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San Francisco Fishing Charters

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San Francisco: 26 fishing charters available

Nautilus Excursions

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(151 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from $225

Barbarossa Fishing SF

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(13 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from $265

SF Boat Support

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(40 reviews)
San Francisco
trips from $1,600

Garrison Fishing Guides

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
San Francisco
trips from $120

Argo Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(147 reviews)
San Francisco
trips from $195

Sole-Man Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
San Francisco
trips from $200

SF Bay Sportfishing San Francisco

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
San Francisco
trips from $200

David Rooney

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(47 reviews)
Richmond
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Warrior Poet Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(343 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from $195

FAQs about Fishing Charters in San Francisco

The average price for a private 4 hour San Francisco fishing trip is $1,356, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,473 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Nautilus Excursions, Barbarossa Fishing SF, and SF Boat Support are some of the most popular fishing charters in San Francisco, California. Full list of top fishing charters in San Francisco.

Nautilus Excursions, Barbarossa Fishing SF, and SF Boat Support all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in San Francisco.

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Halibut, and Rockfish. Top fishing techniques include trolling, deep sea fishing, and bottom fishing. Nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Nothing can quite describe the beauty of San Francisco – you have to see it for yourself. Passionate anglers would say that superb fishing opportunities significantly add to the city’s charm, and it’s true, the very identity of San Francisco lies in its surrounding waters. The good news is that you can always hire one of the many San Francisco fishing charters to take you out.
 
As one of the largest estuaries on the West Coast, San Francisco Bay is teeming with a wide array of fish species. The prize catches include Chinook (King) Salmon, Striped Bass, Halibut, Lingcod, Sturgeon, as well as a dozen Shark species. Many of these guys stick around all year, so whenever you visit the Golden City, there’ll be something to target.
 
Cast a line from one of San Francisco’s many piers for Flounder, Perch, Skates, Rays, and Rockfish. You could also try fly fishing for Surfperch along various stretches of the beach. Only a few miles from the city center, you will find rivers, lakes, creeks, and reservoirs, perfect for freshwater adventures. There, anything from Bass and Trout to Catfish is in the cards.
 
When you pick a charter to your liking, it’s time to choose that perfect trip, and the offer is very diverse. You can go for a half day excursion around the bay, catching a mixed bag along the way. Some guides organize specialized expeditions, so you spend your day chasing Salmon, bottom fishing, crabbing, and even spearfishing.
 
The most popular spot to find San Francisco fishing charters is by far the magnificent Fisherman’s Wharf.
 

Rules & Regulations

Both freshwater and saltwater anglers over the age of 16 are required to have a valid California fishing license. Bear in mind that seasonality and regulations change annually. To make sure you're always fishing within the law, look for a reputable guide to lead the way.
San Francisco
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24798 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
Even in the dead of winter, coveted catches are biting! Winter in San Francisco is mild, which makes for some perfect fishing conditions. Fish the depths for Flounder and Halibut, and take home delicious fillets.
February
One of San Francisco’s many perks is its gorgeous weather year-round. In February, Leopard Shark, Halibut, and Flounder are biting. If Lady Luck is on your side, you might catch Striped Bass, too.
March
The Striped Bass are starting to bite more! Continue fishing for Leopard Shark, Halibut, and Flounder for memorable fishing moments on the water.
April
You know it's springtime when all the most desirable fish become available. Salmon season is still closed, but you can go after Sturgeon, Striped Bass, Lingcod, Rockfish, and more. Plenty to do in the bay and beyond!
May
Dinner table favorites are here to stay! Fish for Halibut, Salmon, Flounder, White Seabass, Striped Bass, Rockfish, and Lingcod. For a change of pace, go after Sturgeon and Leopard Sharks for sport.
June
This time of year is the reason why San Francisco is known for “potluck fishing.” Target White Seabass, Salmon, Striped Bass, Halibut, Rockfish, Lingcod, and Sturgeon. Delicious seafood feast anyone?
July
At the height of summer, you can land favorites like Halibut, Salmon, Striped Bass, Flounder, and White Seabass. Sturgeon, Rockfish, and Leopard Sharks are biting, too.
August
More of that magic summer fishing, when almost everything is biting! Catch Striped Bass, White Seabass, Salmon, Flounder, Lingcod, Halibut, and more. Whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s out there in August.
September
The summertime crew is still biting! Chinook Salmon, Halibut, White Seabass, Rockfish, Lingcod, and Striped Bass are all on the menu. The weather is divine and you'll see some of the biggest Lingcod and Salmon of the season.
October
This is your chance to freely target everything that's biting in the bay while you still can! Fish for Halibut, Salmon, White Seabass, Rockfish, Lingcod, Striped Bass and Flounder. Make this last hurrah count!
November
Salmon is closed for the season and the Striped Bass won't be biting as hard. But plenty of other fish are still around, including Halibut, Rockfish, and Lingcod. Set a few traps for Dungeness Crab on your way out.
December
Just because summer is over doesn't mean great fishing has to be! Flounder, Halibut, Rockfish, Lingcod, Sturgeon, and Leopard Shark are in season. It might be chilly on the water, but the action will keep you warm.

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It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Syed  M.
Syed M. Palo Alto, CA
Bring layers. California doesn't always mean sunny and warm. But bring sunscreen too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring layers. California doesn't always mean sunny and warm. But bring sunscreen too.
Dan  B.
Dan B.
The Fall is the summer in San Francisco and the Bay is teeming with fish!!! You can't go wrong.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Fall is the summer in San Francisco and the Bay is teeming with fish!!! You can't go wrong.
Michael  F.
Michael F. Emeryville, CA
If your unsure of your sea legs, take a motion sickness medication. Be prepared for Karl to take your sight of land. Have your camera ready for some sensational photos. Prepare for weather and a healthy appetite to consume your catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If your unsure of your sea legs, take a motion sickness medication. Be prepared for Karl to take your sight of land. Have your camera ready for some sensational photos. Prepare for weather and a healthy appetite to consume your catch.
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FishingBooker Member Maddington, Western Australia
Bring a jacket because it gets pretty windy. Bring some snacks if you plan on doing the full day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket because it gets pretty windy. Bring some snacks if you plan on doing the full day.
Chase  B.
Chase B. Fernley, NV
Layer up for the weather. It was chili out on the ocean. There were a couple of extra jackets on the boat (and the captain offered my wife a blanket and pillow when she was falling asleep in the cabin) but it's always nice to have your own stuff. Sunblock!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Layer up for the weather. It was chili out on the ocean. There were a couple of extra jackets on the boat (and the captain offered my wife a blanket and pillow when she was falling asleep in the cabin) but it's always nice to have your own stuff. Sunblock!!!
Wallace  C.
Wallace C. Auburn, CA
Book a trip on the Warrior Poet. Capt. Dave King will do his best to assure that you have a good time. He's very knowledgeable and will get you on the fish quickly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip on the Warrior Poet. Capt. Dave King will do his best to assure that you have a good time. He's very knowledgeable and will get you on the fish quickly
Baldwin  L.
Baldwin L. San Francisco, California
Salmon fishing needs a long ride toward the ocean, so not very pleasurable for people susceptible to sea sickness. Prepare well before the trip, probably by limiting your meal before the trip and take some pills to combat the motion sickness. Wear thick clothes as well because it could be quite windy even in a sunny afternoon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Salmon fishing needs a long ride toward the ocean, so not very pleasurable for people susceptible to sea sickness. Prepare well before the trip, probably by limiting your meal before the trip and take some pills to combat the motion sickness. Wear thick clothes as well because it could be quite windy even in a sunny afternoon.
Sheng  G.
Sheng G. Palo Alto, CA
Fish with an experienced captain, like Craig Hanson. He knows the water, knows where the fish are likely to be, and has the correct tackle and bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish with an experienced captain, like Craig Hanson. He knows the water, knows where the fish are likely to be, and has the correct tackle and bait.
Christopher  T.
Christopher T. Sunbury-on-Thames, ENG
Dress in layers, can get a little chilly out on the bay.Rubber boots are nice but not needed .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress in layers, can get a little chilly out on the bay.Rubber boots are nice but not needed .
Douglas  W.
Douglas W. Roseville, California
When leaving, be prepared for traffic out of there..it could take a while..worth the drive over of course..patience..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
When leaving, be prepared for traffic out of there..it could take a while..worth the drive over of course..patience..
Larry  B.
Larry B. Vallejo, CA
Morning tends to be best because of the tides, and the weather is sometimes better then, too. More fish are available starting around May.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Morning tends to be best because of the tides, and the weather is sometimes better then, too. More fish are available starting around May.
Jacqueline  R.
Jacqueline R. Benicia, CA
A total new experience for us who are used to living in tropical countries. The weather, the range of fish, the environment, etc... Fantastic experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A total new experience for us who are used to living in tropical countries. The weather, the range of fish, the environment, etc... Fantastic experience.
Kelvin  C.
Kelvin C. Los Angeles, California
Don't expect too much except an enjoyable day with a great Capt and spectacular views and weather. Fish were not as cooperative but Dave did his best and we caught fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't expect too much except an enjoyable day with a great Capt and spectacular views and weather. Fish were not as cooperative but Dave did his best and we caught fish.
Lynn  B.
Lynn B. San Francisco, California
Make sure you have warm clothes,weather can be unpredictable.The views are unbelievable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have warm clothes,weather can be unpredictable.The views are unbelievable.
Charles  L.  H.
Charles L. H. Merced, California
Avoid the party boats at Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf. Look for the 6-pack boats like Warrior poet, Flash Sportfishing, Argo Sportfishing and you will have much better experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Avoid the party boats at Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf. Look for the 6-pack boats like Warrior poet, Flash Sportfishing, Argo Sportfishing and you will have much better experience.
Stevan  K.
Stevan K. San Francisco, California
Talk to your Captain, if he is good taking his advise will make it a great trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to your Captain, if he is good taking his advise will make it a great trip.
Kameron  P.
Kameron P. Carmichael, California

Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
This is the first time for me and my friend's family go fishing. It was a blast! Captain David and his crew are very nice and knowledgeable. We got a good amount of rockfish, and the kids had a lot of fun catching and freeing up Stingrays and sharks. Would definitely go fishing again with David in the future.
Yang  Z.
Yang Z. Palo Alto, CA
SF Boat Support – Bravo
SF Boat Support – Bravo
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
What a great day out on the water with Captain Mike and his deckhand Lucas! We went out for salmon caught a 22lb 25lb and 30 pounder along with others. The fishing wasn't as hot as expected but they worked hard to get us some of the most fish of the day out of all the boats regardless of the conditions. It's easy to call yourself good when the fishing is hot but it's how good you are when you have to work for it and they certainly did just that. Defiantly would recommend to anyone who asks
David  P.
David P. San Ramon, CA
SF Boat Support – Bravo
SF Boat Support – Bravo
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
We had a great time on the bay, fishing the best catch for the afternoon outing. (go early if you want a chance at the salmon) All in all it was great, wild life, incredible views of the bay, great captain, that had us in the right places to get the best catches. This was our company Summer trip, and the crew was all smiles. Highly recommend The SF Bravo, Captain Brent and team.
Clark  M.
Clark M. San Francisco, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
This was a wonderful experience. Captain Dave and Niel were knowledgeable and kind. They ensured we caught fish and were truly happy when my boys had a fish on. They taught the kids a lot about the bay and my boys say “this was best charter ever”.
Derek  J.  N.
Derek J. N. Willits, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
Captain David was great. Boat super clean and well equipped. Took us out for a half day and made sure my kids had a blast. Caught tons of fish and enjoyed the amazing scenery. Money well spent!!
Paul  S.
Paul S. Kingston, Kingston
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
Took my dad on this half day fishing trip for his 70th birthday and we had a blast!! We caught tons of brown sharks, a leopard shark and a sting ray! David, Neil and Susan were such an awesome crew. They were talkative, funny, knowledgeable and really made the experience wonderful. Would definitely recommend and book again 😊
Jamie  N.
Jamie N. Marshfield, MA
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(147 reviews)
Couldent have asked for a better time captain got us on plenty of fish deck hand was super helpful on top of it an best of all they made sure me an my 13 year old had a great day couldent ask for a better time we’ll definitely be planning another trip soon
Brandon  B.
Brandon B. Brentwood, California
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Had an excellent trip with Captain Don! Was only a half day, but next time definitely booking a full day! Had fun, caught lots of fish and even learned something new! Thank You C. Don!
Jackie  W.
Jackie W. Vallejo, California
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
My kids and I spent the afternoon with Dave and Susan, it was a fantastic experience. Full of fine memories and fish. Dave and Susan were the best of host, with exceptional knowledge and experience. They helped my kids learn the equipment and techniques of fishing. They truly had a blast. Would highly recommend to all my friends and associates. Thank you for a great time!!!
Charles  C.
Charles C. Rochester, MN
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Captain Steve worked really hard for us to get into fish. The weather was not conducive to go out of the bay and chase salmon so we stayed in the Bay. Fish were not cooperating but Captain Steve kept working and finding places to fish. Awesome trip and would definitely do it again.
Matt  M.
Matt M. Minden, NV
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(151 reviews)
The best best best ever! 32 fish in 4 hours. Don’t book anywhere else! Thanks Captain !
Greg  W.
Greg W. Sheffield, England
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
This is a must do fishing trip if you are in the San Francisco area!! We caught a lot of sharks, sting rays, and halibut. The crew was friendly and made our time out there enjoyable. Definitely doing this trip again when we come back to San Francisco!!
Brianna  A.
Brianna A. Los Lunas, NM
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
Our family had a great time and caught a variety of species. We were happy that David could refer us to a restaurant to cook up the halibut our son snagged.
Travis  L.
Travis L. Lincoln, NE
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
Captain David was very knowledgeable about locations and how to catch the types of fish we were fishing for. Everyone on the boat caught fish to keep and take home at each location we were at. I would definitely recommend Warrior Poet Sportfishing for anyone looking to fish while in San Francisco.
Kevin  M.
Kevin M. Sacramento, California
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
What a awesome day on the bay with Captain Don ! He did a great job making our trip successful for my wife one of my sons and of course myself. This was our first California Halibut trip and we landed 7 halibut with 3 or 4 over 30 plus inches. The amount of fillets that came of them was unbelievable. He is also great at teaching all of us how to fish and land the halibut successfully. Thank you so much for a great trip captain Don
Beau  H.
Beau H. San Ramon, California
SF Boat Support
SF Boat Support
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Great time fishing with a great crew! Definitely recommend and will definitely be back!
Jeremiah  J.
Jeremiah J. Manteca, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
We actually fished longer than the secheuled time trying to get our limits for rock cod outside the Golden Gate. We all ended up 2 short On our half-day trip On our half-day trip, but still Filleting when we got back to the dock.It was great fishing with only six on board. They were very quick to replace lost gear. Easy-going and super friendly captain and deckhand.
Kent  D.
Kent D. Meridian, Idaho
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Very good
4.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
The fish were not there,the skipper tried everything,plus the wind was blowing pretty hard.The boat does not have good seating for six people,for a large boat that could easily fish 10 people.Skipper and deck hand are great people, Rod and reels are all up to date.You do have to pay for parking 50.00 at a garage.
Robbie  R.
Robbie R. Placerville, California
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
We caught our first fish with in five minutes! The crew were Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They took us to many different spots, coached us on how to fish and let us take the reins as we become more comfortable. Once the trip was over he included complimentary cleaning and filleting 10 out of 10 would do again.
Jacob  K.
Jacob K. San Francisco, CA
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(147 reviews)
The fishing was super fun, I have never caught a salmon, lingcod, or the different rockfish species until I booked this amazing trip it wouldn’t have been possible without captain Craig and his deckhand jay. They were very nice and even if you lack the knowledge on fishing they will help you every step of the way. This was my second charter ever and I would highly recommend booking with Argo sport fishing!!!
Julian  S.
Julian S. Suisun, California

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