San Diego Bay - Inshore

Tip of the week 

Use Intermediate or floating line in water less than 10 feet deep with short/quick strips followed by a pause. Deeper water 8 feet and deeper use a 250-300 grain shooting head with the same strip. Deeper channels, go to 7 weight rod with a 350-400 grain shooting head. Sparse flies with long crazy legs are working well.

Seven-day forecast 

Good tides with up and down weather this week. Water temperature down to mid 60s so start fishing the back bay It is best to work your flies with the current when the water is moving slower. This is the best time of the year to be on San Diego Bay. Work the Glorietta Bay, the Amphibious Base and around the bridge. Water temperature in the back bay down to 65 degrees so state looking around 24th Street and Chula Vista. Look for the terns. Lots of Spotted Bay Bass and lots of smelt in the back bay. Smaller bait fish moving in so look for working birds.

Bonefish biting on live ghost shrimp and also on flies with orange in them. Chartreuos/white flies working good right now. Shrimp imitations should be used in the back bay looking for the bonefish. Good spotted bay bass action. Croaker and corvina are starting to show as more bait has come into the back bay. Watch for working birds south of the bridge.


Good tides all week with up and down weather. Improved by the weekend. Back bay water temperature down and fishing improved. Be sure to work the flies with the current when it is slower. Water temperature in the mid 60s throughout the bay. Work your flies faster. Small bait fish around. Watch for working birds and breaking bait in the back bay. Watch for Bonita in the front bay by Shelter Island and the Coast Guard Station.

Kelp bed water temperature 72. Good calico bass fishing near the surface and barracuda starting to show. Bonita outside the kelp beds and down by the Whisler Bouy

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