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San Francisco Bay Fishing Charters

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San Francisco Bay: 22 fishing charters available

Nautilus Excursions

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

Topline Sport Fishing – Berkeley

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Berkeley
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trips from $200

Help U Fish

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(16 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from $1,500

Ripple Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(8 reviews)
Alameda
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trips from $275

Warrior Poet Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(358 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from $195

The Codfather Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(102 reviews)
Alameda
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Barbarossa Fishing SF

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(21 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from $1,400

Here We Go Sport Fishing

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

fishSFbay

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Richmond
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(34 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from $225

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in San Francisco Bay

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in San Francisco Bay are: Full list of top fishing charters in San Francisco Bay

The average price for a private 4 hour San Francisco Bay fishing trip is $1,303, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,450 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in San Francisco Bay that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in San Francisco Bay are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in San Francisco Bay are:

The top 3 types of fishing in San Francisco Bay are:

Many fishing charters in San Francisco Bay 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 San Francisco Bay are:

Who are the top awarded captains in San Francisco Bay?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in San Francisco Bay are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $160
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $378
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $500
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $873
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $753
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $225
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $786
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $350

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 25065 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

Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Very good
4.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Good experience! Beautiful day on the water and captain was a very sociable host! Felt very comfortable
William  F.
William F. San Francisco, California
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
The crew knew their stuff, kept things fun, and worked hard to put us on fish and keep the equipment in working order.
Charley  T.
Charley T. Washington, Illinois
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(358 reviews)
First time Fishing in San Francisco Bay..Had a great time.. Great experienced !! Thx to Warrior Poet Sportfishing .. Thx Capt David and Bradley!! Till Next Time
Linh  T.
Linh T. Beaumont, TX
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(358 reviews)
Caught a few things 2 sharks and 6 rays in four hours not shabby . Could have chummed the area a bit more for the price. Could have easily increase the total caught or bigger sharks.
Andrew  B.
Andrew B. Scottsdale, AZ
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(358 reviews)
Great crew. Great experience. I would highly recommend this crew and boat to anyone.
Devon  S.
Devon S. San Francisco, California
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(157 reviews)
We all had a great time. Captain Ron and his first mate Hunter know where and how to catch the fish. They helped every step of the way. We caught 14 good size fish. We had fish tacos when we got home. The fillets were beautiful with a very delicate flavor.
John  B.
John B. Medina, OH
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(358 reviews)
We had the most fun we have ever had on a vacation! We would love to do this trip again and again! The ship was wonderful! Captain Dave was amazing! If you ever wanted to even try to fish .... do it!! Highly recommend!
Peter  N.
Peter N. Lakewood, NY
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Had a awesome time with captain Steve and flash! Very professional and knowledgeable of the area, thanks to you guys for giving us a trip we will never forget
Nathaniel  D.
Nathaniel D. Flagstaff, AZ
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
I'm glad that we choose Sole Man for our fishing trip out of San Fransisco. Capt. Don and his crew were very courteous and knowledgeable also worked hard to put us on the fish. I would recommend using SoleMan and would use him again in future.
David  H.
David H. Tracy, California
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(358 reviews)
Great time around the Bay. Almost hit limit on Rockfish by noon. Got Halibut then had fun chasing Stingray. Even got to feed "Lefty" back at the docks...
Colin  S.
Colin S. Richardson, TX
Help U Fish
Help U Fish
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Brought my two kids on the trip. Anthony and Joe were amazing with them. Got us onto the halibut and just made it a great day all around for us.
Daniel  G.  S.
Daniel G. S. Napa, CA
SF Boat Support – Bravo
SF Boat Support – Bravo
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Trip was great 👍 Captain Brent and Alex were very professional and very kind, we are enjoyed the trip and had lots of fun! Everything was prepared in advance! I highly recommended this boat 🚢
Marietta  S.
Marietta S. Citrus Heights, CA
Tradition Sportfishing
Tradition Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Berkeley
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Had a wonderful family time thanks to Captain Dennis and Kevin. I found them most friendly and knowledgeable so far among my recent three trips. Highly recommend.
Jaeheon  J.
Jaeheon J. Palo Alto, CA
Help U Fish
Help U Fish
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 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
(102 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
(6 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
(102 reviews)
Learned a lot from the great crew. Very friendly and professional. Would book with them again!
Erickson  M.
Erickson M. San Francisco, California
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(157 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
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 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
(358 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