Dumbarton Pier
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Dumbarton Pier from atop the bridge
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Entrance to the Dumbarton Pier
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Launch ramp near the entrance
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Bobs' Discount Liquor
sells frozen bait starting at 10 AM.
7000 Jarvis Ave.
(510) 793-8414 A map from Mapquest.

A 7-11 is located next-door to Bobs', but does not sell bait.

A California fishing license is not required when fishing from a public pier in the Bay. Check the DFG FAQ on pier sport fishing.

Please review the
DFG regulations
on fish size limitations and
the current heath warnings.

Dumbarton Pier

General Information

   The Dumbarton pier is located inside the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Originally built in 1927, it was the first automobile bridge to span the San Francisco Bay. It stayed in use until 1982, when the bridge running parallel to it was opened. In 1985, the middle sections of the old bridge were removed and the remainder left intact to serve as a fishing pier. The western half, called the Ravenswood pier, is closed indefinitely. While the eastern side, Dumbarton pier, is open from sunrise to sunset.

    Within the past several years, the wildlife refuge has implemented a road closure on Marshlands Road to protect threatened birds breeding in the area. Beginning on April 1 and lasting until August 31, the last three miles of the road leading to the pier is closed to vehicular traffic. During this road closure period, the pier is available by foot or bike. To make life a little easier a small shuttle bus is used on the weekends. It leaves from the closed gate at 9am, 1pm, and 5pm. The 5pm trip is a return trip only. Reservations must be made to use the shuttle. Call (510) 792-0222 for more information.

Fishing Information

   During the spring and summer, most of the fishing is for leopard sharks, bat rays, several species of surfperch and the occasional striper. But where this pier really shines, is in the winter, when the sturgeon move into the area. It's not unusual to go a week or more with at least one sturgeon being caught each day. Use a stout pole with 20-30 pound test line, and a sturgeon leader. Bait it with either grass shrimp, mud shrimp, or my personal favorite, a chunk of bay herring.

    Please remember that it is illegal to gaff a sturgeon, so you'll need to use alternate method to haul the fish onto the pier. Some people use crab nets, others prefer to use a snare.


   From I880,take the Hwy 84 west exit to Thornton Ave. (the last exit before the tollbooths). Follow the road south to the entrance of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Take Marshlands Road to the end. There is no entrance or parking fees.