Mission Bay

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Mission Bay Fishing Charters

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Mission Bay: 56 fishing charters available
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Mission Bay

According to customer reviews, Diamond Dogs Charters, Fernandez Charters, and Pelican Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Mission Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Mission Bay.

The average price for a private 4 hour Mission Bay fishing trip is $846, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,737 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Diamond Dogs Charters, Fernandez Charters, and Pelican Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Mission Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Bluefin Tuna, and Yellowfin Tuna. Top fishing techniques include Deep Sea Fishing, Trolling, and Bottom Fishing. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Mission Bay is one of San Diego's highlights, and probably the best place in the city to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Aside from SeaWorld, cycling, and picnicking, which are all great fun, fishing in these prolific waters holds a lot of promise. Don't believe us? Let a Mission Bay fishing charter take you and show you just how good the bite is.

The bay is quite shallow and it doesn't go deeper than 25 feet, though most areas are shallower than that. This means that you can find all sorts of inshore species here, starting with beloved Spotted Sand Bass, closely followed by Calico, Halibut, smaller Barracuda, Croaker, Bonito, and many more. The quality of fish is great, though they might be tricky to find.

Mission Bay is quite big and it's up to you how much time you want to spend exploring it. A standard half day trip that lasts 4–5 hours gives you enough time to target various species and have a blast. If you'd like more time on the water, you've got options for 6–8-hour expeditions, some of which might take you out of the bay and into the Pacific.

There are several boat launches in Mission Bay and we'd recommend talking to your captain well in advance to make sure you know where to meet. Dana Landing Marina is the most common meeting point for crews of Mission Bay fishing charters and anglers.

Rules & Regulations

Before you start your angling adventure, you'll need a valid California fishing license. Every person who is 16 and older needs to have their license on them. If you plan on getting a license that lasts more than 2 days, you'll also need to get an Ocean Enhancement Stamp.

Mission Bay
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27743 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

It's slower on the fishing front in January, but you can still find solid action. Winter fishing is good for Corvina, Halibut, and Spotted Sand Bass. Just beware that temperatures drop to 49°F this time of year.

February

The weather is fair this month, though it's still not very warm on the water. You can go after Calico Bass, some White Seabass around Fiesta Island, and smaller Barracuda.

March

As spring rolls around, Mission Bay gets livelier with each passing day. There are more and more anglers on the shores, targeting Spotties, Bonefish, and Corvina, and there are quite a few Sharks in the surf.

April

It's getting hot in Mission Bay, both on and in the water. There are more and more Calicos swimming around, as well as Spotties, and the same goes for Corvina, Bonefish, and Barracuda.

May

Fishing is only getting better and better as spring progresses. The bite is on for Bay and Calico Bass, Halibut are showing up in great numbers, and you can find Barracuda and Yellowtail in the surf.

June

This is one of the top months to go after Halibut, whether you're fishing from shore, from a paddleboard, or from a boat. Calico Bass are also biting, not to mention Corvina, Sharks, and Yellowtail.

July

Everything is in the cards in July, be it Spotted Sand Bass, Corvina and Corbina, Halibut, Calico Bass, or Barracuda. To celebrate The Fourth of July, watch the “Big Bay Boom,” the largest firework display in San Diego.

August

This is usually the hottest month of the year and the bite is piping hot as well. Think Halibut, Spotties, Corvina, Barracuda, Corbina, Bonefish, and Yellowtails along Mission Beach.

September

The beginning of fall is upon us, but things aren't slowing down. Offshore, anglers are enjoying the fall Tuna run, and Mission Bay boasts excellent Bay Bass, Barracuda, Calico Bass, Halibut, and Corbina.

October

This is one of the best months to target California Corbina, as well as Bay Bass. Sharks and small Yellowtails in the surf are also quite good, and Halibut are still active around the channels.

November

From November 1 to March 31 you can pay to join in the Halibut Derby. Will you catch the biggest one?

 
December

Bottom dwellers are your go-to prey in winter. Think Bass – Spotted, Barred, and Calico, but don't forget about Sharks and Rays along the beaches, and Corbina in the coves too.

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There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
Shane  S.
Shane S. Oak Glen, CA
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Wojciech  W.
Wojciech W. Schaumburg, IL
Be ready for a good fight fishing in San Diego. The captain and staff are very friendly attentive and have great communication on teaching and giving you tips to land the fish or multiple fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a good fight fishing in San Diego. The captain and staff are very friendly attentive and have great communication on teaching and giving you tips to land the fish or multiple fish.
Ari  T.
Ari T. Yuma, AZ
Definitely splurge on a charter. With just four guests, the crew was able to help us all individually. It was great fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely splurge on a charter. With just four guests, the crew was able to help us all individually. It was great fun!
Wendy  M.
Wendy M. Claremont, CA
It’s cooler than expected this time of year. Dress in layers. Need Mexican and US fishing license. Bring passport in case fishing around Coronado islands.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s cooler than expected this time of year. Dress in layers. Need Mexican and US fishing license. Bring passport in case fishing around Coronado islands.
Luke  Y.
Luke Y. Rancho Cucamonga, CA
If you have flexibility in your dates, reach out to the Captain for recommendations on when to book.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have flexibility in your dates, reach out to the Captain for recommendations on when to book.
Maggie  C.
Maggie C. Kathleen, GA
Plenty of sunblock. Calm waters in the bay but expect big swells if you go offshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of sunblock. Calm waters in the bay but expect big swells if you go offshore.
Marc  G.
Marc G. Geneva, FL
In December, fishing is weather dependent. Be prepared for a variety of conditions and dress accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In December, fishing is weather dependent. Be prepared for a variety of conditions and dress accordingly.
Elizabeth  K.
Elizabeth K. Fort Worth, TX
Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
Jamieson  M.
Jamieson M. United States
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Scott  Y.
Scott Y. Yorba Linda, CA
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
Michael  T.
Michael T. Santa Ana, CA
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Lance  S.
Lance S. United States
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Jayme  D.
Jayme D. Midvale, UT
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Ontario, CA
The water is a bit murky from the red tide this time of year but the fishing was still lots of fun, especially around the wrecks. Dress warm, 60's on the water can be cool.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The water is a bit murky from the red tide this time of year but the fishing was still lots of fun, especially around the wrecks. Dress warm, 60's on the water can be cool.
Aaron  D.
Aaron D. Anaheim, CA
First time for us so really don't have any advice other than charter with someone who fishes for a living and knows the spots!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
First time for us so really don't have any advice other than charter with someone who fishes for a living and knows the spots!
Bryan  H.
Bryan H. Topeka, KS
Dress for weather conditions and if you haven't been on the ocean before take some dramamine before and during your trip. Oh I also recommend using Good Times Fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress for weather conditions and if you haven't been on the ocean before take some dramamine before and during your trip. Oh I also recommend using Good Times Fishing.
Shane  E.
Shane E. Mesa, AZ
It was a little early in the season for the bigger fish, but the water was great, the weather was warm enough and the fish were biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a little early in the season for the bigger fish, but the water was great, the weather was warm enough and the fish were biting.
Stephanie  R.
Stephanie R. El Cajon, California
Capt and crew took care of us and we caught a lot of fish boat was comfortable and nice. I highly recommend them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Capt and crew took care of us and we caught a lot of fish boat was comfortable and nice. I highly recommend them.
Michael  O.
Michael O. Oro Valley, AZ
Dress warm while out on the ocean, it was really cold for us coming from Arizona. The parking is not suited well in some places for large vehicles. Research where you will be staying for availability of parking and the size of space reserved for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm while out on the ocean, it was really cold for us coming from Arizona. The parking is not suited well in some places for large vehicles. Research where you will be staying for availability of parking and the size of space reserved for you.
Stan  G.
Stan G. Pima, AZ

SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(71 reviews)
We had a great time on our fishing trip! We caught a lot of fish. Captain was laid back and knowledgeable, born and raised in San Diego. It was important to him that we caught fish and had a good time, which we did!
Christine  R.
Christine R.
Diamond Dogs Charters
Diamond Dogs Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Al I a great captain. He knew where to take us to have success. He has a great little that gets you to the fish fast! The only unfortunate part of the trip was that we were unable to keep the rockfish we caught. We did catch bass and a few Cabezons which we were able to keep.
Brent  M.
Brent M.
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Went on a offshore day trip with Romeo sportfishing and Capt Long Vo. The skipper goes the extra mile to get you on fish. He is knowledgeable and prepared and will keep you informed on your upcoming trip. Will definitely fish with him again.
Mike  Y.
Mike Y.
KingTriton SportFishing - WiFi
KingTriton SportFishing - WiFi
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Had a great trip with Ian and Mick. They put us on the fish and showed us how to get em. They love fishing and it shows. Ended up with so many quality yellowfin.
Phil  K.
Phil K.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(211 reviews)
We went fishing with Bobby, who was awesome ! Super helpful and attentive to us. He put us on multiple schools of fish and we caught tons of rock fish, some white fish and a sand bass. Bobby had a great personality and I would definitely go fishing with him again.
Isaac  L.
Isaac L.
Fish Hunter Charters
Fish Hunter Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
My husband and I went out for a 8 hour trip with Captain Alex and Ryan. Our boat hauled in 8 fish and we even had to throw one back. It was the best day of fish that my husband and I experienced! We highly recommend The Fishing Hunters. I look forward to our next trip with them. Fantastic experience!!
Betsey  S.
Betsey S. Phoenix, Arizona
Fish Hunter Charters
Fish Hunter Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
My employees and I had a great time on this charter. Captain Alex and First Mate Jeremiah were excellent. The boat and gear were in good condition. The captain made every effort to ensure that we caught fish. We only caught 1 but not for lack of trying. We were in the middle of a school but sadly they simply weren't biting. Every effort was made. We expected to catch more but would definitely book this again.
Fred  F.
Fred F.
Diamond Dogs Charters
Diamond Dogs Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Al was fantastic! Very helpful and professional. I will definitely use him again!
Susan  M.
Susan M. Gurnee, IL
Coast to Coast Sportfishing LLC
Coast to Coast Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Ian was great and worked hard to put us on fish all day long. We caught yellowfin and bluefin and Mahi. Was a great trip.
Ben  E.
Ben E. Payson, UT
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(211 reviews)
My friends and I had a pretty negligible amount of fishing experience between us but Captain Bobby more than made up for our lack of it by being a great, personable guide & ensuring that we had the best outing possible. I’d highly recommend this charter!
Mercury  M.
Mercury M. Mililani, HI
Lucky B Sportfishing – West 32'
Lucky B Sportfishing – West 32'
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Had a great day fishing for tuna. Met at 5:00 am and it took about an hour out to the area where Captain Brandon wanted to be. At the end 3 tuna were landed. Captain Brandon was friendly and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend doing this trip. I’ll be back!
Randy  M.
Randy M. Las Vegas, NV
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Do you want to catch fish? If so, book this guy! Ok, tiny fast boat. If u need a big one don’t book. This is a 3 man operation. We were our on a very dead day per the radio and hit on a 150 plus with captain Long Vo. This dude knows his stuff. Plus he and my 9 year old son are bonded for life after this trip. I will definitely go with him next summer.
Christopher  B.
Christopher B.
Captain Jack's Sportfishing
Captain Jack's Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Had a great time, very enjoyable, and peaceful time. Thanks Captain Jack Chad and Jill
Chad  M.
Chad M. San Leon, TX
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(211 reviews)
Captain Bobby was awesome and showed us all how to catch some fish. Great time
Robert  T.
Robert T. Riverside, California
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
We loved the trip and was a great time. Would recommend everyone to give it a try. We will be coming back!!!
Boe  S.
Boe S. San Diego, California
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Capt. Andrew tried hard to put us on the fish when it was a tough day. We ended catching Dorado and Yellow Fish Tuna. All of us were happy.
David  S.
David S. Trabuco Canyon, California
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(211 reviews)
We had a great day with Captain Bobby. He was very helpful and great to hang out with. Caught 4 beautiful dorado. Would highly recommend booking with Pelican Sportfishing.
Sam  M.
Sam M. Millersville, MD
Fernandez Charters
Fernandez Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
It was great! Captain Pablo was thorough and touched base before the trip. I felt prepared and informed! It was our boys first trip on the ocean and he made sure they were comfortable. He taught them techniques and they were able to catch some fish.
Moriah  R.
Moriah R. Williston, ND
KingTriton SportFishing - WiFi
KingTriton SportFishing - WiFi
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Captain Ian and Mick were amazing. We managed to land 6 nice yellowfins for the first time tuna fishing crews, and lost about 8-10 during the fight. Great Captain and we will definitely be back for more trips!
Haotian  W.
Haotian W. Los Angeles, California
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(211 reviews)
I took my two daughters and their friend for a half day of coastal fishing and it could not have been any better. Captain Bobby was patient and informative telling us about the fish we were catching and helping us with our lines and gear. It was a day we won’t forget!
Scott  C.
Scott C. Riverside, California