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Fishing in Marina Del Rey

The largest man-made marina for small craft in North America isn’t here by accident. It can house over 5,000 boats – many Marina Del Rey fishing charter captains boast excellent action. Marina Del Rey sportfishing is a time-honored tradition of this locale and it’s almost a given you’ll go on a memory-making trip!

Where To Go

Santa Monica Bay

Santa Monica Bay plays host to a variety of exciting fish to go after. One of the main attractions of the area are the many underwater structures that house a bounty of baitfish. There are several rows of artificial reefs just south of Will Rogers state park, about 5 miles from shore. If you troll along the reefs you’re almost guaranteed an exciting afternoon. Another notable hotspot is the Star of Scotland wreck (located at 33°59'48.9" N 118°31'13.4" W). This ship is a prime destination for spearos and bottom fishers alike! The southern end of the bay opens up to deeper waters and you can land big predators there.

Santa Catalina Island

Catalina Island sits just 40 miles south of Marina Del Ray. There are numerous coves and reefs dotting the coastline of the island which means there’s plenty of baitfish. The deep surrounding waters coupled with an abundance of baitfish lead to excellent big game fishing. You can hook up many torpedo-sized bluewater predators just several miles out .

Pier Fishing

If you’re a novice angler or want to get your kids to love fishing as much as you do, it’s a safe bet to head to one of Marina Del Ray’s fishing piers. You can fish from the north and south jetties, but you need a license to do so. Venice Fishing Pier, located at Venice Beach, is the perfect place to try fishing for the first time – you can even fish without a license. Fishing the piers is great to develop a taste for angling, but nothing can compare reeling in a trophy fish from a boat.

Types of Fishing

There’s plenty to catch in the waters off the coast of Marina Del Rey. Within sight of shore, you can hook up on Rockfish, California Sheepshead, Calico and Sand Bass, Pacific Barracuda, Bonito, and many other species. Rockfish and Bonito bite like crazy and you can land almost a dozen per angler on a normal day out.

Further out into the blue the action gets hotter – ideal for anglers hungry to beat their personal best. Feisty Yellowtail Amberjack will give you a tough fight while huge Halibut can also be reeled in. If you head out on a longer excursion, especially around Santa Catalina Island, you can expect some of the most prestigious offshore predators on your target list. Marina Del Rey fishing charters will happily take you after Bluefin, Albacore, and Yellowfin Tuna. These species are on many anglers’ bucket lists, this is the place to tick them off. The list doesn’t stop there and you can target many different species of Snappers, Groupers, and other sea beasts in these bountiful waters.

One notable target that doesn’t swim freely is the Lobster. Many Marina Del Rey fishing charters add this crustacean to their target list – it’s the perfect top-up on your full day of fishing. Spend the day hooking up fighters and grab a couple of Lobsters on your way back to port.

Need To Know

Getting There

Being right on the edge of Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey is really easy to get to. In fact, you can be in the marina just after a 25-minute car ride from the Los Angeles International Airport.

Rules & Regulations

Anglers 16 and older are required to have a valid fishing license, whether they fish from shore or a boat. You can find fishing licenses at most tackle shops and large retail stores like Walmart. You don’t need a fishing license when fishing from a public pier in ocean or bay waters, like the Venice Fishing Pier.

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Marina Del Rey Fishing Seasons

White Seabass and Halibut are good targets during January, as well as Pacific Barracuda and Calico Bass. Make sure to dress for the weather!

Most of the action happens around Santa Catalina Island with Calico Bass, Blue Perch, and White Seabass as the primary targets. You can also fish for Mako, Thresher, and Blue Sharks.

Rockfish season usually opens in March and the bite is red-hot. Most of the hook-ups happen above underwater reefs and wrecks, just outside of the marina. Lingcod, Halibut, Yellowtail Amberjack, and more species are biting.

Nearshore fishing is excellent during April and you can land plenty of Calico Bass, Sharks, Rockfish, California Sheepshead, Halibut, Lingcod, and others. Lobster season closes at the start of April.

The nearshore action is as good as ever and the offshore waters are starting to see Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna closer to land. Seabass, Lingcod, Rockfish, and other top-tier targets are all biting.

Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtail Amberjack are well within reach in June and you can reliably land these predators. Anglers looking at a torpedo-sized trophy can head offshore in search of Bluefin Tuna.

Make sure to put sunscreen on, you will want to spend the entire day on the water! Excellent nearshore and offshore fishing for Tuna, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Barracuda, and others is the norm.

Most of the fishing happens in the deep sea. Amberjack, Tuna, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Seabass, Lingcod, and many other species bite like crazy in August. 

The bluewater action slows down but you can still find the occasional Bluefin or Yellowfin Tuna. Yellowtail Amberjack, Lingcod, Seabass, Rockfish, and Calico Bass action is still very good.

Lobster is back on the menu! The action moves closer to shore as most of the offshore species have migrated away. This is the time to go after California Sheepshead, Rockfish, White Seabass, and Calico Bass.

The pelagic season is practically over and most charters will stick to coastal waters. The weather is cold but you can heat yourself up with great Lingcod, Seabass, and Halibut fishing.

Get your Rockfishing on before the season for these species closes at the end of the month. Lingcod, Seabass, California Sheepshead, and Lobster are all viable targets in December.

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Top Targeted Species in Marina Del Rey

Seabass (White)

Seabass (White)

California Sheephead

California Sheephead

Yellowtail Amberjack

Yellowtail Amberjack







Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)