San Diego, being close to the ocean and having many reservoirs, is considered one of the best places in the country to fish. The plentiful good weather that is available year-round and the great deal of fishing options available make San Diego a great choice for a fishing vacation. Here are a list of the few most popular places to fish and their hours of operation and fees. Remember, a valid fishing license and any applicable permits must be obtained before fishing even if it’s catch and release for recreation.
Lake Jennings: This is said to be one of the best places to fish, especially for catfish. But, one can catch other species such as trout and bass. Best places to fish for trout is Hermit Cove and Eagle Point. Bass can be fished from just about anywhere on shore. Fishing is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fees are: $8 for people 16 years and older, $7 for seniors over 65 and active military, $3 for kids under 16 and kids under 8 fish free with paying adult (counts towards adult’s daily limit). There are also boat rentals that start at $8 a day up to $40 a day. There is also an entrance fee of $1 per person. The lake is located on Harritt Road in Lakeside. Exit I-8 at Lake Jennings Park Road and go north a mile. Turn right on Harritt Road.
San Diego Bays and Ocean: Fishing off of piers and along the San Diego Bays is allowed and free unless otherwise noted. Anglers report catching sand bass, halibut, and bonefish as well as several other species including sand shark. It is open 24 hours a day, but if the beaches are crowded, fishermen may be asked to move to another location.
Lake Murray: Visiting fisherman have said that Lake Murray is one of the best bass fishing spots in the country. The lake carries a strain of Florida large mouthed bass and the lake is stocked with trout in the winter. There are also blue catfish, bluegill, and sunfish. Currently, they are open 7 days a week and have a boat launch and boat docks. Fees are $8 for adult, $2.50 for kids, $4.00 for seniors and $7.00 for launching a boat (in addition to fishing fees). Parking is free and plentiful. Be careful of ducks and coots as they are sometimes attracted to casts when they hit the water and may become tangled with fishing line. Please pick up all tackle and gear and put them in the proper receptacle as there have been problems with injuries to wildlife at this lake. Take the I-8 to Lake Murray Boulevard and go north. Turn left on Kiowa drive which will take you to the lake road and the docks.
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