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Want to spice up your next fishing trip in California? Why not give the stunning town of Pacifica a chance the next time you plan your fishing trip there? The stunning coastal view of the Pacifica combined with bountiful waters will captivate anyone who visits there. Aside from salmon, there is also plenty of other gamefish to be caught here. Californiafloun Halibut and Pacific tomcod are also common in Pacifica’s waters and are just as good a trophy as the coveted salmon. So, what are you waiting for?

Explore the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean while enjoying the stunning coastal view in the peaceful town of Pacifica.

Pacifica Fishing

Won’t angling sound much better when you know there is a huge body of water waiting to be explored? Especially when both offshore and inshore fishing is made possible by the long stretch of the Pacific Ocean’s shore.

Pacifica is home to one of the best fishing piers in the state. Due to the number and quality of fish caught on the shores of Pacifica, its pier has earned the top spot of the best fishing destinations in the Bay area. But, the better news for local and visiting anglers would be that angling in this area is absolutely free. 

So, if you happen to be in Pacifica, don’t leave the town without exploring its multiple angling opportunities. The best angling spot in the area, however, depends on the type of fish you are targeting. If you are aiming for bigger, larger fish, casting your bait at the end of the pier is advisable. This drop-off allows you to access deeper waters in the area. However, other fish species like bass tend to gather closer to the shore. If you want to land on this species, dropping your bait on rock formations, and any other underwater structures will increase your chances of landing on one.  

So, what are you waiting for? Ready your gears and baits and prepare to catch some jacksmelt, white croaker, striped bass, redtail surfperch, walleye surfperch, silver surfperch, spotfin surfperch, white seaperch, shiner perch, starry flounder, sand sole, Pacific tomcod, staghorn sculpin, and chinook salmon. With the town's year-round fishing opportunity, you will be able to land on multiple species of fish anytime and any day of the year.

Fish species
Redtail Surfperch 
Redtail Surfperch  fish

Habitat: Inshore

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 16"

White Croaker
White Croaker fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Offshore, Bays

Weight: 0 - 1 Pounds

Length: 8" - 16"

Pacific Tomcod
Pacific Tomcod fish

Habitat: Deepwater, Coastal

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 9" - 12"

California Flounder
California Flounder fish

Habitat: Inshore, Nearshore

Weight: 6 - 30 Pounds

Length: 54" - 60"

Pacifica is not Just a Prime Angling Location

Aside from its bountiful waters, it is perhaps because of its majestic scenery and multiple activities that tourists return here time and again. The town of Pacifica will captivate your eyes and heart as you witness its stunning beauty.

1.Trail the Devil’s Slide

Do you feel the need to unwind through a long drive? Then the Devil’s Slide is just the place for you. Your 20-30 min drive will truly be extraordinary as you traverse along with one of the most stunning sections of Highway 1. Every turn you take, every stop, every break, allows you to have a glimpse of the stunning coast of the Pacific Ocean.

2. Experience Pacific Coast Fog Fest

The Fog Fest has been part of California’s social calendar for Pacificans since 1986. So if you happen to be in Pacifica on a cozy September, why not experience the Coast Fog Fest and join the locals as they celebrate the arts, music, and crafts that punctuate their everyday lives.