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


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


  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 Prediction

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 24.32% catch rate for Kelp Bass, based on 9 Kelp Bass counted.


  3. Halibut

  4. Halibut

    There is a 10.81% catch rate for Halibut, based on 4 Halibut counted.


  5. Yellowfin Tuna

  6. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 10.81% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 4 Yellowfin Tuna counted.


  7. Atlantic Croaker

  8. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 8.11% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 3 Atlantic Croaker counted.


  9. Bluefin Tuna

  10. Bluefin Tuna

    There is a 8.11% catch rate for Bluefin Tuna, based on 3 Bluefin Tuna counted.


  11. Bonefish

  12. Bonefish

    There is a 8.11% catch rate for Bonefish, based on 3 Bonefish counted.


  13. Wahoo

  14. Wahoo

    There is a 8.11% catch rate for Wahoo, based on 3 Wahoo counted.


  15. Bluegill

  16. Bluegill

    There is a 5.41% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 2 Bluegill counted.


  17. Largemouth Bass

  18. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 5.41% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 2 Largemouth Bass counted.


  19. Black Crappie

  20. Black Crappie

    There is a 2.7% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 1 Black Crappie counted.


Recommedations above based on 13 species of fish and 37 fish counted for May around San Diego.

To date, there are 33 species of fish and a total of 703 fish counted for San Diego and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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 1939..

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Latest San Diego Fishing Reports

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  • Kelp Paddy Yellowtail
    4/7/2022 4:49:33 PM - Hello everyone well it’s that time of year again. As we move south the great eyes of Travon Jester found us a kelp paddy with some biting Yellowtail. 😲 Most of the Yellowtail


  • Grant We Remember You
    4/5/2022 5:02:18 PM - Sorry for the long wait but we are back in action. We departed Fisherman’s landing at 08:00 hours headed over to the bait barge and loaded up on some beautiful Sardines. We ar


  • It’s Tough All Over
    3/27/2022 5:12:56 PM - Hello everyone; Well things are tough all over. We have had a very tough trip so far. If the Wahoo didn’t bite it would be the toughest trip that I’ve been on in years. But th


  • The Last Three Days
    3/26/2022 2:57:03 AM - Hello everyone; Well the last three days have been excellent on Wahoo but poor for Yellowfin tuna. Fishing for the Yellowfin was very good but the taxman was out in full force


  • Wahoo On the Bite
    3/21/2022 6:33:35 AM - Hello everyone; Well the weather is good and so is the bite. Tuna fishing is on the slow side but the Wahoo make up for the non-biting Yellowfin. We see plenty of Yellowfin tu


  • Tackle Day
    3/17/2022 8:48:59 PM - Hello everyone; Well the morning started out with a great breakfast then Roy went to work with his seminar. Once Roy was done the crew went to work helping passenger rigging g


  • Pre Baby Fun
    3/16/2022 7:24:50 PM - Todd and Grace Hurtel had a fun time in Crystal River Florida catching Sea Trout while on vacation before their first baby comes in May.


  • Collins Departure
    3/16/2022 5:30:57 PM - Hello everyone; Well things are going good on the Royal Polars. We departed on the Collins trip with 19 happy anglers. We have a great load of bait and high hopes of getting s


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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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Blue Horizon Sportfishing


  8. 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 adventure on an

  9. 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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Buoy Conditions

Station 46232 - Point Loma South, CA (191)
May 19, 2022 10:26 pm PDT
Location: 32.517N 117.425W
Significant Wave Height: 4.3 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 17 sec
Average Period: 8.3 sec
Mean Wave Direction: SSW (194°)
Water Temperature: 62.2°F (16.8°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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