Fishing in San Diego

Fishing is a popular pastime, and San Diego offers many opportunities for those staying in short term housing in San Diego. There is sportfishing, lake fishing, and pier fishing available. In addition, there are numerous different types of species of fish to catch, providing San Diego fishers with a wide selection of how to fish and what to fish for.

Sportfishing
Sportfishing is very big in San Diego. The city is home to one of the country’s largest fleets of sportfishing vessels. Some options available include San Diego H&M Landing, Seaforth Sportfishing, Point Loma Sportfishing, and Eclipse Sportfishing. Common trip lengths offered are ½ day, ¾ day, evenings, and multi-day. The multi-day trips can last anywhere up to 10 days, and take place far off the coast in the Pacific Ocean. The shorter trips generally stick fairly close to the coast. Fish commonly caught during these trips include Albacore, Yellowtail, Sea Bass, Bluefin, and Marlin. It is also possible to see some interesting marine wildlife (such as whales) during these trips, especially the longer ones.

Lake Fishing
For those who are not interested in fishing in the ocean, there are many lakes in and around the San Diego area to fish in. In the mountains east of San Diego is Lake Cuyamaca, which is home to Black crappies, Bluegill, Largemouth and Smallmouth bass, Rainbow trout, and several other species. A state license is required to fish in this lake. Diamond Valley Lake is around 85 miles northeast of San Diego in Hemet. This lake houses various types of bass and catfish, as well as housing Bluegill and Rainbow trout. Again, a state license is required to fish in this lake. In the Lakeside area is Lake Jennings, which is a great spot for those fishing for catfish. The lake is home to Blue catfish and Channel catfish, as well as Bluegill, Largemouth bass, and Rainbow trout. Once again, a state license is required to fish in this lake. Other lakes to check out include Lake Henshaw, Guajome Lake, Lake Morena, Lake Murray, and Lake Ramona.

Pier Fishing
Pier fishing allows people to fish in the ocean without having to go out on a boat. In San Diego, there are seven locations for pier fishing. The southernmost pier in San Diego is the Imperial Beach Pier, which stretches out almost 1,500 feet into the ocean where water can be 20 feet deep or more. Halibut, Sand bass, and Yellowtail are among the fish that commonly bite at this location. At nearly 2,000 feet long, the Ocean Beach Pier is the city’s longest pier. Bass, Mackerel, and Perch are among the common species of fish caught here. Another long pier is the Oceanside Pier, which is nearly 1,950 feet long. Species such as Barracuda, White sea bass, and Yellowtail are commonly caught here. Other, smaller piers around the area are Coronado Ferry Landing Pier (377 feet), Embarcadero Marina Park Pier (95 feet), Shelter Island Pier (200 feet), and Crystal Pier (872 feet).

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