Top Places to Fish Near San Francisco & Healthy Fresh Fish Recipes


San Francisco is notoriously urban, and urban areas are not primarily known for being the best places to go fishing. However, San Francisco remains one of the most unique cultural combinations in the country. Not only is San Francisco an ideal place to enjoy the bright lights and thrilling sounds of the urban sprawl, but it is also a place to reap the many benefits of a peaceful coastal city with incredible fishing outlets and opportunities.

Here are seven of the top places to fish near San Francisco:

  1. Bon Tempe Lake: True, the lake is small by comparison to other options on the list, but don’t let the small size fool you. This spot–more than others–offers superior trout fishery. And there is a good chance you’ll find some decent bass, too.
  2. Candlestick Park:With two separate piers and generous fishing hours (7 in the morning until 8 at night,) you are almost certain to catch flounder or sturgeon.
  3. Fisherman’s Wharf: Known as the best spot for pier fishing in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf offers some great options for chartering boats with your buddies or kicking back and enjoying good restaurants at the end of a long day on the water. The most common catches at Fisherman’s Wharf include flounder, perch, shark and sturgeon. Basically, you can find just about anything you want.
  4. Pacifica Pier: When you take a look at the fishing reports one thing will become increasingly clear -Pacifica Pier is one of the most impressive spots to cast a line in the entire state. Why? Pacifica Pier boasts a healthy diversity of fish, including (but certainly not limited to) flounder, halibut and perch. (But don’t worry. We won’t tell your fishing buddies if you don’t.)
  5. Pier 7: At 840 feet, this is an impressive spot to find flounder, pile perch and spotted sea perch.
  6. San Francisco Bay: Regardless of what you came for or how long you plan to stay, fishing in San Francisco nearly requires you cast a line near the Golden Gate Bridge. And if you’re really daring — head toward Alcatraz.
  7. San Pablo Reservoir: Sick of the piers? No problem. San Pablo Reservoir has a good reputation for catfish and trout. And better yet? This spot is known for its impressive rainbows.


And speaking of flounder (were we speaking of flounder?) here’s a recipe you and your buddies are sure to enjoy:

  • catch 2 pounds of flounder (or roughly 4 fillets)
  • grab some salt and pepper–the fresher the better
  • find 3/4 of a cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • get 1/2 cup of coarse, but fresh bread crumbs (don’t feed these to the seagulls)
  • melt 4 tablespoons of butter
  • pour 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil


Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

In your baking dish (the larger the better), season your two pounds of fish fillets with the salt and pepper. Next. mix your Parmesan with the fresh bread crumbs, the butter and the olive oil.

Sprinkle this goodness over your fillets.

Next, bake the fish for 15 minutes (or until the fish topping is golden and clearly cooked.)

Pull from the oven and let it stand for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Are you convinced yet? Grab a license. Invite your friends. Pack your gear. We’ll see you at the pier.

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