Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service

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:

  • Shared trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $450
    The Halibut and Striped Bass still love to hang around and take the bait in the afternoon hours if you prefer to have a later, 5-hour excursion. Captain Bill will make sure that he includes some of his nearby favorite fishing grounds for your pleasure.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $450
    Your choice of Halibut or Striped Bass is 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.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $550
    If you're a bit older or your kids are up for an 8-hour 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 Halibut will be targeted as you aim to fill your bags up with some big catches.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Trip – Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $550
    On this trip, you'll set up the riggers to go trolling for Striped Bass and Halibut. 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.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Trip – Ocean
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $600
    Fishing for Rockfish, Lingcod, and Halibut in the ocean.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Trip – Salmon
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $600
    You will be trolling for Salmon in the ocean.
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About the Captain

Bill Clapp
Richmond, California, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
52 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
Halibut Halibut
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Seabass (White) White Seabass

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
Delta and sloughs
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
for Sturgeon
Trolling
also Bait fir Stripped Bass
Drift Fishing
When live bait is available

Amenities

Toilet
Porta Poti
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Live bait is currenly available
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
When available
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 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 34 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (27)
Half day on the S.F. Bay
Afternoon trip with Captain Bill
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
87%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
79%
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George S.
Stockton, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Went 1/2 day with Captain Bill

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 30, 2022
My son in law, grandson and myself had a great day with Captain Bill went out of his way to make sure we had a great experience...
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Christopher G.
San Jose, California
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip on the bay

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on April 1, 2022
My 12-year-old and I had a great time with Captain Bill. He was incredibly knowledgeable about fishing the bay, and let my...
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Joe S.
Piedmont, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Bay Trip with Captain Bill

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 1, 2022
Captain Bill was a great host for me and my two young sons.  The boys had a really great time and he was good and patient...
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David S.
West Sacramento, California
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day on the S.F. Bay

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 23, 2022
Captain Bill is very knowledgeable, fun to be around and the perfect guide if you are looking for a small group personalized...
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Andrew P.
Roseville, CA
Excellent
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Afternoon trip with Captain Bill

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on June 18, 2022
Had a fun time. Great price, convenient launch point, will be booking Bill again!
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FAQs about Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service

Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $225 per person - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $225 per person - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $275 per person - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $275 per person - 8 Hour Trip – Trolling (8 hours)
  • $300 per person - 8 Hour Trip – Ocean (8 hours)
  • $300 per person - 8 Hour Trip – Salmon (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 Live bait is currenly available
  • Radar

Trips booked with Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (When available)
  • 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:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing (for Sturgeon)
  • Trolling (also Bait fir Stripped Bass)
  • Drift Fishing (When live bait is available)

Top targeted fish species with Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Halibut
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Seabass (White)
  • Sturgeon