Pier Fishing in California - Pier 7


Pier 7 in San Francisco was designed with both tourists and fishermen in mind. The original pier was built in 1901. The new structure was built in 1990. The pier includes timber decking, ornamental iron handrails, benches, and lighting for night use. The pier stretches 840 feet and is the second longest fishing pier in San Francisco. The fishing along the pier is reportedly one of the best spots in the area. The muddy bottom attracts smaller baitfish, which in turn, attracts the larger game fish prevalent in the region. Around the pilings are the best areas for species of sea perch. Farther out toward the end, is the greatest opportunity to hook sharks, rays, tomcod, flounder, sole, halibut and striped bass. The time of year dictates the type of fish the anglers can expect to encounter. Sea perch will be more prevalent during winter and spring. Summer and fall are best for the larger species like sharks, kingfish and rays. Crabs are abundant during this warmer period as well. Although primarily a fishing destination, many tourists like to stroll along the pier to get a glimpse of the fisherman and their catch. There are restaurants in the immediate area and the pier has sufficient parking. Pier 7 is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers fish cleaning stations.

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