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Bay Area: 27 fishing charters available

Nautilus Excursions

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (139)
Pittsburg
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trips from $200

Durban Princess Sport Fishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (71)
Alameda
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Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (12)
Rio Vista
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trips from $220

Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service

4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (25)
Richmond
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trips from $600

SF Boat Support

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (30)
San Francisco
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trips from $1,600

Help U Fish

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (11)
Richmond
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trips from $250

David Rooney

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (45)
Richmond
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trips from $250

fishSFbay

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (7)
Richmond
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trips from $175

Warrior Poet Sportfishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (289)
San Francisco
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trips from $180

Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (77)
Bodega Bay
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trips from $120

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
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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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
When leaving, be prepared for traffic out of there..it could take a while..worth the drive over of course..patience..
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Talk to your Captain, if he is good taking his advise will make it a great trip.
Kameron  P.
Kameron P. Carmichael, California

Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 129 reviews
Great day out on the boat with Craig and Jay. Super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable team, We landed a giant white sturgeon and several Leopard Sharks, plus some smaller Bull fish. An amazing day on the bay for New Years!
Edward  O.
Edward O. San Francisco, CA
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
Had a great day with captain Les and deck hand Mike. Limts of crab and fish. Good day on the water.
Troy  M.
Troy M. Diamond Springs, CA
Sva Marine Charters
Sva Marine Charters
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 44 reviews
My husband and I had amazing time. I’m not very experienced in fishing so received great tips without judgement and improved quickly. We will definitely book with Captain Aaron again.
Jami  H.
Jami H. United States
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
This was so awesome! The crew was so good that we caught the limit with ease and came home full of crabs and fish! And all this luck for us first timers was incredible! Thanks to Captain Les and Mike!
Jefferson  R.
Jefferson R. Sacramento, CA
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
Les and Mike the deckhand are very attentive to your needs from beginner to experienced fisherman. Great trip and boat. Thanks again Les see you soon
Raymond  A.
Raymond A. Sacramento, CA
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
This is our second time fishing with Justin and it’s the second time we’ve gone home with more meat than we can eat. Justin made sure we limited out on our crab, 61 Dungees and 3 rock crab along with 40+ rock cod & 3 keeper Lings. Ron, his 1st mate on this trip was attentive and helpful. Will definitely be booking again with captain Justin.
Greg  L.
Greg L. San Jose, CA
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
We had a fantastic day!!! Limits on Rock fish, Lingcod and crab!!! We highly recommend
Bryan  C.
Bryan C. Winters, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 292 reviews
My son’s and I had a great time as first timers and caught a lot of fish. We will be back. Thanks again
Brian  G.
Brian G. West Sacramento, CA
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
Great experience with Capt Les and Mike. Will definitely book with them again.
Dhell  V.
Dhell V. Fairfield, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 292 reviews
We had a great day. Caught some fish and made some great memories. Thanks Dave
Lyn  R.
Lyn R. United Kingdom
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Fishing charter in Richmond
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
We had a great time with Capt Bill. It was slow at the start but he switched it up and we found a spot that was biting. Got some great stripers! Cooking them up tonight, yum!
Eric  S.
Eric S. Berkeley, CA
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
My son and I had never been bay fishing and had the best time on the Samantha Irene with Captain Les and Mike. They were very knowledgeable, friendly, and so helpful for us newbies. We had a great mom/son day thanks to Fish On Charters. Thank you Les and Mike!
Jennifer  B.
Jennifer B. Lincoln, CA
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
Myself, my buddy, & our 2 kids (both age 8) had an absolute blast on our trip on 10/23/21. Captain Justin & deckhand Ross were both a pleasure from start to finish. They were absolute professionals & helped us to catch over 20 halibut (8 landed), our biggest being 10lbs & 30in! The views of the bay were incredible. The boat was extremely clean & comfortable. Will definitely be booking again!
Adam  S.
Adam S. Brentwood, CA
Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista
Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista
Fishing charter in Rio Vista
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
My brother and I have been fishing on the Delta a number of times before, but never experienced the success that Nelson and his crew provided us. Caught 18 Stripers between us (only took one home each, and released the rest). It was a great day despite some dicey weather.
Michael  S.
Michael S. United States
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 139 reviews
Captain Ron and Hunter were fabulous! We were a low key, first time charter group. Ron made everything enjoyable. Hunter was on top of everything for us. Even during the storm we had fun and caught some nice fish. I would gladly charter Ron and Hunter again. We all had an amazing day. Thank you Captain Ron and Hunter.
Audra  R.  S.
Audra R. S. Grass Valley, CA
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 139 reviews
First fishing experience and it was wonderful!! Captain Ron and Hunter were both very knowledgeable and skilled!! They knew where all the good spots were and they helped us first timers every step of the way. My whole family enjoyed the trip. We caught 10+ striped bass and 1 rock fish. Might end up doing a whole day trip next time to try our luck with salmon. Definitely recommend and will do again with other friends and family!
Eliz  V.
Eliz V. United States
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 292 reviews
Captain David and Bradley were both awesome. We originally set out for salmon, but since it was the end of the season, didn't have much luck. We moved to rockfish in the afternoon and quickly caught our fill before going back for salmon and getting several bits. We had a great experience with them and plan on coming back with them again next year!
Charles  D.
Charles D. San Francisco, CA
Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista
Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista
Fishing charter in Rio Vista
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
We had a Great time, it was like fishing with life long friends. Very comfortable. We caught a lot of fish
Brett  H.
Brett H. Auberry, CA
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Fishing charter in Richmond
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
While it was choppy out on the Bay that day we had a ton of fun with Captain Bill. Would recommend for folks wanting to go out and enjoy some time on the bay with a friendly and smart captain.
Byron  H.
Byron H. San Francisco, CA
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
Booked a family fishing trip with Captain Justin and deckhand Ron. Almost everyone was a fishing noobie and Ron and Justin was super helpful. We all had a great time. Got our limit of rock and a couple of lings. Too bad the salmon wasn't biting otherwise it would've been cool to have got on one. Will definitely book this boat again.
Lieh  C.
Lieh C. Union City, CA

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 $1,005, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,110. 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, Durban Princess Sport Fishing, and Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista are some of the most popular fishing charters in Bay Area. Full list of top fishing charters in Bay Area.

Nautilus Excursions, Durban Princess Sport Fishing, and Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista 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), Salmon (Chinook), and Rockfish. Top fishing techniques include trolling, bottom fishing, and light tackle. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Bay Area.