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The Best Fishing in San Francisco

Looking for the best fishing in San Francisco? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around San Francisco. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top fishing spots in and near San Francisco

  • San Francisco, California

    Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club

    5.0
    The golden gate casting pools are a hidden gem in the park located on the other side of JFK from the Buffalo Paddock. Here you can practice your fly casting basics or pick up new forms casting (i.e. spey or double haul). The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club has a clubhouse at the pond where s...
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  • San Francisco, California

    Crab Fishing at China Beach

    5.0
    It's illegal to catch Dungeness Crab inside the bay, but once you reach Baker Beach and China Beach, it's legal to catch 10 per valid fishing license. When you're ready to start your crabbing adventure, head to Gus' Discount Tackle. They'll get you set up with the right equipment (a crab trap, zi...
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  • San Francisco, California

    Baker Beach

    4.8
    If you're looking for a beach that's a little more protected and scenic than Ocean Beach, then Baker Beach is it. Bring a cooler and some burritos out and kick it with your friends. On a sunny weekend day in SF, there's usually a sizable crowd here, so if you need parking, be sure to get here ear...
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  • San Francisco, California

    Candlestick Point

    1.59 mi / 85 ft gain
    Candlestick Point is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Brisbane, California.
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  • Pacifica, California

    Fish at Pacifica Pier

    5.0
    This is a great place for fishing or just taking a walk to watch the sunset.  It's a great place to walk or jog, or even bring a pup!  There are lot of people fishing throughout the pier.   A short walk away is Sharp Park Beach, where you can relax and bring a picnic to watch the sunset.
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  • Pacifica, California

    Mori Point Loop

    4.8
    2.54 mi / 276 ft gain
    Start at the parking lots close to the pier, where bathrooms are also available. Walk along the pier to watch the sunset as it begins. Next, walk along Sharp Park Beach to discover the plethora of wild flowers and friendly locals always ready to guide you on your walk. Take the stairs up to the...
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  • Burlingame, California

    Bayshore Trail

    5.18 mi / 85 ft gain
    Bayshore Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Millbrae, California.
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  • Albany, California

    Albany Bulb

    1.88 mi / 59 ft gain
    Albany Bulb is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Albany, California.
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  • Richmond, California

    Picnic at Point Molate Beach Park

    The beach park is very small but has sand along the shore for water access. Along the small cliffs of the beach there are picnic tables and grills for a nice cookout and family picnic. This beach would also be a great place for kayaking or standup paddle boarding as it is fairly secluded and away...
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  • Stinson Beach, California

    Cataract Falls and Alpine Lake via Simmons Trail

    5.58 mi / 1352 ft gain
    Cataract Falls and Alpine Lake via Simmons Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Mill Valley, California.
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  • Oakland, California

    Lake Temescal Loop

    1.05 mi / 128 ft gain
    Lake Temescal Loop is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Oakland, California.
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  • Berkeley, California

    Wildcat Gorge and Lake Anza Loop

    1.05 mi / 131 ft gain
    Wildcat Gorge and Lake Anza Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Berkeley, California.
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  • Marin County, California

    Bon Tempe Lake Loop

    4.01 mi / 568 ft gain
    Bon Tempe Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Fairfax, California.
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  • Fairfax, California

    Lake Lagunitas

    4.0
    1.6 mi / 176 ft gain
    Located near Fairfax, California, this trail is relatively flat and provides peaceful views of the lake as you pass over small creeks and groves of redwoods. It's good for all skill levels and is accessible year-round. It's a great trail for families and beginner mountain bikers.It can be a littl...
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  • Berkeley, California

    Hike Nimitz Way to Wildcat Peak

    4.5
    4.7 mi / 1400 ft gain
    Tilden Park is a beautiful recreational area with scenic hiking trails, a swimming lake, small animal farm, a steam train and botanical gardens. The versatility of this park makes it very family and kid friendly, and those who are looking for a moderate hike within the park have almost forty mile...
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  • San Leandro, California

    SF Bay Trail: Roberts Landing to Marina Park

    6.61 mi / 56 ft gain
    SF Bay Trail: Roberts Landing to Marina Park is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near San Lorenzo, California.
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