Oceanside Pier Fishing

At 1,942 feet in length, the Oceanside Pier is one of the largest wooden piers in the state of California. Because of that length, there is a large variety of fish species available to catch from it’s planks.

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  • The most bite-friendly location of the pier is the first half which sits atop the surf-line and supports a healthy population of sand dwelling species like surf perch, corbina, croaker, guitarfish and sargo. Further out, the second half of the pier puts you on top of halibut, sand bass, small sharks, and even the occasional pelagic species like yellowtail or white seabass.

    The Oceanside Pier is best known for its halibut and sand bass fishing. Both species are best caught with live bait, which is sold on the pier if you’re not willing or able to catch it yourself from the pier.


    The Oceanside Pier is located in Oceanside approximately 35 miles north of downtown San Diego at 300 N Pacific St. Oceanside, CA 92054.

    Operating Hours

    The pier is open 24 hours a day, daily.


    There is a parking lot at the pier’s entrance as well as metered parking available on neighboring streets. The pier features a snack bar and small restaurant, bait and tackle store, bathrooms, fish cleaning stations, park benches and lighting.

    Fees, Permits and Regulations

    There are no fees required to fish on the Oceanside Pier, and California Sport Fishing Licenses are not required to fish on any public fishing piers, this one included.

    California Department of Fish and Wildlife sport fishing regulations are actively enforced here, including bag limits and angling methods.

    If you see an angler violating those regulations, you can report them to DFW Officers via their 24 hour dedicated line, 1-888-334-CalTIP (888-334-2258).