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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.

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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.
 

San Pablo Bay Fishing Calendar

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Full day ocean private
Salvador S. fished with David Rooney on September 1, 2019
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Bring a jacket and lunch. If you not sure how your stomach will hold take meds ahead of time.
Half day with Captain Ron and Hunter
Donna L. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 28, 2019
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Being your ice chests for the fish fillets you'll take home.
Full day on the Bay with skipper David Rooney
Kenton R. fished with David Rooney on July 15, 2019
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A trip with David Rooney is your best bet.
Full day trip
Bryan C. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 13, 2019
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Listen to the captain and mate and you'll hav the trip of a lifetime
Best Team-Building Event!
Jennifer D. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 11, 2019
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Beautiful weather and great views. It is cold on the water, though, so dress warm, as in a warm layer, windbreaker, and hat. Wear rain boots, if you have them. Put sunscreen on your face. Bring any personal items in a waterproof bag. If you plan to take photos, put your camera or phone in a zip-lock bag or waterproof case, because your hands will be full of fish scales and fish guts. Bring extra bags to carry your fish off the boat. Stock your car with an ice chest, for the drive home. If the fishing trip is in the Bay only, and not out in the open ocean, then the waves aren't very bad, so you shouldn't get sea sick. Or if you do, you only need the "less drowsy" version of your motion sickness medication. Have fun!
Half day bachelor trip with Brent and Greg.
Seaton N. fished with SF Boat Support on July 6, 2019
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Be prepared with someone knowledge and just have fun.
Full Day Trip Halibut and Bass with David Rooney
Ariel S. fished with David Rooney on June 29, 2019
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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!
Full day with captain David
Gary A. fished with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on May 19, 2019
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Stay in the Bay if you think you may get sick.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in San Pablo Bay

According to customer reviews, Nautilus Excursions, Durban Princess Sport Fishing, and SF Boat Support are some of the most popular fishing charters in San Pablo Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in San Pablo Bay.

Nautilus Excursions, Durban Princess Sport Fishing, and SF Boat Support all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in San Pablo Bay.

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

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in San Pablo Bay are:

Striped Bass takes center stage in April. If you go south of the bay, you’ll have the chance to catch lots of Halibut.   Check availability for local fishing charters in San Pablo Bay.