San Joaquin River

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San Joaquin River: 11 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Bethel Island
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Rio Vista
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trips from $225
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(12 reviews)
Stockton
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Pittsburg
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Pittsburg
trips from $200
Pittsburg
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trips from $1,125
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Rio Vista
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trips from $250
Rio Vista
Martinez
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Stockton
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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 $343, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $614 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

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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 – $700
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $400
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $713
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $625
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $525
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $550
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,375

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.


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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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.
Kingsway  L.
Kingsway L. 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!
Tom  K.
Tom K. Cayucos, CA

Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 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
(23 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
(23 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
(23 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
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Went out with Captain Frank for an awesome day on the Delta. The boat and equipment were first rate, and Captain Frank was knowledgeable and helpful. It was a hot day, but refreshments were plentiful, so no problem staying out on the water. We even spent a little extra time fishing because Captain Frank was having just as much fun as me! Will definitely go again!
Kingsway  L.
Kingsway L. West Menlo Park, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Beautiful day on the water. Top of the line equipment. Highly recommend Frank for a good day of fishing.
Umberto  P.
Umberto P. Carmichael, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Started at 8 am. Caught three large mouth, and one catfish. Kid had a lot of fun.
Yu  Z.
Yu Z. San Jose, CA
Barbarian Sportfishing Sturgeon Fishing
Barbarian Sportfishing Sturgeon Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Have a great trip with Captain John and his crew. Beautiful scenery on the way out to fish, under the Golden Gate bridge, around Alcatraz and Angel Island. We fished and caught a lot of fish pretty quickly, with beautiful scenery near point Reyes. The location is of course a secret. Captain John was very good with newbie fisherman, and assisted us at every turn. Customer service was excellent.
David  S.
David S. Rancho Cordova, California
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Great day. Frank is a good teacher. Caught my first frog fish…..3 pounder. Highly recommended.
David  Z.
David Z. Brentwood, CA
Barbarian Sportfishing Sturgeon Fishing
Barbarian Sportfishing Sturgeon Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Wow what a day, so much fun. Captain John and Richie are a great team. Not a dry line in the boat, kept the bait fresh and our poles in the water. There we 5 of us and we all will definitely book again soon. Next time Salmon 🎣👏🏼
Cynthia  V.
Cynthia V. Meridian, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
My son and I had a great time! As first time bass fishermen, we learned alot!
Seth  H.
Seth H. Piedmont, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Unbelievable experience with Captain Frank. Super friendly, caring, generous. 10/10 would recommend and take him as a guide again.
Ryan  P.
Ryan P. Winston-Salem, NC
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Great skip and crew, caught some monster Halibut. He even filleted the Halibut. Would confidently recommend.
Jon  E.
Jon E. Walnut Creek, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Capt. Frank is a really nice guy and a great teacher. He is full of positive energy and enthusiasm. His number one goal is to put you on fish. He'll teach you the key techniques to be able to catch big bass! We had a great 8hrs on the CA Delta where we caught fish on a variety of techniques such as the neko rig, chatterbait, frog, and wopper plopper. We ended the day with 10 nice bass. Thanks Capt. Frank! We'll do it again soon!
Armon  B.
Armon B. Salinas, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
We had a great time on the delta with Frank. Made a special lunch for my six year old and we all enjoyed being out on the water!
Jonathan  M.
Jonathan M. Adelaide, CA
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Capt Frank was very knowledgeable and helpful, as he provided a lot of tips and tricks regarding bass fishing. He put me on the bass and the catch of the day was a 4lb 1oz largemouth! I would certainly go fishing with Capt Frank again
Quinten  A.
Quinten A. Katy, TX
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Loved getting to go out with captain Frank, amazing boat and equipment made for a fantastic day out on the delta. Will be going again!
Sam  H.
Sam H. Tacoma, WA
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 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 Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 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 Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 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