San Diego Fishing

We're not 100% sure who first dubbed San Diego 'America's Finest City', but we're willing to bet he was a fisherman. Home to one of the largest sportfishing flotillas in the world, this quintessential SoCal fishery has long been celebrated for its unyielding diversity and proverbial honey holes, jam-packed with keepers no matter the time of year. Once tasked with hosting the biggest commercial tuna fishing fleet of the early 20th century, the prolific San Diego Bay is now a haven for recreational fisherfolk, awash with Spotted Bay Bass and Halibut, Mackerel, Corbina, Sand Bass and the elusive Pacific Bonefish, to name a few. Further outside of the bay, the abundant kelp beds off of Point Loma and La Jolla provide year-round opportunities for many a surface fish, including Barracuda, Bonito and Yellowtail, along with strong seasonal debuts of Calico and Kelp Bass, White Sea Bass and plenty of others. For those determined on leaving the coastal waters behind, Mexico's Coronado Islands are a popular terminal for the infamous Yellowtail and Bluefin Tuna, as are the so-called 'Outer Banks' of California, teeming with the likes of Albacore, Dorado, Bluefin, Mako and Tresher sharks, and much more.

Known For

USS Midway Museum, Balboa Park, La Jolla, Legoland, Old Town State Historic Park, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo, The Cabrillo Monument, Belmont Park, Torrey Pines State Reserve, Birch Aquarium, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, Petco Park, Maritime Museum of San Diego, Mission Bay Park

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.

San Diego Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.