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California: 179 fishing charters available

Risen Tide Sportfishing

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

Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(51 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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AF Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(29 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $950

SD Slot Machine Charter

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(35 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $650

Mystic Queen Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Los Angeles
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trips from $750

Rogezac Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(46 reviews)
Los Angeles
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Wild Goose Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $1,200

Delta BASSN’ Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Bethel Island
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trips from $350

Sealutions Sportfishing LLC

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(93 reviews)
Newport Beach
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trips from $850

Kamryn Dawson Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(90 reviews)
Los Angeles
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in California

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

The average price for a private 4 hour California fishing trip is $830, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,430 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

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

The top 3 fishing techniques in California are:

The top 3 types of fishing in California are:

Many fishing charters in 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 California are:

Who are the top awarded captains in California?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in California are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $705
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $773
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $993
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $1,042
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $1,138
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,498
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,633
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $2,082
  • 11-hour fishing trips – $1,836
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $2,481
  • 13-hour fishing trips – $2,550
  • 18-hour fishing trips – $3,450

Featuring over 800 miles of coastline along with some of the most productive rivers, lakes, and reservoirs in the country, the Golden State offers remarkable diversity. California fishing charters present the perfect opportunity to explore all the possibilities, from big game fishing in San Diego to fly fishing in the Sacramento River.

The sheer variety of species you can target in California is fantastic, so it’s important to prioritize. Superb bottom fishing for Halibut, Rockfish, and Lingcod, fantastic Salmon runs, crabbing, lobstering, Albacore Tuna fishing, you can do just about anything in NorCal. If you prefer SoCal, then you can chase Yellowtail Amberjack, Calico Bass, California Sheephead, Barracuda, and even Marlin.

The freshwater action is just as impressive. There are several rivers in the state that are world-known for their Salmon and Trout action, and let’s not forget about the incredible local White Sturgeon population. In lakes and reservoirs, Bass and Kokanee fishing is hot.

California fishing charters offer just about every trip and package under the sun. One day, you can spend several hours on a river with your family; the next, you can go on a 12-hour deep sea fishing expedition that will put you on the bite of ocean royalty like Tuna and Marlin. The only limit here is your fishing ambition.

You’ll easily find a local guide in most coastal cities and beyond. San Francisco, San Diego, Dana Point, and Long Beach are some of the best places to find a fishing professional to put you on your trophy catch.

 

Rules & Regulations

California fishing charters typically include everything you need except for a fishing license. Anglers ages 16 and older can buy one online or at local retailers like Walmart. Bear in mind that going out with a local guide is the best way to fish responsibly, since many fishing grounds have special regulations.

California
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
There’s plenty to catch in California during January, so head to the water and get started on this year’s bucket list early! Bottom fishing for Halibut and Flounder could be your first stop.
February
There’s no shortage of possibilities in winter. Crabbing in Bodega Bay, Sturgeon fishing in the Delta, trolling in Lake Tahoe for Mackinaw Trout, or fly fishing for Steelhead in the upper Sac River, the choice is yours.
March
Lobster fishing can be excellent this time of year in Southern California, while the north coast promises Halibut, Crab, and more. California lakes offer good Bass and Trout. 
April
Saltwater fishing starts to pick up momentum in April when the seasons for Lingcod and Rockfish open. Yellowtail and Barracuda are showing up near Catalina Island.
May
May is an excellent time to head offshore as big game fish start making their entrance into SoCal waters. Salmon season is open in San Francisco so Chinook’s, the King of all Salmon, is on the menu too.
June
Shad fishing in the Sacramento River is superb this time of year. Meanwhile, deep sea fishing off the coasts of San Francisco, San Diego, and many other cities is slowly reaching its height.
July
In July, some of the best fishing in the state is offshore. Anglers in Lake Tahoe are catching hordes of Kokanee Salmon, while those on the Sac River are gearing up for the start of the fall Salmon run.
August
Depending on where you set sail, your chances of catching Albacore, Yellowfin, Bluefin, or Bigeye Tuna are excellent in August. The Sac River is crowded with anglers hoping to land a record-breaking King Salmon.
September
Unparalleled fishing action continues! From Tuna and monster Sharks offshore to Salmon in the rivers and Bass in the lakes, prepare for the fight of your life!
October
When the weather is fair, you can still head offshore for great deep sea fishing. Meanwhile, the Sac River continues to offer stellar Salmon fishing, while Trout fishing in Lake Tahoe is picking up again.
November
Salmon season is closed in the bays, but you can still catch them in the Sac River through to the end of the year. Many charter boats in the San Francisco Bay Area are fishing the Delta for Sturgeon and Stripers.
December
Lobster and Dungeness Crab are at their peak in December. Bottom fishing for Rockfish and Lingcod will be open until the end of the month. Meanwhile, the lakes are bustling with Trout.

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Be prepared for a high temperatures and power fishing. Knowing how to use baitcasting equipment is a must.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a high temperatures and power fishing. Knowing how to use baitcasting equipment is a must.
Kingsway  L.
Kingsway L. West Menlo Park, CA
This time of the year is phenomenal. On the way back we saw a mahi boil. Hundreds of them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This time of the year is phenomenal. On the way back we saw a mahi boil. Hundreds of them
John  V.
John V. San Antonio, TX
Go early parking is limited and purchase your fishing lic at Ace Hardware in Truckee.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go early parking is limited and purchase your fishing lic at Ace Hardware in Truckee.
Philip  J.
Philip J. Kent, WA
Check the weather before you go out and pick a time where the water is warmer, this will ensure you catch the types of fish you're looking for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather before you go out and pick a time where the water is warmer, this will ensure you catch the types of fish you're looking for.
Marcelino  H.
Marcelino H. Redondo Beach, CA
If you've never fished the Delta, this is a great starting point. All services available. June was a bit tough because of the post spawn, but whether or not you catch fish, being on this water is a treat. Beautiful place!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you've never fished the Delta, this is a great starting point. All services available. June was a bit tough because of the post spawn, but whether or not you catch fish, being on this water is a treat. Beautiful place!
Tom  K.
Tom K. Cayucos, CA
Plenty of sunblock. Calm waters in the bay but expect big swells if you go offshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of sunblock. Calm waters in the bay but expect big swells if you go offshore.
Marc  G.
Marc G. Geneva, FL
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
Absolutely. We had good and favorable weather conditions. Don’t think I would go out under windy conditions.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Absolutely. We had good and favorable weather conditions. Don’t think I would go out under windy conditions.
Mark  G.
Mark G. Cambria, CA
In December, fishing is weather dependent. Be prepared for a variety of conditions and dress accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In December, fishing is weather dependent. Be prepared for a variety of conditions and dress accordingly.
Elizabeth  K.
Elizabeth K. Fort Worth, TX
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
Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Itza  S.
Itza S. Castro Valley, California
It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Syed  M.
Syed M. Palo Alto, CA
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
Your arms will get tired reeling in all the fish lol. JK it’s a blast definitely a must do when in Tahoe.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Your arms will get tired reeling in all the fish lol. JK it’s a blast definitely a must do when in Tahoe.
Ben  M.
Ben M. Henderson, NV
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

All Harbors Charter – Long Beach
All Harbors Charter – Long Beach
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(138 reviews)
Only wish I had booked a longer trip! Put me on fish immediate, first cast caught a nice fish! Book trip in not such a great time of year for fishing, but Capt Gerry still had me landing fish and getting bites left and right! The guy knows what he is doing. Can’t go wrong. I will definitely re-book another fishing charter with Capt Gerry the next time I’m in town on vacation. Thanks a lot Capt!
Pete  G.
Pete G. Elmhurst, IL
1 Soak-N-Bait Kayak Charters
1 Soak-N-Bait Kayak Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
My sister, nephew and I launched quickly and safely from La Jolla shores. After we were clear to fish, we were on them and it didn’t stop until we did. A great day on the water, with a great guide who kept us on fish all day long.
Larry  A.
Larry A. Round Mountain, TX
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(145 reviews)
Absolutely incredible. Eric was great. He knew exactly where the fish like to be and how to get them. Instead of sitting in one spot we moved around based on the fish and had a great day on the water. Caught a ton of bay bass and smelt. Topped the trip off with a leopard shark. Highly recommend.
Drew  J.
Drew J. Colorado Springs, CO
Reel Obsession Sportfishing
Reel Obsession Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Went out for an afternoon crab trip and had a great time and a limit of crabs. Came back and Kelly cleaned cooked and cooked them for us so it will be a" crabsgiving" for us this year
Richard  L.
Richard L. Murphys, CA
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(212 reviews)
Captain Brian knew his fish and some sweet honey holes for catching Sheepshead and Red Snapper. We caught a few other soecies as well. We will call Captain Brian again when we are in the area again.
Shannon  F.
Shannon F. Scottsdale, AZ
Breakwall Fishing – Alumaweld
Breakwall Fishing – Alumaweld
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Spur of the moment trip, wind was bad but Captain Jeremy still not just found the fish but figured out what they were hungry for. Limited out in 3 hrs. Definitely recommend !
Clint  W.
Clint W. Klein, TX
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(145 reviews)
Fun day. We hit lots of spots with cool views. Lots of bass and some bait fish we used to catch a leopard shark. I've always wanted to catch a shark and we did it!
Nick  S.
Nick S. Arvada, CO
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Barbarossa Fishing SF
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Very good
4.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Good experience! Beautiful day on the water and captain was a very sociable host! Felt very comfortable
William  F.
William F. San Francisco, California
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
The crew knew their stuff, kept things fun, and worked hard to put us on fish and keep the equipment in working order.
Charley  T.
Charley T. Washington, Illinois
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(212 reviews)
Brian was fantastic. Would recommend him to anyone. Made sure to make the trip fun for all of us and really worked to find us as much fish as possible. We would go out with him again.
Dave  F.
Dave F. Hoffman Estates, IL
Witchy Woman
Witchy Woman
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Gerald and Lowel. We booked this PM trip last minute after another charter had to cancel due to mechanical issues. They were quick to accommodate and get us all taken care of. Not a lot of bites, but that was more due to season and time of day. But our sons still both hauled in fish, including two sharks! Gerry and Lowel were both very knowledgeable and great with the boys. Definitely will be booking them for a longer trip when we're back in the future!
Josh  E.
Josh E. West Des Moines, IA
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
Had an awesome morning with Captain Ray and Trevor. They got us on the fish and kept us on them, and we ended up with plenty to take home and enjoy. Great crew, super responsive setting things up, definitely a top notch operation. These are the guys to book an outing with!
Michael  N.
Michael N. Spanish Fork, Utah
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(145 reviews)
Captain Eric was great, took us to some great spots and we caught a bunch of fish. Came home with about 12lbs of Halibut!!!
Natalie  H.
Natalie H. Scottsdale, Arizona
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(358 reviews)
First time Fishing in San Francisco Bay..Had a great time.. Great experienced !! Thx to Warrior Poet Sportfishing .. Thx Capt David and Bradley!! Till Next Time
Linh  T.
Linh T. Beaumont, TX
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bethel Island
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(21 reviews)
Had a great and educational time with Cap’n Frank yesterday. He very clearly knows the ways of bass and is able to share that experience with others. He is a patient teacher and adjusts the message to the student in.ways that each can understand. The boat and equipment were all to shelf. I think we’ll be much more successful in the future thanks to yesterday with Captain Frank and Delta Bassin’.
Sandi  M.
Sandi M. Elk Grove, CA
Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout
Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout
Fishing charter in Huntington Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Really down to earth captain treats you with respect and has a heart of gold. My first time fishing in the ocean and it was totally awesome. I will absolutely be going back and bringing some friends. Can't put into words how much I enjoyed myself. Life changing experience thanks so much capitan Woody your aces
Robert  H.
Robert H. Fontana, California
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(100 reviews)
Captain Ray and his first mate Trevor a great people in knowledgeable with the fish the area and how to do it. Great job! I can't thank you guys enough. Both captain Ray and Trevor went above and beyond to make my overall experience an excellent day of fishing/and help me with preserving my catch. Thank you again Captain Ray and Trevor good luck Best wishes. Ed
Edward  T.
Edward T. Riverside, California
Nemo Charters - Weekend Trips
Nemo Charters - Weekend Trips
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Capt. was very knowledgeable, helpful and patient. Would highly recommend him.
Anthony  S.
Anthony S. Severance, CO
Nemo Charters Lobster Hooping
Nemo Charters Lobster Hooping
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
We had a great with the captain. I'm looking forward in booking future trips.
Clifton  O.
Clifton O. Inglewood, CA
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
A friend and I took a half day inshore trip with Capt. Dan. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Dan is a knowledgeable Captain, and put us on fish right away. We ended the day with a bunch of Sheepshead, a Bonito, and a couple of Rockfish. All cleaned, filleted, and put on ice for us before we got back. Could not recommend enough. I would, without a doubt, book another trip with Capt. Dan.
Ray  L.
Ray L. Healdsburg, CA