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San Diego Fishing Charters

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San Diego: 53 fishing charters available

Risen Tide Sportfishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (106)
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trips from $599

AF Sportfishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (9)
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trips from $700

Fishers Of Men SD

4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (56)
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trips from $225

Bubba Jean Sportfishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (51)
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San Diego Charters

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (169)
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trips from $900

Awol Sportfishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (18)
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Wild Goose Fishing Charters

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (62)
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trips from $1,000

Pelican Sportfishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (106)
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trips from $700

Good Times Sportfishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (82)
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trips from $495

Pelican Sportfishing 2

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trips from $800

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
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Based on 23911 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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In December, fishing is weather dependent. Be prepared for a variety of conditions and dress accordingly.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Do a bay fishing charter, you catch a lot of fish and multiple different species.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do a bay fishing charter, you catch a lot of fish and multiple different species.
James  P.
James P. Creston, MT
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Chris will put you on the fish. Wow what a Great trip. The ErinAnne II is tip-top, the gear is all first rate. The crew was awesome, doing everything they could to make sure we had everything we needed for a fantastic day. We’re already planning our next trip!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Chris will put you on the fish. Wow what a Great trip. The ErinAnne II is tip-top, the gear is all first rate. The crew was awesome, doing everything they could to make sure we had everything we needed for a fantastic day. We’re already planning our next trip!
Phil  L.
Phil L. Brentwood, California
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
If you think you may get sea sick take the dramamine the night before and the morning of.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you think you may get sea sick take the dramamine the night before and the morning of.
Kim  S.
Kim S. El Cajon, California
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
There are a lot of options to choose from something for everyone. Check out all the sites and compare.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
There are a lot of options to choose from something for everyone. Check out all the sites and compare.
Kevin  G.
Kevin G. Anaheim, CA
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Take a private boat so a new angler can be taught properly how to fish by a Captain and crew that care
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take a private boat so a new angler can be taught properly how to fish by a Captain and crew that care
Ron  H.
Ron H. Phoenix, AZ
We recommend fishing during the peak season. Allow plenty of time to find parking.
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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

Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
We had an amazing trip with Captain Andrew! It was a beautiful day, everyone caught some fish, and we even saw some whales. Captain Andrew was very knowledgeable and fun. He even fileted all the fish we caught for us to take home. We will definitely be coming back for another trip this summer!
Alexandria  S.
Alexandria S. Buena Park, California
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 106 reviews
Captains Shaun & Mike are the best. The boat as well as all tackle, rods, reels, etc. we’re all high end, clean, and very well organized. Not only does Pelican Sportfishing know where all the fish are, they know exactly how to catch them. Looking fwd to my next trip.
Roman  P.
Roman P. Washington, DC
Bubba Jean Sportfishing
Bubba Jean Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 51 reviews
Captain Mike was very informative and very good with my Grandson. Would have liked to have caught a little more fish but the water was cold.
Thomas  R.
Thomas R. San Diego, California
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 106 reviews
This was by far the most successful fishing trip I have ever had. We had 4 fishing, and caught more species than we could keep track of. And they were bigger than I have ever been able to land. Captain Shaun was fun and extremely knowledgeable. He allowed us to mold the day how was fun for us. Will book again. Will recommend.
Joseph  A.
Joseph A. Santa Ana, California
San Diego Charters
San Diego Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 169 reviews
We loved our trip / everything went smoothly and was enjoyed by all. Caught some fish which was an added bonus for our family adventure. Kevin was great and would highly recommend this charter
Jennifer  M.
Jennifer M. El Cajon, CA
King Triton Sportfishing
King Triton Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
We had am amazing time! Very knowledgeable captain and deck hand. Lots of fun
Joey  L.
Joey L. Oro Valley, AZ
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 106 reviews
Beat Captain we’ve ever had! On the fish for the whole day! Caught all kinds of fish and many of them! Bobby was friendly, professional and hard working. We couldn’t have asked for more. Will be booking again! Thanks so much!!
Ron  L.
Ron L. Irvine, CA
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Andrew was fantastic. He was so friendly, helpful and so knowledgeable. We enjoyed the trip so much. I would recommend Andrew for any trip. We look forward to our next trip with Awol Sportfishing.
Jonovan  J.
Jonovan J. Longview, TX
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Captain Andrew made our day a great experience. Very easy to communicate with and knew exactly what to expect. Had a great day out at sea and will definitely book AWOL and Captain Andrew again. Catch of the day was a 24 inch 10lb Halibut. Caught many other rockfish as well. At the end Captain Andrew filleted the fish and they made for great eats.
Matthew  K.
Matthew K. San Diego, CA
Primetime Sportfishing
Primetime Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
Amazing time for all. Even though we were challenged with winter currents, Capt Jake and main deck hand, Jake, worked hard to find the fish. We highly recommend this trip!
Joseph  M.
Joseph M. Buford, Georgia
King Triton Sportfishing
King Triton Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
We had an absolute blast rock fishing! Ian and Nate got us on great fish early and often. Our group was total newbies and we caught all sorts of fish, sometimes two at a time that they prepped for us to take home. Couldn’t have drawn up a better experience! Planing on going out with them again soon.
Michael  A.
Michael A. San Diego, CA
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 107 reviews
Captain Eric showed my son and me a great day of fishing in San Diego bay. We caught many varieties of fish including Halibut and a nice Leopard Shark at the end of the day. Great time on the water with a easygoing local fisherman. We will fish with Eric next time we come to San Diego!
Austin  F.
Austin F. Dunwoody, GA
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 107 reviews
This is my third time to fish with Eric. Every time has been super fun. Eric is an experienced captain and has a true love of fishing! You won’t be disappointed!!!
Carla  D.
Carla D. Denver, CO
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Great guys and very professional. We hooked onto a Trasher Shark and it was awesome! We caught red snapper and other fish (similar to Halibut) I highly recommend AWOL and the crew!
Ken  W.
Ken W. Concord, NC
AP Sportfishing
AP Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 41 reviews
We got lucky with sunshine weather in December. Crew was excellent, can’t wait to go out in the summer.
Aubrey  C.
Aubrey C. San Diego, California
AF Sportfishing
AF Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
This was our second trip with Captain Dylan and it was, again , a wonderful experience. We had six hours of great fishing and had the experience of catching a lot of fish. Captain Dylan is a patient instructor for those in the party who are new to fishing. They are now “hooked” on fishing!
Elizabeth  K.
Elizabeth K. Fort Worth, TX
AF Sportfishing
AF Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Captain Dylan is a wonderful guide and captain. We will go out with him again!
Elizabeth  K.
Elizabeth K. Fort Worth, TX
Wild Thing Sportfishing
Wild Thing Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 8 reviews
Awesome half day of fishing with Captain Vic and Mark plus 7 old buddies. Great fun, fresh sea breeze and lot of fish.
Tae  S.  P.
Tae S. P. Bellevue, WA
Wild Thing Sportfishing
Wild Thing Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 8 reviews
My 13-year-old son absolutely loved his birthday surprise of deep-sea fishing with Wild Thing Sportfishing. The crew was extremely attentive to our needs and super helpful and patient with a relatively novice group of anglers. They treated us like it was our boat and really made us feel welcome...like home. We caught about 30 fish in just a 6-hour trip! They even carried our gear to and from the boat to our car in the parking lot. We will definitely do this again!
Joel  G.
Joel G. United States
King Triton Sportfishing
King Triton Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Nate and Zeke were a great crew. And we caught lots of fish off the Mexican coast.
John  K.
John K. Naples, FL

FAQs about Fishing Charters in San Diego

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in San Diego costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $694, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,422. 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 San Diego is 34 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Risen Tide Sportfishing, AF Sportfishing, and Fishers Of Men SD are some of the most popular fishing charters in San Diego, California. Full list of top fishing charters in San Diego.

Risen Tide Sportfishing, AF Sportfishing, and Fishers Of Men SD all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in San Diego.

The best way to experience fishing in San Diego 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 San Diego, California.

The most popular fish species you can target are Tuna (Bluefin), Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Yellowtail Amberjack. Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, heavy tackle, and deep sea fishing. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in San Diego.