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San Diego Bay is one of San Diego’s most significant features. Not only does it serve as San Diego’s port, but it also offers one of the area’s top fisheries. It is 12 miles long and 3 miles across at it’s widest point, offering 12,000 surface acres – almost all of which is fishable   

San Diego Bay is home to a vast array of fish species, many of which make popular targets for fishermen. Aggressive spotted bay bass are plentiful, and are the most frequently caught fish species in the bay. They are particularly appealing because they are available 12 months of the year, and can be caught on the same tactics and baits that you would normally use for largemouth bass on the lakes.

Barred sand bass flood the bay from November through March – and rival the spotted bay bass in popularity during that time. They are generally larger and school up in big numbers in deeper water, thus caught more frequently by anglers in boats than those on shore.

In the southern end of the bay is a healthy population of small to medium sized bonefish, another favorite target of anglers.

Additionally, California halibut and shortfin corvina are sought after sportfish found in the bay – both can be caught on artificial reaction baits like jerkbaits and topwater walking baits like Zara Spooks. Although the majority of halibut are caught on either live or dead bait fish fished on the bottom in deep water along channel edges.


San Diego Bay is located right in the heart of San Diego and can be accessed from Point Loma at the north, downtown San Diego at the east, Chula Vista toward the south and Coronado along it’s western shoreline