California Delta

29 Fishing Charters

California Delta Fishing Charters

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California Delta: 29 fishing charters available

Nautilus Excursions

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(142 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
(5 reviews)
Oakley
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trips from $200

David Rooney

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

Home Waters Guide Service

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(7 reviews)
Stockton
 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

SF Boat Support

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

Here We Go Sport Fishing

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

The California Delta fishing scene requires no introduction – freshwater anglers from all over the country are in on the secret! This estuary, also known as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, is the meeting point of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, where both fish and anglers come out to play. 
 
King Salmon and Striped Bass are the stars and the most prized local catches. These waters are also the playground of White Sturgeon, the prehistoric acrobat that will give you a run for your money. You could easily hook into Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, but they’re usually not the main target of fishing efforts. 
 
For a change of pace, you can always count on excellent Catfishing, and there are three species you could fish for – Channel, Bullhead, and White Catfish. If you’d like to try something different, go set traps for Crawdaddies (aka Crayfish), which are a local delicacy and incredibly fun to catch for kids and grownups alike.
 
There’s a lot of trip options to browse through, and half day excursions are a regular choice of new-comers. Full day trips are popular as well and give you more time on the water and more chances of landing something bragworthy. Some charters offer specialized Salmon and Sturgeon trips, as well as shared expeditions, that are affordable, but slightly less personalized.
 
If you’re looking for a professional guide to the best of the California Delta fishing action, you’ll easily find one. There are charters that head out of Pittsburgh, Rio Vista, and even Richmond, and San Francisco.
 

Rules & Regulations

Local captains will clue you in about the fishing regulations you need to know while fishing the Delta. They take it upon themselves to provide you with quality tackle and a reliable boat, and it’s up to you to take care of your freshwater fishing license.

California Delta
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
At the beginning of the year, Sturgeon reign supreme in the Delta, and there are a couple of local Sturgeon tournaments you can participate in. Stripers are a bit lazy because of the lower water temperatures.
February
White Sturgeon remain the most popular catch in February, and Striped Bass still don’t feel like working too hard for their food. With spring just around the corner, that’s about to change!
March
As the water is becoming clearer, Stripers are starting to bite, and Sturgeon fishing is still in full swing. In the San Joaquin River, Smallmouth Bass fishing is very good.
April
Come April, you can expect fishing action on the Delta that will be well worth your while. Both Sturgeon and Striped Bass are biting left and right, especially if the water is clear and there are no storms.
May
To have a better chance of landing your next trophy Striped Bass, hit the San Joaquin River. Sacramento River is the place to be for Sturgeon fishing, though Stripers and Halibut are taking the spotlight.
June
It’s getting hotter – both the weather and the bite. Whether it’s trolling for Striped Bass, chasing Sturgeon, or waiting for Largemouth Bass in the south part of the Delta, fun is guaranteed!

 

July
It’s the peak of summer, which means top-notch Bass and Sturgeon fishing all around. Salmon are slowly entering the scene, and there’s a Crawdad Festival in Isleton during Father's Day weekend.
August
You can find both Striped and Largemouth Bass in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, and Salmon fishing is picking up as the waters are getting colder.
September
It’s Salmon time! In September, fishing conditions are usually perfect to go after this delicious sport fish – who knows, maybe you’ll end up with a 30-pounder on your hands. Bass fishing is as productive as ever.
October
With October comes the fall Striped Bass run, unforgettable Salmon action, and the Best Bass Tournament. The Sturgeon bite is also getting better, though it’s yet to shine in the winter months.
November
As Salmon leave local waters, Sturgeon are making a comeback in style. Striped Bass are hungry as ever, and you can find big ones (30+ pounds), if you know where to look.
December
Both the quantity and quality of Striped Bass is noteworthy in December, and if you’re on the lookout for your next Sturgeon record, now is the time to hit the Delta waters.

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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.
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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

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
(142 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
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
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
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Fishing charter in Oakley
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 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
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
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
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
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Emeryville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
BEST DAY FISHING EVER MATT KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT HE DOES. IS AWESOME HE KNEW WHERE TO GO TO PUT US ON THE FISH AND THAT'S WHAT HE DID THEN IT WAS FISH ON. GOING FISHING WITH MATT LIKE GOING FISHING WITH A FRIEND THANK YOU MATT FOR AWESOME DAY OF FISHING
James  A.
James A. Manteca, CA
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Emeryville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Captain Matt at Here We Go Sport Fishing is awesome we had an amazing time on his boat. He is super knowledgeable about fishing and the bay. He explains everything really well and definitely let’s you know when it’s time to reel in. It was like having another fishing buddy on the trip. One last thing, thanks to his wife for the amazing breakfast tacos they were delicious. We are for sure going to book with him again.
William  D.
William D. Susanville, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(303 reviews)
Tons and tons of mud marlin and shark we were looking for fighting fish and we got that 10/10
Eduardo Daniel De Luna
Eduardo Daniel De Luna Morgan Hill, CA
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 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

FAQs about Fishing Charters in California Delta

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in California Delta costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $1,074, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,258. 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 California Delta 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 California Delta. Full list of top fishing charters in California Delta.

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

The best way to experience fishing in California Delta 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 California Delta.

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

To have a better chance of landing your next trophy Striped Bass, hit the San Joaquin River. Sacramento River is the place to be for Sturgeon fishing, though Stripers and Halibut are taking the spotlight. Check availability for local fishing charters in California Delta.