|California Pier Report — April 2010
San Francisco Bay and Delta
San Francisco Piers
Fort Point Pier — April 1 sees the start of the prohibition in the bay on perch (excepting shinerperch) which means one of the mainstays of the pier is now off limits. With striper and halibut action still on the horizon, much of the action will continue to be on crabs and rock crab have been available. How To Get There: From Highway 101 the easiest way is to turn into the parking lot near the toll plaza at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge, from there Battery E. Road winds down the hill to Lincoln Boulevard, turn and follow the road to the pier
Fort Mason Piers — No report this month. How To Get There: The entrance to the parking lot is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. From the north, Highway 101 and the Golden Gate Bridge, head east on Doyle Drive till you come to Marina Boulevard; follow it to the entrance of the park. From the south, Highway 101, take Van Ness Avenue north all the way to Bay Street, turn left and follow it to the park entrance.
San Francisco Municipal Pier – All the reports we’ve received have been on desultory action; little or no fish. How To Get There: From Highway 101 north, take Lombard Street to Van Ness Avenue, turn left and follow the street till it ends at the pier. From Highway 101 south, take Van Ness Avenue straight to the pier.
Pier 7 — No report this month. How To Get There: From the Bay Bridge follow the First Street exit and follow to The Embarcadero, then left past the Ferry Building to the pier. From the Golden Gate, take Lombard to Van Ness, turn left and go to Bay, turn right and follow to The Embarcadero, turn right and follow to the pier. From the south and Highway 101 take Van Ness and follow as listed above.
Ferry Building Pier/Pier 2 — Some brown rockfish should be available. How To Get There: From the Bay Bridge follow the First Street exit and follow to The Embarcadero, then left to the Ferry Building. From the Golden Gate, take Lombard to Van Ness, turn left and go to Bay, turn right and follow to The Embarcadero, turn right and follow to the pier. From the south and Highway 101 take Van Ness and follow as listed above
South Harbor Marina Pier — No report this month; need a reporter. How To Get There: From the Bay Bridge (I80) heading into San Francisco take the Embarcadero exit and then turn right on the Embarcadero to the pier. From south on Highway 101 take exits marked for Fisherman's Wharf (First Street). This will take you to The Embarcadero. Once on the Embarcadero turn right and follow it all the way until you see Pacific Bell Park. The marina sits just north of the ballpark and the pier is located behind the marina parking lot. A left turn on Townsend will take you into a small parking lot that has some spaces available for the public; a right turn on Townsend will offer a few metered parking spaces. Coming up the Embarcadero from the south turn into the parking lot at Townsend Street (just past The Java House restaurant).
Agua Vista Pier — Some perch have been reported from the pier, especially when there's an early morning incoming tide. How To Get There: Take the Embarcadero south past Pacific Bell Park to Third Street. Turn left and follow the road to its intersection with China Basin Street and then turn right (south) to the park and pier.
Heron's Head Pier — No report this month, need a reporter. To Get There: Third Street to the Islais Creek Bridge and then left (east) on Cargo Way to the end where it meets Jennings Way. The park is located on the other side of the parking lot. To get to the pier take the first trail off to the right of the main trail (near the entrance); it will wind around to the pier.
Candlestick Point — Some sharks are available, leopards, some smoothhounds, and small 7-gills. Jacksmelt are available on top. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Candlestick Park exit and simply follow the road to the park.
South Bay Piers
Brisbane Fishing Pier —No report this month. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Sierra Point Parkway and follow it to the end. Where it ends, near the Sierra Point Yacht Club, turn left and follow the unpaved road to the unpaved parking lot near the front of the pier (northeast end of this area).
Oyster Point Pier — John, at the Oyster Point Bait & Tackle Shop, says a lot of jacksmelt have been take lately, most falling to pile worms. The pier is also starting to see a few striped bass, mostly late in the day and most on anchovies. Halibut are in the area but to date they’re only being taken by boat anglers fishing in somewhat deeper water. How To Get There. Take Hwy 101 to South San Francisco/Oyster Point Blvd exit. Then one mile East on Oyster Point Blvd. Turn right on Marina Blvd and follow the road to the pier, which will be on your right side.
Robert E. Woolley Peninsula Park Pier — Other than an occasional shark and jacksmelt, things are a little slow. How To Get There: From the south, take Highway 101 to the Broadway Exit and go east to Airport Boulevard to Anza Boulevard, and follow it to the end, where the park is located. From the north, take Highway 101 to the Airport Boulevard exit, go east to Airport Boulevard, "then go south to Anza Boulevard where you turn left and follow Anza to the park (it is just past Rings and the Embassy Suites Hotel).
San Mateo Pier - Closed.
Redwood City Marina Pier — No report this month; need a reporter. How To Get There: Leave US 101 (Bayshore Freeway) at the Seaport Blvd. exit (also marked Port of Redwood City and Redwood City Marina) and drive east until you see Seaport Court. Turn left and go to the back of the parking lot behind the buildings.
Dumbarton Pier – No reports this month. How To Get There: From I880 take Highway 84 west to the Paseo Padre Parkway exit; follow the exit and road south back under the highway, the road will turn into Thornton Avenue; follow it till you see the signs on your right indicating both the visitor center for the wildlife refuge and the pier; after entering the refuge, follow the road three miles to the pier.
East Bay Piers
San Leandro Marina Pier — The pier is open but there is no report this month; need a reporter. How To Get There: From I880 go west on Marina Drive; turn left on Neptune Drive and go to South Dike where you will turn right; follow it to the pier.
Arrowhead Marsh Fishing Pier — No report this month; need a reporter. How To Get There: Take I880 to Hegenberger Road then go west toward the airport; go to Doolittle Drive and turn right; follow it to Swan Way where you will turn right again; the entrance to the park is a third of a block down on your left. To get to the main pier simply follow the park road as it winds to the north; the road ends at the parking lot near the pier.
Doolittle Pier — No report this month; need a reporter. How To Get There: Take I880 to Hegenberger Road then go west toward the airport. At Doolittle Drive turn right and go just past Swan Way to the pier. There is limited parking at the front of the small pier.
Veterans Court Fishing Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: From Alameda, take Hwy. 61 (Encinal Ave.) south as it turns right into Broadway and then left into Otis Dr., follow it toward the Bay Farm Island and then turn right at the first street past the bridge (Island Dr.) and then make another right just after your turn - onto Veterans Ct. Follow to the pier. From the south. Take I880 to Hegenberger Rd. (as though you're going toward the airport) and follow it to Doolittle Dr. Turn right and follow it all the way till you see the Alameda Municipal Golf Course. The first road past the golf course is Island Drive. Turn left and then make a quick right onto Veterans Court just after your initial turn. Follow it to the pier.
Fruitvale Bridge Piers — Still closed? How To Get There: Take I880 to the Fruitvale Avenue then go west to the bridge. The entrance to the Oakland Pier is on Alameda Avenue. The entrance to the Alameda Pier is on Versailles Avenue.
San Antonio Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: From I880 take the 16th Avenue exit onto Embarcadero and turn left, follow the Embarcadero until you see the Executive Inn and the Motel 6, the pier is located between and behind the two motels.
Estuary Park Pier — No report this month; need a reporter. How To Get There: From Interstate 880 take Jackson west to Embarcadero, turn left and follow the street to the pier. The pier is eight blocks south of Jack London Square.
Port View Park Pier/Seventh Street Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: From San Francisco leave Interstate 80 at the West Grand Avenue exit, soon you will see the Harbor Terminals exit, go south on Maritime Street till you hit Seventh Street, turn right and follow the street to the park and pier. From Interstate 880 take the Eighth Street exit and go west to Peralta, turn left on Peralta and then right onto Seventh Street; follow it to the park and pier.
Emeryville Piers (Chevy's and Shorebird Park) — No report this month; need a reporter. How To Get There: Take Interstate 80 to the Ashby Avenue exit, then go south on the Frontage Road till you see Chevy's and the Shorebird Park area. Park on the Frontage Road.
Emeryville Marina Fishing Pier — No report this month; need a reporter. How To Get There: From I80 take the Powell Street exit in Emeryville, head west and simply follow the road to the end where you will find a small park and the pier.
Berkeley Pier – Overall action sound very slow although a few perch do show up, mostly blacks but also an occasional rubberlip or pileperch. Some jacksmelt are also available but most of the sharay action, as well as the halibut action, is still slow. Even though slow, the UPSAC Perch Derby on 3/27 sounded like a big success. According to co-leader illcatchanything2, “The day belonged to the youngsters... After setting up and getting things ready, the derby started in earnest. The smelt started biting, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Minnowmagnet stuck first perch blood with a nice Black Perch, then he did it again about 5 minutes later putting him in the lead. Rockcrab62 Then got a nice black perch, putting him in 2nd place. That was it on the perch for a little while the Surf_Fisher caught a dwarf perch with 45 minutes to go, putting him in 3rd place, but, alas it was not to be as one of our youngest participants Kyle (Shane-O's son) pulled up a nice Walleye with 20 minutes left to claim 3rd place. So our winners were:
1st- Minnowmagnet with 2 Black Perch, 2nd-Rockcrab62 with 1 Black Perch, 3rd- Kyle with a Walleye. Perchhead was the smelt king, pulling in numerous smelts, Sofaking, PinoyFisherman, Surf_Fisher and his guest and some others (I think) also pulled in some smelt...Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, we had fried Halibut (courtesy of Redfish), Fried Leopard Shark, Fried 7 Gill Shark, Hot Dogs, and some delicious Sesame Chicken (Courtesy of Surf_Fisher-your secret sauce was the bomb!!) Shane-O's son Kyle was the Grand Prize winner in the raffle taking home his very own custom made Gdude Special rod paired with a nice reel. I would like to thank everyone for coming out and making it a great event. Special thanks go to Surf_Fisher for the chicken and for donating a very nice reel and an Igloo ice chest for the raffle. To Turtle for donating some packages of Gulp! products and some weights for the raffle. And to SofaKing for Donating 5 pairs of custom made crab snares to the Raffle. Thanks also to our Corporate Sponsors, Gus' Discount Tackle in San Francisco for donating raffle prizes and Bay Tackle for the derby prizes. We had a total of 23 participants. Thanks again to all and hope to see you all at the Mud Marlin Derby.” How To Get There: Take I80 to University Avenue in Berkeley, turn west and follow the road to the pier.
Ferry Point Pier – The Angler’s Edge reports “Fishing was slow to moderate this past week, depending on the weather. A few perch and crabs are being caught.” How To Get There: From I-580, there are two main Point Richmond exits, Canal Boulevard and Castro Street (also the south terminus of the Richmond Parkway). Take either into the center of town where you should see Dornan Drive and a tunnel that says Ferry Point. Go through the tunnel and continue out to the end of Dornan Drive. The park is intersected by Dornan Drive and Brick Cove Road
North Bay Piers
Point Pinole Pier — Angler’s Edge reports “Fishing is slow, except for two striped bass caught on 3/18 and three perch on 3/20.” How To Get There: From I80 take the Hilltop (Richmond) exit; go west on the Richmond Parkway to the exit for Giant Highway and a sign for Point Pinole Regional Park.
New Vallejo Pier – Mia at Norm’s Bait and Tackle says fishing has been fair; expect a few stripers and perhaps a flounder or two. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Georgia Street exit all the way to the waterfront.
McNear Beach Fishing Pier (San Rafael) – It’s still closed. To Get There: From Highway 101 take Point San Pedro Road east and follow it for approximately 8 miles to the park entrance and road.
Paradise Park Pier (Tiburon) – With the closing of the perch season, anglers will be targeting the larger fish—halibut, striped bass, sharks and rays. Four halibut were reported from the pier this past week. How To Get There: Take Highway 101 to the Tiburon exit (State Highway 131). Drive west on Tiburon Boulevard until you come to Trestle Glen Boulevard where you will turn left; follow this until you hit Paradise Drive where you turn right and drive a short distance to the entrance of the park.
Elephant Rock Pier – No report this month; need a reporter. Perch should be available—and herring when they are laying their eggs. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Tiburon exit west and follow Tiburon Boulevard (State Highway 131) to Paradise Drive where you will see the pier. The pier is at the corner of Paradise Drive and Mar West Street.
Fort Baker Pier – Most of the people will be crabbing since the perch season is closed and other fishing remains fairly slow. Jacksmelt should be available. How To Get There: Take Alexander Avenue off of Highway 101. It is the last exit before driving onto the Golden Gate Bridge going south and the first exit after the vista point going north. Take Alexander Drive down the hill until you see Danes Drive and then, just before the tunnel, turn right onto Bunker Road and follow it down to the pier
Piers in the Carquinez Strait, Suisun Bay and the West Delta
Eckley Pier — According to Angler’s Edge: “Fishing has been slow.” How To Get There: From I80, take the Crockett exit, turn east on Pomona Dr. which becomes Carquinez Scenic Dr., travel 1.5 miles to the Bull Valley Staging area entrance to the park. From I680 take Hwy 4 to the Cummings Skyway. Take the Crockett Blvd. exit and turn right on Pomona Dr. which becomes Carquinez Scenic Dr., travel 1.5 miles to the entrance of the park.
Martinez Pier — It sounds like there are still a few stripers around but flounder action seems to have slowed. How To Get There: The pier is found at the foot of North Court Street. From I680, take the Marina Vista exit west off of the freeway, continue to the middle of the downtown area to Ferry Street and turn right, follow Ferry Street to Joe DiMaggio Road where you take another right, follow it a short distance to North Court Street, turn left, and follow the street through the Martinez Shoreline Park out to the pier parking lot. From Highway 4, take the Alhambra exit north and follow it to Escobar Street, turn right and follow it to Ferry Street, turn left and follow to Joe DiMaggio Drive, turn right and follow it to North Court Street, turn left and follow it out to the pier.
Benicia 9th Street Pier – Curtis from Benicia Bait & Tackle says things are slow, an occasional striper is being taken but it’s not anything steady. He hopes to see improvement in soon. How To Get There: From I780 take the Seventh Street exit south to Military Street, turn right and follow to Ninth Street, turn left and follow it to the end of the street and the pier.
City of Benicia Fishing Pier/First Street — Curtis from Benicia Bait & Tackle says things are slow, an occasional striper is being taken but it’s not anything steady. How To Get There: From Interstate 780, take the Second Street exit south to Military Street, turn right and follow it west to First Street, turn left and then follow it south to the end of the street.
Pittsburg Pier — No report but this is the slow time of the year for stripers at the pier. How To Get There: From Highway 4 take the Railroad Exit north toward the center of Pittsburg; when Railroad ends, turn left on Third Street and follow it to Marina Boulevard; at Marina turn left and follow to Bay Side Drive; now turn right and follow it to Riverview Park Drive. Turn left and follow it to the parking lot.
Antioch Pier – No report but this is the slow time of the year for stripers at the pier. How To Get There: The pier is located at the foot of H Street in downtown Antioch. From Highway 4, go north on G. Street; follow it to Second Street where you will turn left; follow Second Street about a block to the free public parking lot near the Jerome Waldie Plaza. A short walk through the park and down the hill will take you to the foot of the pier.
Antioch Marina Pier – No report but this is the slow time of the year for stripers at the pier. How To Get There: From Highway 4, take the G Street exit and go north to Sixth Street; turn left and follow Sixth to L Street; turn right on L Street and simply follow it to the Antioch Public Marina and Marina Plaza Drive which takes you straight to the pier. The pier is to the right of the large Humphrey's Restaurant.
Antioch Bridge Pier — According to the Angler’s Edge, “Fishing has been pretty slow but starting to pick up. Use anchovies & shad for bait!” How To Get There: Follow Highway 4 east until it turns into Highway 160; just before you get to the bridge take the Wilbur Avenue off ramp (it is the last exit before the bridge), then turn left on Bridgehead Road and follow it to the entrance to the Antioch Regional Shoreline Park - the pier is the main feature of the park.
Rio Vista Pier — Perhaps a few stripers and an occasional chance at a sturgeon. How To Get There: The pier is located near the west end of the Rio Vista Bridge (the Rio Vista side of the bridge). Going east on HY 12 take the last exit right before the bridge. Go one block until you see Front Street, turn left, and the entrance to the pier parking lot is approximately one half block on your right. Going west on HY 12 continue past the bridge until you can turn left safely. You can turn around and continue to the last exit or go through the downtown area until you hit Front Street. Turn left on Front Street and follow it to the pier parking lot.
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