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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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