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San Diego Fishing Reaps the Sea’s Bounty

Accessibility to the Pacific Ocean and the numerous lakes in the inland region provide bountiful opportunities for fishing in San Diego. From deep sea to lake fishing, on a boat, from a pier, or aboard a kayak, there are plenty of places in San Diego to drop a line and wait for the big catch. 


San Diego has one of the largest fleets of commercial sportfishing boats in the U.S. Sportfishing can be enjoyed from numerous ports and harbors, where you can embark on an expedition to explore the bounty of the sea. Whether it’s a ½ day, ¾ day, twilight or 5 or 10-day long-range offshore trip into the deep blue Pacific, there are plenty of options to choose from when planning your sportfishing excursion.  

Visit any of the landings to see what the fisherman come ashore with – Albacore, Bigeye, Bluefin, Yellowfin, Dorado, Yellowtail, Marlin, SeaBass and a wide range of rockfish, ready to be cleaned, filleted and vacuumed packed to bring home. Many of the area hotels will even store your fish for you until you're ready to leave.

Read more on sportfishing in San Diego in the San Diego Blog

Lake Fishing

If you prefer fresh water fishing, head out to any of the lakes in East County or North County Inland areas for rainbow trout, small and largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, sturgeon and others.

Whether you’re an avid angler or you’re casting out for the first time, there are plenty of ways to enjoy lake fishing in San Diego.

Pier Fishing

San Diego is home to 7 fishing piers, some of the best in California and two that are nearly 2000 feet long. Pier fishing in San Diego doesn't require much gear other than the usual fishing rod, bait, lures, hooks. Oh, better bring your sunscreen, a chair and cooler with snacks and drinks. San Diego fishing piers north to south include the Oceanside Pier, San Diego's only North County Coastal fishing pier; Shelter Island Pier, Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach Pier, Embarcadero Marina Park Pier, Coronado Ferry Landing Pier and the southern most fishing pier in San Diego county is the Imperial Beach Pier.

Find more about each of these 7 pier fishing spots in the San Diego Blog

Browse the articles and listings below to create your next "gone fishing" San Diego vacation!

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H&M Landing
2803 Emerson St
San Diego, CA 92106
Region: Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island

Deep Sea Fishing and Whale Watching Established in 1935, H&M Landing has led the way to exciting and adventurous offshore sportfishing,...

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Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm St
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Year around whale watching cruises view many varieties of whales including the giant blue whale which is over 90 feet in length (during the summer...

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Lake Jennings Park
10108 Bass Road
Lakeside, CA 92040
Region: East County

Lake Jennings is a recreational facility providing fishing, camping, hiking, and picnicking activities. The 98-space campground is open seven days a...

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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
9310 Fanita Pkwy
Santee, CA 92071
Region: East County

Santee Lakes is located in the heart of the east county just outside of San Diego, in the city of Santee. A beautiful 194 acre park surrounds seven...

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Fisherman's Landing
2838 Garrison St
San Diego, CA 92106
Region: Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island

Boat Charters Located on San Diego Bay, Fisherman's Landing is home to one of the finest Charter Boat fleets on the West Coast, capable of...

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Point Loma Sportfishing
1403 Scott St
San Diego, CA 92106
Region: Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island

At Point Loma Sport fishing, we have everything you need for your next offshore fishing trip; be it the half-day run to the local kelp beds, a...

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Fishing Charters San Diego
1880 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
Region: Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island

Totaling over 29 years of expertise in regards to San Diego saltwater fishing, Nathan and his experienced and hospitable crew can provide you with...

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