San Joaquin River Fishing Charters

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Top San Joaquin River Destinations

San Joaquin River: 7 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Bethel Island
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trips from US $500
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(14 reviews)
Stockton
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trips from US $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Pittsburg
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trips from US $280
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Pittsburg
trips from US $225
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Stockton
trips from US $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(5 reviews)
Pittsburg
 Instant Confirmation
trips from US $250
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(14 reviews)
Bethel Island
trips from US $750

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in San Joaquin River

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

The average price for a private 4 hour San Joaquin River fishing trip is US $496, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $656 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in San Joaquin River that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in San Joaquin River are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in San Joaquin River are:

The top 3 types of fishing in San Joaquin River are:

Many fishing charters in San Joaquin River 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 Joaquin River are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in San Joaquin River are:
  • Extended fishing trips – US $600
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $400
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $565
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $543
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $800
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $464

Fishing in San Joaquin River

If you’re planning on fishing the San Joaquin River, you’re in for a real treat. This freestone river is home to a wide variety of species and a place where anglers from all over the state come to test their skills. This place is full of surprises, so grab the old rod and reel, invite your favorite fishing buddies, and get ready for a fun adventure!

Areas such as Montezuma Slough and Sherman Lake are just some of the many places where you can hook big Stripers, Largemouth Bass, and White Sturgeon. Other top-targeted species include American Shad, Rainbow Trout, Sacramento Sucker, Common Carp, Crappie, Catfish, and Sunfish. Another fish to keep your eye out for is King Salmon, which have made a serious comeback since 2019.

The San Joaquin River is located just about an hour’s drive from San Francisco, making it perfect for a day trip. Most San Joaquin fishing guides offer both half-day and full-day trips. Shorter trips are perfect if you’ve got kids or are on a tight schedule. However, if you’ve got time for a full day, you should definitely take advantage of a longer trip as you’ll be able to target more species and cover more fishing grounds.

Along the river, you’ll find fishing towns with some amazing spots that will have your rod bending in no time. From Pittsburg to Bethel Island, and even further inland towards Stockton, you’ll come across plenty of guides that will take you to productive areas where the fish are sure to bite.

Rules & Regulations

Anyone 16 or older must purchase a CA fishing license before heading out. Certain protected areas may be closed throughout parts of the year and some species are subject to seasonality. If you aren’t sure about the laws and regulations in your area, you can always ask a local guide or license agent.

San Joaquin River Fishing Seasons

January

January is a great month to target White Sturgeon, so whip out the heavy tackle and catch yourself a prehistoric monster!

February

White Sturgeon remain the top catch in February, so be sure to check out a guide that will take you bottom fishing or drifting.

March

As the waters start to warm up, Striped Bass start to make their way out of hibernation. Other fish settle into their spring patterns, including Largemouth Bass and Rainbow Trout.

April

Once April rolls around, you can expect great action from the Delta all the way to Stockton. Top catches this month include Stripers, Largemouth Bass, Sturgeon, and Crappie.

May

As May flowers begin to bloom, the fishing really starts to heat up. You can catch multiple fish in one day – Sturgeon, Striped and Largemouth Bass, Shad, and Catfish are some of your likely targets this month.

June

Striped Bass fishing is in full swing, so grab a guide that will take you trolling along the river and get ready to pull up a big Striper!

July

It’s the peak of summer and everything is biting! Sturgeon, Chinook, Striped Bass, Crappie, and Catfish take the reins throughout the rest of summer and fall.

August

Striper and Salmon fishing are hot throughout many areas of the river. Check out Montezuma and Broad Slough for some great Sturgeon action as well!

September

King Salmon claims the throne once again. September conditions are excellent for Chinook, as well as many other species, including Rainbow Trout, Crappie, and Largemouth Bass.

October

Trout and Salmon fishing are at their peaks in October and Striped Bass fishing is solid as well. Whether you’re a fly fisherman or conventional angler, October can reap lots of great catches for everyone!

November

Salmon fishing begins to slow down but Sturgeon really start to take the bait. Rainbow Trout are hungrier than ever as well, so pick a guide that will take you fly fishing for Trout or bottom fishing for Sturgeon.

December

Celebrate the holidays this year with a fun fishing trip with the family. With just an hour’s car ride from San Francisco, you’ll be fishing the productive San Joaquin River and creating lasting memories!

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What anglers said about fishing in San Joaquin River

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
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
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.
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service West Menlo Park, CA
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!
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service Cayucos, CA
You will definitely catch alot of fish! Your first fishing trip will be memorable and exviting!! Bring sunscreen,warm clothing.and snacks.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will definitely catch alot of fish! Your first fishing trip will be memorable and exviting!! Bring sunscreen,warm clothing.and snacks.
Delta Sportfishing
Delta Sportfishing Sacramento, CA

How did anglers rate fishing charters in San Joaquin River?

Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Matt and Javier were awesome. They worked really hard for us. It was a great trip.
Brent  E.
Brent E.
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 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.
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 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.
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Frank is great! Very skilled and he loves to teach others. I had never thrown a bait caster and by the end of the day Frank had me casting like a pro. I believe the fish count between the three of us was 19. We will be back to fish with Frank again. Thanks Frank!
Bobby  R.
Bobby R.
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
I had an amazing fishing day with Capt Frank, he is a very good guide and teacher. I learned many new techniques from him to adapt to different fishing environment. I caught 12 fishes !!! and one big 16inches Largemouth Bass, Capt Frank also caught a big 18 inches Largemouth Bass. It was an excellent day.. I will definitely do this again.
Stella  L.
Stella L. Oakland, California
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
My teenage son and I took a 6 hour charter with Captain Frank and had a great experience. Not only was his boat well maintained, his gear top quality, but he was a very knowledgeable angler and a great guy as well. He took the time to really teach my son who is very experienced, some new techniques, and was very patient and positive with him. We caught 7 bass total. I would highly recommend Captain Frank with Delta Bassn to anyone whether you are experienced or a novice.
Brynn  M.
Brynn M. Mill Valley, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Had Fun fishing with Frank, never a dull moment. Loved his passion for bass fishing. Diving in the grass mat for my fish for a 1 lb fish, priceless 🤣
J  D.  H.
J D. H. Rancho Cordova, California
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Captain Frank was knowledgeable and patient. His guidance, excellent gear, and fun personality made the day memorable. We consistently hooked more fish than those on other nearby boats. Highly recommended.
Francisco  K.
Francisco K. San Jose, California
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Best fishing experience we've had. My son could not stop talking about all the fish he caught. Frank is very patient in teaching you all the techniques involved in fishing, we walked out with a handful of knowledge. Captain Frank gets excited when we catch a fish like it was him who caught the fish. Very exciting 🎣 experience!!!
Neildon  J.
Neildon J. Elk Grove, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Had an awesome day with Captain Frank! He is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and passionate. We crushed it with a total of 23 fish for the boat! Will definitely be back! Highly recommend!
Cord  S.
Cord S. North Salt Lake, UT
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Frank is the best. Very knowledgeable bass guide. We got to fish all types of different lures including frogs. He knew where to go and what to throw. My client and i had a great time. If you want to get on the fish in the delta this is THE GUY! Will be booking him again for sure.
Shaun  W.
Shaun W. San Anselmo, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Had an awesome day with captain Frank. 10+ fish day! With his knowledge and expertise, we easily found the bass. I highly recommend his service. Thanks Frank!
Marshall  J.
Marshall J. Walnut Creek, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Captain Frank was great, very generous with knowledge. Great technology, comfortable boat, very motivated and kept us busy! Great trip, highly recommend!
Andrew  P.
Andrew P. Blackhawk, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
The captain was super patient and taught us all about casting for bass, reading the tides, tying knots and sharing his fishing experience. My son and I had a great time!
Ron  K.
Ron K.
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
This was my father’s and I first guided trip and we couldn’t have asked for a better guide! The conditions weren’t great, but nonetheless Cptn. Frank provided an excellent experience. We came away with a much better understanding of where the largemouth like to sit and how they move with the tides and of course how to fish the various lures. Thanks for a great experience Frank!
Andrew  V.
Andrew V. San Jose, California
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We had the best time all day. Matt and Javier were awesome and patient. We will book another trip! Thank you.
Casey  M.
Casey M. Falls Church, VA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Captain Frank was very knowledgeable and a great guide. The best trip we have ever been on. Will definitely come back to the delta and find Captain Frank again!
Ronald  L.
Ronald L. Oakland, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Captain Frank took my 17 year old son out on a grand fishing adventure! My son is a die hard fisherman and spending a day with an expert like Frank was truly special. Captain Frank answered 1000 questions about technique, gear, fish habits, etc... He really made the day extraordinary for my son! Thanks, Captain Frank!
Samantha  K.
Samantha K. Davis, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(41 reviews)
Had a great and educational time with Cap’n Frank yesterday. He very clearly knows the ways of bass and is able to share that experience with others. He is a patient teacher and adjusts the message to the student in.ways that each can understand. The boat and equipment were all to shelf. I think we’ll be much more successful in the future thanks to yesterday with Captain Frank and Delta Bassin’.
Sandi  M.
Sandi M. Elk Grove, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Literally booked a couple days before I came. No idea what we were doing. Ended up being a nice day on the water. We only caught 4 babies but it was fun.
Lewis  B.
Lewis B. Arvada, CO

Top Targeted Species in San Joaquin River