At 1,971 feet long, the Ocean Beach Pier is the longest pier on the West Coast, and the longest concrete pier in the world. This is probably the most popular fishing pier in the County, and with its length offers a variety of fishing opportunities. The end of pier reaches all the way out to the kelp a lot of the time, with a depth of about 25 feet. Thus, putting kelp species like Calico Bass and Yellowtail well within range of anglers on the pier.
Sand bass, halibut, surf perch, and the rest of the saltwater surf-zone fish are available here. As with other piers, fishing close to shore will yield more surf perch and croakers. The mid-range area will bring you jacksmelt, mackerel, bass, sharks, halibut, rays, and more. The very end of the pier will give you a shot at pelagic species like barracuda, white seabass and the aforementioned yellowtail.
A California Fishing License is not required to fish on the pier and no permit is required to fish. California DFG regulations are in effect and strictly enforced on the pier.
From the north take Interstate 5 S to Sea World Dr., follow until it turns off to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. From the south take Interstate 5 N to Nimitz Blvd and follow to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. From Sunset Cliffs Blvd. turn right on Newport Ave and follow to the parking lot at the foot of the pier.
Schedule and Operating Hours
The Ocean Beach Pier is technically open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. However, almost every year, the pier is closed at some point because of big surf. On occasion the surf will be powerful enough to damage the pier, prolonging its closure. The free dedicated parking lot is available 24 hours a day.
All the amenities you'd need are available here, including but not limited to; a bait and tackle shop, fish cleaning station, concession store, restrooms, benches, lights, and a 24 hour, free, parking lot.