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The crisp air, the fresh blue water, a refreshing beverage all without a care. Fishing is a peaceful activity that you can either do alone, or with friends and family. Orange County offers a number of great fishing spots.

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Dana Wharf Sportfishing
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-5794

Parking can be tough, but once you’ve found a spot to get your car situated, head out to the water for some great fishing. Fishing from one of Orange County’s most beautiful harbors is just an added plus to your ocean fishing. To help you catch on the open ocean, you’ll want to team up with Dana Wharf Sportfishing. These professionals offer fishing trips throughout the year and anyone can go. So, it’s no problem if you’re young, old, inexperienced or even seasoned. Fish caught here vary depending on when you go out on the water, but generally halibut, yellowtail, white sea bass, bonito, barracuda, and even tuna are expected.

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Santa Ana River Lakes
4060 E La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 694-7210

Comprised of 3 lakes (small lake, big lake and catfish lake), Santa Ana River Lakes is a great spot to go fishing in the heart of Orange County. With no fishing license required, they offer day and night fishing and are open 6 days a week. The lakes are stocked weekly as well, and catfish and tilapia are stocked every Thursday. The Santa Ana River Lakes is one of the top fishing locations for beginners, kids, and veteran anglers. Unlike other remote fishing holes, the Santa Ana River Lake’s location right off the 91 Freeway makes it easy to get to no matter what time of day. Boat rentals, tournaments, and 24 hour fishing are all available, with increased daily catch limits for overnight stays. For a guaranteed great time and a chance to hook a record breaker, the Santa Ana River Lakes are a sure bet. Day fishing session is from 6am to 4pm, while mid-day fishing is from 12:30pm to 11pm and night fishing is from 5pm to 11pm.

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Huckleberry Kids Pond
4060 E La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 694-7210

Located right next to the Santa Ana River Lakes, the Huckleberry Kids Pond is a great place for moms, dads, grandparents and kids to gather to teach kids how to fish. With a well-stocked inventory of fish and a safe and clean environment that is perfect for kids, it’s one of the most popular in the area. No skill, equipment or license is required and kids are guaranteed to catch fish!

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Newport Landing Sport Fishing
309 Palm St
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-0550

If the open sea is what you seek, check out Newport Landing Sport Fishing where you’ll get the fishing experience of a lifetime! You’ll be guaranteed tons of action and to hook a fish. Focusing on bass, halibut, and barracuda, these overnight, 1/2 day or 3/4 day tours stick near the Orange County coastline with distant views of its sunny shores. Longer trips head out to beautiful Catalina Island for larger game and a typical haul of hundreds of fish. Newport Landing also offers overnight fishing trips, charter boats for private events, and uses the latest tools and technologies to locate the best fishing grounds for the ultimate fishing action.