La Jolla fishing map (where to legally fish from the shore)

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  1. Jenx

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    I see a lot of new forum members asking where in La Jolla it is legal to fish, so I have created this thread with the hopes of clearing up any confusion. If you notice any inaccurate information, or have any additional information you would like to add please let me know. I want to keep this as accurate and informative as possible.

    Below is a map indicating three areas of importance. There are two SMR (State Marine Reserve) locations, and one SMCA (State Marine Conservation Area). There is NO fishing allowed in any area designated as an SMR, and there is only limited fishing allowed in the area designated as an SMCA. Later we will discuss what can be caught in the San Diego-Scripps Coastal SMCA.

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    For now lets discuss the South La Jolla SMR, which spans from La Jolla down to Pacific Beach. Pictured below is the southern most boundary of the South La Jolla SMR. Diamond St. is roughly where the SMR begins. If you are looking to surf fish Pacific Beach you need to stay south of Diamond St.

    *Note: Ignore the coordinates posted. For whatever reason Google Earth would slightly change the coordinates after I typed it in. However, they are still close enough to not matter.

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    The South La Jolla SMR runs north from Diamond St. all the way up to Palomar Ave. There is no fishing allowed between these two streets. At the end of Palomar Ave there are stairs that lead down to the beach. You need to stay north of those stairs to avoid accidentally crossing into the South SMR area.

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    North of Palomar Ave all the way up to the area around La Jolla Point is safe to fish. Below is the rough southern boundary of the the Matlahuayl SMR.

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    The Matlahuayl SMR runs from the area around Point La Jolla all the way up north to the base of Scripps pier. South of Scripps pier is the Matlahuayl SMR, and north of the pier is the San Diego-Scripps Coastal SMCA.

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    Like I said earlier you are allowed to fish in the SMCA zone, however you are only allowed to catch certain fish. Here are the regulations:

    Permitted/Prohibited Uses:

    1. It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for commercial and/or recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:
      1. The recreational take of coastal pelagic species, except market squid, by hook-and-line only is allowed.
      2. Take pursuant to the operation and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area is allowed pursuant to any required federal, state, and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the Department.
      3. Licensees of the Regents of the University of California and all officers, employees, and students of such university may take, for scientific purposes, invertebrates, fish, or specimens of marine plant or algae under the conditions prescribed in a scientific collecting permit issued by the Department.

    And here is the definition of coastal pelagic species:

    Coastal pelagic species (CCR Title 14, Section 1.39), as defined for purposes of MPA regulations, include the following: northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax), Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax), Pacific mackerel (Scomber japonicus), jack mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus) and market squid (Doryteuthis (Loligo) opalescens).

    So basically you are only allowed to catch bait fish (except squid) in the SMCA area, and only with fishing hooks.

    It's probably best just to avoid fishing the San Diego-Scripps Coastal SMCA completely. It's just not worth the hassle.

    Shown below is roughly the northern boundary of the SMCA. If you stay north of the Ho Chi Minh trail you can avoid the SMCA.

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    Please note that none of these boundaries are 100% accurate. This is just meant to give you some rough landmarks to follow. Unless you are following GPS coordinates it would be wise to give all these boundaries a wide berth.
     
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  2. ScubaLee03

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    This is crystal clear! Thanks for the post!

    That area by the "Ho" above SMCA looks really really fishy.... hmmmm,lol.
     
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    Thanks Jenx that really helps.
     
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    Dang Jenx that took some work, Nice job! Kellen this needs to be a sticky!
     
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    Beat you to it.
     
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  7. Jenx

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    Thanks robbiesmith25 I might add some more spots, although La Jolla seems to be were the most confusion is at.

    ScubaLee03 We should check it out sometime if its not too far of a walk.
     
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    very nicely done, Jenx .. got tired of seeing the same questions on the same posts? lol
     
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    nicely done sir!!!
     
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    Nice..thanks..
     
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    I've fished it....it's a flat area..not deep. If you are hunting perch which I wasn't, probably good. Little pressure. Steep hike back up. Bring water..I caught a very big ray. A surfer said biggest he had ever seen
     
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    awesome post! I will now be hitting up LJ more. Thanks!
     
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    Helpful and informative.
    Great to have that kind of information
     
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    so can you fish the childrens pool walk out?
     
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  15. Jenx

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    Yes, as long as you don't mind sharing a narrow walking path with a bunch of tourists.
     
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    Fixed that for you.

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    Didn't someone on another thread suggest that a bunch of us go up there and line that whole area with rods? Might make the news!
     
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    at midnight? Haha
     
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    I believe the suggestion was in regards to the area in that video, which was north of the children's pool.

    As funny as it would be to see a bunch of fisherman united in one spot to send nature lovers into further hysterics - imagine the outrage- I hope it never actually happens. We fishermen are better off staying out of the spotlight. Last thing we need is to catch the attention of some tree hugging politician who suddenly thinks areas where seals and sea lions congregate should become protected non-fishing zones. You might laugh off that statement at first, but then the sobering reality will set in, and you will remember that our state and our politicians have stupidity in spades.
     
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    I would so be game for that.
     
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    Very true....but....but....it would be so FUN!
     
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