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Top Fishing Charters in Marin County


With San Francisco Bay on one side and the prolific Pacific Ocean on the other, Marin County fishing opportunities are immense. Add to that San Pablo, Drakes, and Tomales bays and you’ve got the makings of a fantastic fisherman’s haunt.

Chinook Salmon is one of the main reasons many anglers venture to Marin County – they know that the action is fantastic. Looking for more variety? Add Rockfish to your to-catch list, along with Striped Bass, White Seabass, Halibut, and Lingcod. You could even hook into Sturgeon if you come in the early spring.

The west side of Marin County is hugged by the ocean, which means all the catches mentioned above are available – only bigger. And let’s not forget about Albacore Tuna that travels through these waters in the summer. If you’d like to try out something different, go crabbing and get your share of delicious Dungeness Crab and its relatives.

You’re fishing in Marin County for the first time? Don’t worry, you don’t have to do it alone. There’s a big number of charters at your disposal in all corners of the area. You can book a private trip for you and your group, or go for a more affordable option and come aboard a party boat for a shared excursion. How much time you want to spend on the water is entirely up to you.

If you’re not sure where to look for charters, just about any marina in the county will do. That said,  Sausalito, Tiburon, and San Rafael are known as the top fishing destinations here.

Rules & Regulations

All you need for your Marin County fishing trip is a valid saltwater fishing license that you should buy before you head out. Your captain will take care of everything else – gear, boat, and advice.

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January

The weather in Marin County is mild, which is good news, but a lot of fish are out of season, so your choice of prey is more limited than usual. Still, there’s some good action with Striped Bass and Halibut, and crabbing is in full swing.

February

This is the best month to target Sturgeon in San Francisco Bay and be rewarded with a brag-worthy catch. The White Seabass bite is slowly picking up, and you can also find some Stripers closer to shore.

March

The Rockfish season is finally open! If you love catching and eating different Rockfish species, as well as Lingcod, you’ll love fishing both San Francisco and San Pablo bays.

April

Things are heating up on the bays and in the ocean, and the increasing number of anglers and boats proves it. Crabbing is excellent in the spring, as well as bottom fishing for Halibut and Rockfish.

May

It’s Salmon time! The Chinook fishing season is finally open and it’s the event every angler in the county has been waiting for. Not to mention that just about anything is biting this time of year, so you really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose to target.

June
If there’s a month when Marin County fishing is at its peak, it’s June! The Salmon action is superb, Stripers are on their way back from the Delta, bottom dwellers are insatiable, and it’s just goodness all around.
July
Not sure what you’d like to fish for in July? You don’t need to make any hard decisions, just go after them all! A new addition is Albacore Tuna coming to the ocean waters and bringing fast and furious action with them.
August

There’s nothing quite like late summer in NorCal, especially for anglers. The weather couldn’t be better, anything from Leopard Sharks to Albies is in the cards, and there’s plenty of time to enjoy all the abundance that Marin County has to offer.

September

The Chinook fall run is at full throttle in San Francisco Bay, and there are some huge specimens out there! Striped Bass and White Seabass fishing is incredible, with bottom dwellers following close behind.

October

As fall comes to the county, some species are moving away from the local waters. This is your last chance to catch  Albacore Tuna. When you get your share of ocean excitement, head to one of the bays for some first-class Salmon fishing.

November

Bottom fish love this time of year, and you can find a lot of them prowling for food. The ocean Salmon season ends this month (you can still catch them in bays), but the crabbing season begins, so there’s always something to look forward to.

December

One of many great things about the Marin County fishing season is that it’s open year-round. Put on some layers, hire your favorite charter, and hit the water in search of Salmon, Rockfish, and Bass or go crabbing for a royal seafood dinner.

Marin County Fishing Calendar

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Best Birthday Ever
Itza S. fished with Durban Princess Sport Fishing on July 9, 2021
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Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Full day trip
Syed M. fished with Argo Sportfishing on June 30, 2021
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It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Capt. RON KOYASYKO
Michael W. fished with Nautilus Excursions on May 16, 2021
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Try a half day, wear layers, waterproof shoes, take drinks and snacks.
Full day ocean private
Salvador S. fished with David Rooney on September 1, 2019
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Bring a jacket and lunch. If you not sure how your stomach will hold take meds ahead of time.
Half day with Captain Ron and Hunter
Donna L. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 28, 2019
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Being your ice chests for the fish fillets you'll take home.
Full day on the Bay with skipper David Rooney
Kenton R. fished with David Rooney on July 15, 2019
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A trip with David Rooney is your best bet.
Full day trip
Bryan C. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 13, 2019
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Listen to the captain and mate and you'll hav the trip of a lifetime
Best Team-Building Event!
Jennifer D. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 11, 2019
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Beautiful weather and great views. It is cold on the water, though, so dress warm, as in a warm layer, windbreaker, and hat. Wear rain boots, if you have them. Put sunscreen on your face. Bring any personal items in a waterproof bag. If you plan to take photos, put your camera or phone in a zip-lock bag or waterproof case, because your hands will be full of fish scales and fish guts. Bring extra bags to carry your fish off the boat. Stock your car with an ice chest, for the drive home. If the fishing trip is in the Bay only, and not out in the open ocean, then the waves aren't very bad, so you shouldn't get sea sick. Or if you do, you only need the "less drowsy" version of your motion sickness medication. Have fun!

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Marin County

According to customer reviews, Nautilus Excursions, Durban Princess Sport Fishing, and SF Boat Support are some of the most popular fishing charters in Marin County. Full list of top fishing charters in Marin County.

Nautilus Excursions, Durban Princess Sport Fishing, and SF Boat Support all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Marin County.

The best way to experience fishing in Marin County 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 Marin County.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Marin County are:

Not sure what you’d like to fish for in July? You don’t need to make any hard decisions, just go after them all! A new addition is Albacore Tuna coming to the ocean waters and bringing fast and furious action with them. Check availability for local fishing charters in Marin County.