|California Pier Report — October 2016
Northern California Piers
Lawson's Landing — As almost always, crabs are the main quarry. At this time that means rock crabs since the Dungeness season does not open until November. 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.
Spud Point Marina Pier (Bodega Bay) — No report although a variety of surfperch are usually available. 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 – A variety of fish are available — striped perch, cabezon, rockfish, buffalo sculpin, and an occasional lingcod. 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) — Not too many people are fishing the pier since the parking lot area has been taken over as a homeless camp. Some fair shark fishing might be available at night but most people are hesitant to leave their cars unattended in the parking lot. 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.
Trinidad Pier — Fishing has been slow although a few striped seaperch, kelp greenling and cabezon are being taken. Some days have also seen the capture of lingcod, mostly illegal fish but also a few legal-size fish. 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) — Most of the fishing is around the inshore rocks where a variety of small rockfish, cabezon, and an occasional seaperch is available. At time jacksmelt and Sardines are also available on Sabikis when casting away from 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) — Not too many fish. The best shot is to try on the top with a Sabiki for jacksmelt or to try on the bottom for sharks and rays (but use a crab-resistant bait). A few leopard sharks have been reported from the pier at night. 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.