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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. 

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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!

Southern California Fishing Calendar

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Half day with Capt Shannon
Tom S. fished with Sealutions Sportfishing LLC on April 22, 2021
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Chose Capt Shannon. Very knowledgeable and catered to the anglers on the boat
Fishing with Eric
Mark B. fished with Ez Sportfishing on April 10, 2021
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Nice trip. Boat is geared more toward fishing than comfort. Overall very good experience.
12 hour Trip
Michael W. fished with Mardiosa Sportfishing on April 8, 2021
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Yes. Both Captain Herman and Paul are very experienced fishermen.
Half Day with Nick
Scott Y. fished with Reel Life Fishing Charters on November 21, 2020
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Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Half day trip with Nick
Michael T. fished with Reel Life Fishing Charters on October 24, 2020
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Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
A good day to Chase Tuna.
Daniel A. fished with Fish Taxi Sportfishing on September 12, 2020
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Bring your good attitude and a good smile, God will take care of the rest.
The best of times!
Lauren S. fished with RockenReel Sportfishing on July 12, 2020
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Fish are fickle. Enjoy the day no matter what!
Sunset Fishishing
Erick L. fished with RockenReel Sportfishing on July 3, 2020
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Weather was great but no luck with the fish.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Southern California

According to customer reviews, Risen Tide Sportfishing, Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, and RockenReel Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Southern California. Full list of top fishing charters in Southern California.

Risen Tide Sportfishing, Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, and RockenReel Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Southern California.

The best way to experience fishing in Southern California 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 Southern California.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Southern California are:

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Southern California.