|California Pier Report — September 2013
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier — No report this month. 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 – Jim Kelsey, the owner of the Avila Pier Bait and Tackle says it’s been dead with the exception of lizardfish, there are still a lot of them. How To Get There: Take Hwy. 101 to Avila Rd. and go west; turn
Port San Luis (Harford) Pier —Wayde at Patriot Sportfishing says there are a lot of lizardfish and anchovies and a few jacksmelt hitting on top. Not much on the bottom although a kelp rockfish was caught just outside his shop last week. 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 T-Piers – Jacksmelt and lizardfish are still available. 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 — About half of the pier is closed due to unsafe pilings but you can still get some anchovies and lizardfish. 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 — No report although lizardfish and a few surfperch should be available. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Coast Guard Pier — The usual fish are on hand —black and yellow rockfish, kelp rockfish, blue rockfish, gopher rockfish, painted greenling, striped seaperch, rainbow seaperch, small sculpin, etc. How To Get There: From Hwy 1 going north: Take the Aguajito Road exit, turn left at the first traffic signal intersection, which is Aguajito Road, and continue under Highway 1 and cross Fremont Street. At the next traffic signal intersection, which is Del Monte Avenue, turn left. Continue down Del Monte Avenue and under the tunnel where the street turns into Lighthouse Avenue. Get into the right-hand lane. As the street veers to the right it turns into Foam Street. Continue on Foam Street to the first right and turn into the parking lot. From Hwy 1 going south: Take the Del Monte Avenue exit, continue down Del Monte Avenue for several blocks and go under the tunnel where the street turns into Lighthouse Avenue. Get into the right-hand lane. As the street veers to the right it turns into Foam Street. Continue on Foam Street to the first right and turn into the parking lot.
Monterey Wharf #2 —Lizardfish, sanddabs and a variety of other small bottom fish are still available (including perch). How To Get There: From Highway 1 take the central Monterey exit and follow Del Monte Avenue to Figueroa Street, turn right and follow to the wharf.
Seacliff State Beach Pier — Ed, at the Capitola Wharf Bait and Tackle said people are taking anchovies and lizardfish and the area around the pier has been producing some striped bass. He says he’s also getting reports of dogfish being taken. 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 Wharf Bait and Tackle, reports that the pier is still surrounded by anchovies but they’re the pinhead variety and mostly too small for bait. Other than that it is mainly lizardfish, some walleye surfperch, shinerperch, and the usual small kingfish (white croakers). 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 — Tim, at the Santa Cruz Boat Rentals on the wharf, says there are still a lot of lizardfish to be had as well as small rockcod. He caught a small grass rockfish under the wharf and a sub-legal lingcod and there are numerous juvenile rockfish. 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.
Pillar Point Pier — Small rockfish (by the rocks) and jacksmelt seem to be available. 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 – Cheryl at the Rusty Hook reports it’s the normal stuff for this time of the year — a mix of perch species and kingfish leading the way. 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 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.