|California Pier Report — June 2015
San Diego County Piers
Imperial Beach Pier – Still looking for a reporter for this pier. 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 — Robert, at the pier’s bait shop, reports that fishing is showing some improvement. Mainly it’s the normal species, a few mackerel, bass and croakers. A large spider crab was taken along with a good-sized bat ray and a few, very few, bonito. There was also a report of a yellowtail being caught but he did not see the fish or a picture of it so it’s just a rumor. 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 – Pamela, at the pier’s bait shop, reports that the fishing is slow (and she keeps waiting for it to pick up). Most of the action has been on mackerel (that are in and out) along with small perch (walleyes?). Nothing else. How To get There: Take I-5 to Garnet Ave. then take Garnet west to the foot of the pier.
Pepper Park Pier — No report, need a reporter. 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, need a reporter. 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, urn left and follow the road to the park.
Embarcadero Marina Pier — No report, need a reporter. 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) – Expect a few bass (calico, sand and spotted) and a few sharays on the bottom, especially small sting rays. 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 — The main catch has been mackerel. 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 — Ed, at the Oceanside Pier Bait & Tackle, says he’s still waiting for the croaker bite to take off. Anglers are getting some really nice sized, 5-6-pound spotfin croaker but not in any big numbers. The end is seeing mackerel, mid-pier to the end is seeing herring (queenfish), and some nice-sized bat rays are being taken at night. A few bonito are showing up, small ones, but only a few. 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 — It’s been pretty dead, expect an occasional small croaker or bass. 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 — Stephanie at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, says there’s a wide-open croaker bite going on at the pier with lots of nice fish. A few mackerel may show up and the usual sharays out toward the end. 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 — Stephanie at Hogan’s Bait said she’s getting a lot of reports of nice-sized croakers being taken in the harbor as well as a few halibut. 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, “Not too much to talk about at the pier this month. The water has been on the rough side a lot of the time. The bait when we can get it is tiny smelt about 2 inches long. Not good bait for most things. When we got a couple shiners that were decent bait sized I got a great strike from a halibut, but he let go in the rough water. I saw a beautiful treefish caught this week. It was the biggest I have seen at about 15 inches. The mackerel are still around, but they are mostly small ones. One thing we have had lately is a LOT of tourists. They are starting their vacations early. Yesterday I left the pier at noon and the busses were coming in one right after another. When I left there were 11 of them and more coming. Those are the big Prevost kinds-big!” 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 — Pretty similar to 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 — Nicole at Let’s Go Fishing (on the pier), said a lot of lizardfish have been showing recently along with the mackerel (that are found at the end). A 20” barracuda was taken and though halibut are being caught, all are small. illegal-size fish. Out at the end a few sharks are showing (including at least one soupfin) as well as some bat rays. How To Get There: Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Huntington Beach and the pier.
Seal Beach Pier — Robert, at Big Fish B&T, says there’s still some perch to be caught inshore along with spotfin croakers and a few corbina (use bloodworms, lugworms or fresh mussels). Mid-pier to the closed end sees some mackerel on top, some herring (queenfish) in the mid-water depths, and some thornbacks, bat rays and small sharks on the bottom. Some halibut are available but again it’s “those in the know” who are getting most of the flatties. 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 — It sounds like it’s mainly the usual mackerel along with the occasional bass and sharay (shark and ray). 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 — Expect some mackerel and white croaker while casting out into deeper water, a few perch, bass and sargo if fishing the shallow areas by the rocks. 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 piers.
Cabrillo Pier — Expect a few mackerel and jacksmelt along with a few bass if you fish at the end. 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) – It’s the usual mix of fish —small, mainly illegal kelp bass (almost all under 14 inches), rock wrasse, senorita, opaleye, sheephead, halfmoon and blacksmith. 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) – Expect some calico (kelp) bass, Pacific mackerel, bonito. (some days), opaleye, and the assorted bottom species—sheephead, halfmoon, blacksmith, etc. Remember the new size limits for kelp bass—14 inches minimum length and no more than five bass total. 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 – Sunny, from Redondo Beach Tackle (on the pier), said that almost all of the action is on mackerel. Not much else. 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 — Scott, at the pier’s bait and tackle shop, said things haven’t changed much. It’s mainly a plethora of under-sized kelp (calico) bass with an occasional mackerel or bonito joining into the fun. 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, said you can expect some mackerel and, if fishing inshore, some perch. How To Get There: Take the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Pier Avenue and follow Pier Avenue west to the pier.
Venice Pier — Ditto Hermosa. How To Get There: Highway 1 to Washington St., turn west and follow Washington St. to the pier.
Santa Monica Pier — Robert, at the Santa Monica Pier Bait & Tackle says the mackerel have started to hit and decent numbers are being caught. Mix in a few perch under the pier, a few halibut (mostly small), and an occasional small shark or ray and that’s about it. 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 Wylie’s Bait and Tackle says fishing has been slow. It sounds like it’s a combination of mackerel, a few small perch, and increasing numbers of lizardfish. A few sharks are added into the mix, although no threshers to date, and some halibut are showing up but all are small, illegal-size fish. 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 — Still closed. 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 — No report this month although surfperch action has been picking up and mackerel have begun to show. 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, from the Stearns Wharf bait shop, says the mackerel are in and out so it’s all a matter of timing and catching them when they are in. Throw in some jacksmelt, lizardfish and a few perch and that’s mainly it. 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 — Tiffany at Hook, Line and Sinker (4010-5 Calle Real, Santa Barbara) said anglers are catching “chocolate” rockfish (aka brown rockfish or SBR to PFIC regulars) by the pipeline reef while anglers fishing inshore by the breakers are picking up a few barred surfperch. At least one halibut was confirmed caught while TONS of mackerel are apparently also on tap. Some small sharks (no ID) are also showing up, mostly at night. 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 — Still closed. How To Get There: From Highway 101 simply take the Gaviota State Park turnoff.