Anouk Govil on Her Favorite Spots for Pier Fishing in Southern California

Southern California is home to some of the most amazing beaches this side of the country. With long stretches of sand and surf, So-Cal is the perfect place for a bit of rest and relaxation after a hard day’s work. Hello, friends! This is Anouk Govil. As you may have read on my landing page, I love water sports, particularly kayaking and fishing. Not a week goes by that I don’t hit the water. I find being out on the water soothing and calming.

I’ve talked about kayaking in Ventura County and Colorado in my previous post. Now, I’d like to talk about fishing; specifically, pier fishing in Southern California. Pier fishing is perfect for first timers as you don’t need to get into the water for the actual fishing; plus, you’re not usually required to have a fishing license or permit. So all in all, pier fishing is the ideal introduction for first-time fishers.

I must admit that I’ve got a few favorite spots for pier fishing. Below are some of them.

1. Imperial Beach, San Diego County. This beach stretches for about four miles and has an excellent pier perfect for day fishing. The long pier measures about 1,500 square feet, which should be enough to give everyone their own private fishing spot. You’re not required to have a fishing license here, so you can hit the pier anytime you want and go straight to throwing your hook into the water to get started. Common types of fish that you can catch here include halibut, corbina, and mackerel.

2.Seal Beach, Orange County. This beach is located in the northernmost beach town of Orange County, situated between Long Beach and Huntington Beach. This is by far one of the most popular spots for pier fishing in Southern California so you can expect a crowd on any given day. Pier fishing here is free and just like with Imperial Beach Pier, no fishing license is required. If you’re lucky, you could snag a stingray, small shark, perch, or halibut.

If you have kids or nieces and nephews, you can sign them up for the fishing derby held here annually.

3. Huntington Beach, Orange County. This seaside town takes its name after American businessman Henry Edwards Huntington, a railroad magnate. Pier fishing is likewise free here, and there are handicapped restrooms situated within the pier’s vicinity. You can find a wide variety of croaker fish here: yellowfin croaker, spotfin, and black croaker. If you’re angling for yellowfin croaker, the best time to hit the pier is during the latter months of summer.

All right, friends. This is all the time I have for now. I will be sharing more of my favorite fishing spots in Southern California in the coming days, so I invite you to come back again soon! If there is anything that you’d like to ask about this post, please feel free to get in touch with me, Anouk Govil, directly through this site.