Fishing in Los Angeles: Best Freshwater & Saltwater Spots

There are many options when fishing in California, but you may be pleasantly surprised by the fishing in Los Angeles. Covering some 500 square miles, a Los Angeles angler can fish freshwater or saltwater and target a wide variety of fish. 

If you want to stay freshwater and learn where to fish in Los Angeles, investigating the city parks may be a good place to start. Lakes at Lincoln Park and Legg Park get stocked with trout during cooler months, and other parks receive additional channel catfish stockings during warmer months. It may take some searching but there are bass and sunfish in the L.A. River and urban fly fishing for carp is growing in popularity.  Check out the Fishing in the City Clinics where novices can learn not only fishing techniques, but where the fishing spots in Los Angeles are and what they can hope to catch. 

If you want to try your luck in saltwater, there are several popular piers for fishing in Los Angeles. Venice Pier is 1300 feet long and the Santa Monica Pier extends 2000 feet into the sea. Who knows what may grab your baited hook? Yellowtail, sea bass, or halibut are common targets.

If you want to know where to fish outside the city of Los Angeles, fishing spots such as Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino National Forest or Lake Hemet in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park are good option, and both are stocked with trout. I’ve heard great things about Big Bear Lake’s trout prospects for taking the kids fishing. 

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, they had a Free Fishing Day on July 1, but there is still another one to take advantage of on September 2. Before fishing in Los Angles, or fishing in California, make sure to pick up a fishing license, available license agents or online. 

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.