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Old Dumbarton takes you out to where fish are.

Until now, fishing the south end of San Francisco Bay has been difficult without a boat--the deep, fish-rich channel is hundreds of yards from shore. But after the planned October 12 opening of the two Dumbarton fishing piers (converted ends of the old bridge), fishermen can get right out over the channel.

Stretching some 2,000 feet into the bay, each pier has benches, water fountain, restrooms, and a fish-cleaning station. (If you remember the old bridge as a heavily trafficked thoroughfare, you may be surprised at its narrowness.)

Out at the tip of each pier, a low platform puts you down closer to the water's surface. At high tide off the west-end pier, the water depth is 30 to 40 feet; at low tide, it's just 10 feet. In the east end it's 40 to 50 feet at high tide, 20 at low tide.

You might catch shark, jack smelt, surf perch, starry flounder, or bat ray (all no limit); sturgeon (limit one, 40-inch minimum); or striped bass (limit two, 18-inch minimum). A 9-foot salt-water spinning rod and reel suitable for light surf, pier, and jetty fishing will work well here, with a 10- or 15-pound test line. For bait you might try anchovy, liver, shrimp, squid, sardine, live pile worms, or shore crabs; 6-ounce sinkers will help stabilize your line in the windy, rapid current conditions. No license is required.

Administered by the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the piers are open daylight hours; displays tell of bridge history and fish and birdlife here. Dress warmly and be prepared for wind. From State 84, take the Ravenswood exit to the west pier, or exit on Thornton Avenue and follow signs to the east pier.
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Title Annotation:Dumbarton fishing pier, Fremont, California
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Date:Nov 1, 1985
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