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Northern California Fishing Charters

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Three D Fishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(24 reviews)
Glenbrook
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Delta Bassin' Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Bethel Island
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trips from $350

Nautilus Excursions

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(155 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from $225

Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Rio Vista
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trips from $250

PF Guide Service Hunt Fish Nor Cal

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Sutter Yuba Area
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Orland Outfitters – Salmon Fishing

Chico
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trips from $300

Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(98 reviews)
Carnelian Bay
trips from $200

Home Waters Guide Service

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(12 reviews)
Stockton
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trips from $400

Orland Outfitters – Trout/Steelhead

Red Bluff
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Orland Outfitters – Striped Bass

Meridian
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FAQs about Fishing Charters in Northern California

The average price for a private 4 hour Northern California fishing trip is $989, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,148 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Three D Fishing, Delta Bassin' Guide Service, and Nautilus Excursions are some of the most popular fishing charters in Northern California. Full list of top fishing charters in Northern California.

Three D Fishing, Delta Bassin' Guide Service, and Nautilus Excursions all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Northern California.

The most popular fish species you can target are Chinook Salmon, Striped Bass, and Rainbow Trout (Steelhead). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and drift fishing. River fishing, nearshore fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

For any and every angler out there looking for the perfect mix of saltwater and freshwater action, fishing in Northern California is just what the doctor ordered. With the Pacific Ocean, numerous bays, teeming rivers, and pristine lakes at your disposal, all you have to do is pick where you want to go first.

Anglers of all levels love coming to NorCal because the fishery is so rich. On the freshwater front, Chinook Salmon is the superstar that everyone wants. But Sturgeon, Striped Bass, and Trout species follow close behind. Salmon rivers are especially busy during the fall runs.

Ocean fishermen will have plenty to do, too. In one day, you can chase Rockfish and Lingcod, play a tug-of-war with Halibut, and hook a giant White Seabass. In the summer, head to deeper waters for a memorable battle with Albacore Tuna. Want to mix things up a bit? Go crabbing with your family and feast on your daily Dungeness Crab catch.

NorCal newcomers are often overwhelmed by the sheer amount of fishing possibilities, and this is where professional guides come in. Local charters have a varied offer of trips for just about every appetite. Anglers with families often choose half day excursions on a party boat. There are also specialized full day trips for Salmon, Sturgeon, and Rockfish. The ultimate adventure is a 12-hour offshore Albacore hunt.

Top spots for fishing in Northern California include the San Francisco Bay Area, Bodega Bay, Sacramento River, and Yuba County.

Rules & Regulations

When you book a trip with a charter, the only thing you need to think about is your fishing license. In California, every person age 16 and older needs a license. If you’re fishing for Trout or Sturgeon, remember to buy a report card for the targeted species.

Northern California
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25014 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The start of the year is a great time for either crabbing or Trout fishing in the Sacramento River. You’ll especially love it if you’re a dedicated fly fisherman. The Sturgeon bite is very good as well.

February
February is a great time for fishing in Northern California. We highly recommend Lake Tahoe Trout for an angling experience to remember. For a change of pace, target giant White Sturgeon and put your fishing skills to the test.
March
Warmer waters mean very good Striper fishing all along the Sacramento River, especially at the end of the month. Trout fishing will not disappoint, and neither will the incredible Sturgeon bite.
April
Things are getting hot in April! You can expect the Striper craze to reach the Bay Area this month. On Lake Tahoe, Kokanee are becoming more active, as well as Bass species.
May
As we get closer to summer, there’s the Halibut season to keep us enjoying NorCal’s waters. Offshore trips for Lingcod and Rockfish are all the craze, and freshwater action isn’t half-bad either.
June
June marks the beginning of another fantastic deep sea fishing season. From Chinook Salmon to Halibut, Rockfish, White Seabass, and Lingcod – both nearshore and offshore waters are brimming with amazing fish.
July
July is possibly the most productive month for Kokanee fishing on Lake Tahoe. This is also the prime time to hit the ocean in search of just about anything you want, from Rockfish to Leopard Sharks.
August
With August comes the long-expected Albacore Tuna! The offshore waters will be busy with anglers looking to hook their next record. The tail-end of the summer is a great time for some exciting spearfishing action.
September
This month usually brings around the peak of excellent Tuna fishing in the northern reaches of California. That’s not to say that other fish are sleeping – Salmon are slowly entering rivers, and bottom dwellers are hungry and ready for a show-down.
October
If you’re looking for an impressive Tuna catch, October is your last chance to hook something good. Salmon are leaving the bay only to show up in the Sacramento and other rivers, bringing joy to freshwater anglers as they go.
November
Even though the saltwater action has slowed down a bit, there’s still plenty of Lingcod, Halibut, and Rockfish to catch. In freshwater news, giant Salmon are making these chilly days super exciting for passionate river fishermen.
December
With winter firmly set in, we’ll see crabbing starting to pick up in December. Good-sized Lingcod and Rockfish are still biting in the ocean, as well as Chinook, Trout, and Bass in the rivers. Fun fishing in California never stops!

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Be prepared for a high temperatures and power fishing. Knowing how to use baitcasting equipment is a must.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a high temperatures and power fishing. Knowing how to use baitcasting equipment is a must.
Kingsway  L.
Kingsway L. West Menlo Park, CA
Go early parking is limited and purchase your fishing lic at Ace Hardware in Truckee.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go early parking is limited and purchase your fishing lic at Ace Hardware in Truckee.
Philip  J.
Philip J. Kent, WA
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
Your arms will get tired reeling in all the fish lol. JK it’s a blast definitely a must do when in Tahoe.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Your arms will get tired reeling in all the fish lol. JK it’s a blast definitely a must do when in Tahoe.
Ben  M.
Ben M. Henderson, NV
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Adrienne  M.
Adrienne M. Brookeville, MD
Take your Dramamine and wear layers of clothes because the weather can change from cool to sunny in the same day! Look up Steve Huber for a fun, professional and productive fishing trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take your Dramamine and wear layers of clothes because the weather can change from cool to sunny in the same day! Look up Steve Huber for a fun, professional and productive fishing trip!
Jay  S.
Jay S. Shasta Lake, CA
Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
Boyd  W.
Boyd W. Lincoln, 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
Book a trip with Steve Huber! He'll take all the guess work out of your trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Steve Huber! He'll take all the guess work out of your trip!
John  O.
John O. Sacramento, CA
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.
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FishingBooker Member Maddington, Western Australia
Great time! Landed 4 in the boat really early in the morning and had 3-4 other chances that the fish got lucky on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time! Landed 4 in the boat really early in the morning and had 3-4 other chances that the fish got lucky on.
Joe  S.
Joe S. Foristell, MO
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

Help U Fish
Help U Fish
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Captain Langes took us to some hot spots. The grandsons got halibut and loved their first fishing trip. Highly recommend this charter.
Leonard  S.
Leonard S. Sudbury, MA
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Captain Justin and Big Joe are who you want to book with. They get you ready for a day of fun. It was a blast and my family will be booking with them again. Thank you!
Jayme  S.
Jayme S. Carmichael, CA
Tradition Sportfishing
Tradition Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Berkeley
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Had a great time going for Halibut and finding spots in the bay. Dennis was always patient and made sure we were having a great time. Great conversations and stories, would easily hop on his boat again.
Dylan  H.
Dylan H. Piedmont, CA
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Learned a lot from the great crew. Very friendly and professional. Would book with them again!
Erickson  M.
Erickson M. San Francisco, California
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(98 reviews)
Limit of lake trout caught in about 3 hours (6 for 3 anglers). Captain and boat/gear did most of the work...no complaints on net productivity. Limited actual sport in the fishing trip though. Still, had a beautiful couple of hours on the lake, and enjoyed a great lake trout dinner that evening for all 9 of us in our airbnb.
Steven  G.
Steven G. Boca Raton, FL
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(155 reviews)
Captain Ron is very knowledgeable about the fish of SF bay, how to locate and how to catch! Captain Ron and deckhand of the Nautilus really put out the effort to ensure everyone has a great experience and maximize opportunity to connect with first hand fishing experiences.
Donald  G.
Donald G. Pleasanton, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(349 reviews)
Caught 3 halibut and a stingray. Super fun. Hope to go again. Also, great water views of the ballpark, city, bridge(s), bay, and the Warriors arena. We ate one halibut that same day that a local restaurant is willing to cook for you ($15/serving).
Benjamin  B.
Benjamin B. Eagle Mountain, UT
Reel Time Charters, LLC
Reel Time Charters, LLC
Fishing charter in Sausalito
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
It was a great day of fishing with captain Phil. I was happy with the boat and fishing gear he provided. I’m looking forward to booking future trips with Captain Phil.
Paul  A.
Paul A. San Jose, California
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
In short, a fabulous day in the company of friends and the kindness and experience of Captain Don and his first officer Jhon, we recommend it 100% and soon we will be planning another trip but 10 hours with Sole Man
Jose  V.
Jose V. San Leandro, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(349 reviews)
Our third time going fishing with Captain David and it is always a special awesome experience!
Darcie  P.
Darcie P. Vallejo, CA
Reel Obsession Sportfishing
Reel Obsession Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Very enjoyable day, limited out on rockfish , great weather, experienced crew. Would definitely recommend! Will be booking again soon for November crab/cod trip!
Jerry  L.
Jerry L. Minden, NV
Reel Obsession Sportfishing
Reel Obsession Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
The trip was very fun , had limits on rockfish very quick, tried for salmon but salmon has been slow , both deckhand and captain wouldn’t hesitate to make conversation with you , both super nice people and helpful , super excited to go back out in November for some crab and rockfish
Anthony  S.
Anthony S. Rohnert Park, CA
Greylight Salmon Fishing
Greylight Salmon Fishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
We scheduled for the first week of September which is late in the fishing season. Captain Mike was great! He’s knowledgeable and experienced. We had our first catch within 5-minutes of dropping the first lure. We ended up catching 5 salmon weighing a total of 80+ lbs. The heaviest was 26 lbs. Captain Mike was patient since we first timers. Remember to bring a large ice chest. We’re already ready to schedule the next trip with Captain Mike!
Guillermo  T.
Guillermo T. Woodland, California
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(349 reviews)
Really enjoyed the day. All arranged very well and a nice mix of catches (bat-rays and halibuts).
HF Van Den Boomen
HF Van Den Boomen Daly City, California
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
I booked this charter for my boyfriends 30th birthday! They caught around 90 fish today and got to keep 10 each! He had the best time. He will be talking about today for the rest of his life. Thank you so much!
Justin  P.
Justin P. Klamath Falls, OR
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Delta Bassin' Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Went out with Captain Frank for an awesome day on the Delta. The boat and equipment were first rate, and Captain Frank was knowledgeable and helpful. It was a hot day, but refreshments were plentiful, so no problem staying out on the water. We even spent a little extra time fishing because Captain Frank was having just as much fun as me! Will definitely go again!
Kingsway  L.
Kingsway L. West Menlo Park, CA
David Rooney
David Rooney
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(48 reviews)
There’s no head or wash basin on the boat, it’s the old fashion bucket. There’s no room in cabin in poor weather.
George  L.  M.
George L. M. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(155 reviews)
We did a morning half day and we were on the fish within 45 minutes. We had 8 of us and we all caught at least 1 fish. We had 10 keepers at the end of our time. The boat was nice and the deck hand was a big help. We all had a great time.
Alex  S.
Alex S. McCarran, NV
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Amazing experience out in San Francisco bay. The weather was perfect and the fish were bitting. Captain and crew worked hard to keep lines in the water and fishing. Could not ask for more.
John  Y.
John Y. Fresno, CA
Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista
Topline Sport Fishing – Rio Vista
Fishing charter in Rio Vista
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Great day on the water with Nelson. Took my sons for the day. Was not disappointed. Nelson and Matt were friendly, competent and professional. Thanks.
Robert  B.
Robert B. Meadow Vista, CA