If you happen to visit the “birthplace of California”, make sure to head out and wet your line to get the real taste of this sunny metropolis. San Diego fishing is excellent for the better part of the year and the game fishing in the summer months is as fine as the city itself.
From tuna, wahoo, halibut, and bass to amberjacks, there’s so much to catch here. You can chase bottom dwellers or head out to take on massive game fish – you name it, the fish are out there. The opportunities seem endless, even more so if you’re visiting for the first time. To make sure you cross the essential fishing spots off your bucket list, we’ve made a list of things you have to try out.
Jutting out into the ocean, Point Loma is the place “where California began.” So start from the very beginning and test your chances against the numerous schools of fish that dwell here. There are many charters lined down the oceanfront that can take you to superb fisheries in less than 30 minutes. You can get back home with rockfish, calico bass, sheepshead, whitefish, yellowtail, bluefin and yellowfin tuna, mahi, and wahoo. Point Loma is a popular launch pad for local charters, so you just need to decide on how long you want to be on the water.
San Diego Bay
If you have only a day to spare on the water, head straight to San Diego Bay. These waters will let you fish with the cityscape behind you and a nice catch in your bag. Leopard shark, pacific mackerel, sculpin, spotted bay bass, bonito, and halibut are a prominent prize around these channels. There’s plenty of structure to this bay and you can scout out the shallow grassy flats or look below the bridges for a nice reward. For anglers with kids this might be a great destination to check out first.
For freshwater lovers, San Diego is a good place to stay as you can reach numerous bodies of water that hold Bass, Trout, and Crappie. It’s difficult to choose the best one, and if you have a car, it’s best to go on a road trip and pay homage to these waterways for the ultimate fishing experience. Our choice this time is the Miramar Reservoir that lies just 20 miles from San Diego and holds bass, trout, catfish, and bluegill in good numbers. It’s also a good place for jogging, biking, and walking, so pack your suitcase, and come along.
Visit any of these three spots, and you’ll be well on your way to discovering the magnificent fishing San Diego has in store. Given the popularity of San Diego, you may want to book your fishing charter in advance. Either way, you’re likely to meet many anglers with a lot of local knowledge – make sure you write down their tricks!