|California Pier Report, June 2018 (#237)
June 2018 Fishing Report, SoCal (#237)
San Diego County Piers
Imperial Beach Pier – No report this month. Any volunteers to be 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 — Waiting for a report from Josh at the pier’s bait shop. 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 – Vincent at the pier’s bait shop said things have been a little up and down but a nice variety of fish are showing up. A legal halibut was caught the day I called and Vincent himself had caught quite a few perch, croakers and some sand bass. He says the mackerel are in and out but small leopard sharks, bat rays and stingrays have been steady. He said a few shortfin corvina have also been caught inshore (on shrimp) along with a lone bonefish. Last but not least is “Robbie the Robster” that’s grabbed more than one angler’s line. The lobster has been brought up several times and returned back to the water since it would be illegal to keep him. 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 although there should be a few mackerel and some bass. We 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 although some croakers and sharays should be available. We 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, turn left and follow the road to the park.
Embarcadero Marina Pier — No report although some mackerel and bass (kelp, sand and spotted) should be hitting along with some sharays. We 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) — Need a reporter although bass (a variety) always seem to be around as well as a mix of sharays (mostly round stingrays and bat 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 — Dennis Borlek from the Crystal Pier bait shop says mackerel and small bass are being caught. 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 and Tackle on the pier, said things have been heating up with croakers, croakers and more croakers in evidence. Mix in a few halibut, including an occasional legal fish, some bass and perch under the pier, and there’s something for everyone. Out at the end anglers continue to get “macaroni” (mackerel) but are also starting to pull in some sardine so maybe they are on their way back up. Not too much action lately on the sharays but they should pick up. Water temperature remains a cool 62-65 degrees. 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 — Peter, at Angler’s Tackle, 1413 North Coast Hwy, said most of the fish being caught are either spotted bay bass or mackerel. There’s an occasional croaker and/or halibut but bass lead the hit parade (and it’s picking up). 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 — Mitch at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point said the recent windy weather really put a damper on the fishing lately but it appears things are calming down and the fishing is picking up. Expect a few mackerel mid-pier to the end, a few yellowfin croakers inshore, and a few sharays, mainly bat rays, mid-pier to the end. He says if the wind stays down and the water warms the mackerel should return and improve fishing. 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 — Mitch at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point said most of the fish being caught are spotted bay bass with 3-inch swimbaits being the key to the fish. A few halibut have also shown, fish up to 28-inches, with most being taken on Lucky Craft lures. An occasional croaker, kelp/sand bass, or sharay also makes an appearance, but not many. 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, “Nothing much has been happening fishwise, but we keep hoping it will change. I love these overcast mornings, but it is not helping. We are getting bait, and yesterday we got lots of 4-inch Spanish Jacks. They didn't seem to help though, and they were perfect. Did catch two birds though, one loon and one cormorant. Using bloodworms I did catch a corbina and a yellowfin croaker a week ago. Saw several corbina caught by one person with bloodworms also. The wall-eyed perch are beginning to show up part of the time in the surf on our snag lines. Of course the mackerel are doing well on the end. Some jacksmelt are around as well in the surf area. Our surf area is disturbed because of Meek doing their work on the pilings. They should be through soon though.” 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 — Generally about the same report as at the Balboa Pier. 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 —Scott, at Let’s Go Fishing on the pier, says a decent mix of fish have been showing. Mid-pier to the end, on the top, anglers are pulling in mackerel and jacksmelt; anglers fishing on the bottom are pulling in a few sand bass. Inshore, there’s a few croakers (but it’s not heavy action yet) along with some small leopard sharks and quite a few bat rays. Out at the end thresher sharks are starting to show with 2-3 being caught during the past week. How To Get There: Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Huntington Beach and the pier.
Seal Beach Pier — Rada, at Big Fish Tackle, 1780 Pacific Coast Hwy., says fishing is slow at the pier. A few perch are showing inshore but the mackerel seem to come and go mid-pier to the end. 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 — Rada at Big Fish Tackle says the fishing at the pier is still fairly slow. An occasional mackerel is showing in the mid-pier area and a few croakers inshore. Not much else. 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 — No report this month but some mackerel and the usual white croakers should be available with a cast out from the pier. Expect a few bass and perch/sargo along the inshore area. How to Get There: From downtown Long Beach, take Pine Avenue south to Shoreline Drive. For the northernmost pier #1 follow Shoreline Avenue west and follow it around the lagoon to where the street ends. For the southernmost piers #2-#5 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 (San Pedro) — Waiting for a report from Alex at Rusty Hook B&T, 245 N Gaffey St., San Pedro. 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 normal mix of fish — rock wrasse, senorita, opaleye, sheephead, jacksmelt, and kelp bass. Use sea-worms, frozen peas and small pieces of market shrimp. 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) — Bonito are present some days and gone the others. However, the resident population of fish should be present—kelp bass, opaleye, sheephead, halfmoon, blacksmith, kelpfish, and scorpionfish (sculpin). 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 at the Redondo Coffee Shop and Bait Shop on the pier said it’s been pretty slow, mainly a few mackerel. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway, take Torrance Blvd. west to the foot of the pier and the parking lot.
Hermosa Beach Pier — No report this month although a few mackerel may be around. How To Get There: Take the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Pier Avenue and follow Pier Avenue west to the pier.
Venice Pier — No report this month although a few mackerel may be around. How To Get There: Highway 1 to Washington St., turn west and follow Washington St. to the pier.
Santa Monica Pier — John, at the piers bait and tackle shop, said things have been a little slow. Mackerel make an occasional appearance while a few perch are showing under the pier. 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 —Waiting for a report from Ginny at Wylie’s Bait and Tackle. 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 — No report this month although there should be a few jacksmelt and mackerel along with surfperch showing up. 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 fishing for surfperch should be decent to good (when the weather cooperates). 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 — Mike, at the Bait Shop on the pier, said the fishing has been decent as long as the wind stays down. Unfortunately the spring winds are still a problem some days. When it’s calm expect some decent action on top—mackerel, jacksmelt and jack mackerel. Down around the pilings expect some calico (kelp) bass and increasing numbers of perch. Try some live bait and you’ll have a chance at halibut (and a few legal-size fish have been taken). Sharay anglers are getting quite a few bat rays, some shovelnose sharks (guitarfish) and angel sharks. Last but not least are the crabs and an increasing number of rock crabs and spider crabs are showing up. 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 — No report this month. However, Mike at Stearns Wharf reported that the sewage leak by the pier was still a problem and the authorities are recommending no one swim at the beach or eat fish from the pier for the time being. 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 remains closed (for 3+years). Evidently it’s not a priority for the state. How To Get There: From Highway 101 simply take the Gaviota State Park turnoff down to the beach and pier.