Crabbing Piers

Here is a list of most fishing and crabbing piers in California. Look for our expanded pier list soon to include reviews and pier specific information. Please let us know if we’ve missed one.


One of the best places to crab in California is on public piers!


No license is need when fishing or crabbing from a public pier.


As always, check out the Dept of Fish & Games latest regulations for complete and updated info.




Piers are a great, convenient way to get your crab nets and pots several hundred feet out into the ocean without a boat.




Most piers will have sufficient parking and a convenient paved walk to get your gear out to the fishing spot.














View from Fort Baker, across the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco.


We like to use what we call “granny grocery getters” or small wheeled carts for pier crabbing. Most can accommodate a 5 gal bucket inside and you can stack your oversize gear on top of that.




One negative about pier fishing and crabbing is that usually aggressive mammals, like sea lions, will hang around the piers because they know the fisherman are dropping lots of bait. Check out our tips page  for strategies on keeping your bait away from these pests.




The seasons are often longer for those fishing or crabbing from a pier than they are for boat based anglers.

A sign at Fort Baker warning that no Dungeness may be kept. Note that the maximum number of crab nets is 2 per person. This is consistent for piers in California. header

Antioch Bridge Pier


Avila Beach Pier

San Luis Obispo

B Street Pier

Crescent City

Balboa Pier

Newport Beach

Belmont Pier

Long Beach

Berkeley Pier


Cabrillo Pier

San Pedro

Candlestick Point Park Pier

San Francisco

Capitola Wharf


Cayucos Pier


Citizen’s Dock

Crescent City

Coronado Ferry Landing


Crystal Pier

San Diego

Dana Point Harbor

Dana Point

Dumbarton Pier


Elephant Rock Pier



San Diego

Fort Baker Pier


Fort Point Pier

San Francisco

Gaviota Pier


Goleta Pier

Santa Barbara

Green Pleasure Pier

Avalon, Catalina Island

Harford Pier

San Luis Obispo

Hermosa Beach Pier

Hermosa Beach

Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach

Imperial Beach Pier

Imperial Beach

Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan Beach

McFadden Wharf

Newport Beach

McNear Beach Fishing Pier

San Rafael

Noyo Harbor Jetty

Fort Bragg

Ocean Beach Pier

San Diego

Oceanside Pier


Oyster Point Pier

South San Francisco

Pacifica Pier


Pier 7

San Francisco

Pismo Beach Pier

Pismo Beach

Point Arena Pier

Point Arena

Point Pinole Pier


Port Hueneme Pier

Port Hueneme

Portview Park Pier


Redondo Beach Pier

Redondo Beach

San Clemente Pier

San Clemente

San Francisco Municipal Pier

San Francisco

San Simeon Pier

San Simeon Bay

Santa Cruz Wharf

Santa Cruz

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica

Seacliff State Beach Pier


Seal Beach Pier

Seal Beach

Shelter Island Pier

San Diego

Stearns Wharf

Santa Barbara

Trinidad Pier *


Venice Fishing Pier

Los Angeles


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