Last modified: October 29, 2018

Fishing Piers San Francisco Bay Area

McNears Beach Fishing Pier — San Rafael

Posted by neptune1234

The tourists mainly stick to the grass and picnic tables. Occasionally they’ll come out to catch the view. Nothing like the Tides Wharf. It’s a nice place to take the family though. You’ll see what I mean…. I think its 7 bucks to get in. I only fish during the winter when it’s free.

Simon and a brown smoothhound shark

Potpourri — More Than You May Want To Know About the McNear Beach Pier

<*}}}}}}}}}>< PFIC angler Mel Kon sought for years to catch his first sturgeon which the below thread details. Since then he has become an expert and now helps give seminars on how to catch the big fish from the pier.

Date: January 2, 2005; To: Pier Fishing In California Message Board; From: Mel; Subject: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!!!!

I finally did it! 57-inches, 45-pounds. A nice fat beauty. Caught on ghost shrimp at McNears about noon. Bite looked like a kingfish so I just left it alone. About 20 seconds later it bit like a kingfish again. I took my rod out of the holder and felt a tug. It wasn’t a kingfish tug. It was one of those kinds that tug the whole rod. Loaded up and swung hard and set the hook home. The fish did a nice little dance, complete with aerial acrobatics. It swam in and I thought I lost it. Finally got it to the pier and walked it down to the rocks. A great big assist to Redfish who assisted me as he did some acrobatics of his own getting down to the rocks. Unclesteve took some pics and he’ll post them later. I’m pumped, I’m stoked! Finally, I can be normal again. (Not that I ever was before) YEEEHAAAAW! What a way to start off a new year!

Posted by clutch633

lol. congrats mel!

Posted by Red Fish

WTG – Mel !

But did ya step on some of those spines in bare feet? 😉 j/k Congratulations is all I can say right now and that I am glad that I was there to witness the monumental occasion. It was meant for me to be there as I was up ’til 4 am the night before after fishing at Coyote Point ‘til 2am the CRW canceling a mission this morning. On top of that I had an awakening call that sent me running into the pouring down rain to fish with you. Fate/Destiny/Karma

Posted by Ken Jones

Maybe you brought Mel some luck! I’m glad Red was there.

Posted by mel

I’m glad everyone who was there was there! Everyone played a part in my catching that fish. I’m really sorry that we didn’t get pics of Red taking a header into the water right before he grabbed the fish. I was horrified! Not because Red might hurt himself but he almost landed on my fish! J/K! I had my canopy up and the five of us bunched up underneath it to stay out of the all day constant rain. It was like Red said, one of the funniest times on what could’ve been a gloomy day for all. I feel like I just won the Super Bowl or the World Series. Everything just fell into place, including the crappy weather. It seemed like it took hours to bring that thing in, as walking a big fish down the pier is not easy. Lucky for me the current wasn’t really kicking today. I would’ve been in big trouble with an opposite current and more of a crowd. I even had to climb over the sink because I didn’t want to take my eyes off the sturgy. What’s next? Don’t know yet. I’ll think of something.

Here’s Mel and a YouTube video of him catching a 67.5 inch sturgeon from the pier.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg2_XyRM0N8&feature=youtu.be

<*}}}}}}}}}><  Limited surveys done by the California Fish and Game Department between 2004 and 2007 showed white croaker as numerically the number one fish. The other fish in order: striped bass, jacksmelt, starry flounder, white sturgeon, longnose skate, Pacific tomcod, redtail surfperch, silver surfperch, leopard shark and big skate.

<*}}}}}}}}}>< A fish bulletin from 1953 gives background as to the importance of this area to fishing over the years.

McNears Landing (Point San Pedro) — San Pablo Strait connects San Francisco North Bay with San Pablo Bay. On the northwest side of the strait is Point San Pedro, better known to fishermen as McNears Point. McNears Landing is just north of the point on San Pablo Bay. Point San Pedro was first known as Point Abastos. Later (1811) the present name was given by one of the Padres. This should not be confused with San Pedro Point on the coast of San Mateo County. McNears Landing has been a fishing port for more than 50 years. Shrimp fishermen and set liners made headquarters there. In 1927 or 1928 there were four or five shrimp camps near here but only one inactive camp remains. During the height of the sardine fishery there were three canning or reduction plants at this place and during the nine-year period 1937–45 the sardine landings averaged about 21 million pounds per year. Since then two of the plants have been dismantled and the remaining one has not operated recently. The last sardine landings were made in 1950 and since then fish deliveries at this port have been negligible. For many years a large rock quarry has operated at the point. Just a little way northwest of the point is the campground and resort area of McNears Beach. From this campground there is sport skiff fishing, especially during the striped bass season.

California Fish Bulletin #96, 1953

History Note. Although the fish bulletin above gives credit to the McNears name to “one of the padres,” most sources say the park is named after John McNear who owned this land and the nearby brick-making operation at Point San Pedro back in the 1880s.

<*}}}}}}}}}>< Special Bay Area Regulations:

  • A perch closure exits in San Francisco and San Pablo Bay from April 1 to July 31. No perch may be kept other than shinerperch (20).
  • In San Francisco and San Pablo Bay a fishing line may not contain more than three hooks.

Sturgeon Regulations:

  • A sturgeon report card and tags are required for anyone fishing for or taking sturgeon. (a) The card must be in the angler’s possession; (b) a tag must be used for any sturgeon retained by the angler; (c) the angler must record information on the Sturgeon Report Card immediately after catching and   keeping or releasing the sturgeon.
  • White sturgeon can only be kept from 40-60 inches; larger and smaller sturgeon must be released.
  • Green sturgeon may not be taken or possessed.

McNears Beach Fishing Pier Facts

Hours: Spring/summer: 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. weekends and 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. weekdays. Fall/winter: 9:00 A.M.—5:00 P.M. daily.

Facilities: There are benches, water faucets and fish cleaning stations on the pier. There are no lights on the pier. Adjacent to the parking lot are two portable restrooms. Nearby is the snack bar; adjacent to it are a swimming pool, tennis courts, and extensive lawn areas. Entrance cost to the park varies: the walk-in fee is $2; car costs vary depending upon season. An August visit was $10.

Handicapped Facilities: Some handicapped parking spaces. The surface of the pier is concrete and the railing is approximately 40 inches high.

How To Get There: From Highway 101 take Point San Pedro Road east — follow it for approximately 8 miles to the park entrance and road.

Management: County of Marin – Department of Parks and Open Space.

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