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San Francisco Bay Fishing Charters

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San Francisco Bay: 21 fishing charters available

Nautilus Excursions

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

David Rooney

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(45 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from $300

The Codfather Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(77 reviews)
Alameda
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Warrior Poet Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(303 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from $180

Here We Go Sport Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Emeryville
trips from $775

SF Boat Support

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(36 reviews)
San Francisco
trips from $1,600

Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(28 reviews)
Richmond
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

Sole-Man Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
San Francisco
trips from $950

Nautilus Excursions

San Francisco
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trips from $1,125

fishSFbay

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from $275

FAQs about Fishing Charters in San Francisco Bay

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in San Francisco Bay costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $1,139, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,337. 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 San Francisco Bay is 32 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

According to customer reviews, Nautilus Excursions, David Rooney, and The Codfather Sport Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in San Francisco Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in San Francisco Bay.

Nautilus Excursions, David Rooney, and The Codfather Sport Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in San Francisco Bay.

The best way to experience fishing in San Francisco Bay 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 San Francisco Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Halibut, Bass (Striped), and Rockfish. Top fishing techniques include trolling, bottom fishing, and light tackle. Offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The season for Pacific Halibut is usually open by now, which makes bottom fishing all the more appealing. With Salmon open for harvest, the Bay is becoming crowded with visiting anglers. Check availability for local fishing charters in San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco Bay needs no introduction. Its unforgettable beauty is matched only by the number of incredible fishing opportunities it boasts, and anglers from all over the country know it. And for every catch in these waters, there are a dozen San Francisco Bay fishing charters to help you reel it in.
 
The Bay offers access to some of the most popular game fish on the west coast, minus the long boat rides and choppy seas. Whether you’re in the mood for fantastic Salmon action, or you’d rather spend your day bottom fishing for Halibut, Lingcod, Flounder, and Rockfish, success on the water is all but guaranteed.
 
Another popular pastime is Shark fishing and there are more than 10 Shark species swimming in the bay, Leopard Shark being the most frequent catch. You can also enjoy the excellent Striped Bass bite, and if you’re looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush, then set your sights on Sturgeon. These fellas will give you a run for your money with their acrobatic jumps and headshakes. 
 
When it comes to trip options, you’ve got a great variety of packages to choose from. Local captains organize both private and shared fishing excursions, so you can pick how much time and money you want to spend on your angling adventure. Half day trips seem to be the most popular choice for families and beginners, while avid fishermen prefer full days for a higher chance of catching their trophy.
 
If you’re not sure where to go, don’t worry. You’ll find San Francisco fishing charters in every corner of the bay, including Sausalito, Richmond, Berkeley, Emeryville, and San Francisco itself.
 

Rules & Regulations

If you go fishing with a professional guide, all the essentials like bait, tackle, and regulations info are included in the price. Just remember that all anglers age 16 and older are responsible for buying their own California fishing license.

San Francisco Bay
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
With most of the local fish off-limits or out of season, many anglers are casting their lines in other fishing holes around the Bay Area, targeting Halibut, Flounder, and Sturgeon.
February
The bite is slowly picking up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring home an unforgettable catch! Sturgeon, Leopard Sharks, Starry Flounder, and California Halibut are all open to harvest.
March
With any luck, the weather will be getting warmer. The fishing is about to heat up too! Striped Bass are biting a little more, and you can also go after Lingcod for a fun catch and tasty dinner.
April
April is a great time to test the waters in San Francisco Bay if you haven’t already. Stripers are hitting their peak and the season for Rockfish is open. As always, you can count on Leopard Sharks.
May
The season for Pacific Halibut is usually open by now, which makes bottom fishing all the more appealing. With Salmon open for harvest, the Bay is becoming crowded with visiting anglers.
June
June is all about variety here in SF Bay! Anglers from far and wide flock to these waters for Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod, Sturgeon, Sharks, Striped Bass, and more. Did someone say world-class fishing?
July
You can expect more great fishing in July, with virtually every species at its peak. Clear blue skies and warm weather offer the perfect opportunity for adventurous anglers to head offshore.
August
It’s the hottest month of the year, so come cool off in the Bay and treat yourself to some fresh seafood. You can still catch anything from Salmon and Stripers to Lingcod, Sturgeon, and Sharks.
September
There’s plenty of time to catch whatever is left on your angling bucket list, whether it’s Salmon, Halibut, Sturgeon, or Sharks. What’s more, there are fewer fishermen out there, so the chances of landing something epic are bigger.
October
Salmon fishing closes at the end of the month, so be sure to catch your share of King Salmon while you still can. The good news is that all the other species will still be here for weeks to come.
November
The season for Striped Bass is winding down. You’ll find fewer Flounder and Halibut, too, but they’re out there. Bottom fishing is still promising, with Lingcod, Rockfish, and Leopard Sharks on the menu.
December
December is your last chance to bring home Rockfish and Lingcod for the next few months. Sturgeon and Leopard Sharks will soon reclaim their positions at the top of the list as winter continues.

San Francisco Bay Fishing Calendar

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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
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
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.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Maddington, Western Australia
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
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Dress in layers, can get a little chilly out on the bay.Rubber boots are nice but not needed .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress in layers, can get a little chilly out on the bay.Rubber boots are nice but not needed .
Douglas  W.
Douglas W. Roseville, California
When leaving, be prepared for traffic out of there..it could take a while..worth the drive over of course..patience..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
A total new experience for us who are used to living in tropical countries. The weather, the range of fish, the environment, etc... Fantastic experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A total new experience for us who are used to living in tropical countries. The weather, the range of fish, the environment, etc... Fantastic experience.
Kelvin  C.
Kelvin C. Los Angeles, California
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

SF Boat Support
SF Boat Support
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
My group had an excellent time on our half-day fishing trip! Capt. Brent and Crew were great hosts and understanding as my group was running late trying to bust through San Francisco traffic. Once we got out the fishing was fun, easy and relaxing with a beautiful view of the San Francisco Skyline. Our catches were processed quickly and professionally on our way back to shore, I'd happily recommend SF Boat Support for any angler/anglers!
Kenneth  D.
Kenneth D. San Diego, CA
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Myself and my family had the best time. One more fish we would have had our limit of 15. I liked how they let my daughter and nephew help out with the fish. They're most definitely kid-friendly. Captain Ron and Hunter thanks for the experience.
Gary  Y.
Gary Y. Sacramento, CA
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(6 reviews)
Good friends, good crew, great weather and comfortable boat. Just wished they were better prepared. No live bait, gas stop in middle of fishing and only went to one spot. We caught fish and had a great time.
Jeff  J.
Jeff J. Quinlan, TX
SF Boat Support
SF Boat Support
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
An awesome day fishing. We caught six fish that were keepers. Probably twelve fish all together. The crew was very experienced and helpful. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone want to fish the bay.
Felix  S.
Felix S. Sunnyvale, CA
Osprey Fishing Charters - SF Bay
Osprey Fishing Charters - SF Bay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We had a blast with James, he is very professional and friendly. We caught 5 Halibut among 6 of us, highly recommend going out with James. We will be booking another trip very soon. Thanks
Ashil  B.
Ashil B. Castro Valley, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(303 reviews)
We took an afternoon trip with Mike and Bradley and caught 13 sharks and 3 big sting rays! We had a blast! Highly recommend!
Brandon  F.
Brandon F. Rapid City, SD
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(303 reviews)
We went to celebrate our birthdays and wanted to catch our first halibut that we could eat in the same day. Captain David helped us find parking and taught us so much about fishing in general too as we are new to fishing in the last year. They were super friendly and we had the greatest time. It was memorable for our double birthdays! I definitley plan on doing another trip with Captain David for sure!
Melissa  M.
Melissa M. San Francisco, CA
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Had great time with Captain Justin and his mate Joe. Rough sea but Captain found the fish and Joe was very helpful making sure we landed several of them . Nice and comfortable boat. Highly recommend them
Antonio  M.
Antonio M. Sparks, NV
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Amazing experience on the boat. Captain and deck hand Jordan were very helpful throughout the day and put us on some awesome fish. First time halibut fishing and what a day it was!! Nothing to worry about on the boat other than having fun!
Shane  S.
Shane S. Merced, CA
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Can't say enough good things about Captain Justin. We booked a full day trip to the islands and limit out on rockfish as well as a few good size lingcods for 6 anglers. If you're considering hiring a private charter with a guide who is knowledgable and professional this is the charter for you. He WILL put you on fish!
Henry  Y.
Henry Y. Santa Clara, California
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Great experience every body got their limit of fish. Captain and crew were highly experienced and professional.
Cameron  C.
Cameron C. Patterson, CA
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
My 12-year-old and I had a great time with Captain Bill. He was incredibly knowledgeable about fishing the bay, and let my son tinker around with the rods (even when it wasn't necessary) so he could stay engaged in the trip. We caught some halibut and striper, and had a great time on a beautiful day.
Christopher  G.
Christopher G. San Jose, California
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 reviews)
Had a great time spending the morning out catching a bunch of halibut! Weather was great and the crew was very helpful! Definitely one of my favorite guides to date!
Jeremy  P.
Jeremy P. Santa Clarita, CA
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 reviews)
Captain Craig provided an absolutely unbelievable experience, for my wife and I! He made every effort to fulfill our preferences, and locate some sharks. We both caught large leopard sharks. I caught a 60 lb bat ray. Lost a huge shark which dove under the boat. Craig is very personable and attends to your every need. Go with THE pro and go with Argo fishing charter.
Leigh  F.
Leigh F. Vicksburg, MI
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Had a great day out! Ended up landing some great Halibut! Captain Steve and the deck hand made the trip! Other boats were struggling but we almost limited out! Can't wait to head back out for another adventure. Highly recommend booking a trip
Trevor  P.
Trevor P. Santa Rosa, California
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(303 reviews)
The trip was great!! Crew was amazing and very patient with educating on fishing technique, local landmarks, and just the fish and crabs. Fun day.
Paul  B.
Paul B. BLRSDN-GREAGL, CA
Reel Time Charters, LLC
Reel Time Charters, LLC
Fishing charter in Sausalito
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
We fished for Halibut with Phil and he did a great job finding fish and making sure we had an enjoyable experience. We will be a repeat customer with him.
Sid  C.
Sid C. Union City, California
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Emeryville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Event hough the weather would not cooperate, Capt Matt made this a great trip. We only caught one small Sturgeon and 2 stripe bass. However, I have never seen a captain work so hard to get us fish. He did everything he could with the conditions. Thank you so much Matt for the extraordinary service and care. We will definitely fish with you again and you have my highest reccomendation. Also, the breakfast burritos from your wife were amazing.
Terry  K.
Terry K. Peoria, AZ
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Emeryville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
BEST DAY FISHING EVER MATT KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT HE DOES. IS AWESOME HE KNEW WHERE TO GO TO PUT US ON THE FISH AND THAT'S WHAT HE DID THEN IT WAS FISH ON. GOING FISHING WITH MATT LIKE GOING FISHING WITH A FRIEND THANK YOU MATT FOR AWESOME DAY OF FISHING
James  A.
James A. Manteca, CA
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Emeryville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Captain Matt at Here We Go Sport Fishing is awesome we had an amazing time on his boat. He is super knowledgeable about fishing and the bay. He explains everything really well and definitely let’s you know when it’s time to reel in. It was like having another fishing buddy on the trip. One last thing, thanks to his wife for the amazing breakfast tacos they were delicious. We are for sure going to book with him again.
William  D.
William D. Susanville, CA