Catalina Island Fishing Charters

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Top Catalina Island Destinations

Catalina Island: 57 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(125 reviews)
Newport Beach
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trips from US $850
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Los Angeles
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trips from US $750
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(29 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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trips from US $705
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
Los Angeles
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trips from US $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(78 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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trips from US $775
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(53 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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trips from US $595
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(290 reviews)
Dana Point
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trips from US $1,295
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(85 reviews)
Long Beach
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trips from US $499
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(6 reviews)
Avalon
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trips from US $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Long Beach
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trips from US $350

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Catalina Island

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Catalina Island are: Full list of top fishing charters in Catalina Island

The average price for a private 4 hour Catalina Island fishing trip is US $841, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,594 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Catalina Island that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Catalina Island are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Catalina Island are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Catalina Island are:

Many fishing charters in Catalina Island provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Catalina Island are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Catalina Island?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Catalina Island are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – US $483
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $669
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $806
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $1,000
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $1,212
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $1,367
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,524
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $1,848
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $2,040
  • 11-hour fishing trips – US $1,700
  • 12-hour fishing trips – US $2,539

Fishing in Catalina Island

Take your pick of Catalina Island fishing charters and experience the waters that made recreational angling the sport it is today. Just 21 miles long and 8 miles across at its widest points, this little slice of paradise offers a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of urban LA. Unless you’re fishing, in which case Catalina is full of action!

Stick close the island’s rocky shoreline and you’ll come across some of California’s most-sought after inshore and nearshore game fish. Calico Bass, Seabass, Halibut, Blue Perch, California Sheephead, and the odd Yellowtail are all on the cards.

Game fishing continues as you head into deeper waters. Catalina is known worldwide for astonishing Tuna catches and you’re looking at hooking into Skipjack, Yellowfin, and even Bluefin Tuna. Add other trophy fish such as Marlin, Barracuda, Mahi Mahi, and monster Sharks to the list and it’s easy to see why deep sea fishing enthusiasts flock to Catalina.

The island lies about 28 miles off the coast of Southern California. As a result, most fishing charters depart from San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Dana Point. The average full day trip lasts around 9 hours and you won’t want to go any shorter than that if you plan on taking full advantage of the fishing grounds. Better yet, opt for a multi-day trip and make a mini-vacation out of it!

Rules & Regulations

The most important thing you’ll need to bring along with on your Catalina Island fishing adventure is a valid California fishing license. Bear in mind that Southern California is subject to strict size, seasonality, and bagging regulations. As such, it’s always best to head out with a reputable captain who will ensure you’re fishing within the law.

Catalina Island Fishing Seasons

January

Average temperatures range from 46–58°F at the start of the year. Warm up at the annual Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run from Avalon to Two Harbors and back, then head to the water for some bottom fishing. 

February

Winter fishing on Catalina Island will have you hooking into Halibut, Blue Perch, and Calico and White Seabass. In some areas, you can catch Lobster, as well.

March

Rockfish season might open in March, depending on the year. If it does, California Sheepshead, Lingcod, and Cabezon will all be available to you while bottom fishing near Catalina.

April

By now, you can expect Rockfish season to be open, just as Barracuda and migratory Yellowtail start showing up around Catalina Island. Hot weather and hotter fishing are just around the corner! 

May

Average temperatures are creeping up to the mid 60s, and the first of the summer’s big game fish are already giving anglers a run for their money. Come catch mega Sharks, Barracuda, and more!

June

Yellowtail Amberjack and Bluefin Tuna are at their peak near Catalina, along with many other game fish. Work up your appetite offshore and then enjoy one of several food festivals on the island this month.

July

The legendary Yellowfin Tuna are joining the Bluefins, which makes this month excellent for big game fishing. Mahi Mahi will make a brief appearance, while the usual suspects will continue biting all month. 

August

Average temperatures on the island reach up to 74°F in August. Escape the heat of the mainland and come cool off while indulging in the hottest fishing action of the year!

September

Warm weather and big game fishing continue in early fall. Your chances of landing anything from Yellowfin Tuna to Rockfish are excellent.

October

Lobster season usually reopens in October, just in time to make up for fading numbers of big game trophies. Try bottom fishing and setting a few traps to bring home a cooler full of delicacies!

November

Average temperatures can still tip the scale past 60°F in November. Weather permitting, you can have great success while bottom fishing offshore or from the coast of the island.

December

Local weather has the potential to reach its coldest in December, averaging 46-57°F. Those who go out of their way to reach the island or cast a line from its shore can catch Halibut, Seabass, and more. 

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What anglers said about fishing in Catalina Island

Don't hesitate to ask Matt any questions you've got, but don't have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes the fish don't bite, but most of the time they bite a whole lot!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't hesitate to ask Matt any questions you've got, but don't have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes the fish don't bite, but most of the time they bite a whole lot!
Sea Esta Sportfishing
Sea Esta Sportfishing
Layers of clothes. Process matters - keep an open mind. Bluefin is a little risky, but very satisfying.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Layers of clothes. Process matters - keep an open mind. Bluefin is a little risky, but very satisfying.
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Find an experienced fisherman to go out with. It’s a beautiful spot to spend the day too!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find an experienced fisherman to go out with. It’s a beautiful spot to spend the day too!
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters Miami Beach, FL
Water was cold for this time of time of year so there wasn't much action for yellowtail, tuna, or Dorado yet. July was fun, but will probably shoot for an August trip next time to try and get on some more meat for the freezer.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Water was cold for this time of time of year so there wasn't much action for yellowtail, tuna, or Dorado yet. July was fun, but will probably shoot for an August trip next time to try and get on some more meat for the freezer.
Memory Maker Fishing Charters
Memory Maker Fishing Charters Phoenix, AZ
Don’t come with any expectations. Enjoy being out in the water and the opportunity to do some world class fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t come with any expectations. Enjoy being out in the water and the opportunity to do some world class fishing.
RockenReel Sportfishing – 34' Scarab
RockenReel Sportfishing – 34' Scarab Haworth, NJ
If you have never been on the open ocean, make sure you take dramamine the night before and day of.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never been on the open ocean, make sure you take dramamine the night before and day of.
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey Los Angeles, California
We went early in the morning and it was a very smooth trip. A little on the cooler side but that was fine. The sun came out at the end of our three hour trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went early in the morning and it was a very smooth trip. A little on the cooler side but that was fine. The sun came out at the end of our three hour trip.
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey San Mateo, CA
Have fun it doesn’t have to be a big fish to have fun and take a picture. Find a crew that knows where to go
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun it doesn’t have to be a big fish to have fun and take a picture. Find a crew that knows where to go
RockenReel Sportfishing – 34' Scarab
RockenReel Sportfishing – 34' Scarab Lake Forest, CA
Best recommendation I can give is go with a professional like TJ, this will make your trip a success
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Best recommendation I can give is go with a professional like TJ, this will make your trip a success
Kamryn Dawson Charters
Kamryn Dawson Charters
It was a great experience. The weather was perfect and our Captain was great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a great experience. The weather was perfect and our Captain was great!
Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips
Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips Ogden, Utah
Book with captain Kevin! He knows his stuff! Also, is SO GOOD with children. Thanks again!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with captain Kevin! He knows his stuff! Also, is SO GOOD with children. Thanks again!
Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips
Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips Santa Monica, California
Book a trip with a local captain like Andy. They know the waste and the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with a local captain like Andy. They know the waste and the fish!
Memory Maker Fishing Charters
Memory Maker Fishing Charters Shoreview, Minnesota
Remember that fishing is always hit or miss, even for the best or the best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember that fishing is always hit or miss, even for the best or the best.
RockenReel Sportfishing – 36' Bayliner
RockenReel Sportfishing – 36' Bayliner Eagar, AZ
It was our first time fishing in Avalon and would definitely recommend it. We limited out on tuna and also caught a nice California Sheephead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was our first time fishing in Avalon and would definitely recommend it. We limited out on tuna and also caught a nice California Sheephead
Memory Maker Fishing Charters
Memory Maker Fishing Charters Orange, California
Considering that the fish are less active when the water is colder, we had a great time and had no trouble finding fish. Take a jacket to be sure you're not cold.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Considering that the fish are less active when the water is colder, we had a great time and had no trouble finding fish. Take a jacket to be sure you're not cold.
Memory Maker Fishing Charters
Memory Maker Fishing Charters Los Angeles, California
Summer might be the best time, since season is open for rockfish. And you can also target halibut, sheephead and bigger game fish. But even in winter (February) you can get lots of action fishing for sculpin, bass, and white fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Summer might be the best time, since season is open for rockfish. And you can also target halibut, sheephead and bigger game fish. But even in winter (February) you can get lots of action fishing for sculpin, bass, and white fish.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing San Mateo, CA
It’s an off season trip, keep that in mind, but a day on The water is better than a day in land any day.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It’s an off season trip, keep that in mind, but a day on The water is better than a day in land any day.
I’m Your Captain Charters
I’m Your Captain Charters Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
This time of the year is phenomenal. On the way back we saw a mahi boil. Hundreds of them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This time of the year is phenomenal. On the way back we saw a mahi boil. Hundreds of them
Memory Maker Fishing Charters
Memory Maker Fishing Charters San Antonio, TX
Check the weather before you go out and pick a time where the water is warmer, this will ensure you catch the types of fish you're looking for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather before you go out and pick a time where the water is warmer, this will ensure you catch the types of fish you're looking for.
Kamryn Dawson Charters
Kamryn Dawson Charters Redondo Beach, CA
Fishing can be hit and miss. Usually good fishing with a good captain, boat and waters. Have enjoyed good fishing for sculpin, red fish, and bass. Great harbor just larger to exit than others.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing can be hit and miss. Usually good fishing with a good captain, boat and waters. Have enjoyed good fishing for sculpin, red fish, and bass. Great harbor just larger to exit than others.
I’m Your Captain Charters
I’m Your Captain Charters Big Pine, CA

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Catalina Island?

Off The Grid – OTG
Off The Grid – OTG
Fishing charter in Dana Point
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
My wife and I had a wonderful trip with Captain William. Absolutely worth every penny!
Forest  N.
Forest N.
Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips
Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Captain Jeremy took us out on a 4 hour tour staying local inside the Long Beach breakwall. 2 adults and 4 children were able to land 1 keeper lobster, 2 crabs and some sculpin. Thanks for the amazing time.
David  L.
David L.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
We wanted to take our kids fishing on a boat the first time. We had so much fun! They keep asking when we will book another trip. Captain and crew were very knowledgeable and it didn’t take long for us to start catching fish.
Anne  N.
Anne N.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
My family had a blast! Captain Roger and his deck hand crew really know their stuff when it comes to fishing. They helped us get in the water and catch about 12 fish! He then took amazing pics of us to have as memories. Amazing!
Jacqueline  C.
Jacqueline C.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
Great experience all around. With Roger's help, during the taste of the ocean, we caught several fishes and brought home some delicious white fish - best sashimi. Roger was very kind and helpful as this was our first experience. My two sons were impressed with the experience. Highly recommended!
Christian  M.
Christian M.
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Fishing charter in Huntington Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(29 reviews)
Captain Woody was very knowledgeable and made us all feel at ease being our first time fishing
Patricia  G.
Patricia G.
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Dana Point
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Although the fish were not biting, we had a great time. Captain Nick and Glenn were great!
Jared  S.
Jared S.
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Newport Beach
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Newport Beach
Fishing charter in Newport Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(125 reviews)
I had a free day in Newport Beach and wanted to get out on the water. Being the winter season, the major game fish were gone but Captain Shannon put me on fish from the beginning of the day to the end of the trip. Had constant action and boated 5 different species of fish. My first fishing trip on the Pacific was a success. I look forward to coming back for a summertime fishing adventure. I highly recommend Sealution Charters!
Dean  N.
Dean N.
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Newport Beach
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Newport Beach
Fishing charter in Newport Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(125 reviews)
The trip from the dock goes past some crazy expensive homes that hopefully motivated my kids to make way more money than I do. The captain knew the area and hot spots for the time of year. The weather and seas couldn’t have been better for a January trip.
Derek  J.
Derek J.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
Roger was accommodating for us due to weather, and very professional with everything on the boat. Will book again.
Ron  B.
Ron B.
Breakwall Fishing – Weekend Trips
Breakwall Fishing – Weekend Trips
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Had a blast going out for an adventurous three hours with Captain Jeremy to enjoy the ocean and catch some fish! Can't wait to fish with him again!
Dylan  B.
Dylan B.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(127 reviews)
We were the first time to have an offshore fishing trip. We got some fish with the captain’s help. It was a great experience. The kids enjoyed the trip.
Peter  L.
Peter L.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
Captain Roger is highly experienced and knowledgeable. We had a fantastic time fishing and learning from him. We’re definitely going to book with him again!
Tonya  M.
Tonya M.
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
The captain made the trip fun; the fish made it exciting. Wow, the captain knew the fishing holes. 50% of the time, I had a bite with 5 seconds of the line hitting bottom. Plus, the Captain was a good coach. At the beginning my children were not able to hook the fish, by the end of the day everyone was done fishing from being tired. Highly recommend this trip
Matthew  R.
Matthew R.
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Fishing charter in Huntington Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(29 reviews)
Even though we fished in the off season, Captain Woody got us on the fish and we had a great time! Did a 4 hour trip and glad we did! Highly recommend it!
Brandon  G.
Brandon G.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
Captn Rodger was awesome. We picked a local trip as my kids are relatively new to fishing. Captain Rodger kept it fun, the fish biting as soon as the hooks hit the ground kept it exciting. Most importantly, Captain Rodger was a teacher. We went in a bit unsure of how to hook the fish. By the end, we were able to (mostly) hook them. A great family expericne. Thanks Captain Rodger.
Matthew  R.
Matthew R. Mission Viejo, California
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
The fishing trip with Roger was worth every penny. We caught 22 total fish (16 we kept) in 4 hours so clearly they know the tips and tricks of the trade. I took my two 11 yo cousins and he helped teach them how to fish and helped make them comfortable. Roger was an amazing captain, cleaning and filleting the fish, and helped us so much with cool photo opportunities. Highly recommend and will book another trip in the future
Jonah  L.
Jonah L.
Ez Sportfishing
Ez Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Huntington Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Perfect weather, very professional captain who put us on the fish right off!! Came home with an abundance fresh fish!
Edwin  S.
Edwin S.
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Fishing charter in Huntington Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(29 reviews)
This was an awesome experience. My son was so impressed and we caught a lot of fish especially for a December trip. I highly recommend this trip.
Jesse  C.
Jesse C.
Pride Sportfishing Inc.
Pride Sportfishing Inc.
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Had a blast! Went for my late birthday with the boys. Had a great time. Lots of laugh and fishing. Learned a lot from the deck hands as well!
Andrew  T.
Andrew T.

Top Targeted Species in Catalina Island