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San Diego Fishing

San Diego Fishing

San Diego was once known as the Tuna Fishing Capital of the World until the late 1970’s, with over 40,000 people employed in the tuna industry. However, it is still one of the best destinations to catch giant Yellowfin Tuna and is now known as the home of the Long Range Fleet, with many boats offering trips to anglers in the Mexican waters south of the border.

Offshore fishing San Diego and the Baja coast is productive for catching some of the largest Yellowfin Tuna in the world, as well as Wahoo, Dorado (Dolphinfish), Bluefin, and Bigeye Tuna. The late summer and fall offers the biggest Yellowfin cows. The Long Range Fleet can provide multi day and week long trips for a true fishing vacation.

Bottom and kelp bed fishing around San Diego waters provides excellent opportunities to catch Yellowtail, Sculpin, Sharks, various Rockfish, Rock Cod, Sand Bass, and Calico Bass nearly all year round. Halibut frequent the area during spring, fall and winter. Large White Sea Bass are thick during the spring and are often caught on squid. There is also good fishing for Barracuda, and Bonito in the summer.

Top San Diego Fishing Spots

  1. 425-FATHOM-SPOT
    1/13/2018 10:36:30 PM -

  2. drop off 6 mi out
    5/28/2016 1:56:39 AM - 32° 46.310' ,-117° 22.783'

  3. drop off glider port
    5/28/2016 2:22:46 AM - 32° 53.512' ,-117° 16.944'

  4. drop off del mar track
    5/28/2016 2:34:47 AM - 32° 58.244' ,-117° 18.979'

  5. South Kelp Ridge
    7/6/2013 12:37:54 AM -

  6. Carlsbad Canyon
    4/26/2017 1:07:18 AM -

  7. Salina
    5/3/2013 9:10:24 PM -

  8. Loma Canyon
    4/26/2017 1:08:39 AM -

  9. International Reef
    2/9/2017 3:46:05 AM - First constructed in 1992 and still being added onto. Over 25,000 tons of quarry rock, concrete and steel Triton missile tower, and 300 tons concrete rubble have been used.

  10. Scripps Canyon
    4/26/2017 1:09:58 AM -

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San Diego Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing San Diego, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Kelp Bass

  2. Kelp Bass

    There is a 33.58% catch rate for Kelp Bass, based on 138 Kelp Bass counted.

    San Diego Kelp Bass Counts Chart


  3. Great White Shark

  4. Great White Shark

    There is a 17.27% catch rate for Great White Shark, based on 71 Great White Shark counted.

    San Diego Great White Shark Counts Chart


  5. Cabezon

  6. Cabezon

    There is a 9.49% catch rate for Cabezon, based on 39 Cabezon counted.

    San Diego Cabezon Counts Chart


  7. Shortspine Thornyhead

  8. Shortspine Thornyhead

    There is a 6.81% catch rate for Shortspine Thornyhead, based on 28 Shortspine Thornyhead counted.

    San Diego Shortspine Thornyhead Counts Chart


  9. Striped Mullet

  10. Striped Mullet

    There is a 5.35% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 22 Striped Mullet counted.

    San Diego Striped Mullet Counts Chart


  11. California Sheephead

  12. California Sheephead

    There is a 5.11% catch rate for California Sheephead, based on 21 California Sheephead counted.

    San Diego California Sheephead Counts Chart


  13. Queenfish

  14. Queenfish

    There is a 4.62% catch rate for Queenfish, based on 19 Queenfish counted.

    San Diego Queenfish Counts Chart


  15. Rex Sole

  16. Rex Sole

    There is a 2.68% catch rate for Rex Sole, based on 11 Rex Sole counted.

    San Diego Rex Sole Counts Chart


  17. Green Sunfish

  18. Green Sunfish

    There is a 2.43% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 10 Green Sunfish counted.

    San Diego Green Sunfish Counts Chart


  19. Blue Shark

  20. Blue Shark

    There is a 2.19% catch rate for Blue Shark, based on 9 Blue Shark counted.

    San Diego Blue Shark Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 26 species of fish and 411 fish counted for February around San Diego.

To date, there are 75 species of fish and a total of 277616 fish counted for San Diego and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (170 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 1:55:00 AM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

View full San Diego Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest San Diego Fishing Reports

  • Headed Home
    1/15/2023 2:52:17 PM - Hello everyone; Well all good things must come to an end and that’s a wrap for this trip NOT. We are headed to an area hopefully to get a few Yellowtail to finish of the trip.

  • Another Good Day
    1/14/2023 4:24:14 AM - Another Good Day Hello everyone not much to report just the Yellowfin are still on the bite the Wahoo want to play and mother nature with the weather is great. We are not putt

  • The Royal Polaris Scores
    1/12/2023 11:46:53 PM - Another great day of fishing on the Royal Polaris. Team R/p scores again. Lady luck today. First timer long-ranger Teresa Reynoso caught her fish of a lifetime. She was on the

  • Yellowfin Making A Move
    1/11/2023 11:51:08 PM - Hello everyone. Well today the weather was sunny and warm. Slight breeze out of the northeast with very little seas. We had a good day of Yellowfin tuna fishing with most of t

  • Just Another Day
    1/10/2023 5:04:07 AM - Hello everyone; Well today was just another day on the ocean or should I say at the office. The clouds have cleared and the sun was shining. It was another good day on the oce

    1/9/2023 5:12:08 AM - Good morning everyone; Well it’s not much I can say about today just great weather great people and good fishing. We had Yellowfin up to 240 pounds today. Lucky angler was Eri

    1/8/2023 4:44:26 AM - Hello everyone; Well today was a good day on the Yellowfin tuna. Most of which were in the 80-120 range with a few going up to 175 pounds. We had good action on the fly line s

    1/7/2023 5:00:47 AM - Hello everyone; Well the beat goes on with excellent Wahoo fishing and decent Yellowfin tuna action. The morning started out a bit sharky but that’s fishing. But we put togeth

  • Wahoo On The Bite
    1/6/2023 4:33:10 AM - Hello everyone; We arrived to our destination after lunch started trolling and it didn’t take long for the Wahoo to move in on our trolling lures. It was game on with the skin

  • Getting Ready For Battle
    1/4/2023 6:23:25 AM - Hello everyone; Not much to report but the weather is great. The seas have clamed down and the wind has stopped blowing and the sun is out in full shine. After breakfast today

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Top San Diego Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Fishermans Landing Tackle Shop
    Fisherman's Landing Tackle Shop - THE LEADER for more than 30 years! When Quality, Selection and Service matters, nobody comes close. We know saltwater fishing tackle and our professional staff is ready to help you with the competitive advantage

  2. Barnacle Bill's Bait & Tackle
    We are a local business here in Lemon Grove, California. Come visit our store and pick up your bait and tackle for your fishing. Whether it's for fresh or saltwater we've got what you're looking for.

  3. Angler's Choice
    Angler's Choice Tackle provides the most convenient in demand fishing products for the best price. Whether you are new to fishing or have been fishing for years we have got exactly what you want.

  4. Angler's Arsenal
    Fresh and Saltwater fishing Tackle. Featuring hand-poured custom fishing lures

  5. Norpine Flyfisher
    Located in San Diego, Norpine Flyfisher is your one stop shop for quality fly fishing equipment in all price ranges, with casting and stream/lake/surf Clinics to show you the how and where of all freshwater / saltwater fly fishing pursuits.

  6. Squidco Fishing
    Fishermen serving fishermen since 1939

  7. M & M Custom Fishing Rods

  8. Everingham Brothers Bait Co

  9. Kayak Fishing Supplies

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Top San Diego Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. American Angler Sportfishing
    The American Angler is one of the most beautifully designed and appointed sport fishing boats in the San Diego fleet. The American Angler is 90’ x 25’ and features all the equipment needed to deliver a successful fishing trip.

  2. Vagabond Sportfishing
    Captain Michael Lackey knows a thing or two about fishing. Having caught his first bluefin at age 6 and working as a deckhand by 8, he’s got the experience and born with know-how to bring in the big fish. In fact, he brings in World Record fish! Wit

  3. California Shark Fishing
    San Diego offers anglers some of the best mako, thresher and blue shark fishing opportunities on the west coast. Come enjoy warm weather, calm seas and good shark fishing nearly all year. With over 50 years combined experience, our captains have the

  4. Royal Polaris
    Welcome aboard the Royal Polaris, considered to be the finest long-range Sportfishing vessel in the world. From summer Albacore, to Yellowtail and Wahoo, to giant Yellowfin Tuna, our catch record is unmatched.

  5. Searcher Sportfishing
    Dreaming about catching bluefin, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, dorado, wahoo and other saltwater fish?. At Searcher Sportfishing, we offer 1.5 day to to 7 day long range sportfishing excursions.

  6. Fish Hunter Sportfishing Charters
    Private Fishing Charters, all inclusive Fishing trips to Los Coronados Islands or Offshore for great fishing action off the San Diego Coastline.

  7. Blackjack Sportfishing
    The Blackjack is a 29’ Center console boat built by Mirage boats and powered by a 2008 Volvo Penta Diesel engine. It is a Florida-style boat with a Carolina flare to the bow, which keeps passengers dry and allows for a complete walk around when fight

  8. Blue Horizon Sportfishing
    The Blue Horizon and Captain Jim Sharp have proven over the years that he can put you on the fish. Whether it's local 3/4 day fishing at the Coronado Islands, overnight trips to San Clemente Island, or Offshore Tuna trips. Jim and his crew have t

  9. H & M Sportfishing Landing
    H&M Landing is the West Coast's oldest, most experienced Sportfishing company and represents San Diego's finest ocean going passenger fleet. Whether you're looking for the challenge and excitement of offshore fishing or sea-going adve

  10. Point Loma Sportfishing
    At Point Loma Sportfishing, we have everything you need for your next offshore fishing adventure; be it a half-day day run to the local kelp beds, a private charter to the islands or outer banks or a long range trip deep into Mexican waters. Our full

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Top San Diego Marinas

  1. Point Loma Marina
    Point Loma Marina is San Diego's newest marina located in Shelter Island's America's Cup Harbor. Nestled in the foothills of Point Loma, the marina offers a quiet atmosphere with a metropolitan feel. Point Loma Marina's location is id

  2. Shelter Island Marina
    Shelter Island Marina is centrally located in the Shelter Island Basin of San Diego Bay (Latitude 32 50.1 N, Longitude 117 13.5 W) and is a favorite stopping point for everything from small boats to super yachts and cruisers. It's the closest yac

  3. Kona Kai Marina
    Welcome to Kona Kai Marina, the closest marina to the open ocean in San Diego Bay. Along with the beauty of San Diego, Kona Kai Marina offers all our guests convenient docking, great amenities and excellent customer service. Our boaters enjoy deep wa

  4. Chula Vista Marina
    We are located in San Diego's Beautiful South Bay, We are just 7 minutes from downtown, South of the Bridge, in a peaceful "island like" haven.

  5. Safe Harbor Sunroad
    We are entirely dedicated to providing Safe Harbor Sunroad Members with an unparalleled waterfront experience - whether enjoying a day at home port or exploring any of Safe Harbor’s premium nationwide locations.

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Latest Fishing Spots

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Bouy Conditions

Station 46232 - Point Loma South, CA (191)
February 2, 2023 7:26 am PST
Location: 32.517N 117.425W
Significant Wave Height: 3.6 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 15 sec
Average Period: 10.3 sec
Mean Wave Direction: W (280°)
Water Temperature: 57.2°F (14.0°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous Moon

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