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California Fishing Charters

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California: 151 fishing charters available

Risen Tide Sportfishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (106)
San Diego
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trips from $599

AF Sportfishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (9)
San Diego
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trips from $700

Nautilus Excursions

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (139)
Pittsburg
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trips from $225

Sealutions Sportfishing LLC

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (60)
Newport Beach
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trips from $650

Fishers Of Men SD

4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (56)
San Diego
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trips from $225

Full Spectrum Sport Fishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (11)
Huntington Beach
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trips from $705

Bubba Jean Sportfishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (51)
San Diego
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Durban Princess Sport Fishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (71)
Alameda
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Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (36)
Long Beach
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San Diego Charters

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (170)
San Diego
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trips from $900

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
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Based on 23983 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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In December, fishing is weather dependent. Be prepared for a variety of conditions and dress accordingly.
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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.
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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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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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
Michael  T.
Michael T. Santa Ana, CA
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Adrienne  M.
Adrienne M. Brookeville, MD
Bring your good attitude and a good smile, God will take care of the rest.
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Bring your good attitude and a good smile, God will take care of the rest.
Daniel  A.
Daniel A. San Marcos, CA
Take your Dramamine and wear layers of clothes because the weather can change from cool to sunny in the same day! Look up Steve Huber for a fun, professional and productive fishing trip!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take your Dramamine and wear layers of clothes because the weather can change from cool to sunny in the same day! Look up Steve Huber for a fun, professional and productive fishing trip!
Jay  S.
Jay S. Shasta Lake, CA
Book now and stop looking! Yeah his is the trip. Took my two boys on their first trip and we caught 30+ fish!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
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Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
Boyd  W.
Boyd W. Lincoln, CA
Chris will put you on the fish. Wow what a Great trip. The ErinAnne II is tip-top, the gear is all first rate. The crew was awesome, doing everything they could to make sure we had everything we needed for a fantastic day. We’re already planning our next trip!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Chris will put you on the fish. Wow what a Great trip. The ErinAnne II is tip-top, the gear is all first rate. The crew was awesome, doing everything they could to make sure we had everything we needed for a fantastic day. We’re already planning our next trip!
Phil  L.
Phil L. Brentwood, California
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.
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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.
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The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Lance  S.
Lance S. United States

Nemo Charters – Deep Sea Fishing
Nemo Charters – Deep Sea Fishing
Fishing charter in Long Beach
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 19 reviews
Great Day on the water with Captain Jeremy. Caught a variety of fish at several locations throughout the day. Great Day on the water.
John  P.
John P. Hermosa Beach, CA
Exodus Sportfishing LLC
Exodus Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 1 reviews
The captain and crew were very knowledgeable and courteous, making this trip largely successful with my teenage son and nephews. Got us on the money for spiny lobster!
Jeremy  L.
Jeremy L. Murrieta, CA
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
We had an amazing trip with Captain Andrew! It was a beautiful day, everyone caught some fish, and we even saw some whales. Captain Andrew was very knowledgeable and fun. He even fileted all the fish we caught for us to take home. We will definitely be coming back for another trip this summer!
Alexandria  S.
Alexandria S. Buena Park, California
HB Sportfishing
HB Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Huntington Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
I would like to thank Captain Hunter and his father for a memorable trip. This was one of the most attentive crew I have been out with fishing. They made us feel like family and took us to several good spots. We will definitely be back. Thanks again Hunter!
Willie  S.
Willie S. Winchester, CA
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 107 reviews
Captains Shaun & Mike are the best. The boat as well as all tackle, rods, reels, etc. we’re all high end, clean, and very well organized. Not only does Pelican Sportfishing know where all the fish are, they know exactly how to catch them. Looking fwd to my next trip.
Roman  P.
Roman P. Washington, DC
Bubba Jean Sportfishing
Bubba Jean Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 51 reviews
Captain Mike was very informative and very good with my Grandson. Would have liked to have caught a little more fish but the water was cold.
Thomas  R.
Thomas R. San Diego, California
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 107 reviews
This was by far the most successful fishing trip I have ever had. We had 4 fishing, and caught more species than we could keep track of. And they were bigger than I have ever been able to land. Captain Shaun was fun and extremely knowledgeable. He allowed us to mold the day how was fun for us. Will book again. Will recommend.
Joseph  A.
Joseph A. Santa Ana, California
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 130 reviews
Great day out on the boat with Craig and Jay. Super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable team, We landed a giant white sturgeon and several Leopard Sharks, plus some smaller Bull fish. An amazing day on the bay for New Years!
Edward  O.
Edward O. San Francisco, CA
HB Sportfishing
HB Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Huntington Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Captain Hunter & his father Mike made the trip memorable by helping Sheryl (52 yo with Downs Syndrome) & my grandson Ben (20 yo who had yet to catch a fish) with the fishing tackle.
Richard  H.
Richard H. Pelham, MA
San Diego Charters
San Diego Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 170 reviews
We loved our trip / everything went smoothly and was enjoyed by all. Caught some fish which was an added bonus for our family adventure. Kevin was great and would highly recommend this charter
Jennifer  M.
Jennifer M. El Cajon, CA
King Triton Sportfishing
King Triton Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
We had am amazing time! Very knowledgeable captain and deck hand. Lots of fun
Joey  L.
Joey L. Oro Valley, AZ
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 107 reviews
Beat Captain we’ve ever had! On the fish for the whole day! Caught all kinds of fish and many of them! Bobby was friendly, professional and hard working. We couldn’t have asked for more. Will be booking again! Thanks so much!!
Ron  L.
Ron L. Irvine, CA
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Andrew was fantastic. He was so friendly, helpful and so knowledgeable. We enjoyed the trip so much. I would recommend Andrew for any trip. We look forward to our next trip with Awol Sportfishing.
Jonovan  J.
Jonovan J. Longview, TX
Nemo Charters – Deep Sea Fishing
Nemo Charters – Deep Sea Fishing
Fishing charter in Long Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 19 reviews
Cool guy, put us on fish right away. Was very knowledgeable about fishing and the area. We had a blast. Fish tacos we made from the catch of the day we’re awesome.
Bodie  D.
Bodie D. Ashland, NE
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
Had a great day with captain Les and deck hand Mike. Limts of crab and fish. Good day on the water.
Troy  M.
Troy M. Diamond Springs, CA
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Captain Andrew made our day a great experience. Very easy to communicate with and knew exactly what to expect. Had a great day out at sea and will definitely book AWOL and Captain Andrew again. Catch of the day was a 24 inch 10lb Halibut. Caught many other rockfish as well. At the end Captain Andrew filleted the fish and they made for great eats.
Matthew  K.
Matthew K. San Diego, CA
King Triton Sportfishing
King Triton Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
We had an absolute blast rock fishing! Ian and Nate got us on great fish early and often. Our group was total newbies and we caught all sorts of fish, sometimes two at a time that they prepped for us to take home. Couldn’t have drawn up a better experience! Planing on going out with them again soon.
Michael  A.
Michael A. San Diego, CA
Primetime Sportfishing
Primetime Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
Amazing time for all. Even though we were challenged with winter currents, Capt Jake and main deck hand, Jake, worked hard to find the fish. We highly recommend this trip!
Joseph  M.
Joseph M. Buford, Georgia
Sva Marine Charters
Sva Marine Charters
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 44 reviews
My husband and I had amazing time. I’m not very experienced in fishing so received great tips without judgement and improved quickly. We will definitely book with Captain Aaron again.
Jami  H.
Jami H. United States
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing
Fishing charter in Bodega Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
Les and Mike the deckhand are very attentive to your needs from beginner to experienced fisherman. Great trip and boat. Thanks again Les see you soon
Raymond  A.
Raymond A. Sacramento, CA

FAQs about Fishing Charters in California

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in California costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $750, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,298. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in California is 30 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Risen Tide Sportfishing, AF Sportfishing, and Nautilus Excursions are some of the most popular fishing charters in California. Full list of top fishing charters in California.

Risen Tide Sportfishing, AF Sportfishing, and Nautilus Excursions all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in California.

The best way to experience fishing in 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 California.

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

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in California.