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.
Head to the north and south jetties where licensed fishing is allowed. 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. The shop doesn’t rent tackle, but there is plenty for sale.
Marina del Rey Sportfishing, open daily 6 a.m.-5 p.m., operates a bait dock at Fisherman’s Village (13759 Fiji Way). Bring your own 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. to 4 p.m. for $10 per person. This fee includes bait. A fishing license is required and can be purchased at the dock, as well as rental rods (with advance notice).
Marina del Rey Sportfishing offers the most affordable option for single-day public 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 sheephead, whitefish, rockfish, red snapper, sculpin, and lingcod. For an additional nominal fee, 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. 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.
Killer Ocean Adventures is another option for chartered half-day, full-day or overnight guided sportfishing and spearfishing trips. Choose from destinations such as the Malibu coast, Catalina Island, Channel Islands, Point Dume Reserve and more. At the end of the excursion, the chefs at world-famous Killer Shrimp Restaurant will prepare the fresh catch for guests to enjoy on-site or take home.
Many other yachts in the Marina are available for private charter. If you prefer your own private excursion, then review our charters and boat rentals page for a list of properly licensed companies in Marina del Rey.