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Month: August 2013

Last Licks for Labor Day?

Last Licks for Labor Day?

Tom Keer 8/28/2013 If September 21st is the actual first day of fall, Labor Day is viewed as the end of summer.  Think about it.  Kids go back to school (if they’re not back already), vacations have become memories, and work takes on an air […]

The Hatch may be Open.

The Hatch may be Open.

Andy Whitcomb 8/27/2013 “That’s a big mosquito!” a boy in the crowd said. However, my pet for a brief moment was a harmless mayfly, attracted to the lights of my kids’ ballgame. At the river earlier that day, there also was a “hatch” (a periodic […]

4 Things to Remember When Choosing Saltwater Fishing Line

4 Things to Remember When Choosing Saltwater Fishing Line

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Unexpected Summer Fun

Unexpected Summer Fun

Stephanie Vatalaro 8/23/2013 We live on the Lake Michigan coast, within a stone’s throw of dozens of beautiful, popular state parks. So not surprisingly, when we plan one of our annual summer camping trips, we usually just head a few miles up or down the […]

Raise the Rafters

Raise the Rafters

Andy Whitcomb 8/22/2013 Have you ever built a raft? And I don’t mean just inflated something manufactured, but actually lashed together various hopefully buoyant objects?  Perhaps you were influenced by reading Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and yearned for adventure. This summer, Soggy […]

The Secrets to Summer Redfish Success

The Secrets to Summer Redfish Success

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Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Fishing

Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Fishing

Stephanie Vatalaro 8/15/2013 I live in a house with six males. SIX. That’s a lot of testosterone. That’s a lot of energy. That’s a lot of laughter and bouncing off of walls and frogs in pockets and wrestling and love and time well spent getting […]

Trolling, trolling, trolling… Walleye!

Trolling, trolling, trolling… Walleye!

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Five Hot Fishing Spots in Los Angeles

Five Hot Fishing Spots in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is many things to many people, but only locals think of Tinseltown as a place to catch fish. The second-largest city in the United States has lakes and reservoirs that are very popular among the fishing crowd, and saltwater action is a step away. While lots of anglers drive an hour south to San Diego you can find enough fresh and saltwater action within a short drive from the center of the city.

Echo Park with the LA skyline as a back drop

A mile due west from Dodger Stadium is Echo Park Lake which is a great warm water fishery. Here you’ll find catfish, bluegills and largemouth bass for sure, but the state also stocks Echo Park Lake with rainbow trout. Most of those stockings are during the Fall and Winter which is a time of year preferred by the coldwater trout. Going fishing in the morning and catching a Dodger game in the afternoon sounds like a perfect day, but be prepared for some stares if you bring your tackle to the stadium.

Saltwater fans frequently head to one of the fishing piers. The Venice Fishing Pier is a 1300 foot long pier where anglers routinely catch white sea bass, halibut, and barracuda. If you’re looking for more elbow room (literally), try the 2000 foot Santa Monica Pier. Yellowtail, sea bass and mackerel are the most commonly caught species, but halibut are caught there as well. You’ll find lots of pedestrian traffic on the piers, so if you’re looking for room to move you might consider other areas.

Dockweiler State Park

One of those quieter areas is Dockweiler State Park. The open surf holds perch, croakers, and corbina in quantities that make it a popular choice for some of the many annual fishing tournaments. You’ll share the beach with sun bathers, kids building sand castles and swimmers, but the shoreline is three-miles long so there plenty of room for all. The park also offers a concession stand and picnic areas which makes it a good spot to bring your entire family.

Last but not least is Legg Lake located in West Los Angeles. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout from Fall through Spring, and there are natural populations of calico bass (crappie), largemouth bass, bluegills and other panfish. No boats are allowed on the lake and fishing is from the banks.

Finding good fishing access in a major metropolitan city can be difficult, but not in LA. And when you go to one of these hot spots you’ll find what residents have known all along; there’s a lot more to the city than just movie stars! Click here to buy a license or to learn more about fishing in California.


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Tom Keer

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program.  Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits.  When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters.  His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011.  Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.

Tips for Finding a Good Spot to Saltwater Fish from Shore

Tips for Finding a Good Spot to Saltwater Fish from Shore

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