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Fishing in Huntington Beach

Widely known by its nickname,“Surf City,” the quickest way to sum up Huntington Beach is to think of it as Long Beach’s laid-back neighbor. The nickname is not for show, as you can count on consistent surf during the entire year. Sandy beaches stretching for almost 10 miles make this an awesome destination for a summer vacation laced with fishing.

Known For

Huntington Beach fishing has a lot of things going for it. The most obvious one is Santa Catalina Island, less than 30 miles away and full of delicious bottom feeders. Anglers on a tight schedule can go on a trip to the famed Huntington Flats and have a very productive morning. Those with more time to spare can go some 50–60 miles offshore in search of trophy Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and much more.

Inshore Fishing

The local inshore fishing scene mostly focuses on sand and mud flats fishing. The variety of fish species here is at a very high level, suitable for a number of different techniques. White Seabass tend to be the most popular catch inshore, but far from the only one.

A short ride from the beach to the Huntington Flats  is one of the best ways to acquaint yourself with the fishery. Summertime means you’re up against Barracuda and Sand Bass, while the winter months are all about that Halibut bite.

Head out north of the flats and you’ll reach what’s known as  Horseshoe Kelp. Here you’ll be fishing for the likes of California Sheephead, White Seabass, Calico Bass, and Barracuda every now and then.

Offshore Fishing

Serious sportfishing anglers have several options for fishing in the deep blue. Head out where the ocean floor is below 1,000 feet and you’re in for the fight of your life.

Santa Catalina Island is the first offshore location you’ll want to check out. Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, and Mahi Mahi are all over these waters come summertime. Not only that, but the local reefs are swarming with Barracuda, California Sheephead, Yellowtail Amberjack, and many more.

Going past the island to deeper waters is something you would do when targeting big Tuna. You’ll find a bunch of Yellowfins and Bluefins in late summer and fall as long as you have the time for a lengthy offshore Tuna trip.

Huntington Beach Fishing Tips

  • Calico Bass fishing is a great option for novices. They’ll put up a fight, but reeling them in is quite straightforward. Tempt them with some anchovies and watch ‘em bite!
  • The best way for catching local Yellowfin Tuna is with shallow trolling lures because these fish look for food near the surface. Another helpful tip is to look for birds that circle around the water in numbers – it’s often a good sign that there’s fish to catch below.

Need to Know

Be sure to check out our Huntington Beach Fishing Calendar if you’re looking to fish for a specific species. Depending on your preferences, this fishery can hold great angling opportunities at pretty much any time of year.


Fisheries in California are heavily regulated, and Huntington Beach is no exception. Possession and minimum size limits exist and change on a yearly basis, which makes it a good idea to go on a trip with a knowledgeable local captain. All adults will need to buy a fishing license before the trip, either at one of many California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) counters or online.


Depending on how long you’re looking to stay, a trip to Catalina Island with a fishing charter will cost you anywhere between $700–$1,600 for 8-12 hours. Going further offshore for Tuna will set you back  another $200 on top of that. On the other hand, half day inshore trips can go for as low as under $400 on a smaller boat.

Getting There

Interstate 405 is the main way of getting to Huntington Beach from the north and south. If you’re coming in from Riverside or San Bernardino, stick with CA-91 and you’ll be there in around two hours. Being pretty easy to reach makes Huntington Beach all the more popular with anglers and tourists alike, and it’s easy to see why. Come on down for some awesome fishing and see for yourself!

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Huntington Beach Fishing Seasons

The start of the year is one of those times when the best thing to do is to just stay inshore and go after the droves of White Seabass you’re bound to find there.

Inshore fishing is still the way to go in February. Whether it’s White Seabass, Calico Bass, or Halibut, there’s plenty of work to be done!

The water temperature slowly starts to rise, which means more fish to go after! California Sheephead, Rockfish, Lingcod, and Sharks are just some of the species you can find.

April is when things start getting really good in Huntington Beach. Trips to Horseshoe Kelp are especially rewarding this time of year.

Expect the Barracuda bite to be absolutely on fire, and it’s just one of many available species. Top-notch Calico Bass and Halibut action is pretty much a given.

Summer is here, and with it comes a good time for Tuna fishing. Yellowfin Tuna action will keep getting better and better as the month draws to an end.

Be sure to check out the amazing offshore fishing if you’ve got the time to do so! Catalina Island is home to Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and even some Marlin.

August is the last call for any offshore enthusiasts who haven’t had the chance to cast their lines yet. Enjoy the great Tuna, Yellowtail, and Mahi Mahi bite!

Peak season is over, but you can still have a great time with a lot of fish. Yellowtail Amberjack are still here in droves, and so are Yellowfin Tuna.

October is a good time to check what’s going on at the reefs. Plenty of Rockfish, Lingcod, and Halibut to go around for a fun day on the water.

The pelagics are pretty much gone for the year, but don’t let that stop you! With White Seabass, Sharks, Rockfish, and Calico Bass, you’ll be keeping busy.

The year may be drawing to a close, but the fish have other plans. Rockfish and Halibut tend to be the main targets in December.

Huntington Beach Fishing Calendar

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What People Are Saying About Huntington Beach

"Half-day trip with Captain Dan"

Dave M. fished with Dano Charters – Reel Patience on July 20, 2018

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Top Targeted Species in Huntington Beach

Yellowtail Amberjack

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Albacore)

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