Laguna Beach Fishing

Laguna Beach is a protected marine reserve and has been designated a fishing-free zone, but don’t worry you can check out other options for fishing in Laguna Beach.

Laguna Beach is a Marine Reserve


The Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve and the Laguna Beach State Marine Conservation Area are two adjoining areas that cover 6.27 square miles offshore. Each protects all marine life by prohibiting the removal of marine wildlife from within its borders. That includes everything from shells and rocks to crabs, lobster, fish and even kelp. In just the first two years since its inception, we saw a vast improvements in fish size, type and number. Currently we have seen our kelp forests thriving again and marine mammals back in the region feeding due to the return of so much sea life. Click here for more information on California Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Find regulations and maps for all MPAs can be found here.

Is Fishing Allowed in Laguna Beach?

The short answer is no, there is no fishing allowed in the city borders of Laguna Beach. Fishing is allowed at Crystal Cove State Park, which is the northern border of Laguna Beach. 

If you are interested in pole fishing, sport fishing and deep sea fishing both the harbors to the north and south of us offer tours and rentals. To our south in Dana Point (about 8 miles from Laguna’s Main Beach) or north in Newport Beach (about 10.5 miles).

In Dana Point visit Dana Wharf to see their sport fishing tour offers. In Newport Beach explore Davy’s Locker.


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