Northern Baja Fish Report

March 7, 2016 Edition


These grassroots sort of fiestas centered on a series of fishing tournaments have gained in popularity over the past several years. Both visiting anglers and locals have taken to the two day format with low entry fees and cash prizes to the winners in the men, women and children’s categories. The events offer unique opportunities for participants to explore unfamiliar waters, some in remote areas, while competing with others from all walks of life who share a common interest in fishing. First-timers are amazed at the camaraderie and many become regulars on the circuit.

Coronado Islands

Lower Nine, North of North Island, and the Finger Bank are still kicking out good rock fishing with a few yellowtail mixed in. The Finger Bank has a high volume of rockfish; stop just about anywhere and find your limit. Yellowtail are still off the Finger Bank but few boats are going to the area.

Yellows spread from the Rockpile down the Finger Bank but the bite is slow. There are many more fish around than counts indicate.

Some are seeing 100-yard long schools on the sonar but are hooking only one or two fish if any.

The fish are showing at roughly 20 to 25 fathoms down in the water column under mixed anchovy and red crab — tons of birds give away the location(s).


Recent winter-like conditions slowed the surface bite for yellowtail. Lingcod and red rockcod have been biting at San Miguel Reef on bait as well as artificials. A few yellows have been biting on the bottom.


fishkiller0301.jpgThe first bluefin of the year, weighing 50 pounds, was caught aboard the “Pacific Queen” a San Diego Sportfishing boat enroute to Colonet. They also caught quite a few yellowtail on heavier iron in the upper teens to low twenty-pound range. Rock fishing is almost always good if you can stay on the bottom. However, with stronger tidal swings around the full moon, current can be ripping and require as much as 20 ounces of lead to keep the bait or lure in the right zone near the bottom.

San Quintin

Up and down windy conditions along with large swells recently have kept local boats off the water. On the few days the wind backed off the bottom fishing has been fair-to-good, plus a few bonus winter yellowtail for the tenacious. There have also been a few good-sized halibut landed recently.

Bahía de los Ángeles

Sporadic north winds continue to hamper the offshore fishing at the Islands.