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Bay Area Fishing Charters

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Bay Area: 35 fishing charters available

Nautilus Excursions

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

Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(15 reviews)
Rio Vista
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

Delta Bassin' Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Oakley
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $200

David Rooney

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(45 reviews)
Richmond
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

Reel Obsession Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Bodega Bay
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $150

Feeding Frenzy Sportfishing

Rio Vista
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The Codfather Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(77 reviews)
Alameda
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Warrior Poet Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(303 reviews)
San Francisco
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $180

Here We Go Sport Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Emeryville
trips from $775

SF Boat Support

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

If you’re looking for a fishing destination that combines stunning nature, vibrant culture, and diverse angling possibilities, the Bay Area is where to go. You can cast a line here year-round and catch something you’ll want to write home about. Add to that the sheer number of Bay Area fishing charters that can help you find your trophy, and you’re in for an adventure.
 
There are more productive spots here than you could ever explore, and choosing where to go will depend on what you’d like to target. Freshwater fishing for Sturgeon, Striped Bass, and Salmon is excellent and will have you coming back for more. Alternatively, treat yourself to top-notch Chinook Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish, and Lingcod – you won’t be disappointed.
 
The amazing thing about the Bay Area is that anything from fly fishing to deep sea fishing is an option. You can see fishermen coming here in the fall, looking to hook their biggest Albacore Tuna yet. Sharks are also in the cards and, while Leopard Shark is the most common catch, you can find 10 other Shark species in the bay.
 
Going out to the prolific local waters with a professional guide has its own set of perks. There’s usually a wide array of fishing trips to choose from, which is good news for beginners and seasoned anglers alike. Half day excursions are recommended for families and newcomers – they’re a lot of fun and very educational. Full day expeditions and specialized trips are a great choice for avid trophy chasers.
 
You can find Bay Area fishing charters pretty much everywhere you go, including Bodega Bay, San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, Sausalito, Pittsburg, Berkeley, and Richmond.
 

Rules & Regulations

All anglers age 16 and older must bring their own California fishing license. If you’re not familiar with the ever-changing regulations of the bay, it’s a good idea to go fishing with a guide who will make sure you have fun without breaking the rules.

Bay Area
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
In January, it’s all about Sturgeon fishing in the California Delta. Fly anglers can enjoy great success in the lakes and reservoirs, fishing for Bass, Catfish, and more.
February
There are possibilities everywhere you look at this time of year, including Sturgeon in the Delta, Leopard Sharks in the Bay, Bass in the local lakes, and winter Steelhead in the Sacramento River. 
March
Winter fishing continues in the Bay Area, with many charter boats making good use of the Delta as they scour the bottom for Sturgeon. The prime season for deep sea fishing is just around the corner.
April
The season for Lingcod and Rockfish typically opens in April. Salmon may be available as well, but you won’t find many of these fish in San Francisco Bay just yet, since most of them are still feeding offshore.
May
With average temperatures hovering between 50-70°F, May is a wonderful time to get out on the water! The waters offshore are bustling with Salmon, Lingcod, and Rockfish. That’s a promise of a delicious dinner in the near future!
June
This is potluck season when you don’t know what you might reel in, but excitement is high! Salmon and Rockfish are appearing close to the coast, while Halis, Stripers, and White Seabass are abundant all over the place.
July
You can expect some of the hottest weather of the year in July, but that doesn’t stop anyone from hitting the water. Anglers are catching some of the biggest Salmon of the year, and the rest of the fish aren’t bad either!
August
More and more Albacore Tuna are showing up and drawing anglers to the offshore fishing grounds. There’s no better time to experience the variety of the Bay than August when all the fish are biting vigorously.
September
Stellar fishing continues here in the Bay Area, along with mild weather and calm waters. Head offshore and land a Tuna, or explore the Bay and see what a little potlucking brings you.
October
If you’ve had your fill of the Bay, try your luck in the local lakes and rivers instead. Salmon fishing is in full swing in the Sacramento River, with some real lunkers making their grand entrance.
November
Salmon are closed for harvest on the coast, but you can still catch them in Sac River through the end of the year. Some anglers will continue fishing the Bay, while others will head back to the Delta.
December
December is a great time for fishing if you don’t mind a little chill in the air! The Delta offers plenty of hard-fighting Sturgeon while the ocean holds Halibut, Lingcod, Rockfish, and Crab.

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Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Itza  S.
Itza S. Castro Valley, California
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 a jacket and lunch. If you not sure how your stomach will hold take meds ahead of time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket and lunch. If you not sure how your stomach will hold take meds ahead of time.
Salvador  S.
Salvador S. Fair Oaks, California
Captain Rooney said that Salmon Fishing is great right now, but I really liked going around the bay hunting halibut. So much action throughout the day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Rooney said that Salmon Fishing is great right now, but I really liked going around the bay hunting halibut. So much action throughout the day!
Ariel  S.
Ariel S. San Pablo, California
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.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Maddington, Western Australia
Be sure to go over parking in advance with your Captain. With all the tourists, it can be difficult to find areas to park without a permit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to go over parking in advance with your Captain. With all the tourists, it can be difficult to find areas to park without a permit.
Mathew  K.
Mathew K. Modesto, California
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

Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakley
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Capt Frank was very knowledgeable and helpful, as he provided a lot of tips and tricks regarding bass fishing. He put me on the bass and the catch of the day was a 4lb 1oz largemouth! I would certainly go fishing with Capt Frank again
Quinten  A.
Quinten A. Katy, TX
SF Boat Support
SF Boat Support
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
My group had an excellent time on our half-day fishing trip! Capt. Brent and Crew were great hosts and understanding as my group was running late trying to bust through San Francisco traffic. Once we got out the fishing was fun, easy and relaxing with a beautiful view of the San Francisco Skyline. Our catches were processed quickly and professionally on our way back to shore, I'd happily recommend SF Boat Support for any angler/anglers!
Kenneth  D.
Kenneth D. San Diego, CA
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Myself and my family had the best time. One more fish we would have had our limit of 15. I liked how they let my daughter and nephew help out with the fish. They're most definitely kid-friendly. Captain Ron and Hunter thanks for the experience.
Gary  Y.
Gary Y. Sacramento, CA
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(6 reviews)
Good friends, good crew, great weather and comfortable boat. Just wished they were better prepared. No live bait, gas stop in middle of fishing and only went to one spot. We caught fish and had a great time.
Jeff  J.
Jeff J. Quinlan, TX
SF Boat Support
SF Boat Support
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
An awesome day fishing. We caught six fish that were keepers. Probably twelve fish all together. The crew was very experienced and helpful. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone want to fish the bay.
Felix  S.
Felix S. Sunnyvale, CA
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakley
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Loved getting to go out with captain Frank, amazing boat and equipment made for a fantastic day out on the delta. Will be going again!
Sam  H.
Sam H. Tacoma, WA
Osprey Fishing Charters - SF Bay
Osprey Fishing Charters - SF Bay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We had a blast with James, he is very professional and friendly. We caught 5 Halibut among 6 of us, highly recommend going out with James. We will be booking another trip very soon. Thanks
Ashil  B.
Ashil B. Castro Valley, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(303 reviews)
We took an afternoon trip with Mike and Bradley and caught 13 sharks and 3 big sting rays! We had a blast! Highly recommend!
Brandon  F.
Brandon F. Rapid City, SD
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(303 reviews)
We went to celebrate our birthdays and wanted to catch our first halibut that we could eat in the same day. Captain David helped us find parking and taught us so much about fishing in general too as we are new to fishing in the last year. They were super friendly and we had the greatest time. It was memorable for our double birthdays! I definitley plan on doing another trip with Captain David for sure!
Melissa  M.
Melissa M. San Francisco, CA
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Had great time with Captain Justin and his mate Joe. Rough sea but Captain found the fish and Joe was very helpful making sure we landed several of them . Nice and comfortable boat. Highly recommend them
Antonio  M.
Antonio M. Sparks, NV
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Amazing experience on the boat. Captain and deck hand Jordan were very helpful throughout the day and put us on some awesome fish. First time halibut fishing and what a day it was!! Nothing to worry about on the boat other than having fun!
Shane  S.
Shane S. Merced, CA
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Can't say enough good things about Captain Justin. We booked a full day trip to the islands and limit out on rockfish as well as a few good size lingcods for 6 anglers. If you're considering hiring a private charter with a guide who is knowledgable and professional this is the charter for you. He WILL put you on fish!
Henry  Y.
Henry Y. Santa Clara, California
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Great experience every body got their limit of fish. Captain and crew were highly experienced and professional.
Cameron  C.
Cameron C. Patterson, CA
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
My 12-year-old and I had a great time with Captain Bill. He was incredibly knowledgeable about fishing the bay, and let my son tinker around with the rods (even when it wasn't necessary) so he could stay engaged in the trip. We caught some halibut and striper, and had a great time on a beautiful day.
Christopher  G.
Christopher G. San Jose, California
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 reviews)
Had a great time spending the morning out catching a bunch of halibut! Weather was great and the crew was very helpful! Definitely one of my favorite guides to date!
Jeremy  P.
Jeremy P. Santa Clarita, CA
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 reviews)
Captain Craig provided an absolutely unbelievable experience, for my wife and I! He made every effort to fulfill our preferences, and locate some sharks. We both caught large leopard sharks. I caught a 60 lb bat ray. Lost a huge shark which dove under the boat. Craig is very personable and attends to your every need. Go with THE pro and go with Argo fishing charter.
Leigh  F.
Leigh F. Vicksburg, MI
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Had a great day out! Ended up landing some great Halibut! Captain Steve and the deck hand made the trip! Other boats were struggling but we almost limited out! Can't wait to head back out for another adventure. Highly recommend booking a trip
Trevor  P.
Trevor P. Santa Rosa, California
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(303 reviews)
The trip was great!! Crew was amazing and very patient with educating on fishing technique, local landmarks, and just the fish and crabs. Fun day.
Paul  B.
Paul B. BLRSDN-GREAGL, CA
Reel Time Charters, LLC
Reel Time Charters, LLC
Fishing charter in Sausalito
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
We fished for Halibut with Phil and he did a great job finding fish and making sure we had an enjoyable experience. We will be a repeat customer with him.
Sid  C.
Sid C. Union City, California
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Emeryville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Event hough the weather would not cooperate, Capt Matt made this a great trip. We only caught one small Sturgeon and 2 stripe bass. However, I have never seen a captain work so hard to get us fish. He did everything he could with the conditions. Thank you so much Matt for the extraordinary service and care. We will definitely fish with you again and you have my highest reccomendation. Also, the breakfast burritos from your wife were amazing.
Terry  K.
Terry K. Peoria, AZ

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Bay Area

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Bay Area costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $1,129, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,281. 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 Bay Area is 29 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

According to customer reviews, Nautilus Excursions, Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista, and Delta Bassin' Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Bay Area. Full list of top fishing charters in Bay Area.

Nautilus Excursions, Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista, and Delta Bassin' Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Bay Area.

The best way to experience fishing in Bay Area 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 Bay Area.

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

With average temperatures hovering between 50-70°F, May is a wonderful time to get out on the water! The waters offshore are bustling with Salmon, Lingcod, and Rockfish. That’s a promise of a delicious dinner in the near future! Check availability for local fishing charters in Bay Area.