San Diego Bay Fish Report from Captain Alan Clowers


San Diego Bay is in great shape right now and the fishing is good! I’ve had a lot of charters lately with clients catching a wide variety of fish in the bay including bass, halibut, bonefish, corvina, leopard sharks, bat rays, shovelnose and smooth hounds sharks.

The bass have primarily been coming on 3″ Berkley Gulp!® shrimp on 1/2 oz lead heads as well as 3″ swimbaits in brown and green colors. We’re fishing those baits on 10 lb braided line with a 15 lb fluorocarbon topshot.

The bonefish like the Gulp!® shrimp on either a drop shot or Carolina rig with a 1/4-1/2 oz weight and 6 lb leader.

Corvina have been coming in grey light or at night on topwater lures. It’s always fun to be able to throw a Zara Spook or Lucky Craft Sammy around the bay just like you would bass fishing on the lakes. It’s really exciting to see a big corvina or halibut smash it on the surface.

All of the sharks and rays are coming on cut bait fished on a dropper loop with 40 lb test.

One of the most important things to pay attention to when fishing the bay is the tide. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, if the tide is moving they are biting. We have some good weather this week so now is a great time to go fishing – whether on the bay or offshore.

I can’t say enough about the “Big Bay” – this place continues to put big smiles on my clients’ faces, from list kids to grown adults.

Contact Captain Alan Clowers: Send an email | (619)800-3474 | Visit website

About Author

Alan Clowers

Captain Alan Clowers has over 25 years of fishing experience on Southern California lakes, bays, and oceans. He offers guided fishing trips, private fishing lessons, and San Diego Bay tours.


1 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
1 Comment authors
Jeffrey Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of

Taking my kids out for the rest of today to catch that nooner evening bite. planning on heading to shelter island pier. Haven’t been in years but just wondering if anyone has a fish report for that pier?