Southern California Fishing Charters

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Southern California Fishing Charters

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Southern California: 125 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(174 reviews)
Coronado
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trips from $699
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
San Diego
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
(122 reviews)
Newport Beach
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trips from $850
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(71 reviews)
Los Angeles
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trips from $750
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Los Angeles
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $875
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(25 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
San Diego
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(77 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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San Diego
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Southern California

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Southern California are: Full list of top fishing charters in Southern California

The average price for a private 4 hour Southern California fishing trip is $847, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,664 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Southern California that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Southern California are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Southern California are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Southern California are:

Many fishing charters in Southern California 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 Southern California are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Southern California?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Southern California are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $450
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $660
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $811
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $933
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $1,131
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $1,367
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,450
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,760
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,882
  • 11-hour fishing trips – $1,717
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $2,291

If you’re lucky enough to be fishing in Southern California, you’ll have a cast of inshore, offshore, and freshwater fish on your hands. This region encompasses some of California’s most prolific fisheries including San Diego, Los Angeles, Dana Point, and Catalina Island. Between a variety of lakes, rivers, flats, reefs, islands, and endless deep sea, you might be wondering where to start!

Horseshoe Kelp and the Huntington Flats are prime areas to hook into Calico Bass, White Seabass, Rockfish, and Yellowtail Amberjack. For offshore action and big pelagic fish including Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin, don’t pass up the opportunity to head towards Catalina and San Clemente Islands.

There’s more than just saltwater fishing on offer, though. Some of the state’s most productive lakes and reservoirs are found here, featuring record-breaking Bass, Carp, Catfish, Panfish, Crappie, and Rainbow Trout. Catch these creatures in lakes within Los Angeles itself, San Diego’s Miramar Reservoir, and the legendary Lake Castaic.

The amount of time you’ll want to spend on the water is up to you, but know that an offshore adventure will require at least a full or extended full day trip to account for travel time. The kelp beds, flats, and freshwater honey holes are much more forgiving and can be accomplished on a half day trip.

You’ll find Southern California fishing charters all along the coast, from Santa Barbara down to the border. San Diego, Dana Point, and the greater LA area are home to some of the largest charter fleets in the state and share many of the same fishing grounds.
 

Rules & Regulations

Your Southern California fishing charter will include everything you need for a successful trip – except for your fishing license. All anglers over the age of 16 will need to purchase one beforehand. 

Southern California
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27942 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Fishing in nearshore hot spots like the Huntington Flats and Santa Monica Bay is great from the get go. Start the year off right with a cooler full of Calico Bass, White Seabass, Halibut, and Lobster! 

February

With average temperatures well above 55°F, you may just have a chance to head farther from shore! Main catches still include Halibut, Calico Bass, and White Seabass. Rockfish must be released.

March

SoCal’s deep sea season is a ways away, but some anglers are already heading to Catalina Island for White Seabass, Halibut, and more! Rockfish season is just around the corner. 

April

In some years, Rockfish season may be open – giving anglers all the more reason to get on the water and catch Sheepshead, Cabezon, and Lingcod. Barracuda and early Yellowtail are starting to appear.

May

Things are really starting to heat up around the Channel Islands, and we don’t just mean the weather! Bluefin Tuna and monster Sharks are now joining Barracuda and Yellowtail offshore.

June

Inshore fishing is promising as always, and the scene offshore has never been better. Add Yellowfin Tuna and Marlin to your list and see what Catalina Island has in store.

July

Mahi Mahi appear for the blink of an eye in July. In some years, you may be able to find Albacore Tuna when you travel out far enough. Of course, there’s still plenty to keep you busy close to shore. 

August

You could practically cast a line with your eyes closed and you’re bound to hook into something around here! It’s Tuna, Marlin, Yellowtail, Shark, Seabass, Halibut, and Rockfish galore.

September

September brings a few big game species closer to shore than average, which makes this a great time to fish Horseshoe Kelp and the Catalina Channel for Yellowtail and Tuna.

October

Deep sea fishing is starting to wind down offshore, but you can still enjoy excellent fishing in any of the hot spots close to the coast. Rockfish, Halibut, and Bass are biting vigorously.

November

Your chance at a trophy may have passed, but November is a great time to bring home fresh seafood! Lobster season is open again, and Rockfish are still legal to keep along with Halibut.

December

Bottom fishing will produce a variety of delicacies for your holiday spread, including Halibut and Lingcod. Set some Lobster traps for an extra treat!

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Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Michael  L.
Michael L.
Layers of clothes. Process matters - keep an open mind. Bluefin is a little risky, but very satisfying.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Layers of clothes. Process matters - keep an open mind. Bluefin is a little risky, but very satisfying.
Anton  R.
Anton R.
The great thing about fishing in the ocean is you never know what your going to get. Expected Dorado ended up with 25+Lb Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The great thing about fishing in the ocean is you never know what your going to get. Expected Dorado ended up with 25+Lb Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.
David  O.
David O. Chino, CA
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
Shane  S.
Shane S. Oak Glen, CA
Find an experienced fisherman to go out with. It’s a beautiful spot to spend the day too!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find an experienced fisherman to go out with. It’s a beautiful spot to spend the day too!
Christine  M.
Christine M. Miami Beach, FL
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Wojciech  W.
Wojciech W. Schaumburg, IL
Be ready for a good fight fishing in San Diego. The captain and staff are very friendly attentive and have great communication on teaching and giving you tips to land the fish or multiple fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a good fight fishing in San Diego. The captain and staff are very friendly attentive and have great communication on teaching and giving you tips to land the fish or multiple fish.
Ari  T.
Ari T. Yuma, AZ
Water was cold for this time of time of year so there wasn't much action for yellowtail, tuna, or Dorado yet. July was fun, but will probably shoot for an August trip next time to try and get on some more meat for the freezer.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Water was cold for this time of time of year so there wasn't much action for yellowtail, tuna, or Dorado yet. July was fun, but will probably shoot for an August trip next time to try and get on some more meat for the freezer.
Jesse  C.
Jesse C. Phoenix, AZ
If you have never been on the open ocean, make sure you take dramamine the night before and day of.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never been on the open ocean, make sure you take dramamine the night before and day of.
Justin  S.
Justin S. Los Angeles, California
Don’t come with any expectations. Enjoy being out in the water and the opportunity to do some world class fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t come with any expectations. Enjoy being out in the water and the opportunity to do some world class fishing.
Christopher  K.
Christopher K. Haworth, NJ
Definitely splurge on a charter. With just four guests, the crew was able to help us all individually. It was great fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely splurge on a charter. With just four guests, the crew was able to help us all individually. It was great fun!
Wendy  M.
Wendy M. Claremont, CA
We went early in the morning and it was a very smooth trip. A little on the cooler side but that was fine. The sun came out at the end of our three hour trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went early in the morning and it was a very smooth trip. A little on the cooler side but that was fine. The sun came out at the end of our three hour trip.
Amy  P.
Amy P. San Mateo, CA
Have fun it doesn’t have to be a big fish to have fun and take a picture. Find a crew that knows where to go
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun it doesn’t have to be a big fish to have fun and take a picture. Find a crew that knows where to go
Andy  T.
Andy T. Lake Forest, CA
Best recommendation I can give is go with a professional like TJ, this will make your trip a success
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Best recommendation I can give is go with a professional like TJ, this will make your trip a success
Robert  B.
Robert B.
Dress for any weather, it's the ocean, weather changes quick. Don't expect to catch exactly what you want, but expect to have some fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress for any weather, it's the ocean, weather changes quick. Don't expect to catch exactly what you want, but expect to have some fun!
Jennifer  C.
Jennifer C. College Place, WA
It’s cooler than expected this time of year. Dress in layers. Need Mexican and US fishing license. Bring passport in case fishing around Coronado islands.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s cooler than expected this time of year. Dress in layers. Need Mexican and US fishing license. Bring passport in case fishing around Coronado islands.
Luke  Y.
Luke Y. Rancho Cucamonga, CA
It was a great experience. The weather was perfect and our Captain was great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a great experience. The weather was perfect and our Captain was great!
Kim  C.
Kim C. Ogden, Utah
Book with captain Kevin! He knows his stuff! Also, is SO GOOD with children. Thanks again!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with captain Kevin! He knows his stuff! Also, is SO GOOD with children. Thanks again!
Hannah  L.
Hannah L. Santa Monica, California
Book a trip with a local captain like Andy. They know the waste and the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with a local captain like Andy. They know the waste and the fish!
Victor  G.
Victor G. Shoreview, Minnesota
Remember that fishing is always hit or miss, even for the best or the best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember that fishing is always hit or miss, even for the best or the best.
Ryan  M.
Ryan M. Eagar, AZ

SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Capt. Dan is a great captain, very knowledgeable and a pleasure to fish with! He was very good with communication prior to the trip and very thorough. Next time I am in the area I will definitely go again!
John  C.
John C.
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Our captain was amazing at giving us a memorable and fun experience. We saw all sorts of wildlife and caught a fish every few minutes.
Robin  D.
Robin D.
Fernandez Charters
Fernandez Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Had a wonderful time with Captain Ian who would not rest until we hit our Lobster Limit! He answered any questions we had and gave us great insight on their techniques. Would recommend to anyone who wants to try!
Arianna  L.
Arianna L. Upland, California
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Captain Mike was fantastic to work with. He got a hold of me several days before the trip and briefed me on everything. He could not have been more accommodating and friendly. He had snacks and drinks on the boat and made sure we caught fish. We stayed out later at no extra charge just to make sure we could catch a few more fish. I would highly recommend it!
Bart  H.
Bart H.
Diamond Dogs Charters
Diamond Dogs Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Captain AL was a pleasure to work with. He knew how to fish the area and put us on some good fish in the bay. Be sure to contact him before reserving your trip for any current specials! Thanks AL!
Shane  D.
Shane D.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Capt Roger made the trip fun and enjoyable. Kept moving the boat until we found fish and had the patience of a saint. During and after the trip he took plenty of pics and videos for us to remember the good time we had. Highly recommend!
Bob  G.
Bob G.
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(71 reviews)
Thanks to Captain Harry and Daniel for a great experience. Super helpful throughout and great customer service/experience. Tons of fish!
Jason  T.
Jason T.
Fernandez Charters
Fernandez Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Crew was great and knowledgeable. Didn't take long to get to the fish. Highly recommend 👌
Timothy  F.
Timothy F.
Good Times Sportfishing
Good Times Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
Captain Phil was so kind and helpful with my boys (13 & 9) as they were new to this type of fishing and he did an outstanding job. Everyone caught multiple fish and the kids were absolutely delighted! What a fun family outing and would highly recommend Captain Phil and his boat to anyone!
Kenneth  J.
Kenneth J.
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Oceanside
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Awesome day, caught a lot of fish, relaxed environment, great crew and captain, helping us have a great day on the water.
Trevor  G.
Trevor G.
Kamryn Dawson Charters
Kamryn Dawson Charters
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(98 reviews)
5 person outing at the end of the season could not have gone better. Captain and crew put us right where we needed to be to hook some big fish and even bigger smiles. Definitely a repeat customer.
Todd  G.
Todd G.
The Long Run Sportfishing
The Long Run Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(190 reviews)
I recommend the charter. We had a great half day of fishing and we all caught fish.
James  P.
James P.
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(174 reviews)
Had a great time with Eric. He knows all the spots and has a great route planned. Highlight was a successful battle with a leopard shark. Highly recommend him for fishing in San Diego.
Daniel  G.
Daniel G.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
Awesome trip to the Coronado islands! Had a great time with Captain Shaun. Super knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and took us to a bunch of spots with tons of fish bite(we caught 14 different species! ). If you are looking for a fishing charter, look no further, just go with Shaun. See my Google review for a more detailed info! Thanks again Shaun, you are amazing!
Helen  W.
Helen W.
Pacific Venture Charter Service
Pacific Venture Charter Service
Fishing charter in Oceanside
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
We only caught some small fish, but it’s kind of the wrong time of year so not unusual. Captain Chuck was awesome, I told him the whale and dolphin watching tour we were supposed to go on the day before was cancelled and how disappointed I was. He did his best to find dolphins for us to see, again wrong time of year for whales, but we couldn’t find any. I really appreciate him trying! First Mate Allen was great too. Both super nice guys and would recommend a trip with them anytime!!
Jane  S.
Jane S.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Could not have asked for a better experience. Roger is a consummate professional, and his boat and equipment are top notch. He went above and beyond to get us into a LOT of quality fish--the number of fish were only surpassed by the number of smiles. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Robert  F.
Robert F. Long Beach, California
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Father, grandfather and son fishing trip. We’d never gone inshore fishing before. Amazing experience without having to give up an entire day! Caught fish within first 15 min on the water. Wanted yellow tail, but they were gone that day. Still caught 6 different species and plenty to take home for fish dinner! Captain Dan, we’ll be back!
Reid  L.
Reid L.
Fernandez Charters
Fernandez Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Pablo was great! Communicated well, gave us options and recommendations for the day. Hit our limit of 30 rockfish and then cleaned them all for us. When we do another charter we will be back with him! Great value and great time!
Christo  M.
Christo M.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
We had a great time. Caught a lot of fish. I fish often an can say capt Rodger's knowledge, experience is enough to guarantee a successful trip
TIMOTHY  B.
TIMOTHY B.
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Great experience from the booking process to unloading our Yellow Fin from the boat and all stages of the trip in between. Trevor and Ernie were great to fish with and very professional. They got us on some good tuna and provided us great help and instruction when needed. I would strongly recommender the Wild Goose for your next San Diego fishing trip.
Clay  W.
Clay W.