Fisher with their line cast off the San Diego shoreline

Fishing Spots in San Diego County

Posted on 17 Oct, 2018

Angling to get out on the open waters or fish off the shoreline? Check out these fishing spots in San Diego County, located close to Weston’s master-planned community in Santee.

Lake Murray
On the southern tip of Mission Trails Regional Park, fishers can enjoy their day casting from the shore, a boat or tube. The reservoir includes Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, black crappie and trout with stockings taking place November through May. The paved pathway surrounding the lake up to the dam gates is also a popular spot for joggers and bikers with the path totaling 6.4 miles round-trip.

Lower Otay Lake
In Chula Vista is one of the most highly sought fishing spots for largemouth bass and catfish. Due to the limited shoreline, you’ll likely need to boat to enjoy fishing at Lower Otay Lake. However, rentals are available through the concessions. Private boats, kayaks, float tubes and canoes are also all fair game but have launch fees. You may also see seasoned rowers there; the U.S. Olympic rowing teams use Lower Otay Lake as a training facility.

Embarcadero Marina Park Pier
Next door to the San Diego Convention Center, throw your line off the pier for your chance at bass, halibut, mackerel and other fish that gravitate bayside. Unlike the other spots mentioned, no fishing license is required as it’s a public pier.

Santee Lakes
Conveniently close to Weston is Santee Lakes. In addition to a variety of other lakeside activities conveniently close by, anglers can reel in bass, catfish, trout and carp. Their annual catfish stocking event, Stockzilla, took place October 6 with over 3,500 pounds of catfish distributed across the seven lakes.

Keep in mind bass are catch and release only. See any other additional fishing restrictions here.

Along with being a bike ride away from Santee Lakes, Weston is near Santee Boulders, Mission Trails Regional Park and West Hill Parks so you can fully enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle just outside your door. For more community news and updates, join our Interest List.