Northern California Fishing Charters

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Top Northern California Destinations

Northern California: 74 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Bethel Island
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trips from US $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(178 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from US $225
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Sutter Yuba Area
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Crescent City
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trips from US $250
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Colusa
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trips from US $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Granite Bay
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trips from US $200
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(41 reviews)
Glenbrook
trips from US $750
Red Bluff
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trips from US $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(122 reviews)
Carnelian Bay
trips from US $185
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Chico
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trips from US $300

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Northern California

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Northern California fishing trip is US $929, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,118 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Northern California that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Northern California are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Northern California are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Northern California are:

Many fishing charters in Northern California 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 Northern California are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Northern California?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Northern California are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $185
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $513
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $432
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $650
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $381
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $300

Fishing in Northern California

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 Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in Northern California

The fish we caught were fillet by the first mate. They were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish we caught were fillet by the first mate. They were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Not as good fishing conditions as other months, but you can still catch fish. We weren’t able to catch any fish from the dock on Bethel Island where we were staying but much of that was limited by stormy weather. On a bass charter we were able to catch 1 largemouth bass and 1 striped bass. In February fishing is OK but not as good as spring and summer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not as good fishing conditions as other months, but you can still catch fish. We weren’t able to catch any fish from the dock on Bethel Island where we were staying but much of that was limited by stormy weather. On a bass charter we were able to catch 1 largemouth bass and 1 striped bass. In February fishing is OK but not as good as spring and summer.
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
I recommend calling Captain Mike Nielsen. Was recommended to me by the guy at the shop where we bought our licenses. He did not disappoint. Caught our limit, saw incredible views and learned a good bit about the area. Gorgeous day and amazing experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend calling Captain Mike Nielsen. Was recommended to me by the guy at the shop where we bought our licenses. He did not disappoint. Caught our limit, saw incredible views and learned a good bit about the area. Gorgeous day and amazing experience!
Tahoe Topliners Fishing – Est. 1996
Tahoe Topliners Fishing – Est. 1996
Weather was perfect for a T shirt and jeans or a lightweight sweater. 10 out 10 would recommend
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was perfect for a T shirt and jeans or a lightweight sweater. 10 out 10 would recommend
SF Boat Support
SF Boat Support
Get upstanding about parking and the time you need to be so that you are not to early
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get upstanding about parking and the time you need to be so that you are not to early
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
A nice captain and a well run boat BUT the captain is a chain smoker and in the confines of the forward cabin we found that a MAJOR problem.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
A nice captain and a well run boat BUT the captain is a chain smoker and in the confines of the forward cabin we found that a MAJOR problem.
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Good options with lots of parking and cleaning areas. Dock and location wasn't packed or rushed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good options with lots of parking and cleaning areas. Dock and location wasn't packed or rushed.
David Rooney
David Rooney Milpitas, CA
All the fish you want to catch are spawning and hitting and being caught at this time of year. Book charters out of san fran in july/august
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All the fish you want to catch are spawning and hitting and being caught at this time of year. Book charters out of san fran in july/august
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing East McKeesport, PA
Don’t reel to quickly the fish have soft mouths and the hooks pop out right at the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t reel to quickly the fish have soft mouths and the hooks pop out right at the boat
Tahoe Trophy Trout
Tahoe Trophy Trout Meadow Vista, California
Be courteous to your captain and the other boaters at the boat dock by being on time and ready to get out on the water. It is a busy boat launch first thing in the morning.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be courteous to your captain and the other boaters at the boat dock by being on time and ready to get out on the water. It is a busy boat launch first thing in the morning.
Three D Fishing
Three D Fishing
Go with a positive attitude fishing is fishing and can go either way just have a great time.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Go with a positive attitude fishing is fishing and can go either way just have a great time.
fishSFbay
fishSFbay CEDAR E BETHL, MN
Make sure you have warm clothes on. Take something for motion sickness because the water is VERY choppy.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Make sure you have warm clothes on. Take something for motion sickness because the water is VERY choppy.
fishSFbay
fishSFbay Holt, MI
Bring sunscreen, windblazer, snacks, and friends to relax with as you all wait for the bite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen, windblazer, snacks, and friends to relax with as you all wait for the bite.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing Cottage Grove, MN
The morning bite for Lake Trout is better than the afternoon bite, but no matter when you go out, if you go with Captain Rob, it’s going to be an amazing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The morning bite for Lake Trout is better than the afternoon bite, but no matter when you go out, if you go with Captain Rob, it’s going to be an amazing experience.
Tahoe Trophy Trout
Tahoe Trophy Trout
If you are fishing the area for the first time, don't hesitate to book with Captain Frank. You will be glad you did.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are fishing the area for the first time, don't hesitate to book with Captain Frank. You will be glad you did.
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service Stockton, CA
The fishing on SF Bay is the same as anywhere.except if there not biting great you get some iepic views of the bay! Some days are better fishing than others so hope for the best and enjoy the day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing on SF Bay is the same as anywhere.except if there not biting great you get some iepic views of the bay! Some days are better fishing than others so hope for the best and enjoy the day!
New Captain Pete Sportfishing
New Captain Pete Sportfishing Felton, CA
Actually speak with the captain and make sure you know where you're fishing and what you're fishing for.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Actually speak with the captain and make sure you know where you're fishing and what you're fishing for.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing Red Bluff, CA
It's not like fishing for bluegill or other varieties in technique listen to the captain and you will do great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's not like fishing for bluegill or other varieties in technique listen to the captain and you will do great!
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing North Las Vegas, Nevada
Hire John and he'll put you where it gives you the best chance to land the fish you're looking for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire John and he'll put you where it gives you the best chance to land the fish you're looking for.
Addictive Sport Fishing
Addictive Sport Fishing

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Northern California?

Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(444 reviews)
We caught so many fish within the first hour. Captain took us to a spot that didn’t disappoint. The crew was amazing. Very helpful and even gave us some historical facts of monuments near by. Captain and First mate were extremely friendly and funny. Both did the impossible to have kept us comfortable and happy. It was an amazing unforgettable memory. Thank you for everything.
Norma  B.
Norma B.
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Couldn’t have asked for better weather. Got us on the fish early. We were able to get two fish in the boat with plenty of other bite opportunities. If you’re looking for sturgeon - Matt is your guy.
Tom  S.
Tom S.
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Captain Don put us on the sharks. Niced sized sharks. It's a good day on the water!
Richard  H.
Richard H.
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Matt and Javier were awesome. They worked really hard for us. It was a great trip.
Brent  E.
Brent E.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(444 reviews)
The captain and crew were great. They were very knowledgeable and super nice!
Frank  L.
Frank L.
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Matt and Javier worked very hard, kept us in fish every day, hooked us a huge sturgeon, and the striper was a bonus. Outstanding, highly recommend!
Benjamin  B.
Benjamin B.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
Super fun adventure learning to fish in the Bay. Captain Craig was a great teacher. Reeled in several striped bass and a flounder, and enjoyed a great outing starting at Fisherman’s wharf cruising into San Pablo Bay. Highly recommend
Hank  R.
Hank R.
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Matt took us out sturgeon fishing in the delta on Jan. 1st for my birthday and I had the best day fishing !!! I've been on quite a few charters and I've not met a more hospitable and humble captain, not ever. His boat is nice all his equipment is top notch and he knows what he's doing. He is also fun to talk to. It never got awkward or boring, not for a second. I recommend him 100% and can't wait to go again! Thanks Matt! 👍👍👍
Brandy  W.
Brandy W.
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(178 reviews)
The crew was kind and helpful, and patient with our young son. They changed their trip plans to accommodate us. Great day!
Freddie  M.
Freddie M.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(444 reviews)
Very fun trip, exceeded our expectations. Captain and crew was very attentive and patient. Not to mention all the fish we caught
Jining  H.
Jining H.
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(122 reviews)
We booked the trip on the Christmas Eve and it was a super fun experience for our group. Captain Brad and Chris were very experienced and welcoming, the kids all had a blast!
Aoyu  C.
Aoyu C.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(444 reviews)
Had a really special day with Captain David and his talented deckhand Neil. The weather was rainy and a bit of wind, but they really worked together as a team and were able to put us on some fish, and show off their navigational skills in low visibility dark and rainy conditions, while making the trip fun and having great conversation.
David  M.
David M.
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(122 reviews)
We got 7 fish on the boat and at least 4 others that got away. My kids and wife had a blast. We will definitely have to plan another trip.
Brandon  R.
Brandon R.
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(178 reviews)
Embarking on this fishing journey from SF with Captain Ron was an absolute blast! The fun-filled atmosphere added an extra layer of enjoyment. Not only did we revel in the stunning views, but we also triumphantly reeled in crabs and striped bass. Success was sweet, making this trip an exhilarating and memorable fishing escapade. Highly recommend for both the seasoned angler and those seeking a lively aquatic adventure!
Eve  Z.
Eve Z.
Collins Lake, or Bullards Bar Reservoir
Collins Lake, or Bullards Bar Reservoir
Fishing charter in Oregon House
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Captain Shaun and his co-captain dog Jake are the best! Great experience and recommend him to everyone looking to have a great time fishing!
Jess  S.
Jess S.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(444 reviews)
We caught fish on our trip, but not as many as we originally hoped. Nonetheless, it was a great day on the water and the few fish we did catch were from a variety of species. We got to learn about a “shovel nosed guitar fish”. We saw bat rays, leopard sharks and 7 gill sharks up close. The captain and crew member were friendly and accommodating and the boat was clean and well maintained.
Roger  H.
Roger H.
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
Captain, crew, boat are all fantastic. Can’t wait to go out with them again.
Patrick  R.
Patrick R.
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Very good
3.3 / 5
(61 reviews)
First nice people and nice boat. Wouldn't let us throw a line and watched them crab for 4 hours. Felt like we paid for them to catch their limits in crab. We booked the night before then they called 6am day of trip and acted like they were doing us a favor. We are avid fishermen and have been on 20+charters. This was by far the most disappointing and boring one yet. They would hardly let us even throw a line. I think I would spend the $1800 on another charter
Christy  E.
Christy E.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(444 reviews)
We enjoyed our trip with my Father in Law, son and brother. Captain David and Neil were professional and helpful to help us enjoy the trip. They helped us always getting ready for the next fish! The bay is a beautiful place to bring family and fish.
Elmer  M.
Elmer M.
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(178 reviews)
A lot of action catching stripers and perch today! Caught limits of big crab and while the crab hoops were being hauled up, received an unexpected treat of seeing whales breaching. A nice way to cap a beautiful day! The seas were calm and the thought of bringing the bounty of riches caught that day brought a smile to all! Does it get any better?
Steve  K.
Steve K.

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