Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service

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If you’re in the San Francisco Bay area then take a day out of checking out the city sights and head out onto the water. Captain Bill Clapp loves to take small groups of people out to search for what lurks in the waters around the bay. With over 30 years of fishing in the area, you’re in safe and knowledgeable hands with Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service.

He owns a 21’ North River Aluminum fishing boat that can accommodate up to 4 people. Originally built in 2006, it’s powered by twin 150 HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots. With this kind of speed, he can take you anywhere. It includes a roof cover to protect you from the sun or the rain as you fish away.

With Captain Bill you can explore the river, the delta, or the bay as the whole water system is within reach. Striped Bass and Sturgeon are his fish targets of choice year-round. He’ll fish the bay once season picks up, where you can target Halibut, Sharks, and Stripers.

All you need to pull them in is provided. Top of the range rods, reels, terminal tackle, live bait, and lures are in his inventory for maximizing your chances of catching some big ones.

Take the basics with you - food, drinks, licenses. If you plan to target Sturgeon then a report card is required along with your license. Bring these things with you and go fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,000
    If you're a bit older or your kids are up for a full-day adventure in the San Francisco area, then this is the trip for you. As well as beginners, this trip is also recommended for those who have high levels of experience. Like with the other trips both Striped Bass and Sturgeon will be targeted as you aim to fill your bags up with some big catches.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Trolling
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,000
    On this trip, you'll set up the riggers to go trolling for Striped Bass. Captain Bill's fast-paced vessel is perfect for this style of fishing. You'll cruise at speeds of up to 30 knots, which is sure to get the Bass chasing. Although suitable for all levels this one is particularly good for those who love to or want to learn how to troll.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $800
    Your choice of Sturgeon or Striped Bass are waiting for you should you choose to rise early for this morning trip. This trip is perfect for kids as it's a little bit less time on the water, meaning that they won't get bored of hopping around the bodies of water. Instead, a short, focused, amount of time can help them bring out a passion for reeling the fish in.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $800
    The Sturgeon and Striped Bass still love to hang around and take the bait in the afternoon hours if you prefer to have a later, half⁠–⁠day excursion. Captain Bill will make sure that he includes some of his nearby favorite fishing grounds for your pleasure.
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About the Captain

Bill Clapp
Richmond, California, United States
Angler's Choice
42 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2018
Capt. Bill has been fishing the waters of San Francisco Bay and beyond for more than 30 years. He's also been fishing the waters surrounding Sacramento for over two and a half decades now. That amount of fishing has given him tremendous knowledge on the local fish, that's he's keen on sharing with his customers. He's a true angler, spending 12 months of the year on the water – when he's not fishing he's maintaining his boat, exploring the waters, or looking for hotspots.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Sturgeon Sturgeon

Boat Specs

North River (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2006. Powered by 2 150HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Great Half Day of Fishing on Father's Day!
Great Half Day of Fishing on Father's Day!
Great Half Day of Fishing on Father's Day!
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Anglers Claimed
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Friendly captain
94%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
82%
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Mary M.
Livermore, CA
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Great Half Day of Fishing on Father's Day!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 20, 2021
Booked a fishing trip for my husband and two boys for Father’s Day and they had a fantastic time!  Bill and his son were...
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Berkeley, CA
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Catching Stripers

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on November 19, 2021
We had a great time with Capt Bill. It was slow at the start but he switched it up and we found a spot that was biting. Got...
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Tracy, CA
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Full Day with Cpt. Bill

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 22, 2021
I took my 12 year old son for a full day on the water with Cpt. Bill. He was very knowledgeable and made the day special for...
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Byron H.
San Francisco, CA
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Half day trip with Captain Bill

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on October 8, 2021
While it was choppy out on the Bay that day we had a ton of fun with Captain Bill. Would recommend for folks wanting to go...
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Keith A.
San Ramon, California
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Great outing with Bill

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 16, 2021
Captain Bill is a hardworking, knowledgeable captain doing the most for his customers. He and his son Billy put every effort...
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FAQs about Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service

Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group, additional $200 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $200 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $250 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $250 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip – Trolling (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Porta Poti)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Delta and sloughs)
  • Nearshore Fishing

Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Bottom Fishing (for Sturgeon)
  • Trolling (also Bait fir Stripped Bass)

Top targeted fish species with Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Sturgeon