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San Diego Fishing Charters

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San Diego: 53 fishing charters available

SD Slot Machine Charter

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(36 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $650

AF Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(29 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $950

Wild Goose Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(102 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $1,200

Risen Tide Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(145 reviews)
Coronado
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trips from $649

Wild Thing Luxury Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(44 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $1,400

Pelican Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $785

Awol Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $550

Kraken Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(86 reviews)
San Diego
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Bubba Jean Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(78 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $800

AP Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(104 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $650

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in San Diego

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in San Diego, California are: Full list of top fishing charters in San Diego

The average price for a private 4 hour San Diego fishing trip is $796, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,653 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in San Diego that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in San Diego are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in San Diego are:

The top 3 types of fishing in San Diego are:

Many fishing charters in San Diego provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in San Diego are:

Who are the top awarded captains in San Diego?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in San Diego are:
  • Extended fishing trips – $4,800
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $517
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $781
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $887
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $1,081
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,567
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,582
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $2,150
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $2,390
  • 13-hour fishing trips – $2,550
  • 24-hour fishing trips – $4,875

San Diego fishing charters have been making anglers’ dreams a reality for decades. Renowned as a year-round fishery, America’s Finest City is home to one of the largest sportfishing fleets in the nation. That makes sense, considering that the city offers pretty much every form of fishing under the sun.

Just getting into the line and reel? San Diego Bay is the perfect place to start. These waters hold a variety of fish, from California Halibut and Spotted Bay Bass, to Bonefish. If you’re fishing with kids, the plentiful waters of Mission Bay are just a few miles away.
If you’re up for something a little more challenging, hit the open water for a chance at a delicious Yellowtail.

For anglers hungry for big fish, San Diego’s offshore fishing charters are just what the doctor ordered. These trips last between 8 and 12 hours, taking you to some of the area’s most productive fishing spots. During summer and early autumn, Catalina and San Clemente Islands attract insane numbers of Yellowtails, Dorado, and Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna.

And if you’re looking for the catch of a lifetime, look no further than San Diego long range fishing charters. These deep sea adventures last anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks, putting you on the most exciting big game the Pacific has to offer.

Most of the town’s charter fleet is moored in one of the local boat landings. The largest ones include Fisherman’s Landing, Point Loma Sportfishing, H&M Landing, and Helgren’s Sportfishing.

 

Rules & Regulations

Anglers age 16 or older must buy a California fishing license to fish in San Diego. That excludes any ocean fishing piers, but not inland cays and docks.

San Diego
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The coldest month in San Diego, January is all about fishing for Sculpin, Ling, Bass, and Halibut. Seasonal closures for Rockfish slow down the fishing (regulations vary). Meanwhile, Trout season starts in the lakes.

February

Weather conditions can be unruly, with winds and high waves a possibility. In good conditions, you can get out to fish for Sculpin, Sand Bass, and Halibut, while Yellowtail can be caught around the Coronado Islands.

March

Fishing is still affected by wintery weather, with Groundfish being the main target. Head to the kelp beds to catch a Calico Bass or go to the flats for a Sand Bass, with Halibut still very good. This also prime time for Bass fishing.

April

Spring fishing continues, with Sand Bass fishing in the Bay being the top choice for shorter trips and longer trips taking you out to the Coronado Islands to target Calico Bass, White Seabass, and Yellowtail.

May

The fishing gradually starts to heat up, with some deep sea fishing trips beginning to leave San Diego. These will see you targeting Pacific Albacore, Bigeye Tuna, and Bluefin Tuna. Inshore, the Halibut season comes to a close.

June

More and more charters start running long range options, fishing waters 30-100 miles offshore for Bigeye and Bluefin Tuna, Albacore, Yellowtail, and Dorado. Conditions can be bumpy as the north winds stir the seas.

July

Finally, summertime fishing arrives in San Diego. Make the most of it while it is here! The June winds start to settle and overnight trips and longer will see you fishing anywhere from Catalina to the Coronado Islands and beyond.

August

The water is the warmest it will be all year, and with the warmth comes exotic species. Dorado and Yellowtail can be caught on a day trip if you are lucky. Albacore can still be caught to the north, to return south later in the month.

September

Warm water species are still available, with Halibut and Rockfish also starting to reappear on the cards. Marlin, Tuna, and Albacore can be caught close to shore in years when the waters are warm.

October

Fall sees amazing Yellowtail fishing, with some people considering it the best time of year to catch the species in San Diego. Large numbers are caught on local half day and overnight trips.

November

The warm water species have definitely left the area, with some overnight trips still taking you south to Mexican waters to follow them. Closer to home, your main targets will be Yellowtail, Rockfish, and Halibut.

December

Most charter boats run fewer long range trips at this time of year, although if you can take a long trip south to fish the Mexican waters, you will be in for a treat. Local day trips will target Rockfish, Halibut, and Calico Bass.

San Diego Fishing Calendar

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Plenty of sunblock. Calm waters in the bay but expect big swells if you go offshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of sunblock. Calm waters in the bay but expect big swells if you go offshore.
Marc  G.
Marc G. Geneva, FL
In December, fishing is weather dependent. Be prepared for a variety of conditions and dress accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In December, fishing is weather dependent. Be prepared for a variety of conditions and dress accordingly.
Elizabeth  K.
Elizabeth K. Fort Worth, TX
Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
Jamieson  M.
Jamieson M. United States
San Diego is a very beautiful city to begin with and add fishing the area is breath taking!!! Highly recommend fishing in San Diego area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
San Diego is a very beautiful city to begin with and add fishing the area is breath taking!!! Highly recommend fishing in San Diego area.
Jon  C.
Jon C. Scottsdale, AZ
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Scott  Y.
Scott Y. Yorba Linda, CA
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
Michael  T.
Michael T. Santa Ana, CA
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Lance  S.
Lance S. United States
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Jayme  D.
Jayme D. Midvale, UT
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Ontario, CA
The water is a bit murky from the red tide this time of year but the fishing was still lots of fun, especially around the wrecks. Dress warm, 60's on the water can be cool.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The water is a bit murky from the red tide this time of year but the fishing was still lots of fun, especially around the wrecks. Dress warm, 60's on the water can be cool.
Aaron  D.
Aaron D. Anaheim, CA
First time for us so really don't have any advice other than charter with someone who fishes for a living and knows the spots!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
First time for us so really don't have any advice other than charter with someone who fishes for a living and knows the spots!
Bryan  H.
Bryan H. Topeka, KS
Dress for weather conditions and if you haven't been on the ocean before take some dramamine before and during your trip. Oh I also recommend using Good Times Fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress for weather conditions and if you haven't been on the ocean before take some dramamine before and during your trip. Oh I also recommend using Good Times Fishing.
Shane  E.
Shane E. Mesa, AZ
It was a little early in the season for the bigger fish, but the water was great, the weather was warm enough and the fish were biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a little early in the season for the bigger fish, but the water was great, the weather was warm enough and the fish were biting.
Stephanie  R.
Stephanie R. El Cajon, California
Dress warm while out on the ocean, it was really cold for us coming from Arizona. The parking is not suited well in some places for large vehicles. Research where you will be staying for availability of parking and the size of space reserved for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm while out on the ocean, it was really cold for us coming from Arizona. The parking is not suited well in some places for large vehicles. Research where you will be staying for availability of parking and the size of space reserved for you.
Stan  G.
Stan G. Pima, AZ
We recommend fishing during the peak season. Allow plenty of time to find parking.
Very good
4.0 / 5
We recommend fishing during the peak season. Allow plenty of time to find parking.
Denice  E.
Denice E. Chandler, AZ
Dont always just book with the cheapest charter, look to see if theg have good quaility gear for you to use, reliable boat and knowledgeable of the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dont always just book with the cheapest charter, look to see if theg have good quaility gear for you to use, reliable boat and knowledgeable of the area.
Dillion  A.
Dillion A. Seattle, WA
Go with captain clowers. He'll give you a GREAT trip. He will take the time to show you the techniques, explain the feeding habits of fish, how to fish for different species, a great teacher.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with captain clowers. He'll give you a GREAT trip. He will take the time to show you the techniques, explain the feeding habits of fish, how to fish for different species, a great teacher.
Ed  B.
Ed B. Costa Mesa, California
It's all good. Just be ready for a great day of fishing. If it's your first time, the right captain and crew can make all the difference.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's all good. Just be ready for a great day of fishing. If it's your first time, the right captain and crew can make all the difference.
Ray  V.
Ray V. Palm Springs, CA
Check out this 4 hour morning trip - we caught a lot of fish, got to see some sea lions & some Naval maneuvers, too. Great to get your feet wet.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out this 4 hour morning trip - we caught a lot of fish, got to see some sea lions & some Naval maneuvers, too. Great to get your feet wet.
Victor  G.
Victor G. United States
follow the reviews and trust that you'll be in good hands. This is my 3rd trip, 3 different boats, and all 3 did an excellent job.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
follow the reviews and trust that you'll be in good hands. This is my 3rd trip, 3 different boats, and all 3 did an excellent job.
Louis  R.
Louis R. Pomona, California

SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
We are a fam of 4 (2 adult kids) who went on a trip with Capt Dan. When the fishing slowed, Capt Dan moved us around to get us on some fish. We have done 2 other charters (CA and Mexico) and this was the one where we caught the most fish. Thanks Capt Dan!
Missy  B.
Missy B. Vail, AZ
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
King family meeting in San Diego to fish. Don was recently stationed at Camp Pendleton
Joseph  K.
Joseph K. Galveston, TX
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(102 reviews)
Fantastic experience! Everyone reeled in prize fish. Captain Ray and Trevor were terrific with our entire group (youngest to oldest). Very experienced fisherman and great knowledge of the waters. One of the best family experiences. We highly recommend booking your next fishing trip with Captain Ray on the Wild Goose.
Sheryl  F.
Sheryl F. Corona, California
1 Soak-N-Bait Kayak Charters
1 Soak-N-Bait Kayak Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
My sister, nephew and I launched quickly and safely from La Jolla shores. After we were clear to fish, we were on them and it didn’t stop until we did. A great day on the water, with a great guide who kept us on fish all day long.
Larry  A.
Larry A. Round Mountain, TX
Witchy Woman
Witchy Woman
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Gerald and Lowel. We booked this PM trip last minute after another charter had to cancel due to mechanical issues. They were quick to accommodate and get us all taken care of. Not a lot of bites, but that was more due to season and time of day. But our sons still both hauled in fish, including two sharks! Gerry and Lowel were both very knowledgeable and great with the boys. Definitely will be booking them for a longer trip when we're back in the future!
Josh  E.
Josh E. West Des Moines, IA
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(102 reviews)
Had an awesome morning with Captain Ray and Trevor. They got us on the fish and kept us on them, and we ended up with plenty to take home and enjoy. Great crew, super responsive setting things up, definitely a top notch operation. These are the guys to book an outing with!
Michael  N.
Michael N. Spanish Fork, Utah
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(102 reviews)
Captain Ray and his first mate Trevor a great people in knowledgeable with the fish the area and how to do it. Great job! I can't thank you guys enough. Both captain Ray and Trevor went above and beyond to make my overall experience an excellent day of fishing/and help me with preserving my catch. Thank you again Captain Ray and Trevor good luck Best wishes. Ed
Edward  T.
Edward T. Riverside, California
San Diego Charters
San Diego Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(198 reviews)
My buddies and I live in Arizona. So, it’s not often we get to go deep sea fishing. My experience this weekend was a once in a lifetime experience. It all started with meeting Captain Kevin Cibulka and his crew. Both are very professional, very friendly and very knowledgeable about deep sea fishing. I would book with them again in the future.
Troy  G.
Troy G. Chandler, AZ
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
A friend and I took a half day inshore trip with Capt. Dan. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Dan is a knowledgeable Captain, and put us on fish right away. We ended the day with a bunch of Sheepshead, a Bonito, and a couple of Rockfish. All cleaned, filleted, and put on ice for us before we got back. Could not recommend enough. I would, without a doubt, book another trip with Capt. Dan.
Ray  L.
Ray L. Healdsburg, CA
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
Captain Shaun and Ethan were great and kept us on fish during a very late-season 12-hour trip. Looking forward to our next trip!
Blake  B.
Blake B. Aurora, CO
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(102 reviews)
Even at the end of the season, Capt. Ray and Trevor pulled out a spectacular day for us! Beginning with one amazing porpoise show and whale siting(2 distant spouts), then on to a great day of fishing for Mahi Mahi. These two know what they are doing and have fun doing it! A five star birthday for Mark!
Kim  W.
Kim W. Oceanside, CA
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
We had an amazing trip down to the Coronado islands. Captain Bobby made our day. Super fun and full of amazing fish. We caught over 50 fish in one day! I highly recommend this charter! Everything was excellent !
Andrea  S.
Andrea S. Englewood, CO
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
Excellent experience with Captain Bobby! He was great with the kids (13 & 9 years old), very friendly, and worked hard for us. We caught an assortment of fish and kept 25. Couldn’t ask for a better Captain.
Joshua  S.
Joshua S. Ahwahnee, CA
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Me and my 10 year old son had a great time! Captain put us on some nice fish!
Iggy  P.
Iggy P. Charleston, SC
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Had an amazing time! Great first trip for the kiddos. Caught more fish than in the picture. Captain Dan was friendly and made the experience enjoyable for all of us. Everything necessary for fishing was included: rods, bait and tackle. Will definitely book again.
Amos  C.
Amos C. Phoenix, AZ
San Diego Charters
San Diego Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(198 reviews)
Captain Kevin was great! Caught some fish and he let the kids drive the boat. We all had a blast!!
Andy  K.
Andy K. Rapid City, SD
Wild Thing Luxury Sportfishing
Wild Thing Luxury Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
By far the best fishing trip we've chartered yet! Hope to meet up for some shark fun in the near future!!
Mary  G.
Mary G. Clay Springs, AZ
AP Sportfishing
AP Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(104 reviews)
The captain and crew are superb. They got us on fish immediately as soon as a we got out. We limited out on fish. It was a great experience. The boat is well kept up. I’ve been on a few charters before and the boats are run down and the crew is hit or miss. AP sport fishing is definitely a hit and well worth going with.
Marko  M.
Marko M. Diamond Bar, CA
Witchy Woman
Witchy Woman
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(25 reviews)
Great experience on the boat with Captain Ross and his young First Mate. Only caught a few fish but had a ton of fun going out into the ocean and fishing off La Jolla and Mission Bay, then coming into the harbor and fishing all around the navy ships. Did a great tour of the Coronado bridge and the city shoreline! Wish it was more of the fishing season and we had caught more fish, plenty of nibbling, but only a few bites. Overall would recommend!
Andrea  O.
Andrea O. San Diego, CA
San Diego Charters
San Diego Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(198 reviews)
We came out on a half day trip with Captain Kevin for my buddy's bachelor party. Kevin was an awesome Captain and helped us all out, had some great conversation and it was a total blast. 10/10 would recommend!!! Thanks again for a great time!
Forrest  J.
Forrest J. La Jolla, California