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Fishing in Bodega Bay

Many recognize Bodega Bay as the site where Alfred Hitchcock filmed “The Birds,” but it’s the fish that are catching people’s attention here nowadays. This is shaping up to be one of California’s premier angling destinations, and one outing with a Bodega Bay fishing charter is enough to understand why that’s the case.
 
Here, fishermen delight in catching Lingcod, Rockfish, and Halibut most of the year. In summer, Chinook Salmon and Albacore Tuna turn up the heat with intense fighting action. Want a change of pace? Spend a sunny day crabbing on one of the piers or beaches of the bay, and you’re all but guaranteed a delicious seafood dinner.
 
If you’re coming to Bodega Bay for a fishing adventure, but you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty of guides that can help you out. For anglers looking to fish and make new friends, shared trips are a good and affordable way to go. If you’re coming to the bay with your family or fishing buddies and prefer to have the boat to yourself, you should choose a private trip and enjoy to the max.
 
To get a taste of local culture and try something new, why not sign up for the Kayak Crabbing Tournament? This is a unique opportunity to snatch your limit of Dungeness Crab and work on your kayaking skills.
 
The best spot to find a fishing charter to your liking is Porto Bodega Marina in the quaint town of Bodega Bay.
 

Rules & Regulations

Bodega Bay fishing charters do not include fishing licenses. Anyone in your group age 16 and older must have a California state fishing license ahead of time. Your captain will let you know how many fish you can keep and they may even clean and prepare the catch for you after the trip.

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Bodega Bay Fishing Seasons

January is a great time for crabbing! You won’t find many charter boats running trips at this time of year, but shore fishing can be excellent. Maybe you could even land a Leopard Shark, which is always fun.
If you’re eager to mix things up a little, try clamming at low tide, or fish the incoming tide for Perch and Flounder. The weather is heating up already, and anglers are preparing for the peak fishing season.
Rockfish season is just around the corner. Until then, most catches will consist of Crab and Leopard Sharks. It’s also possible to fish for Halibut most years, which means you could go home with a few nice fish fillets.
Spring is here and Rockfish are open to harvest! In years when plenty of Squid are around, White Seabass will start showing up to feed on them. As always, you can count on plenty of Crab.
Halibut fishing starts to heat up in May. By now, Bodega Bay fishing charters are fully up and running, carrying anglers offshore to catch Lingcod, Rockfish, and more.
June is one of the best times for fishing in Bodega Bay. You can expect clear, sunny skies all month, with temperatures in the eighties, and plenty of fish. Chinook Salmon season is open and Rockfish are at their peak.
Salmon season is in full swing, with plenty of 20 lb fish on the horizon. Halibut are also biting left and right, which makes bottom fishing especially productive. The season for Dungeness Crab will close this month.
Dungeness Crab are off the menu, but you can still catch plenty of other Crab species in Bodega Bay. Salmon fishing is still going strong, while Rockfish, Halibut, and Seabass are all at their peak.
Come September, ocean Salmon are scarce. But the Tuna action offshore makes up for it! Fall boasts some of the best weather of the year, so indulge in smooth sailing and some awesome catches.
You can still catch Albacore offshore, along with almost every other species. With only a few days of rain forecast this month, you can expect fair weather and a full cooler at the end of the day.
Dungeness Crab season opens with a bang when these delicious critters are at their peak! Fishing for Lingcod is excellent, and you can also target Rockfish and Halibut while you’re at it.
December marks some of the coldest and wettest weather of the year, with average temperatures slipping back down, but have no fear! Bodega Bay continues to offer superb bottom fishing and crabbing.

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Top Targeted Species in Bodega Bay

Tuna (Albacore)

Tuna (Albacore)

Lingcod

Lingcod

Rockfish

Rockfish

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Chinook)

Halibut

Halibut

Seabass (White)

Seabass (White)

Crab

Crab