Targets: White Seabass, Halibut, Yellowtail, Lingcod and Rockfish
Rockfish season is OPEN in San Diego on March 1! Spring in Southern California has me watching the weather forecasts and water temperatures closely, and getting out to the kelp beds when conditions permit. See the Kayak Conditions link in the menu bar.
Its an exciting time of year as many types of fish spawn in this season, and the pre-spawn warming water temps trigger their feeding to fatten up. Large schools of white seabass can hang in the kelpbeds during the day during springtime.
Need some motivation? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKdOpniNsSU
With the seabass, many other fish that spend the winter in deeper water (100 – 200+’) will come into the kelp bed areas in 30 – 90′ to take advantage of the abundant schools of grunion, smelt, anchovies, sardines, and other baitfish. This includes calico bass, lingcod and big halibut.
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When the water temperature steadies around 62-63 degrees, the bass fishing can be excellent. For La Jolla, see this page for temps: http://cdip.ucsd.edu/?nav=recent&sub=observed&units=english&tz=PDT&pub=public&stn=100&xitem=temperature