Imperial Beach Pier Fishing

The Imperial Beach Pier is the southernmost pier in the state, located just a few miles north of the border. At almost 1,500 feet long it covers the entire surf zone, with pelagic fish like yellowtail and white seabass reachable at the end (though not commonly caught).

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  • The best fishing at Imperial Beach Pier is from the middle in though – the zone which sits above water less than 10 feet deep which is occupied by surf perch, corbina, and both yellowfin and spotfin croaker. Other surf zone fish are also present of course, like halibut, sharks and rays.


    The Imperial Beach Pier is located at 10 Evergreen Ave., Imperial Beach, CA.

    Operating Hours

    The pier and accompanying Portwood Pier Plaza is open daily from 5 am to 10 pm.


    The pier itself has restrooms, fish cleaning stations, benches, lights, and a restaurant (Tin Fish). Street parking is free in the area, and a lot is available at the foot of the pier with all-day parking for $2 (discounted to $1 after 5 pm).

    Fees, Permits and Regulations

    There are no fees required to fish on the Imperial Beach 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).