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Fishing in San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North America. The city’s eclectic sounds, smells, and sights are enough to fill pretty much anyone’s bucket list. But look beyond the cable cars, jagged skylines, and mystical fog, and you will discover that fishing in San Francisco is some of the best in the world.
San Francisco fishing is all about the Salmon. Home to the species all year round, it might surprise you to know that Salmon fishing in San Francisco is better than anywhere else on the Pacific Coast - including Alaska. This is thanks to an underwater shelf that extends 30 miles out to sea, bringing an ocean upwelling in the spring that draws nutrient-rich waters right up to the Bay. Following the plankton come shrimp and squid, with Salmon hot on their heels. Salmon season is usually open from April through October, although this is subject to change. Don’t worry if Salmon is closed: you can also catch big Leopard Sharks, Sturgeon Halibut, Striped Bass, Rockfish, and many more species on a San Francisco fishing charter.
Possibly the best part of San Francisco fishing is the chance to combine a Golden Gate bridge tour with world-class fishing. Most trips will start off by cruising past Alcatraz, traveling under the bridge, and emerging in fantastic fishing grounds for Striped Bass, Halibut, and Rockfish. This area is famous for its ‘potluck’ fishing, which can get you catching any of a number of species from June onwards.
Other top fishing destinations include the pre-Civil War fortification of Fort Port, where you can catch Striped Bass and Perch, and Muni Pier, where you can fish for Shiner Perch, Flounder, and Jacksmelt while enjoying amazing views of the San Francisco skyline.
Rules & Regulations
San Francisco Bay fishing is restricted to daylight hours for anglers fishing from a boat (from one hour before sunset to one hour after sunset). Fishing licenses are required and can be purchased online - both short term and long term licenses are available. It is necessary to have a report card for any angler taking Abalone, Sturgeon, or Steelhead (in inland waters).