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Top Fishing Charters in Southern California

Southern California: 123 fishing charters available

Coronado • 24 ft • 4 persons

Risen Tide Sportfishing is a new charter operation specializing in fishing San Diego Bay and the surrounding inshore waters.

"If you’re looking to have a good time and catch some fish , Eric is your guide." —⁠ Melissa,
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trips fromUS $699

San Diego • 26 ft • 4 persons

Let Diamond Dogs Sportfishing put you on the fish and show you a great day full of fun and memories.

"This was our first time ocean fishing and it was amazing! We had so much fun while receiving great information and feeling safe with Captain Al Silebi." —⁠ McKenzie,
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trips fromUS $600

San Diego • 36 ft • 6 persons

Fishing Charters Of San Diego offers anything from mild to wild!

"My husband, 9yr old daughter, 12yr old son and I did a 1/2 day afternoon trip over our Spring Break." —⁠ Jessica,
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trips fromUS $695
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Newport Beach
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Newport Beach

Newport Beach • 25 ft • 4 persons

Never experienced the exciting California fishery? Turn to Sealutions Sportfishing LLC and let them organize a custom-made trip just for you that may result in catching the fish of your dreams.

"Our family of 4 were going out for our first deep sea experience." —⁠ Adam,
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trips fromUS $850
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Mystic Queen Sportfishing

Los Angeles • 30 ft • 4 persons

Mystic Queen Sportfishing is located in Los Angeles and offers to show you a memorable time in these waters.

"Harry and his crew man, JT, were wonderful. Harry kept in constant contact before the trip so I was reassured to have everything I needed and know where to meet him." —⁠ Betsy,
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trips fromUS $750
No Patience Sportfishing
No Patience Sportfishing

San Diego • 31 ft • 6 persons

Book Now! Schedules fill up fast! Spend the day with No Patience Sportfishing and get hooked on fishing in San Diego!

"We booked a 9 hour off shore trip on No Patience with Captain Aaron, Captain Dan was also on the board." —⁠ Greg, IA
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trips fromUS $900
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey

Huntington Beach • 23 ft • 6 persons

Get ready for an all-inclusive adventure! Full Spectrum Sport Fishing provides year-round fishing trips to remember.
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trips fromUS $705
Fernandez Charters
Fernandez Charters

San Diego • 33 ft • 6 persons

Spend the day with Fernandez Charters and find out what the fishing in San Diego is all about!

"Pablo Fernandez contacted me as soon as I had booked and ensured to answer all my questions and arrangements were made." —⁠ Joseph,
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trips fromUS $500
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter

San Diego • 25 ft • 4 persons

Come join Captain Dan for a fun filled day fishing our beautiful waters of San Diego.

"Spoke with Capt. Dan and told him I wanted to catch Sheephead." —⁠ Henry,
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trips fromUS $550
Good Times Sportfishing
Good Times Sportfishing

San Diego • 33 ft • 6 persons

Good Times Sportfishing is a fishing charter operation run by Captain Phil Power from his boat Pacific Angler.
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trips fromUS $750
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Southern California

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Fishing in Southern California

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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Southern California Fishing Seasons

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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Top Types of Fishing in Southern California

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Top Fishing Techniques in Southern California

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Top Targeted Species in Southern California

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