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Fishing in Dana Point

When it comes to demonstrating the magnitude of SoCal's sportfishing potential, Dana Point is known for making every feet of its prolific 7.5-mile coastline count. The city's nearshore waterways, deceptively abundant shallow-water reefs as well as the largest kelp forest in the entire Orange County provide an ideal backdrop for a myriad of California's staple game fish to thrive. The notorious Calico Bass forages the baitfish-laden structures and extensive kelp beds virtually all year round, and are renowned for making a delectable table fare. Joining the seasonal roster, White Sea Bass and the California Halibut are commonly found prowling the beachfront, being no strangers to a variety of offshore fish traps either. Summer months announce a surge of voracious surface feeders to the area, including the likes of Yellowtail, Bonita and Barracuda, often found in large schools and not the least shy when it comes to vaulting on a well-presented piece of bait. And while all of this fishing frenzy is going on, it's easy to forget that California hosts one of the largest whale populations in the world, with seasonal gray, humpback and blue whale sightings ensuring you've never had a bluewater experience quite like this before. Finally, for the ultimate thrill-fishermen, venturing out to the Santa Catalina or Coronado Islands will have you going against some of the Pacific's most sought-after pelagics, such as Dorado, Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, Marlin, giant Black Sea Bass and many more!

Known For

Dana Point Harbor, Festival of Whales, The Ocean Institute, Surfing paradise, Salt Creek Beach Park, The Pilgrim ship replica, Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center, Boat Parade of Ligths, Bluff Top Trail, Catalina Island excursions, Pines Park, ‘Battle of the Paddle’ Championship, Doheny State Beach

Rules & Regulations

Every person, while engaged in taking any fish in inland or ocean waters must have a valid sport fishing license on in their possession.