Marin County

18 Fishing Charters

Marin County Fishing Charters

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Marin County: 18 fishing charters available

Durban Princess Sport Fishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (71)
Alameda
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Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service

4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (25)
Richmond
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trips from $600

SF Boat Support

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (30)
San Francisco
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trips from $1,600

Help U Fish

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (11)
Richmond
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trips from $250

David Rooney

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (45)
Richmond
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trips from $250

fishSFbay

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (7)
Richmond
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trips from $175

Warrior Poet Sportfishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (289)
San Francisco
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trips from $180

SF Boat Support – Bravo

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (4)
San Francisco
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trips from $1,800

Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (18)
Richmond
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trips from $200

Argo Sportfishing

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (127)
San Francisco
trips from $180

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.

Marin County
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Based on 23911 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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.

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Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
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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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring layers. California doesn't always mean sunny and warm. But bring sunscreen too.
Dan  B.
Dan B.
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
When leaving, be prepared for traffic out of there..it could take a while..worth the drive over of course..patience..
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Talk to your Captain, if he is good taking his advise will make it a great trip.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Talk to your Captain, if he is good taking his advise will make it a great trip.
Kameron  P.
Kameron P. Carmichael, California

Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 129 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
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
This is our second time fishing with Justin and it’s the second time we’ve gone home with more meat than we can eat. Justin made sure we limited out on our crab, 61 Dungees and 3 rock crab along with 40+ rock cod & 3 keeper Lings. Ron, his 1st mate on this trip was attentive and helpful. Will definitely be booking again with captain Justin.
Greg  L.
Greg L. San Jose, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 292 reviews
My son’s and I had a great time as first timers and caught a lot of fish. We will be back. Thanks again
Brian  G.
Brian G. West Sacramento, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 292 reviews
We had a great day. Caught some fish and made some great memories. Thanks Dave
Lyn  R.
Lyn R. United Kingdom
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Fishing charter in Richmond
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
We had a great time with Capt Bill. It was slow at the start but he switched it up and we found a spot that was biting. Got some great stripers! Cooking them up tonight, yum!
Eric  S.
Eric S. Berkeley, CA
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
Myself, my buddy, & our 2 kids (both age 8) had an absolute blast on our trip on 10/23/21. Captain Justin & deckhand Ross were both a pleasure from start to finish. They were absolute professionals & helped us to catch over 20 halibut (8 landed), our biggest being 10lbs & 30in! The views of the bay were incredible. The boat was extremely clean & comfortable. Will definitely be booking again!
Adam  S.
Adam S. Brentwood, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 292 reviews
Captain David and Bradley were both awesome. We originally set out for salmon, but since it was the end of the season, didn't have much luck. We moved to rockfish in the afternoon and quickly caught our fill before going back for salmon and getting several bits. We had a great experience with them and plan on coming back with them again next year!
Charles  D.
Charles D. San Francisco, CA
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Fishing charter in Richmond
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
While it was choppy out on the Bay that day we had a ton of fun with Captain Bill. Would recommend for folks wanting to go out and enjoy some time on the bay with a friendly and smart captain.
Byron  H.
Byron H. San Francisco, CA
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
Booked a family fishing trip with Captain Justin and deckhand Ron. Almost everyone was a fishing noobie and Ron and Justin was super helpful. We all had a great time. Got our limit of rock and a couple of lings. Too bad the salmon wasn't biting otherwise it would've been cool to have got on one. Will definitely book this boat again.
Lieh  C.
Lieh C. Union City, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 292 reviews
Captain David and his deck hand, Bradley were both wonderful fishing guides. They're down to earth and really know what they're doing. They set us up for success and we caught several halibut. We had a great time for our first fishing charter experience, and can't wait to try it again! I highly recommend booking your charter with them!
Amanda  M.
Amanda M. Rohnert Park, CA
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
We had a great time with Justin! We saw whales, dolphins and a huge group of seals on the way out which was incredible, and Justin was very patient and allowed us to watch them for at least 30 minutes! We caught 50 fish among the 5 of us, so it was a great day all around. Thank you Justin!
Margo  H.
Margo H. Kentfield, CA
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 129 reviews
Great day fishing, my little girl had the biggest smile all day long. We will be definitely going back again captain Greg and Jay made sure we had a great day. Thank you guys so much for an awesome adventure
Robert  C.
Robert C. VC Highlands, NV
Osprey Fishing Charters - SF Bay
Osprey Fishing Charters - SF Bay
Fishing charter in Richmond
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 15 reviews
Captain James is great and has tons of experience. We caught plenty of halibut and sanddab.
Patrick  P.
Patrick P. San Francisco, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 292 reviews
We had a group with little experience looking forward to enjoying the Bay. After a quick ride past the Golden Gate, Captain Dave set us up and we were catching fish immediately. Anytime it slowed down, we would move and we were finding more to catch. It was a great trip and we couldn’t have been any better supported by the crew! Thank you. We will be back.
Kyle  W.
Kyle W. Pacifica, CA
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Durban Princess Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
The boat was very comfortable and well equipped and the captain was very kind for us to support fishing. It was really great experience for us, thank you, Captain Justin!
Kenzo  T.
Kenzo T. San Carlos, California
Help U Fish
Help U Fish
Fishing charter in Richmond
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 11 reviews
Whole day rockcod lingcod. Not an easy day of fishing took most of the day but we finally limited out on rockcod. Few captains would switch out gear and then go for salmon on the way back. GREAT DAY!!! Thanks Captain Anthony!!!
Mike  H.
Mike H. Rancho Cordova, CA
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Fishing charter in Richmond
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
I took my 12 year old son for a full day on the water with Cpt. Bill. He was very knowledgeable and made the day special for my son. I'll be booking with him again in the future. Thank you for your time and a great day.
Damien  T.
Damien T. Tracy, CA
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 8 reviews
Caught 4 salmon and a limit of rockfish for 4 fisherman my daughter caught her first salmon great trip Thank , Captain Sean and his wonderful deck hand Kenny they were great
Herman  S.
Herman S. Modesto, CA
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 129 reviews
Heard that a lot that day! Some real nice Salmon caught that day! Me and my Son were visiting from Cincinnati OH A local restaurant cooked it up for us that evening, it was delicious! 😋 Had a Great Time! Thanks ARGO Captain and Crew
William  G.
William G. Oceano, California
Help U Fish
Help U Fish
Fishing charter in Richmond
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 11 reviews
Very nice day fishing for Shark, caught two 5 ft seven gill for five of us on the boat. Wanted to Salmon fish but the weather did not cooperate outside the gate, very nice weather on the bay but fishing was a little slow. Captain Anthony and his deckhand Ethan did a great job trying to find fish and getting us involved in the fishing process. Would love to book with them again.
Bradley  M.
Bradley M. Live Oak, CA

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Marin County

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Marin County costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $1,011, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,084. 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 Marin County is 31 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

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

Durban Princess Sport Fishing, Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service, 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 most popular fish species you can target are Halibut, Rockfish, and Salmon (Chinook). Top fishing techniques include trolling, bottom fishing, and light tackle. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Marin County.