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Fishing in Orange County

If you’re on the lookout for some of the most diverse angling in California, Orange County fishing should have your undivided attention. Whether you’re coming to surf on “The Wedge,” enjoy over 40 miles of gorgeous sandy coastline, or fish for your next trophy, this sunny county delivers.

Dana Point is one of the most popular inshore fishing spots in SoCal with Halibut, Calico Bass, White Seabass, Sheepshead, and Sand Bass all on your doorstep. Head to nearby Newport Beach and you’ll find all this and more in the kelp beds, including Yellowtail, Bonito, and Barracuda.

Passionate offshore anglers have a lot to look forward to when they cast their lines in Orange County’s abundant waters. San Clemente and Santa Catalina Islands are the fishing grounds of choice for species like Yellowtail, Calico Bass, and even Tuna during the summer months. The bluewaters 50+ miles out offer up even more action with Sharks, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin lurking in the deep.

Don’t worry freshwater anglers, we didn’t forget about you. There are countless fishing holes to explore, and Irvine Lake is by far the most popular. More Rainbow Trout are caught here than anywhere else in California! Catfish, Crappie, and Bass are also biting left and right.

If you’re coming with kids or want to keep it short and sweet, head out for a half day inshore trip. For more dedicated anglers who want to explore the full potential of these prolific waters, a full or extended full day trip is a must. In these cases, Santa Catalina Island is your most frequent location, however, you’ll have the option to go even further out for truly monster fish.

Rules & Regulations

All anglers over the age of 16 need to purchase a California fishing license. To ensure you’re in the loop about the rules and regulations, head out with a reputable captain.

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Orange County Fishing Seasons

You might want to bring a sweater to your fishing trip and be prepared for the “winter chill” as you go hunting for Yellowtail, various species of Rockfish, Sculpin, and more. Lobster season is in full sway.

More species are becoming active, so you can set your sights on Halibut, White Seabass, Calico Bass, and of course Yellowtail. Want something different? Lobster’s still out there.

There are plenty of fish in the sea in March, and even more Sharks in the Orange County waters, including Thresher, Blue, and Mako. Fishing for White Seabass, Halibut, Yellowtail, and Calico Bass is excellent.

Spring has come to Orange County and brought an abundance of fish with it. You can hook anything from Sheepshead and Calico Bass to Rockfish and Halibut, just to name a few.

Are you ready for intense fishing action? Because in May, it’s on. Barracuda, Yellowtail, Calico Bass, Rockfish, and many more are all popular catches this month, and high season is here.

Mahi Mahi are slowly coming to the area, as well as Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna that will be the most sought-after catch in the upcoming months. Fish are biting left and right in June.


With summer in full bloom, you better believe you’ll need sunscreen while you’re on the boat. What can you catch? Just about anything! From Calico Bass to Bonito and Mahi Mahi to Tuna, the list of catches is endless.

If chasing Striped Marlin is your passion, then August is the time to target them in Orange County. The Tuna bite is still strong, not to mention Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail, Barracuda, and Sharks.

As autumn is slowly making its way to California, there’s still time to catch sizeable Yellowfin and the occasional Bluefin Tuna, along with hard-fighting Blue and Striped Marlin. The only fishing limit this month is your imagination.


Tuna are leaving the OC waters, but that doesn’t mean that the fishing fun has to stop. Lingcod are very active, along with Calico Bass, Halibut and more. The Lobster season is officially open.


You can go looking for Sharks, or focus on catching massive Lingcod, Halibut, and Rockfish, it’s up to you. Offshore, you can still find a Striped Marlin here and there, if you know where to look.


Maybe the offshore favorites have gone to warmer waters, but fishing for Halibut, Yellowtail, and Rockfish isn’t slowing down. This is one of the best months to hunt for your daily limit of Lobster.

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Reviews of Fishing in Orange County

The best of times!
Lauren S. fished with RockenReel Sportfishing on July 12, 2020
Fish are fickle. Enjoy the day no matter what!
Sunset Fishishing
Erick L. fished with RockenReel Sportfishing on July 3, 2020
Weather was great but no luck with the fish.
Stop looking and book now!
John C. fished with RockenReel Sportfishing on June 30, 2020
Book now and stop looking! Yeah his is the trip. Took my two boys on their first trip and we caught 30+ fish!
Fish on
Wayne B. fished with RockenReel Sportfishing on December 10, 2019
Call Steven at rockin reel if you really want to catch fish. Steven worked hard for us and put us on fish all day. Great guy that knows what he's doing.
Half day with Captain Chuck
Justin J. fished with Dana Wharf Sportfishing—Boardroom 2 on October 25, 2019
We were bass fishing, in some locations tha action didn’t stop.
Half day trip with Capt. Mike
Casey R. fished with Old Spool Fishing Charters on September 24, 2019
Make sure to ask your captain what fish to expect or to let them know what fish you would like to Target so you are not disappointed or not expecting something else. We had fun because Capt let us know what was biting and we wanted to just catch fish. It's fun.
Half Day Variety Trip with Captain Daniel
Tony B. fished with Dana Point Sportfishing on September 20, 2019
Charter a private with Dana Point Sport Fishing.
Every cast equaled a fish or bite
Winter B. fished with Dana Wharf Sportfishing—Boardroom 2 on September 12, 2019
Book with captain chuck on the boardroom II boat- he’ll get you on fish!

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