Shelter Island Pier Fishing

The Shelter Island Pier is a t-shaped pier extending 200 feet from the shore and spanning 500 feet in length at the end, offering plenty of room to fish along San Diego Bay’s Shelter Island.

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  • All of the usual bay species can be caught from the pier, including but not limited to; barred sand bass, spotted bay bass, calico bass, halibut, leopard sharks, bat rays, bonito, barracuda, croaker (several species), mackerel, shovelnose guitarfish and much more.

    Barred sand bass are especially popular targets from this pier, as it is one of the few places in the bay where anglers can catch them in decent numbers without being on a boat. Sand bass occupy the bay from November through March in most years, and the area immediately out front of the pier is an area they like to congregate.


    Shelter Island Pier is located at 1776 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106.

    Operating Hours

    The pier is open daily from 6 am to 10:30 pm.

    Fees and Permits

    There are no fees or permits required and a California Sport Fishing License is not required while fishing from the pier. However, California Department of Fish and Wildlife does enforce state fishing regulations.


    The pier has all the necessary amenities, including; restrooms, fish cleaning stations, a bait and tackle store, concession store with snack-bar type food, live bait, adequate lighting, and even has a gift shop for tourists. Boats are permitted to dock on the pier to eat or shop.

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