San Pablo Bay Fishing Charters

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San Pablo Bay: 25 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(179 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from US $225
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(25 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from US $1,200
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from US $300
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(64 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from US $225
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(450 reviews)
San Francisco
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trips from US $195
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Richmond
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trips from US $300
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(62 reviews)
Richmond
trips from US $175
Richmond
trips from US $1,800
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
San Francisco
trips from US $300
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
Richmond
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trips from US $250

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in San Pablo Bay

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

The average price for a private 4 hour San Pablo Bay fishing trip is US $1,223, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,464 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

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

The top 3 fishing techniques in San Pablo Bay are:

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

Many fishing charters in San Pablo 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 Pablo Bay are:

Who are the top awarded captains in San Pablo Bay?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in San Pablo Bay are:
  • Extended fishing trips – US $2,250
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $583
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $646
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $486
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $1,000
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $964
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,292
  • 12-hour fishing trips – US $350

Fishing in San Pablo Bay

Come fishing in San Pablo Bay and explore the biggest and most diverse estuary on the west coast. The reason these waters are so rich is the mix of saltwater from San Francisco Bay and freshwater from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. Not only will you find a variety of fish species to target, but you’ll also see some endangered birds in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars! 
 
The main star of the show in San Pablo Bay is Sturgeon. This water dinosaur can be found in the bay all year, but winter months are the prime time. Striped Bass is another fish you’ll most likely get your hands on. It’s best to go after them from June–November, by trolling. Local specimens usually weigh around 10 pounds, which may not be trophy sizes, but they’re always fun to catch all the same! 
You could also land Starry Flounder, Leopard Shark, and White Seabass. For those of you willing to go south of the bay, there’s a chance of catching Halibut, King Salmon, Rockfish, and Lingcod. Not bad for a short boat ride!
 
To avoid San Pablo Bay’s mudflat shores, most fishing guides depart from Richmond, Paradise Cay, Berkeley, or Emeryville. Trips out of these bayside towns will have you reaching your Halibut and Salmon fishing spots in no time.
 

Rules & Regulations

All anglers over 16 need to buy a California fishing license before their trip.Fishing regulations change every year, so it’s best to ask your captain about current bag limits and what species are legal to keep.

San Pablo Bay
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Based on 28536 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

San Pablo Bay Fishing Seasons

January
Catching huge Sturgeon is the best way to start the year! The area called “The Sturgeon Triangle” is especially exciting.
 
February
The fishing scene still belongs to Sturgeon, as they lure the anglers of the area to San Pablo Bay. The best way to catch them is by trolling.
 
March
While Sturgeon fishing remains great, you can also go bottom fishing for Flounder.
 
April
Striped Bass takes center stage in April. If you go south of the bay, you’ll have the chance to catch lots of Halibut.
 
May
Bay fishing trips offer great Striper and Leopard Shark fishing. For more variety, go closer to the Golden Gate bridge to catch Halibut and Salmon.
 
June
June is one of those months when everything is biting. Chinook Salmon season is open, so try some fishing spots south of Richmond.
 
July
Salmon, Flounder, Striped Bass, and White Seabass  – they’re all biting like crazy! Take a full day trip and catch as many as you can.
 
August
White Seabass and Leopard Sharks are the best to target. Try “potluck fishing,” which is a local method that will help you to catch more fish.
 
September
Striper and Sturgeon will give you great action in the bay. Or, mix things up a little with a different technique and catch some other fish.
 
October
Striped Bass fishing gets even better as fall begins. Salmon season is almost over, so use this last chance to catch a few.
 
November
Leopard Shark and Striper are the main catch on most trips in the bay. They may be small, but there’s plenty of them.
 
December
The year ends with Sturgeon back on the throne. There’s even more of them in the bay and they are bigger than in other seasons.
 

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What anglers said about fishing in San Pablo Bay

The fish we caught were fillet by the first mate. They were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish we caught were fillet by the first mate. They were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Weather was perfect for a T shirt and jeans or a lightweight sweater. 10 out 10 would recommend
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was perfect for a T shirt and jeans or a lightweight sweater. 10 out 10 would recommend
SF Boat Support
SF Boat Support
Get upstanding about parking and the time you need to be so that you are not to early
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get upstanding about parking and the time you need to be so that you are not to early
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
A nice captain and a well run boat BUT the captain is a chain smoker and in the confines of the forward cabin we found that a MAJOR problem.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
A nice captain and a well run boat BUT the captain is a chain smoker and in the confines of the forward cabin we found that a MAJOR problem.
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Good options with lots of parking and cleaning areas. Dock and location wasn't packed or rushed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good options with lots of parking and cleaning areas. Dock and location wasn't packed or rushed.
David Rooney
David Rooney Milpitas, CA
All the fish you want to catch are spawning and hitting and being caught at this time of year. Book charters out of san fran in july/august
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All the fish you want to catch are spawning and hitting and being caught at this time of year. Book charters out of san fran in july/august
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing East McKeesport, PA
Go with a positive attitude fishing is fishing and can go either way just have a great time.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Go with a positive attitude fishing is fishing and can go either way just have a great time.
fishSFbay
fishSFbay CEDAR E BETHL, MN
Make sure you have warm clothes on. Take something for motion sickness because the water is VERY choppy.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Make sure you have warm clothes on. Take something for motion sickness because the water is VERY choppy.
fishSFbay
fishSFbay Holt, MI
Bring sunscreen, windblazer, snacks, and friends to relax with as you all wait for the bite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen, windblazer, snacks, and friends to relax with as you all wait for the bite.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing Cottage Grove, MN
Actually speak with the captain and make sure you know where you're fishing and what you're fishing for.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Actually speak with the captain and make sure you know where you're fishing and what you're fishing for.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing Red Bluff, CA
It's not like fishing for bluegill or other varieties in technique listen to the captain and you will do great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's not like fishing for bluegill or other varieties in technique listen to the captain and you will do great!
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing North Las Vegas, Nevada
Hire John and he'll put you where it gives you the best chance to land the fish you're looking for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire John and he'll put you where it gives you the best chance to land the fish you're looking for.
Addictive Sport Fishing
Addictive Sport Fishing
Halibut! Lots of them. HUGE!!! Leaving from Fisherman's Wharf passing Alcatraz, seeing the sun come up over the east bay ills, watching the yacht regatta, passing all the freighters and cruise ships, going under the bridges, seeing the rising sun reflected off the skyscrapers; it's a gorgeous place to catch BIG fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Halibut! Lots of them. HUGE!!! Leaving from Fisherman's Wharf passing Alcatraz, seeing the sun come up over the east bay ills, watching the yacht regatta, passing all the freighters and cruise ships, going under the bridges, seeing the rising sun reflected off the skyscrapers; it's a gorgeous place to catch BIG fish.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing San Jose, CA
Leave early to account for traffic delays and bring windproof jacket just in case.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Leave early to account for traffic delays and bring windproof jacket just in case.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing Pacific House, CA
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.
The Codfather SportFishing
The Codfather SportFishing 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.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing 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.
David Rooney
David Rooney 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!
David Rooney
David Rooney 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.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing

How did anglers rate fishing charters in San Pablo Bay?

Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(450 reviews)
I took my son and daughter on a fishing trip while my wife was working and it was the greatest time! The guys were awesome, even my antisocial 12 y/o daughter loved them! Highly recommend 10/10
Dave  C.
Dave C.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(175 reviews)
We had tough weather but Craig and the first mate were still game to fish. We got wet and it was cold but we still caught halibut. Great adventure! Thanks guys!!
Jared  F.
Jared F.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(450 reviews)
This trip was a boys trip to San Francisco and we decided to go fishing with Captain David. Fate has it that his deck hand was the same deck hand that helped me pick crabs at the start of crab season. The equipment was top rate, the boat was comfortable, and the instruction was clear. We walked away with more than enough fish, including a nice size halibut. Good eating!!!
Vic  P.
Vic P.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(175 reviews)
The captain and his crew were very helpful specially because we had no experience and they were patient with us. I’m glad we went with The Argo.
Sonia  Z.
Sonia Z.
David Rooney
David Rooney
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
If you don’t want the crowd of a party boat, and you want to catch fish, this is the right boat for you!
Roman  B.
Roman B.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(450 reviews)
We had a bast! Great Captain, great First Mate! We went several places in both San Pablo and San Francisco Bays and caught a lot of fish. We also had a lot of fun! Going to go with this boat and crew again. Can’t wait!
Randy  R.
Randy R.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(450 reviews)
My two sons wanted to catch something in the bay, especially leopard shark. Weather was windy and water conditions muddy. However, Dave and Neil were great and got us into sharks despite the poor conditions. My boys had a wonderful experience. We would definitely fish with them again!
Chris  L.
Chris L.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(450 reviews)
We caught so many fish within the first hour. Captain took us to a spot that didn’t disappoint. The crew was amazing. Very helpful and even gave us some historical facts of monuments near by. Captain and First mate were extremely friendly and funny. Both did the impossible to have kept us comfortable and happy. It was an amazing unforgettable memory. Thank you for everything.
Norma  B.
Norma B.
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Captain Don put us on the sharks. Niced sized sharks. It's a good day on the water!
Richard  H.
Richard H.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(450 reviews)
The captain and crew were great. They were very knowledgeable and super nice!
Frank  L.
Frank L.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(175 reviews)
Super fun adventure learning to fish in the Bay. Captain Craig was a great teacher. Reeled in several striped bass and a flounder, and enjoyed a great outing starting at Fisherman’s wharf cruising into San Pablo Bay. Highly recommend
Hank  R.
Hank R.
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(179 reviews)
The crew was kind and helpful, and patient with our young son. They changed their trip plans to accommodate us. Great day!
Freddie  M.
Freddie M.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(450 reviews)
Very fun trip, exceeded our expectations. Captain and crew was very attentive and patient. Not to mention all the fish we caught
Jining  H.
Jining H.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(450 reviews)
Had a really special day with Captain David and his talented deckhand Neil. The weather was rainy and a bit of wind, but they really worked together as a team and were able to put us on some fish, and show off their navigational skills in low visibility dark and rainy conditions, while making the trip fun and having great conversation.
David  M.
David M.
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(179 reviews)
Embarking on this fishing journey from SF with Captain Ron was an absolute blast! The fun-filled atmosphere added an extra layer of enjoyment. Not only did we revel in the stunning views, but we also triumphantly reeled in crabs and striped bass. Success was sweet, making this trip an exhilarating and memorable fishing escapade. Highly recommend for both the seasoned angler and those seeking a lively aquatic adventure!
Eve  Z.
Eve Z.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(450 reviews)
We caught fish on our trip, but not as many as we originally hoped. Nonetheless, it was a great day on the water and the few fish we did catch were from a variety of species. We got to learn about a “shovel nosed guitar fish”. We saw bat rays, leopard sharks and 7 gill sharks up close. The captain and crew member were friendly and accommodating and the boat was clean and well maintained.
Roger  H.
Roger H.
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Captain, crew, boat are all fantastic. Can’t wait to go out with them again.
Patrick  R.
Patrick R.
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
Fishing charter in Richmond
Very good
3.3 / 5
(63 reviews)
First nice people and nice boat. Wouldn't let us throw a line and watched them crab for 4 hours. Felt like we paid for them to catch their limits in crab. We booked the night before then they called 6am day of trip and acted like they were doing us a favor. We are avid fishermen and have been on 20+charters. This was by far the most disappointing and boring one yet. They would hardly let us even throw a line. I think I would spend the $1800 on another charter
Christy  E.
Christy E.
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(179 reviews)
A lot of action catching stripers and perch today! Caught limits of big crab and while the crab hoops were being hauled up, received an unexpected treat of seeing whales breaching. A nice way to cap a beautiful day! The seas were calm and the thought of bringing the bounty of riches caught that day brought a smile to all! Does it get any better?
Steve  K.
Steve K.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(450 reviews)
We enjoyed our trip with my Father in Law, son and brother. Captain David and Neil were professional and helpful to help us enjoy the trip. They helped us always getting ready for the next fish! The bay is a beautiful place to bring family and fish.
Elmer  M.
Elmer M.

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