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California’s Golden City: San Francisco

 

San Francisco, California's Golden City, is one of the most well-known and popular cities. It's highly urbanized; it serves as a strong foundation for start-ups and companies that want to make it big. Another thing that's commonly associated with the Golden City is the Golden Gate Bridge. From San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge connects those from there to Sasaulito - another city from San Francisco known for being more au naturale.

People enjoy San Francisco not only as a highly urbanized city but also as a melting pot. There are exciting places to visit there to experience different cultures. Chinatown, for instance, is the source of all of San Francisco's Chinese food and snacks. Ghirardelli Square in the Embracadero serves as a reminder for the one who created an industry out of chocolate.

The Golden Fishing Experience in San Francisco

"Tagging Chinook salmon 2016-01-26" by USFWS Pacific Southwest Region is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

Don’t waste your time trying to figure which body of water to go to. Ask a Fishing Charter to help you out. Different fishing charters in San Francisco specialize in different kinds of fishing. Some of the kinds of fishing you can do while in San Francisco include fly Fishing, offshore deep-sea fishing, pier fishing, and surf casting.

Fly Fishing is one of the most commonly used fishing methods, especially in San Francisco. Fly Fishing is one way to catch a striped bass known as the “people’s fish”. It is a brackish water fish that goes out to the open water during the colder months but return to the bay when the temperature rises again. 

Aside from fly fishing, anglers also often engage in drift fishing or trolling to catch what people call the king of all salmon: the chinook salmon. Considered a prized game fish, anglers often say that a trip to San Francisco will not be complete if they don't haul at least one chinook salmon onboard. If you time your trip right, you might even get a chance to bring home a larger prize: the white sturgeon. As for sharks, some that roam around San Francisco include the leopard shark. A spiny dogfish might also be swimming around.

 

Year-Round Fishing Targets

"Lingcod" by Ed Bierman is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

San Francisco will always have various fish all year round for anglers to go after. Here’s a list of possible fishing targets for you:

Striped bass - Known as the striper, these fish are available all year round. The months you’ll have to take note more of are their spawning months which are around April to mid-June. Other than that, it won’t take long for you to spot a striper blitz happening in San Francisco.

Lingcod and rockfish - These two fish always come in a pair. They normally start showing up around March in the Bay Area. Just be careful; they have venomous spines.

Chinook salmon - From May to October, the king of salmon will grace you with its presence. The Chinook Salmon love their live bait. Drifting a live bait is one of the best ways to haul them on board.

California halibut - What locals call the chicken halibut, these fish are available from April to September. 

White sturgeon - A rare beauty caught only from November to March. The biggest ones come out to play during wintertime. But because they’re rare, there have strict regulations in fishing out a white sturgeon. Make sure you don’t mistake it for its green cousin, an endangered species.

Fish species
Brown Rockfish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Shallows

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 12" - 22"

California Flounder

Habitat: Inshore, Nearshore

Weight: 6 - 30 Pounds

Length: 54" - 60"

Lingcod 

Habitat: Onshore

Weight: 25 - 85 Pounds

Length: 20" - 60"

White Sturgeon 

Habitat: Onshore

Weight: 1 - 1100 Pounds

Length: 1" - 148"

Fun Things to do in San Francisco

 

1.Escape from Alcatraz

The former notorious prison fortress is now a tourist attraction. Tourists pay to explore the deeper depths of the prison, hoping to find the cell of notorious criminals and know more about their past lives. This is also a chance to learn about the history of Alcatraz - so much better than learning from the books, we must say. 

 

2.Watch The San Francisco Giants

Once the New York Gothams, it is now the San Francisco Giants Baseball Team. Watch the San Francisco Giants train in the AT&T Stadium. Or, if you’re lucky, you’ll even have a chance to watch them play a match. 

 

3. Walk around Embacadero

Embacadero is a waterfront and strip filled with restaurants, hotels and, high-end shops. People know it as home to both the Ferry Building and the famous Ghirardelli Square. Most restaurants, marketplaces, and shops usually are in the Ferry Building. Another important place in Embacadero is Pier 39 to get a good view of the different islands such as Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, and the Golden Bridge.

Fishing Techniques
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Surf Casting
Deep Sea Fishing