Dockweiler State Park Fishing Info
Dockweiler State Beach is in Los Angeles, California and consists of 3.75 miles of coastline. The entrance to the beach is located in Playa Del Rey where the Imperial Highway meets the Pacific Ocean.
The Dockweiler State Beach is a relatively broad and long beach. It stretches from Ballona Creek southwards to the area next to the Chevron plant. This beach is a favorite spot for surf fishing from the shoreline.
The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors offers classes on Saturday and Sunday mornings during April and May to people who are new to shore fishing. When you attend these classes, you don’t have to bring your fishing poles or bait as they are included at no charge.
Dockweiler State Beach is a popular venue for local fly-fishing clubs. On several occasions The One Surf Fly Classic was held here.
Surf fishing is widely regarded as one of the most exciting ways to catch fish. It is also one of the easiest fishing types for beginners to learn without using a fish finder. The gear you need for surf fishing includes a surf fishing rod, a surf fishing reel, fishing line, and tackle that includes weights, lures, hooks, and bait.
You may also need surf fishing rigs and other accessories like pliers, clippers, or scissors. For surf fishing at Dockweiler State Park, you need a rod that is at least ten feet long. To cast your line out 250 feet or more, you will need heavy weights – at least three ounces of lead.
For more active surf fishing, a short fishing rod with a length of seven to nine feet will be sufficient. To catch fish closer to the shore, you will have to target the troughs near the shore where the fish are active. If you have trouble spotting the troughs, try fan casting to increase your chances of success. So grab the best fishing sunglasses you can find, add fishing line and a decent Shimano spinning reel, and you’re good to go.
If you’re older than sixteen, you need a current California fishing license to attempt to catch fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians, or reptiles. You need a fishing license regardless of whether you are fishing in ocean waters or inland bodies of water.
You may, however, fish from public piers, jetties that are accessible to the general public and that are connected to the land. You are not allowed to hook a fish from a dock and move to the land to reel it in if you don’t have a fishing license.
You can purchase your fishing license online from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
June, July, and August are typically the best months for fishing at Dockweiler State Park. Fish species you can catch during these months include rock cod, halibut, dorado, calico bass, blue and yellowfin tuna, barracuda, bonito, and yellowtail.
Halibut is in abundance throughout the year except, perhaps, for May when calico bass, white sea bass, rock cod, and barracuda are roaming the waters.
December and January are quiet fishing months. During this time, you will typically only find halibut, calico bass, rock cod, and sculpin.