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Fishing in Dana Point

Hop aboard a Dana Point fishing charter and take advantage of the diverse angling on offer in this Southern California city! Built around the magnificent Dana Point Harbor, access to productive fishing grounds has never been easier. Within minutes, you’ll be on your way to bays, reefs, and offshore waters teeming with fish.


Choose to stay inshore, and you’ll have a list of California’s most-wanted fish on your hands. It includes Calico Bass, Rockfish, White Bass, and California Halibut. As you head further out, your targets diversify and you stand a chance to reel in Yellowtail, Barracuda, and Sharks. Head all the way out to The Islands and there’s Marlin, Albacore, Yellowfin, and Bluefin Tuna for the taking too.


Dana Point fishing charters offer something for everyone, whether you’ve only got a few hours to spare or the whole day ahead of you. A half day trip is ideal for families and sees you explore the calm waters close to shore – even pros will have fun! If you’re looking for serious action, however, a deep sea charter is a no-brainer. Opt for a full day or extended full day trip to make the most of the action.


As predicted, Dana Point Harbor is the best place to find a fishing charter and embark on your adventure. There are plenty of shops and dining options available too, making it a one-stop destination for a fulfilling day. For a more low-key option, head to Embarcadero, a smaller marina adjacent to Dana Point Harbor.

 

Rules & Regulations

A Dana Point charter boat typically includes everything you need – except for a fishing license. All anglers over the age of 16 will need to purchase one before heading out. To ensure you’re respecting seasonality and bagging limits, it’s best to head out with a reputable guide. 

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Dana Point Fishing Seasons

January 1st kicks off the Sculpin season. Also known as Californian Scorpionfish, these tasty little guys may be hard to handle, but their delicious meat is worth the effort once in a while.

Halibut show up in February, to accompany the year-round populations of Yellowtail and Kelp Bass. You really are never short of great food fish in Dana Point!

Sheephead, Lingcod, Rockfish, and a ton of other tasty Groundfish open for harvest in March. Halibut fishing is also in full swing, This is your last chance to catch Spiny Lobster before the season closes

The bays are alive with more species than you can shake a stick at. Rock Cod, Halibut, Calico Bass, Sheephead, Lingcod, and Sculpin are all on the cards, so get out there and grab some!

May marks the start of great offshore fishing. Barracuda and Bonito start to show up, heralding the big game pelagics of the summer. Halibut are still around in big numbers and there are always plenty of Yellowtail.

You can spend a productive day inshore, but let's get real, the Bluefin here! Everyone wants a piece of the action with these awesome fish, so get out there and get ready to eat like a king!

Yellowfin, Bluefin, Albacore, Bonito. If it's shiny on the outside and red on the inside it's here in July! Mahi Mahi also turn up this time of year, just in case there aren't enough fish to target.

The Bluefin start to drop off in August, but Bigeyes quickly take their place. There are still tons of other delicious fish inshore if you don't have the time to get out into the blue.

The Dana Point Tall Ships Festival is held every September, gathering together the biggest fleet of these impressive vessels on the whole of the West Coast. 

Spiny Lobsters come into season in October, so remeber to lay your traps at the start of your trip. Even if you don't hook a single fish you will still have plenty of delicious seafood at the end of the day.

Things finally start to cool down in November, both above the water and below. The big game madness may be over but the inshore fishing is still great, with Rockfish, Halibut, and Lobster around in force.

Dana Point is a great place to spend the holiday season, with average temperatures of around 68° and plenty of seasonal events, not to mention loads of delicious Halibut and Rockfish just waiting to be caught.

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Top Fishing Techniques in Dana Point

  1. Deep Sea Fishing
  2. Fly Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Dana Point

Yellowtail Amberjack

Yellowtail Amberjack

Halibut

Halibut

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

California Sheephead

California Sheephead

Seabass (White)

Seabass (White)

Calico Bass

Calico Bass