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Spend a day aboard a Newport Beach fishing charter and you’ll go up against some of Southern California’s most sought-after game fish. With everything from delicious inshore critters to massive offshore pelagic fish, there’s something for everyone in these waters. Add SoCal’s world-famous sunshine to that, and it’s easy to see where Newport Beach gets its fishing reputation.

Newport Beach’s inshore and nearshore coastal waters are brimming with sand flats, artificial reefs, and kelp beds. This makes them a natural hotspot for Halibut, Calico Bass, White Seabass, Bonito, Rockfish, Yellowtail Amberjack, and seasonal visitors such as Barracuda.

If you want to step it up a notch, however, head offshore. The waters surrounding Catalina, San Clemente, and beyond offer up incredible deep sea fishing for Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. That’s not all, either. Fishing the rocky coastlines of the islands will put you up against Cabezon, Lingcod, and California Sheephead.

If you’re short on time, a half day inshore trip is the perfect choice for you. You’ll be able to hit up a number of spots where game fish live in abundance. For bluewater action, set aside at a least a full day to account for travel time and to give yourself the best shot at a trophy. If you’re in town for a few days, an overnight trip is well-worth considering.

When it comes to finding a fishing charter in Newport Beach, your best bet is Newport Bay. The upper section of the bay houses the Newport Dunes Marina and Newport Beach Boat Ramp, to name a few. For easiest access to deep waters, check out marinas near Balboa Island.

Rules & Regulations

Anglers age 16 and above must purchase a California fishing license before heading out. Southern California’s waters are heavily regulated by the CDFW and it’s best to head out with an experienced captain to ensure you’re fishing within the law.

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With average temperatures as high as 50–60°F, January is a great time to get out on the water in Newport Beach! Fish the Huntington flats or the coast of Catalina for White Seabass, Calico Bass, and Halibut.


Winter fishing continues, with excellent prospects anywhere (and everywhere) close to shore. Set some traps for Lobster and bring home a little something extra in your cooler!


The weather is still a balmy 60°F in early spring. In some years, Rockfish may already be open to harvest. Head to Catalina or San Clemente Island and beat the heat as well as the summer crowds.


High temperatures are still months away, but the fishing is about to get hot here in Newport Beach! Rockfish season is open, and Barracuda and Yellowtail will start showing up along the coast soon.


May is a great time to venture offshore, with early Bluefin Tuna and monster Sharks making their entrance 60+ miles out. Meanwhile, bottom fishing will produce all of SoCal’s delicacies, including Halibut and Rockfish.


The deep sea fanatics are just getting started out on the water as Marlin, Tuna, and other big game fish start appearing offshore. Look for a massive Mako Shark if you’re in the mood for a real wrestling match.


Celebrate the Fourth of July, then head offshore for some fireworks of a different kind! Mahi Mahi are finally on the scene, accompanied by Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna in full force.


You’ll be spoiled for choice in August, as the fishing continues to thrive everywhere from the Huntington Flats to the deep sea. Average temperatures reach their height in July, soaring above 70°F.


Early fall is a great time to fish the reefs for Barracuda, Rockfish, and Seabass. Keep an eye out for schools of Yellowtail and Tuna passing close to shore in the Catalina Channel. Or, why not try your luck offshore?


Lobster season is open, giving anglers all the more reason to test the waters at the bottom of the sea. Barracuda and Yellowtail are still in season, accompanied by Halibut, Rockfish, and Seabass.


There’s not much biting in the Bluewater at this time of year, but the rocky shores of the islands and the coast of Newport Beach still have plenty to offer. Come catch anything from Yellowtail to Calico Bass!


Be sure to squeeze in one more fishing trip before the end of the year! Depending on regulations this year, you might still have a chance to keep anything from Lobster and Rockfish to Barracuda.

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Half day with Capt Shannon
Tom S. fished with Sealutions Sportfishing LLC on April 22, 2021
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Chose Capt Shannon. Very knowledgeable and catered to the anglers on the boat
Full Day Trip
Mike M. fished with Sealutions Sportfishing LLC on April 22, 2019
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If you want to catch sea bass , rockfish this is the time to go tuna comes in july and august

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Newport Beach

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Newport Beach costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $659, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,146. 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 Newport Beach is 28 ft and the most common vessel type is a Pilothouse.

According to customer reviews, Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Pacific Adventure – Newport, and Freshbait Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Newport Beach, California. Full list of top fishing charters in Newport Beach.

Sealutions Sportfishing LLC and Freshbait Sportfishing received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Newport Beach.

The best way to experience fishing in Newport 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 Newport Beach, California.

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

There’s not much biting in the Bluewater at this time of year, but the rocky shores of the islands and the coast of Newport Beach still have plenty to offer. Come catch anything from Yellowtail to Calico Bass! Check availability for local fishing charters in Newport Beach.

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