California Delta

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Delta Bassin' Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Bethel Island
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trips from $250

Nautilus Excursions

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(150 reviews)
San Francisco
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(15 reviews)
Rio Vista
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Home Waters Guide Service

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(11 reviews)
Stockton
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

David Rooney

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(47 reviews)
Richmond
 Instant Confirmation

Barbarian halibut or salmon fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Richmond
 Instant Confirmation

fishSFbay

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Richmond
 Instant Confirmation

Help U Fish

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(11 reviews)
Richmond
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,150

The Codfather Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(90 reviews)
Alameda
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Here We Go Sport Fishing

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

FAQs about Fishing Charters in California Delta

The average price for a private 4 hour California Delta fishing trip is $1,157, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,257 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

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

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Chinook Salmon, and Halibut. Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, 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 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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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
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

Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(342 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
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Started at 8 am. Caught three large mouth, and one catfish. Kid had a lot of fun.
Yu  Z.
Yu Z. San Jose, CA
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(90 reviews)
My dad, my son, and I had an amazing adventure on the Codfather. Justin and Joe’s expertise and knowledge of the area was outstanding. They made the trip remarkable as much as it was successful. All the gear and instruction was provided along with help and guidance in the right ways. They are the definition of top notch in my book, thank you. Definitely looking to make this an annual trip with them going forward.
Matthew  T.
Matthew T. San Jose, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(342 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
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
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(342 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
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(342 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
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
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Had a great day out on the water with Sean and his crew! I highly recommend them and will be back soon.
Ryan  C.
Ryan C. Vacaville, CA
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(150 reviews)
The best best best ever! 32 fish in 4 hours. Don’t book anywhere else! Thanks Captain !
Greg  W.
Greg W. Sheffield, England
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Great day. Frank is a good teacher. Caught my first frog fish…..3 pounder. Highly recommended.
David  Z.
David Z. Brentwood, CA
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Awesome trip highly recommend. we were on fish all day. super cool captain and crew thanks a lot
Steven  P.
Steven P. ROUGH READY, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(342 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
(342 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
(342 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
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
My son and I had a great time! As first time bass fishermen, we learned alot!
Seth  H.
Seth H. Piedmont, CA
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
Reel Time Charters, LLC
Reel Time Charters, LLC
Fishing charter in Sausalito
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
What a time! Phil is a great captain even when my brother and I were in our deepest darkest hole of sea sickness. And he’s one hell of a fishing guide. Was able to get us our limit when no one else was getting decent hits. Looking forward to it again thanks Phil!
Ali  R.
Ali R. Roseville, 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
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had a great time on the water, perfect weather, the crew made sure we were well taken care of. I will 100% book again.
Robert  H.
Robert H. San Carlos, CA