|California Pier Report — Feb. 2010
Northern California Piers
Lawson's Landing — Apparently there’s a lot of crabs—and crabbers—but not too many fish. Get there early to secure a good spot on this tiny pier. 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.
Lucas Wharf (Bodega Bay) — A few crabs and perch are available. How To Get There: Take Highway 1 to Bodega Bay, the wharf is at the south end of town, the parking lot fronts onto the highway.
Spud Point Marina Pier (Bodega Bay) — A few crabs should be available as well as a variety of perch. 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 – Between the storms, when the weather, waves and currents cooperate, you can expect some striped seaperch and assorted other bottom fish. Nothings available on top nor is this a good pier for crabs. 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) — Greg at Bucksport says it is pretty much the normal, a few perch and jacksmelt for the anglers, and crabs for the crabbers. He says there’s a few sharks at night but not a whole 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.
Commercial Street Dock (Eureka) — Ditto Del Norte. How To Get There: Take Hwy. 101 to Commercial Street. turn north toward the bay and follow the street to the pier parking lot.
Trinidad Pier — No report this month although the striped seaperch should be available by the rocks along the pier as well as the usual other bottom critters. 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) — Leonard at England Marine reports the herring are in the bay and anglers with Sabikis can get them. Try around the dock until you find the schools (and they like to lay the eggs by inshore rocks). You should also be able to pick up some striped seaperch and possibly a rockfish or two at this time (by the rocks). Most people though are still crabbing. How To Get there: From Highway 101 turn west on Citizens Dock Road and follow it to the dock.
"B" Street Pier (Crescent City) — Ditto Citizen's Dock for some herring but chances for perch and greenlings are lessened. You might see some jacksmelt or flatties on the bottom—sanddabs, flounder or sole. 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.
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