Los Angeles is one of those cities that provide anglers with a lot of options. The best fishing spots in Los Angeles range from ocean beach and pier hot spots to well-stocked freshwater bass lakes and trout streams.
- Venice Fishing Pier – One of the best saltwater spots in the Los Angeles Area, the Venice Fishing Pier provides public access where you can catch dozens of local fish species, including white sea bass, halibut and sharks. Just be sure to bring the appropriate fishing rigs along with a gaff hook and rope to bring in your catch – it’s a long way from the fishing deck to the water below.
- Echo Park Lake – Though perhaps not the absolute best fishing spot in Los Angeles, this 14-acre downtown lake has the advantage of being close to home. But make no mistake; there are some big fish in Echo Park lake, including monster carp, catfish and largemouth bass. The city also stocks rainbow trout during the cooler months.
- Dockweiler State Beach – Just west of the Los Angeles International Airport, Dockweiler State Beach is one of the top surf fishing spots in the area, and you can cast from the shore to catch croaker, corbina, perch, halibut and other species.
- Castaic Lake – One of California’s best bass fishing spots, 2,240-acre Castaic Lake is about 40 minutes north of the city. Largemouth Bass reach truly epic proportions in Castaic Lake. Ten-pounders are abundant, and several of the biggest bass in history have been pulled from this quiet mountain lake, including a 22.06-pound monster that missed world record status by just a few ounces.
- Angeles National Forest – The mountains of Angeles National Forest overlook the north side of the city, and this vast 700,000-acre wilderness is home to some of the best trout streams and rivers in the region. The forest provides outstanding opportunities for fly fishing, and some of the best bets include Lost Creek and the Clackamas River.
Before you go fishing in Los Angeles, be sure to pick up a valid California fishing license. Saltwater and freshwater licenses are available through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website, and at most bait shops and sporting goods stores in the Los Angeles area.