakwater.
Point Arena Pier – Perch are still available as are the occasional greenling and cabezon. Fish in the morning before the wind kicks up. How To Get There: From the south, turn left from Hwy. 1 onto Iverson Ave., which will turn into Port Rd. Simply, follow the road to the pier. From the north, turn right onto Port Rd. and follow it to the pier.
Del Norte Street Fishing Pier (Eureka) — Greg, at Bucksport Tackle, 3650 South Broadway, Eureka, says not too many people are fishing the piers, most are concentrating on the jetty action. How To Get There: Take Highway 101 to the south end of Eureka, turn west on Del Norte Street and follow it to the pier.
Commercial Street Dock (Eureka) No report this month. How To Get There: Take Hwy. 101 to Commercial Street. turn north toward the bay and follow the street to the pier parking lot.
Trinidad Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Trinidad exit and follow the road all the way to the harbor-it will change from Main Street to Trinity to Edwards Street. (A license is required from this pier.)
Citizen's Dock (Crescent City) — Jim, at Englund Marine. 201 Citizens Dock Road, said there haven’t been too many people fishing the dock. How To Get there: From Highway 101 turn west on Citizens Dock Road and follow it to the dock.
"B" Street Pier (Crescent City) — Again not too many anglers so it’s hard to say. How To Get there: Take Highway 101 to Front Street, go west on Front Street to B Street, go south (left) on B Street to the pier.
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