|San Diego County Piers
Imperial Beach Pier – Expect some mackerel and herring (queenfish) mid-pier to the end along with a few bonito. Inshore, try for yellowfin and spotfin croaker. A few sharays are still around, primarily small to medium-size leopard sharks, shovelnose sharks (guitarfish), thornback rays and an occasional bat ray. 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 — Tony at the pier’s bait shop, reports that the fishing has been steady although not spectacular. He says pretty much everyone is getting fish but it’s a mackerel here, a bonito there, some croakers and then kelp bass. Pretty much everyone leaves with some fish but it’s certainly NOT non-stop action. He says the bonito have been hitting for about three weeks and they’re taken on a variety of bait and feathers. He says the shark anglers also continue to do well with a lot of nice-sized bat rays being taken almost daily. 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 – Randy at the Crystal Pier B&T (on the pier) says fishing has been pretty good lately. There’s a lot of mackerel on top and a smattering of spotfin croaker on the bottom along with an occasional corbina. Sharay anglers are mainly pulling in bat rays and they are getting a lot of them. This month did see the big kid’s derby that was won by a legal-size halibut. 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 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 but he’s also seen some bonito and halibut. 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 anglers
With the right bait, ghost shrimp and fresh mussels, continue to pull in LARGE spotfin croaker; he says regulars are getting 6-7 a day. A lot of BIG sargo are also being taken on similar baits. There are a lot of mackerel, salema and sardines around to keep the Sabiki-anglers happy but the bonito seem to just be starting, some are being caught but not in big numbers. As for the halibut, they’ve been few and far between although a 21” fish was caught the morning I called. He says it’s crowded at night with several hundred Pokémon Go players out at the pier each night. Apparently there is a hot spot in front of the bait shop and a Pokemon Go gym out by Ruby’s so that’s a highly sought out location. He says the people are clean and pleasant so he doesn’t mind the crowds. He says there are even groups of Marines making the trek to the pier in search of Pokemon 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 — Shay at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, says fishing has been decent. It’s the normal mackerel action joined by some bonito while the surfperch action has warmed up a little inshore, Out at the end, shark fisherman continue to pull in sharays including some decent-sized leopard sharks and shovelnose sharks (guitarfish). 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 — Shay at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, said it’s pretty much the normal species. The main fish have been kelp bass along with some spotted bay bass. They are joined by some spotfin croaker and an occasional 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, “It is getting more interesting at the pier lately. We are getting lots of good bait. There are smelt of all sizes, Spanish jacks, little mackerel, some Queenfish, and an occasional grunion. There were thousands of sardines one day, and to join them was a 10- foot Salmon shark in the surf area. He has teeth like the great white, so the lifeguards closed the beaches for a while. Those people in the water weren't sardines, so he [the shark] wasn't really interested. There was a yellowtail caught in the surf a few days ago that was decent-sized. Maybe we'll have them again this year. There were several bonito caught off the end on snagline outfits. Those bonito were about 2 pounders. I got two halibut last week an hour apart. One was 22-1/2 inches and the other was 29 inches. Both were caught on smelt. Delicious!! Haven't seen any other keepers since, but they are there. If it wasn't for the winds, it would have been very hot over the water. Once you leave the pier the heat hits you.” 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. 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 a few sardines lately (mid-pier to the end). Inshore, anglers are picking up a lot of spotfin croakers (to 4-pounds in size) along with quite a few sargo. He’s also seeing quite a few bat rays from inshore to the end of the pier. Last week an angler caught a 6-foot-long 7-gill shark at the end estimated at 80 pounds. How To Get There: Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Huntington Beach and the pier.
Seal Beach Pier — The pier is still closed due to a recent fire. 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 — Not much other than mackerel and a few croakers and small halibut. 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. 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, mostly 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. The bonito action seems to be picking up and apparently there are some nice-sized fish in the mix. 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 mackerel are the main fish being caught (as usual) but a few bonito are also starting to show. 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 — Sam at the pier says they are still picking up small yellowtail (2-4 pounds) and though not in big numbers they are now being joined by a few bonito. Other than that it’s the usual small kelp (calico) bass and the perch and perch-like species under 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 buy expect some mackerel mid-pier to the end, croakers inshore and an occasional halibut and 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 buy expect some mackerel mid-pier to the end, croakers inshore and an occasional halibut and 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 slow; mainly \a few mackerel and an occasional sharay. 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 anglers are mainly reporting mackerel and jacksmelt. A few perch are also showing, as well as some kelp bass and sargo. Some halibut have been reported but not many. 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 — No report this month. 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 there’s a lot of mackerel, tons of small calicos (kelp bass) and a million jacksmelt. Not much else although the day I called Frank had just landed a small thresher (body= 3 feet, tail = 3 feet). A few halibut have also been taken lately. 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 the same old stuff: some mackerel and sardines on top with brown rockfish and a mix of other bottom species out by the pipe-reef. Shark anglers are also pulling in a few sharays. 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.