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Southern California Fishing Charters

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Southern California: 86 fishing charters available

Risen Tide Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(126 reviews)
Coronado
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trips from $649

SD Slot Machine Charter

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $650

Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(22 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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Sealutions Sportfishing LLC

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(72 reviews)
Newport Beach
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trips from $700

Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(47 reviews)
Long Beach
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Pelican Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $800

Awol Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $550

Wild Goose Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $1,000

Bubba Jean Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(65 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $800

Fishers Of Men SD

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(73 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $225

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Southern California

The average price for a private 4 hour Southern California fishing trip is $770, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,447 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Risen Tide Sportfishing, SD Slot Machine Charter, and Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout are some of the most popular fishing charters in Southern California. Full list of top fishing charters in Southern California.

Risen Tide Sportfishing, SD Slot Machine Charter, and Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Southern California.

The most popular fish species you can target are Halibut, Yellowtail Amberjack, and Bluefin Tuna. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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 24785 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!

Southern California Fishing Calendar

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Fishing can be hit and miss. Usually good fishing with a good captain, boat and waters. Have enjoyed good fishing for sculpin, red fish, and bass. Great harbor just larger to exit than others.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing can be hit and miss. Usually good fishing with a good captain, boat and waters. Have enjoyed good fishing for sculpin, red fish, and bass. Great harbor just larger to exit than others.
Ryan​  M.
Ryan​ M. Big Pine, CA
I think early morning fishing is the best. I suggest at least half a day. The sea was very calm, hardly any waves and easy to catch the fishes. If you go deeper into the sea, you should be able to catch much larger fishes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I think early morning fishing is the best. I suggest at least half a day. The sea was very calm, hardly any waves and easy to catch the fishes. If you go deeper into the sea, you should be able to catch much larger fishes.
Daniel  C.
Daniel C. Singapore
Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
Jamieson  M.
Jamieson M. United States
Do a bay fishing charter, you catch a lot of fish and multiple different species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a bay fishing charter, you catch a lot of fish and multiple different species.
James  P.
James P. Creston, MT
San Diego is a very beautiful city to begin with and add fishing the area is breath taking!!! Highly recommend fishing in San Diego area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
San Diego is a very beautiful city to begin with and add fishing the area is breath taking!!! Highly recommend fishing in San Diego area.
Jon  C.
Jon C. Scottsdale, AZ
Chose Capt Shannon. Very knowledgeable and catered to the anglers on the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chose Capt Shannon. Very knowledgeable and catered to the anglers on the boat
Tom  S.
Tom S. CAPE MAY CH, NJ
Nice trip. Boat is geared more toward fishing than comfort. Overall very good experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nice trip. Boat is geared more toward fishing than comfort. Overall very good experience.
Mark  B.
Mark B. San Bernardino, California
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Scott  Y.
Scott Y. Yorba Linda, CA
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
Michael  T.
Michael T. Santa Ana, CA
Bring your good attitude and a good smile, God will take care of the rest.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring your good attitude and a good smile, God will take care of the rest.
Daniel  A.
Daniel A. San Marcos, CA
Book now and stop looking! Yeah his is the trip. Took my two boys on their first trip and we caught 30+ fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book now and stop looking! Yeah his is the trip. Took my two boys on their first trip and we caught 30+ fish!
John  C.
John C. Pasadena, CA
Call Steven at rockin reel if you really want to catch fish. Steven worked hard for us and put us on fish all day. Great guy that knows what he's doing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Steven at rockin reel if you really want to catch fish. Steven worked hard for us and put us on fish all day. Great guy that knows what he's doing.
Wayne  B.
Wayne B. San Clemente, CA
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Lance  S.
Lance S. United States
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Jayme  D.
Jayme D. Midvale, UT
Make sure to ask your captain what fish to expect or to let them know what fish you would like to Target so you are not disappointed or not expecting something else. We had fun because Capt let us know what was biting and we wanted to just catch fish. It's fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to ask your captain what fish to expect or to let them know what fish you would like to Target so you are not disappointed or not expecting something else. We had fun because Capt let us know what was biting and we wanted to just catch fish. It's fun.
Casey  R.
Casey R. Los Angeles, CA
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Ontario, CA
Weather is amazing and the fishing is great for everyone including children.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather is amazing and the fishing is great for everyone including children.
Windy  A.
Windy A. Ontario, CA
Learn the equipment you'll be using before you leave the dock. Don't try and figure out a complicated reel set up without asking questions first.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Learn the equipment you'll be using before you leave the dock. Don't try and figure out a complicated reel set up without asking questions first.
Scott  G.
Scott G. Englewood, CO
Beautiful Water - Rocken Locken Tours is the best. Captain Steve is awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Beautiful Water - Rocken Locken Tours is the best. Captain Steve is awesome.
Robert  P.
Robert P. Aliso Viejo, California
Dana Point is a beautiful harbor with all the amenities and not too crowded! If you're going for your first time, make sure to look up Rocken Locken, He has knows the spots!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dana Point is a beautiful harbor with all the amenities and not too crowded! If you're going for your first time, make sure to look up Rocken Locken, He has knows the spots!
Joe  K.
Joe K. Tustin, California

Bubba Jean Sportfishing
Bubba Jean Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
Mike and Karen are just the kindest people! I can't begin to describe how knowledgeable Mike is and most importantly what a nice man he is. Great time - 5 Star
James  F.
James F. RCHO SANTA FE, CA
Off The Grid - OTG
Off The Grid - OTG
Fishing charter in Dana Point
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
The trip with Will went great. Between three of us fishing, we caught lots of fish and two sharks. We caught and released some and kept others for great fish dinners. Will helps us out with our rigs and prepared the fish for us. Overall a great experience!
Aj  B.
Aj B. Los Angeles, CA
Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout
Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout
Fishing charter in Huntington Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
didnt catch anything but cap andrew was very helpful and fun. advice. BRING A JACKET ITS COLD
Victor  G.
Victor G. Huntington Park, CA
Brothers Sport Fishing
Brothers Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
We had a great day! Captain Travis was awesome! We will be back for the Tuna!
Brandi  S.
Brandi S. Perry, UT
Into The Depths Sportfishing
Into The Depths Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We had a great time, it was a fun and successful trip getting some good size yellowtail. I give an overall great rating! If there’s one thing I could suggest for next time us to be gassed up with bait prior to boarding the boat so it doesn’t take from the time available to fish once out on the water. Other than that it was awesome!
Ryan  S.
Ryan S. Norco, CA
AP Sportfishing
AP Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Punctual and convenient, clean boat, helpful and patient Captain and crew, beautiful weather, and a ton of fish. Perfect morning!
Sherri  M.
Sherri M. United States
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Captain Brian and First Mate Gavin have this process down. They know where to go to make stuff happen. They are a well oiled machine. If you are looking for a charter these are the guys you need to go with!!!!
Tobie  L.
Tobie L. Murrieta, California
Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips
Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
Captain Jeremy was awesome. He helped us all the way from start to finish. Even though the sea was rough, we still caught several fish. We even saw several sea lions and a family of dolphins. It was amazing for our family to do this together. ❤️
Steven  H.
Steven H. Brighton, CO
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(26 reviews)
We had an absolute blast today fishing with Brian & Gavin! Super helpful & knowledgeable! Would absolutely get on a boat with those two any day! Next time I go fishing, it’ll definitely be with them.
April  L.
April L. Omaha, NE
Bubba Jean Sportfishing
Bubba Jean Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
Karen and Captain Mike were excellent; the boat was top notch, local knowledge of the area awesome, we moved around until we found our hot spot, all in all, a fantastic day. Cannot wait to see the pics of our catch! Thanks for everything Karen and Mike!
Rick  M.
Rick M. Andover, MA
AP Sportfishing
AP Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
We had an amazing day. The captain and crew were engaging and attentive. We had a great day of fishing. This was such a great time we would definitely book with captain Hale again.
James  M.
James M. Manteca, CA
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
This was our first deep sea fishing experience and let’s just say it will be hard to beat! It was a perfect day out on the water. Capt. Mel got us right onto some fish. My husband got sea sick and Mel was very patient and accommodating. The best pert of a fishing trip with Mel, is getting to know the man himself! A day on the water with this Capt. won’t leave you disappointed. Can’t wait to meet up with him again on our next trip to San Diego!!
Kassandra  H.
Kassandra H. Etna, WY
Kraken Sportfishing
Kraken Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(64 reviews)
Captain Leng made sure we knew where to meet him, where to park and made us comfortable on the boat. He worked hard at trying to get us onto fish and we did catch a few nice rock fish. Kids had a good time.
Preston  B.
Preston B. Glendale, AZ
Kraken Sportfishing
Kraken Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Booked this trip for my husband and kids for Father's day. He loved it and mentioned captain was friendly and can't wait to do it again.
Maria  G.
Maria G. San Marcos, CA
Kraken Sportfishing
Kraken Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
4 of us had a great morning catching 7 cod/rockfish. Capt Leng was great and a really nice guy. Needed to contact him a couple of times and he picked up or answered e-mails quickly. I have chartered fishing trips in many locations and Capt Leng rates top notch. Very knowledgeable and stayed on the radio to ask who was doing what where and any hotspots for various species.
Todd  E.
Todd E. Overland Park, KS
Pacific Venture Charter Service
Pacific Venture Charter Service
Fishing charter in Oceanside
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(42 reviews)
The boat was wonderful. The fishing was fantastic. The crew is so experienced and helpful, particularly wonderful with children, which were onboard today. I could not be more enthusiastic and look forward to coming back from many more charters in the future
SCott  E.
SCott E. Los Angeles, California
Nemo Charters - Weekend Trips
Nemo Charters - Weekend Trips
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(22 reviews)
We had a fun time with Hunter. He was very hard working and made sure we all had an opportunity to catch a fish. I was disappointed that we only caught two little guys, and had to release them. I wish we would have been able to catch something that we could have taken home.
Jenny  M.
Jenny M. Seal Beach, CA
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Newport Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
We had a fun Father’s Day fishing trip. Shannon put us on fish every stop. He got us around quickly, got all the bait hooked up, and gave us great tips to catch fish.
DRESDEN  R.
DRESDEN R. Carlsbad, CA
Off The Grid - OTG
Off The Grid - OTG
Fishing charter in Dana Point
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
The fish were just not biting but Captain Will did everything he could to put us on the fish, he knew his spots and really helped us try and find somewhere but just one of those days you get on the water. Captain Will was very friendly and showed us novice fisherman how to setup, bait and cast he really did everything he could to get us going and we will be back to get them next time!
Andrew  H.
Andrew H. Mission Viejo, CA
TD Tradition Charters
TD Tradition Charters
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
We had a great time fishing with Capt Tom and crew Julio. We limit out on the bass and caught a few other keeper species in the Pacific Ocean. Thank you for a wonderful memories on Father’s Day with my son. VH
Vince  H.
Vince H. United States