San Diego Fishing Charters

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San Diego: 59 fishing charters available
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trips from US $699
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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 US $813, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,585 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:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $695
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $759
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $845
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $1,039
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,413
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $1,796
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,867
  • 12-hour fishing trips – US $2,346
  • 16-hour fishing trips – US $3,000

Fishing in San Diego

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
4.8 / 5
Based on 28532 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

San Diego Fishing Seasons

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.

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What anglers said about fishing in San Diego

We volume fished for Rockfish. Not a lot of fight but a lot of catch. We were pulling fish out after most of the casts. This gave those in our group that didn’t fish a chance to partake in the experience by preparing/ eating catch. Other fish may give more fight but fewer catches. Angler’s choice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We volume fished for Rockfish. Not a lot of fight but a lot of catch. We were pulling fish out after most of the casts. This gave those in our group that didn’t fish a chance to partake in the experience by preparing/ eating catch. Other fish may give more fight but fewer catches. Angler’s choice.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
This boat was fantastic for first time fisherman Gavin was on top of everything and took care of us. We can’t wait to come back.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This boat was fantastic for first time fisherman Gavin was on top of everything and took care of us. We can’t wait to come back.
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
I don’t know much about it but we had a ton of fun and saw some tuna but they just weren’t biting
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I don’t know much about it but we had a ton of fun and saw some tuna but they just weren’t biting
Brothers Sport Fishing
Brothers Sport Fishing
It was perfect for catching a variety of 10 to 20 inch fish, my first time fishing off shore in 20 years
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was perfect for catching a variety of 10 to 20 inch fish, my first time fishing off shore in 20 years
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Be patient, be adaptable, follow TC's lead, ask questions, above all relax and have fun. Development of angling skills takes time. It's not an overnight success. If you are serious, jot down notes if you need to.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient, be adaptable, follow TC's lead, ask questions, above all relax and have fun. Development of angling skills takes time. It's not an overnight success. If you are serious, jot down notes if you need to.
TC's Fishing Adventures
TC's Fishing Adventures
If you have never been on a boat follow the Captain’s recommendation about motion sickness prevention. Tons of different fish species to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never been on a boat follow the Captain’s recommendation about motion sickness prevention. Tons of different fish species to catch.
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter Oak Glen, CA
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing Schaumburg, IL
Be ready for a good fight fishing in San Diego. The captain and staff are very friendly attentive and have great communication on teaching and giving you tips to land the fish or multiple fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a good fight fishing in San Diego. The captain and staff are very friendly attentive and have great communication on teaching and giving you tips to land the fish or multiple fish.
San Diego Charters – 32' Blackfin
San Diego Charters – 32' Blackfin Yuma, AZ
Definitely splurge on a charter. With just four guests, the crew was able to help us all individually. It was great fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely splurge on a charter. With just four guests, the crew was able to help us all individually. It was great fun!
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters Claremont, CA
It’s cooler than expected this time of year. Dress in layers. Need Mexican and US fishing license. Bring passport in case fishing around Coronado islands.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s cooler than expected this time of year. Dress in layers. Need Mexican and US fishing license. Bring passport in case fishing around Coronado islands.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing Rancho Cucamonga, CA
If you have flexibility in your dates, reach out to the Captain for recommendations on when to book.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have flexibility in your dates, reach out to the Captain for recommendations on when to book.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing Kathleen, GA
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.
AF Sportfishing
AF Sportfishing 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.
AF Sportfishing
AF Sportfishing 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!
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing United States
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
Reel Life Fishing Charters
Reel Life Fishing Charters 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
Reel Life Fishing Charters
Reel Life Fishing Charters 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.
The Long Run Sportfishing
The Long Run Sportfishing 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.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing Midvale, UT

How did anglers rate fishing charters in San Diego?

No Patience Sportfishing
No Patience Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
We booked a 4 hour trip and had a great time with our 3 children. Arron was great with the kids and put us on the fish.
Justin  S.
Justin S.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(239 reviews)
We did the half day excursion and had a great time. We were fishing for rockfish and caught 24 keepers between the 4 of us. We ended up with around 15 pounds of fillets in ziplocks prepared by our guide. Our guide was well informed and was constantly baiting hooks and removing catch. We got the expirence we had hoped for.
James  T.
James T.
Diamond Dogs Charters
Diamond Dogs Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Best California charter. Good fishing. Good learning. Great conversation. Thanks!
Mark  J.
Mark J.
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(96 reviews)
I would highly recommend this charter to anyone coming to San Diego to fish. Captain Dan was truly a professional.
Katherine  B.
Katherine B.
Fernandez Charters
Fernandez Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
The professionalism, Kindness to my disabled husband and effort to get us a great day was unsurpassed will come again
Evalina Burger Van Der Walt
Evalina Burger Van Der Walt
Guardian Charters
Guardian Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
The captain and deckhand were great. Put us right on the fish and can’t wait to book a longer trip. Great start to the season.
Kristopher  O.
Kristopher O.
The Long Run Sportfishing
The Long Run Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(193 reviews)
The captain and deck hand were great to work with. They were very attentive and helpful. The boat is a little older but runs fine. We, unfortunately, went on a day when the sea was too high and had to stay in the bay. We all caught fish but nothing we could keep. It was a fun trip.
Frederic  J.
Frederic J.
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
My brother had the time of his life visiting from Virginia. They caught fish after fish and brought a big smile to everyone’s face. We enjoyed every second.
Karry  H.
Karry H.
Diamond Dogs Charters
Diamond Dogs Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
If you are looking for a captain that knows the waters…the fish… the history, then Al is your man. Made sure we caught some fish then let us spend some time hunting for bigger fish. A delightful day on a personal tour of the bay. G + P
Eugene  B.
Eugene B.
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Capt Brian got us on the fish right away. Took enough home for dinner tonight.
Kyle  K.
Kyle K.
Diamond Dogs Charters
Diamond Dogs Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
I had a great day fishing with Al. Super friendly, very knowledgeable and experienced. Caught a lot of fish. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide and first experience fishing in salt water. I definitely would recommend people to fish with Al. Thanks Al for an epic day!
Ben  W.
Ben W.
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Our group of four had an amazing time and caught so much fish! A mixture of rock fish, salmon grouper, and lingcod which made for delicious fish tacos. Super friendly and informative crew. Would definitely book with them again.
Jordan  A.
Jordan A.
Kraken Sportfishing
Kraken Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Did his absolute best to put us on fish and was a stand up guy. Def recommend!!
Nathaniel  B.
Nathaniel B.
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(130 reviews)
Our party of six had a great time for the third year in a row. Lots of action and plenty of fish to take home. We caught over 10 species this trip and that is part of thr fun learning to identify all the different fish.
Mark  L.
Mark L.
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain Mike was super accommodating and gave the extra effort to ensure we had a great experience. Fantastic boat made for a very comfortable day and it was a great way to host clients. Caught about 6 different species...going back for the big ones next time!
Todd  B.
Todd B.
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(96 reviews)
My 10 year old son I booked with Capt. Dan for the second year in a row. Whole process was seamless. We had an incredible time. Dan is so cool. Helpful, friendly, knowledgeable! Made my son’s day!! Highly recommend!!!!
Ryan  B.
Ryan B.
Kraken Sportfishing
Kraken Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Capt Leng is an amazing captain!! He got us right on the fish. We had a great time and would recommend him without hesitation!!
Erick  L.
Erick L.
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(96 reviews)
Captain Dan excelled at finding the fish! We caught 16 fish of 7 different species! He’s also very personable and cut up our fish once on land so we could make fresh caught ceviche. He’s really nice and careful with the fishing rules. Overall a good experience, five stars!
Jennifer  J.
Jennifer J.
Diamond Dogs Charters
Diamond Dogs Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
This was our first time ocean fishing and it was amazing! We had so much fun while receiving great information and feeling safe with Captain Al Silebi. He went above and beyond to make sure that we caught fish. We caught around 30, which was more than we expected. I highly encourage this adventure and will be going each time we make it to San Diego!
McKenzie  M.
McKenzie M.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(239 reviews)
Perfect day for fishing. We caught 12 different species and we took home a few fishes to make tacos. Overall a great fishing trip with a knowledgeable captain. We will be back to fish with Shaun in the future.
Pete  R.
Pete R.

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