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In Long Beach, life revolves around the water. This Southern California city has stunning beaches, a huge downtown port, and, of course, fantastic angling. Hop aboard a Long Beach fishing charter and see why many of the surrounding waterways are considered the birthplace of modern day sportfishing.

Long Beach’s inshore waters consist of rocky bottoms teeming with California Halibut and Rockfish. Pair that with vibrant kelp beds stocked with Calico Bass, White Seabass, and California Sheephead and you’ve got an action-packed, year-round fishery.

Long Beach’s crowning jewel, however, is its proximity to Catalina Island. Travel just 20 miles from the coast and you’ll come across Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Blue Marlin. Head an additional 30 miles out and you’ll reach San Clemente Island, a haven for Yellowtail Amberjack. Lastly, if you want to fish the open waters, numerous honey holes lie all the way up to 60 miles from the mainland, offering trophy-sized fish.

If you’re planning on fishing near Catalina Island or beyond, your best bet is to set aside enough time for a full day or extended full day trip. This way, you’ll account for travel time and give yourself your best shot at a trophy! Inshore fishing happens within 10 miles of shore and a half day trip provides a great introduction to the waters.

There are two main starting points in Long Beach: Long Beach Shoreline Marina and Alamitos Bay Marina. The former departs from downtown Long Beach, whereas the latter is located south of downtown, towards Seal Beach.

Rules & Regulations

Recreational anglers need to purchase a fishing license either online or at authorized California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) counters. California fisheries are heavily regulated, with possession limits, minimum sizes, and seasons changing from year to year. It’s best to head out with a knowledgeable captain to ensure you’re fishing within the law.

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January

If nothing else, you can count on the iconic Calico Bass to save the trip. Fishing is slow for some species, but you can sample some nice Halibut and Sculpin.
 

February

The offer starts expanding as you can know catch highly praised White Seabass. Halibut are also out there in the water. Board a charter and go get some feisty Calico Bass.

March

As the temperature goes up, many more fish start showing up. You can target Sheepshead, Scuplin, Rock Cod, Halibut. If you want more Bass action, White Bass are ready as ever, and Calico will follow.

April

The spring is here in full swing, and anglers can get bags full of nice pelagics and bottom dwellers. Calico and White Seabass are on fire, with more Sculpin, Rock Cod, Sheepshead, and Halibut ready to take the bait.

May

Barracuda are showing up, so you may want to get to the Huntington Flats and explore the local fisheries. You can also get insane Sand Bass. Expect non-stop action with Halibut, Lingcod, Yellowtail, and White Seabass.

June

It’s getting hot. The summer days are here, which means things are about to get nasty both inshore and offshore. Barracuda, Bluefin, Yellowfin Tuna, more Calico Bass, and Bonito and Albacore in full swing.

July

Offshore you can get super game fish. Head to the Catalina Island, and get Mahi, impressive Black Seabass, Tuna, and Marlin. Around the flats there are Barracuda and Bass.

August

Giant fish are still here and your fishing trip can easily get you a trophy size catch. Black Seabass, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi, Marlin, Wahoo, all available on a full day trip.

September

Summer break might be over, but these fish are not done with your bait. Yellowfin Tuna are hungry as ever and you can also sample Mahi, Marlin, impressive Bass.

October

The offshore game is still solid, with schools of Yellowfin Tuna hanging around deep waters. You can get also Calico Bass, Halibut, and Bonito.

November

As offshore waters see the last of pelagics, remember that Halibut are there, along with Calico Bass, Lingcod, and Rock Cod.

December

The fishing season slowly comes to a close as anglers reminisce their great spring and summer catches. A trip out of Long Beach can still get you Halibut and Rock Cod.

Long Beach Fishing Calendar

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Michael W. fished with Mardiosa Sportfishing on April 8, 2021
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Yes. Both Captain Herman and Paul are very experienced fishermen.
Half day trip with Captain Gerry!
Amy S. fished with All Harbors Charter – Long Beach on June 25, 2019
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Go for calicos, the action is fast and furious!
Excellent trip with Captain Gerry!
Sean H. fished with All Harbors Charter – Long Beach on June 6, 2019
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Head out to Catalina for the best fishing!
Best day of fishing for my boy!
Kent T. fished with All Harbors Charter – Long Beach on May 24, 2019
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Go fishing with Captain Gerr and you won't be disappointed!
Beautiful half day with Gerry
Dylan L. fished with All Harbors Charter – Long Beach on January 22, 2019
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Get a guide because there’s tons of hidden spots!
Half day fishing with Captain Kevin.
Abraham F. fished with Breakwall Fishing – Weekend Trips on November 10, 2018
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Just have a great time and bring a jacket.
June fishing trip
Henry M. fished with All Harbors Charter – Long Beach on June 26, 2018
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Go with Captain Gerry this was our first time, it was great.
Full Day with Captain Gerry Mahieu to Catalina Island
Daniel A. I. fished with All Harbors Charter – Long Beach on December 3, 2017
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Be ready to have a great time. Bring Snacks and water.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Long Beach

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Long Beach costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $535, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,156. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Long Beach is 28 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips, All Harbors Charter – Long Beach, and Nemo Charters – Deep Sea Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Long Beach, California. Full list of top fishing charters in Long Beach.

Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips and All Harbors Charter – Long Beach received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Long Beach.

The best way to experience fishing in Long Beach is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Long Beach, California.

The most popular fish species you can target are Yellowtail Amberjack, Barracuda (Pacific), and Seabass (White). Top fishing techniques include deep sea fishing, bottom fishing, and light tackle. Nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

As offshore waters see the last of pelagics, remember that Halibut are there, along with Calico Bass, Lingcod, and Rock Cod. Check availability for local fishing charters in Long Beach.

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