San Diego County Piers
Imperial Beach Pier – Mike, at the Tin Fish at the end of the pier, reports things have slowed with only an occasional perch inshore and a few mackerel mid-pier to the end. 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 — Billy Burns, at the Ocean Beach Pier tackle shop on the pier, says there are some small mackerel and large jacksmelt available mid-pier along with some decent-sized sharks out at the south end of the pier. However, the overall fishing is slow; lobster action remains good. 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 – Jim at the Crystal Pier (and motel) says things have slowed. It’s mainly surfperch and even though people are bringing out their hoops for lobster they aren’t getting many (and the few they are getting are small). He says the water is cold and dirty. How To Get There: Take I-5 to Garnet Ave. then take Garnet west to the foot of the pier. (A license is required from this pier).
Pepper Park Pier — No report although a few bass should still be hanging around. 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. 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 — Jessie at JJ’s Sunset Deli (foot of the pier) says things are basically dead although a few mackerel continue to be captured. 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) – No report this month. 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 – Shannon, at Sharkey’s B&T on the pier, says things are slow with an occasional mackerel, jacksmelt or small calico (kelp) bass providing most of the action. She did say a few octopus have also shown up lately. 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 — Pam, at Oceanside Pier Bait & Tackle on the pier, says there’s been a pretty good run of surfperch and croakers inshore while a few legal size halibut have been taken mid-pier. Unfortunately not much else. 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 — The pier is kicking out a few croakers and 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 — No report this month. 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 — No report this month. 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, “As to the pier what a sad thing. If you want jacksmelt, they are there part of the time. The one thing that is there all the time is bait. There are lots of smelt, grunion and sardines. The good fish like the halibut are still full. The water has been clear and calm. My brother dragged up a remote controlled boat with two octopuses in it. They were two-spotted octopuses and nice sized. We did return them after they were photographed. All in all things are quite slow right now, but the weather has been nice up to this week. We'll see what happens later.” 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 about the same as 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 — Steve, at Let's Go Fishing (on the pier), says things have slowed. Expect a few perch inshore along with a few halibut in the mid-pier area. He says the mackerel action has slowed but there continue to be good numbers of bat rays taken. How To Get There: Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Huntington Beach and the pier.
Seal Beach Pier — Paul at Big Fish Bait & Tackle. 1780-C. Pacific Coast Hwy, said anglers are continuing to get good numbers of spotfin croakers inshore along with some small perch and a few corbina. There’s only a few mackerel but continues to be decent numbers of sharks and rays. 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 —Randy, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, 803 South Pacific Ave. in San Pedro, says some croakers and corbina are showing inshore but the mackerel action on the top has slowed. 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 — Randy, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, 803 South Pacific Ave. in San Pedro, says the piers are still kicking out a few croakers and an occasional bass. 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 various piers as you drive the road out to the end.
Cabrillo Pier — Randy, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, 803 South Pacific Ave. in San Pedro, says the best place to try is out toward the end where some perch, bass, and an occasional sculpin (scorpionfish) will make an appearance. 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) – Lots of small bass as well as other species are available although space on the pier can be very limited. 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) – A mix of bass, opaleye, halfmoon and other Catalina pier species are available. 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 – Pete, Just Fishing By Pete. 2427 190th St. Redondo Beach, says some mackerel and small halibut continue to be taken. 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 — John, at Redondo Sportfishing, said there continue to be good numbers of mackerel and bonito available at the pier along with the smaller perch and perch-like species. There also continue to be white seabass hanging under the pier but only one fish has been hooked to date. 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, in Redondo Beach, says barred surfperch are available inshore and that a few bonito continue to be taken toward the end of the pier. Halibut are around but Pete says few are fishing for them. How To Get There: Take the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Pier Avenue and follow Pier Avenue west to the pier.
Manhattan Beach Pier – Andreas Beck, at the Bohemian Beach Café (end of the pier), reports that a few bonito are being taken along with some perch inshore and a few sharks and rays. How To Get There: From Sepulveda Boulevard, turn west on Manhattan Beach Drive and follow it to the pier.
Burton Chace Fishing Platform (Marina Del Rey) — No report this month. How To Get There: From Lincoln Boulevard turn west on Mindanao Drive and follow it to the park. To reach the dock you must go through the park.
Venice Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: Highway 1 to Washington St., turn west and follow Washington St. to the pier.
Santa Monica Pier — John, at the Santa Monica Pier Bait & Tackle, says red tide seems to be making an appearance but there still have been good numbers of sardines and mackerel around the pier as we’ll as a few halibut, mostly shorts. A few small white seabass have also been taken. 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 Wylies Bait and Tackle reports that there continue to be good numbers of baitfish around the pier, especially small perch and they’re attracting a few halibut. Top action though seems to have slowed. 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 — Sardines and jacksmelt lead the hit parade. 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 — The pier is seeing improved perch action inshore while most of the action on top has slowed. 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, at Stearns Wharf Bait and Tackle, reports good action on jacksmelt with just a few sardines. He says there’s not much else being taken fish wise although the rock crab and spider crab action remains strong. 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— It sounds like there’s a few good-sized jacksmelt around along with an occasional mackerel. Try for surfperch inshore, an occasional rockfish at the pipe-reef, and a possible perch mid-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 — Things have slowed. Your best bet may be on surfperch inshore unless you’re lucky and are there when a school of mackerel or sardine passes by the pier. How To Get There: From Highway 101 simply take the Gaviota State Park turnoff.