Crystal Pier Fishing

At 872 feet in length, and sitting atop a bottom composition void of rocks or reefs, Crystal Pier does not boast the variety of available fish species that many of the other piers do. But fishing for surf-zone species is as good, if not better than any other.

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  • Surf perch fishing is particularly impressive here – the best in the county as far as piers go. Shovelnose guitarfish, leopard sharks, bat rays and halibut also patrol the surf line, and present the best opportunity for a large catch at Crystal Pier.

    While pelagic fish are still possible at the end of the pier, it’s just not as deep as Ocean Beach Pier, Oceanside Pier, or Imperial Beach Piers.

    Unique to other piers, Crystal Pier houses it’s own hotel on the pier itself – so you could actually vacation here and fish from your hotel room’s door step.


    Crystal Pier is located in Pacific Beach north of downtown San Diego at 4500 Ocean Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109.

    Operating Hours

    Crystal Pier is open from 8 am to sunset daily, except for hotel guests which have access 24 hours a day.


    Parking is limited in the area with metered street parking being the only option. During the summer when the beach is crowded, finding parking can be nearly impossible during the day.

    There are no public restrooms available on the pier, but there is a bait and tackle shop offering pole rentals, and a fish cleaning station.

    Fees, Permits and Regulations

    There are no fees required to fish on Crystal Pier, and California Sport Fishing Licenses are not required.

    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).