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San Diego’s Top Places to Go Fishing

The best thing about fishing in San Diego is the views. A lot of people might say it’s the weather, but that’s a given. While the weather is beautiful everywhere, you’re not going to find beautiful views all over the city, but if you add fishing to the mix, you’ll have your ideal day. The first two fishing spots listed below are tranquil, but the third option offers a much different type of experience. Here are some of the best places for fishing in San Diego, suggested by the friendly team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most budget-friendly and ideally located hotels in San Diego.

Shoreline Park

This is a mile-long park that’s best known for its scenic views. However, another neat feature is that you don’t need a fishing permit or license to drop a line here. If you’re going to fish at Shoreline Park, here are a few things you should know.

One, the pier is just north of the beach. Two, make sure you’re facing west for the best results. Three, you’re more likely to catch corvina. Last, it should be noted that you might find it tricky walking down the rocks, but the water’s only about six feet deep.

When you’re fishing here, you’ll have a breathtaking view of San Diego Bay, the San Diego skyline, planes, boats, military helicopters and aircraft, and sometimes even seals. If you’re going to visit Shoreline Park, consider making a full day out of it and relax by one of the two fire pits at night.

Harbor Island Park

These are the only views you’ll find that beat the ones from Shoreline Park. In fact, Harbor Island Park is best known for its views, which include San Diego Bay and the San Diego skyline.

As far as fishing goes, most people think you won’t catch many fish here, but the secret is to visit in the early morning or at sunset. Bring a light if it’s dark because you’ll have to climb some rocks. If you’re successful with your fishing, you’re most likely to catch striped bass and halibut.

Ocean Beach Pier

You should know right away this isn’t a tranquil setting like the first two options. Also, if you want to fish off the pier, you’re going to need a license. Furthermore, you might come across some interesting characters.

You might be wondering why you would want to fish here, but this park is so different and the characters are so unique that it’s appealing in its own way. You’ll find street vendors, sea lions, surfers, and sunset views all in the same place. You’d be hard-pressed to find that anywhere else in the world.

An added bonus is the Walk on Water Café. As long as the weather is good, the park and café are open 24 hours a day, meaning you can pop in for a cup of hot chocolate if you’re fishing in the early morning or on a chilly evening. 

If you’re looking for an inexpensive place to stay while you enjoy fishing and experiencing the incredible variety of things to do in San Diego, reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable yet cheap hotels, San Diego visitors will be amazed by our unbeatable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and proximity to the best tourist attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544.