FISHING IN MARINA DEL REY

What’s a trip to the ocean without a chance to hook a prize catch? In Marina del Rey, you can be at the water’s edge, pole in hand, in just minutes. Or, connect with a licensed sportfishing or charter company to head out into the big blue for some deep-sea action off the Los Angeles coast.

Land-Based Fishing

Licensed fishing is permitted at the north and south jetties. You can also fish at the nearby Venice Pier, which doesn’t require a license. Fishing licenses and bait are available at the West Marine store, located at 4750 Admiralty Way in the Waterside shopping center. 310-823-5357. The shop doesn’t rent tackle, but there is plenty for sale.

Marina del Rey Sportfishing operates a bait dock at Fisherman’s Village (13739 Fiji Way), open daily 5 a.m.–6 p.m. Anyone can stop by with a bucket or cooler to purchase live or fresh frozen bait – sardines, squid, and anchovies. Dock fishing from the bait dock is allowed between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.; $10 per person, including bait. Fishing license is required and can be purchased at the dock, as well as rental rods (with advance notice).

Deep-Sea Fishing

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Marina del Rey Sportfishing offers the most affordable option for single-day fishing excursions in Los Angeles. Choose from open-party (public) half-day and three-quarter-day fishing trips out onto Santa Monica Bay, offered year-round. Private charters are also available. Santa Monica Bay is home to numerous types of gamefish. Depending on the season, you’ll be on the hunt for halibut, barracuda, sand bass, calico bass, white sea bass, and yellowtail. The boat service includes fish cleaning and packaging, or you can catch-and-release.

A valid fishing license is required for anyone over age 15, and you can buy a one-day license on the boat. Marina del Rey Sportfishing also offers tackle rental onboard for an extra $10 (cash only). The boat departs from Dock 52 (13552 Fiji Way), which has a large parking lot with free parking. 310-822-3625; 800-822-3625.

Private Yacht Charters & Rentals

Many other yachts in the Marina are available for private charter. Review our charters page for a current list of those properly licensed to operate in Marina del Rey. Make sure the vessel you charter has been inspected and certified for commercial use by the U.S. Coast Guard. Your operator must have commercial charter insurance, and if you are hiring a skipper, your skipper should be a certified captain with a valid commercial captain’s license. Further information is available from the Marina del Rey Harbormaster at 310-482-6000, and from the U.S. Coast Guard at 310-823-2300.