|California Pier Report — June 2016
San Diego County Piers
Imperial Beach Pier – Expect some mackerel mid-pier to the end along with a few sharks, especially small leopard sharks. PFIC reports indicate a good mackerel bite and at leads one barracuda was landed. 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 — Ron, at the pier’s bait shop, reports that the fishing for mackerel has been very good and they’re hitting throughout the day. In addition, a lot of sharks, mainly leopard sharks, are being taken out at the left end of the T. However, other than those two species things are pretty slow. (My experience is that there are always some kelp bass to be had out at the end if you know how to get them). 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 – Pam at the Crystal Pier B&T (on the pier) says things are dead — nothing is biting on the top or the bottom. Hopefully it will improve. 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 (although the mackerel should be biting). 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 variety of fish with small bass— kelp, sand, and spotted bay bass leading the hit parade. Cast into the deeper waters for some rays and sharks. 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 pier’s bait shop says most of the action has been on mackerel. PFIC reports indicate the mackerel are there as well as a few halibut and rays. 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 the main fish lately have been mackerel, lots of them and they’re good-sized. Some small yellowfin croaker are also showing up along with some spotfin croaker but overall it’s still slow on those species (and it’s still a little early for them). Several nice halibut have been taken by the regulars including two 23-inch fish and a 35-inch fish but you have to work for them. Mix in a few leopard sharks and shovelnose (guitarfish) and there’s just enough action to keep people interested. 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 — No report, need a reporter. 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 — Shea at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, says it’s a mix of fish showing up. Inshore some barred surfperch are being taken while further out on the pier there are quite a few leopard sharks and some bat rays. Mackerel are available at times but they come and go while the bonito are still absent. 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 — Shea at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, said anglers have been picking up a nice mix of fish including small barracuda (on various types of spoons and spoon-like artificials) along with some spotfin croker and halibut. Most of the halibut are being taken on lures such as Zooms Baits. 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, “It is slowly getting better, but very slowly. Bait has been our big problem. Now its is coming, but it is 2-inch smelt and anchovies. You have to use at least 2 of them at a time. As of last week we are beginning to get a few herring (Queenfish), but so far no takers. The mackerel are still going strong farther out. The red crabs are swimming about everyday now with lots on the beach. It was quiet yesterday for the fishermen on the pier as the shark attack in CDM kept all the swimmers out of the water from Crystal Cove to Balboa Pier. Guess it will pick up eventually.” 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 — Usually pretty similar to Balboa. PFIC reports indicate mackerel are plentiful at the end as they are at 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 — Cody at “Let’s Go Fishing” On the pier says there have been tons of mackerel and sardines lately (mid-pier to the end) as well as good numbers of spotfin croakers (up to 4-pounds) showing up in the surf area (on mussels and ghost shrimp). Further out, anglers are catching some leopard sharks and big bat rays while one angler caught a smallish, 4-foot or so thresher shark. How To Get There: Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Huntington Beach and the pier.
Seal Beach Pier — The pier is closed due to a recent fire on the pier and it’s unknown when it will reopen. 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 — Waiting for a report. 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 although perch, sargo, and bass should be available inshore with some mackerel and white croaker available with a cast out from the piers. 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 — No report, need a reporter. PFIC reports indicate things are slow. 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-size 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, opaleye, and the assorted bottom species—sheephead, halfmoon, blacksmith, etc. Remember the 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 at the pier’s bait shop says things are a little slow although the mackerel continue to be caught (just not in big numbers). Not much else has been reported. 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 — No report this month although the small perch and perch-like species should be under the pier as well as increasing numbers of kelp (calico) bass showing on casts away from the pier. 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 — No report but expect some mackerel and an occasional sharay. 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 but expect some mackerel and an occasional sharay. How To Get There: Highway 1 to Washington St., turn west and follow Washington St. to the pier.
Santa Monica Pier — It sounds like things are very slow. 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 it’s really hit or miss. Some days the mackerel have been in and then there are days they don’t show. Some days some big jacksmelt show up but then some days there are no fish. Even a few halibut and corbina have shown but not on a consistent basis. You just have to be there when the fish show up. PFIC reports indicate a few barracuda have shown up as well as some jack mackerel (Spanish mackerel). 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 this is typically a good pier for mackerel and/or jacksmelt. 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 — Frank, from the Stearns Wharf bait shop, says he’s been hearing that action is very, very slow. 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 it’s been pretty much dead although there has been a late afternoon bite on mackerel most days (after about 4 PM). The day I called one lone regular had finally left the pier after totaling four lizardfish. On the other hand, one angler a few days before had thrown out a Sabiki and landed four baby barracuda, each about 12 inches long. Frank says it will improve. 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 — Capt. Tiffany at Hook, Line and Sinker (4010-5 Calle Real, Santa Barbara) said it’s pretty much the normal action. Some mackerel and sardines are being taken by people using Sabikies mid-pier to the end while anglers concentrating on the pipe reef are taking the usual brown rockfish (chocolate bass) and calico (kelp) bass. She says a variety of sharks and rays are also being taken, mostly out at the end of the pier. 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. How To Get There: From Highway 101 simply take the Gaviota State Park turnoff.