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California Delta Fishing Charters

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California Delta: 33 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Bethel Island
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(60 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(172 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from $225
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(23 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from $1,200
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from $300
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(14 reviews)
Stockton
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(424 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from $195
Pittsburg
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trips from $1,125
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(44 reviews)
Richmond
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Berkeley
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trips from $200

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in California Delta

According to customer reviews, Delta BASSN’ Guide Service, David Rooney, and Nautilus Excursions are some of the most popular fishing charters in California Delta. Full list of top fishing charters in California Delta.

The average price for a private 4 hour California Delta fishing trip is $1,004, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,294 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Delta BASSN’ Guide Service, David Rooney, and Nautilus Excursions all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in California Delta.

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Halibut, and Rockfish. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Trolling, and Bottom Fishing. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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
4.5 / 5
Based on 27692 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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Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Eric  S.
Eric S.
Good options with lots of parking and cleaning areas. Dock and location wasn't packed or rushed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good options with lots of parking and cleaning areas. Dock and location wasn't packed or rushed.
Matt  J.
Matt J. Milpitas, CA
All the fish you want to catch are spawning and hitting and being caught at this time of year. Book charters out of san fran in july/august
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All the fish you want to catch are spawning and hitting and being caught at this time of year. Book charters out of san fran in july/august
Francis  M.
Francis M. East McKeesport, PA
Go with a positive attitude fishing is fishing and can go either way just have a great time.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Go with a positive attitude fishing is fishing and can go either way just have a great time.
Jesse  G.
Jesse G. CEDAR E BETHL, MN
Make sure you have warm clothes on. Take something for motion sickness because the water is VERY choppy.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Make sure you have warm clothes on. Take something for motion sickness because the water is VERY choppy.
Anthony  F.
Anthony F. Holt, MI
Bring sunscreen, windblazer, snacks, and friends to relax with as you all wait for the bite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen, windblazer, snacks, and friends to relax with as you all wait for the bite.
Kaonoi  V.
Kaonoi V. Cottage Grove, MN
If you are fishing the area for the first time, don't hesitate to book with Captain Frank. You will be glad you did.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are fishing the area for the first time, don't hesitate to book with Captain Frank. You will be glad you did.
Robert  J.
Robert J. Stockton, CA
Actually speak with the captain and make sure you know where you're fishing and what you're fishing for.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Actually speak with the captain and make sure you know where you're fishing and what you're fishing for.
Marc  D.
Marc D. Red Bluff, CA
It's not like fishing for bluegill or other varieties in technique listen to the captain and you will do great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's not like fishing for bluegill or other varieties in technique listen to the captain and you will do great!
Audra  S.
Audra S. North Las Vegas, Nevada
Hire John and he'll put you where it gives you the best chance to land the fish you're looking for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire John and he'll put you where it gives you the best chance to land the fish you're looking for.
Joseph  S.
Joseph S.
Halibut! Lots of them. HUGE!!! Leaving from Fisherman's Wharf passing Alcatraz, seeing the sun come up over the east bay ills, watching the yacht regatta, passing all the freighters and cruise ships, going under the bridges, seeing the rising sun reflected off the skyscrapers; it's a gorgeous place to catch BIG fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Halibut! Lots of them. HUGE!!! Leaving from Fisherman's Wharf passing Alcatraz, seeing the sun come up over the east bay ills, watching the yacht regatta, passing all the freighters and cruise ships, going under the bridges, seeing the rising sun reflected off the skyscrapers; it's a gorgeous place to catch BIG fish.
Matt  K.
Matt K. San Jose, CA
Leave early to account for traffic delays and bring windproof jacket just in case.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Leave early to account for traffic delays and bring windproof jacket just in case.
Seth  D.
Seth D. Pacific House, CA
Be prepared for a high temperatures and power fishing. Knowing how to use baitcasting equipment is a must.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a high temperatures and power fishing. Knowing how to use baitcasting equipment is a must.
Kingsway  L.
Kingsway L. West Menlo Park, CA
If you've never fished the Delta, this is a great starting point. All services available. June was a bit tough because of the post spawn, but whether or not you catch fish, being on this water is a treat. Beautiful place!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you've never fished the Delta, this is a great starting point. All services available. June was a bit tough because of the post spawn, but whether or not you catch fish, being on this water is a treat. Beautiful place!
Tom  K.
Tom K. Cayucos, CA
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

Addictive Sport Fishing
Addictive Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain John and first Mate Johny were extremely knowledgeable and very attentive to our group. We returned wore out and limited out! It was non-stop action. Can not say enough about this trip. Book a trip you will not be sorry.
James  S.
James S. Rancho Cordova, CA
David Rooney
David Rooney
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Captain Dave and Aaron were awesome and so much fun. Captain Dave has over 30 years experience and makes it his business to know exactly where people are on the bite. I Wilks highly recommend Dave for any fishing you can do in around the Bay. We will be booking another trip when Sturgeon season opens.
Jamie  M.
Jamie M. San Ramon, CA
Help U Fish
Help U Fish
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
We had an amazing experience fishing with Captain Tony and his first mate Rob. Their friendly and personable nature made the trip even more enjoyable. We caught our limit of halibut in just a few hours. I highly recommend booking a fishing charter with Capt. Tony for a fantastic day on the water!
Ken  C.
Ken C. Dunwoody, GA
David Rooney
David Rooney
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Group of three a board with David and rusty. Had a good day of catching halibut. David was knowledgeable about the fish and locations to look for them. Will book again !
Matt  J.
Matt J. Milpitas, CA
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Sean and Dan are not just expert fishermen but they are also a blast to be around… Thank You Guys so much. See you again soon
Roger  T.
Roger T. Fremont, California
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(424 reviews)
Captain David and crew were excellent! So patient and helpful getting us set up and showing us how to do everything. Had a great time out on the water. Caught our limit. Look forward to going out again. Highly recommended.
Aaron  C.
Aaron C. El Macero, CA
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Good day on the water. Friendly Captain. 5 fishing which was perfect size. Would recommend.
Mary  R.
Mary R. San Jose, California
Help U Fish
Help U Fish
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Had a great time on the bay with wife and family (three teenagers). Fish weren’t really cooperating at first, but captain Anthony kept searching until we found the bite. Ended up with 4 halibut and a couple of good sized leopard sharks… Anthony and his mate (Joe) were great all day, helping all of us and ensuring we all had a great time. Even stayed out an extra hour without us asking, just trying for one more fish! Recommend highly!
Jason  Z.
Jason Z. Roseville, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(424 reviews)
Great time, very punctual crew. Easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. Had a blast! Will be going again
Adam  W.
Adam W. Suisun City, CA
Addictive Sport Fishing
Addictive Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had a GREAT fishing trip. John put us on the fish. The boat was clean, fast and comfortable. I have been out fish with other captains but was quite impressed with the the way we were treated and to insure that our fishing experience was exceptional. If you are looking for fun and a catching fish this is you guy. Choose Addictive Sport Fishing
Thomas  K.
Thomas K. Albuquerque, NM
David Rooney
David Rooney
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
He was very polite and knowledgeable about the area and what was what! Very patient with us and helped with ever step
CHASE  M.
CHASE M. Odessa, TX
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Very good
4.0 / 5
(424 reviews)
Not a bad trip, but would recommend for beginners. Our job was just to reel, rather that try to catch a fish, nothing else, which isn't really fishing in our eyes
Kate  R.
Kate R. Miami, QLD
David Rooney
David Rooney
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Captain rooney was hell bent on getting on some fish. And he made it happen!
Thoren  B.
Thoren B. Sacramento, California
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
I had an amazing fishing day with Capt Frank, he is a very good guide and teacher. I learned many new techniques from him to adapt to different fishing environment. I caught 12 fishes !!! and one big 16inches Largemouth Bass, Capt Frank also caught a big 18 inches Largemouth Bass. It was an excellent day.. I will definitely do this again.
Stella  L.
Stella L. Oakland, California
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Captain Sean and deckhand Dan were great. None stop chase for good catch. Didn’t leave without pulling in some good sized leopard sharks.
Daniel  R.
Daniel R. San Jose, CA
David Rooney
David Rooney
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Most beautiful day. Dave and Arron were most pleasant. My sons and I are hard core fishermen and we can recognize quality guides. These were the best. But we got lucky on the weather, lucky on the bite. I’m 75 and have been fishing all my life. I will always remember this day.
John  H.
John H. Sacramento, California
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(172 reviews)
My two brothers and I met up with parts of our families and made some great memories under Captain Ron's guidance. He found plenty of fish and we even caught a bunch of them, just short of the limit (half day tour). We had a great time and plan on coming back albeit for the full day. Priceless.
David  N.
David N. Danville, CA
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(163 reviews)
Our group of 5 had a blast! We were mostly beginners and Craig & Jake did a great job walking/guiding us through. We caught 9 halibut - just under our group max! We'll definiltely be back
Adam  M.
Adam M. Fremont, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(424 reviews)
We had a great time on this trip, these guys are great! It’s very clear that these guys love being out there and being able to share the experience with others! We definitely will be booking another trip!
Alexis  S.
Alexis S. San Jose, California
David Rooney
David Rooney
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Awesome day, hit the limit and Dave knows his way around the bay. Highly suggested!
Derek  B.
Derek B. Sonoma, California