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California: 170 fishing charters available

Risen Tide Sportfishing

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

AF Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(22 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $700
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SD Slot Machine Charter

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

Rogezac Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Los Angeles
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Delta Bassin' Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Bethel Island
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trips from $250

Sealutions Sportfishing LLC

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

Fishers Of Men SD

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

Pelican Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(135 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $800
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trips from $1,600

FAQs about Fishing Charters in California

The average price for a private 4 hour California fishing trip is $820, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,402 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

Risen Tide Sportfishing, AF Sportfishing, and Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips 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.

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 24798 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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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
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
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

SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
The captain was true to his word he put us on the mahi-mahi in the morning and the blue fin tuna in the afternoon.
Mary  S.
Mary S. Las Cruces, NM
Single Fin Sport Fishing
Single Fin Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Captain Frank did a good job of putting us on some Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna. We couldn't land the Tuna but we had fun trying. When we said we wanted to try for some Yellowtail, he booked it and got us to the island quick...where we did catch some Yellowtail. Awesome time and I'll definitely do it again.
Louis  R.
Louis R. Corona, CA
AP Sportfishing
AP Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(91 reviews)
Great trip, caught a few Dorado.. Captain Nick and Steve were great, put us on multiple schools.
Nicholas  A.
Nicholas A. Raleigh, NC
Ez Sportfishing
Ez Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Huntington Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
If you like to fish and your looking for a private experience I highly recommend you book with EZ Sportfishing and request Eric as the captain. The fishing season hasn't been great but we caught Dorado, Bass, Barracuda and learned some new knots. This boat also gives you more fishing experience because you get to your location way faster then other boats so you fish twice as much as other charters.
Naji  J.
Naji J. La Verne, CA
San Diego Charters
San Diego Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
We had a a amazing time! Captain Kevin was great and the kids wanted the trip to be longer! Thank you!
Sarah  M.
Sarah M. Teton Village, WY
All Harbors Charter – Long Beach
All Harbors Charter – Long Beach
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
Gerry took straight to the fish, we spent three hours Catching fish not fishing . It was a really good time
Tarek  A.
Tarek A. Mathews, AL
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Originally booked a 4 hour fishing trip for my family. They recommended extending to a 5 hour trip out to the islands based upon the recent fishing trends. The recommendation was a fantastic one. We had 3 generations on the boat and had a phenomenal day on the water. Captain Ernie and deckhand Trevor were professional and first class in every way. We have booked fishing charters all over the world and I would recommend Wild Goose without question or reservation. They did a fantastic job!!
Kevin  R.
Kevin R. Kuna, ID
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
Absolutely awesome trip!! Will definitely use this charter again!! Great experience from start to finish….thank you so much Capt Mel
Deborah  M.
Deborah M. Grand Island, NY
King Triton Sportfishing
King Triton Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Ian is all about the customer and did a great job tailoring the trip to our needs. Great day on the water, we found and landed all our fish and had a shot on the foamers, which is all you can ask. Thank you for a great day!!!
David  E.
David E. Redondo Beach, CA
Help U Fish
Help U Fish
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Anthony and Ethan are expert fisherman who have a deep knowledge of the bay. They put us on top of fish quickly and we were able to pull up multiple sharks within a few hours. They worked hard to make sure our lines were constantly prepped and in the water. The boat was clean and well equipped. We had a blast and would book again in a heartbeat. Thanks again guys.
Elliott  E.
Elliott E. San Francisco, California
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
The trip was a success. Captain Harry and his assistant first officer Alec were very friendly and made everything very enjoyable. We were pursuing tuna, when captain Harry came upon a secret location that had Dorado or a.k.a. Mahi Mahi. Needless to say it was a great success. I highly recommend Captain Harry, and I’m already planning another trip with my friend and his son.
Michael  C.
Michael C. Burbank, CA
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(343 reviews)
This is the first time for me and my friend's family go fishing. It was a blast! Captain David and his crew are very nice and knowledgeable. We got a good amount of rockfish, and the kids had a lot of fun catching and freeing up Stingrays and sharks. Would definitely go fishing again with David in the future.
Yang  Z.
Yang Z. Palo Alto, CA
Steve Huber – Crescent City
Steve Huber – Crescent City
Fishing charter in Crescent City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
Captain Steve had us on fish so fast and it was non stop action the entire time. It was my daughters first time on a charter fishing boat. Captain gave us some great advice with motion sickness. Her first experience was one for the books and she will always remember it. (Lily is 9) and is ready to book our next outing with Steve right away. Thanks for the unforgettable memories you helped me create with my daughter Captain!!! We will see you again soon!
Cj  B.
Cj B. Midvale, UT
SF Boat Support – Bravo
SF Boat Support – Bravo
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
What a great day out on the water with Captain Mike and his deckhand Lucas! We went out for salmon caught a 22lb 25lb and 30 pounder along with others. The fishing wasn't as hot as expected but they worked hard to get us some of the most fish of the day out of all the boats regardless of the conditions. It's easy to call yourself good when the fishing is hot but it's how good you are when you have to work for it and they certainly did just that. Defiantly would recommend to anyone who asks
David  P.
David P. San Ramon, CA
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(196 reviews)
My son and I had a great time and caught a freezer full of fish!!! Captain Brian was professional, easy to work with, a great teacher, and knows how to find the fish!!! I highly recommend Fin Runner to everyone who is looking to have a great day on the ocean!!!!!
Christine  D.
Christine D. Marion, OH
All Harbors Charter – Long Beach
All Harbors Charter – Long Beach
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
We hit it hard. Gerry was a blast and kept us out longer on the water because the fishing was so good. Highly recommend getting this trip in.
Chad  C.
Chad C. Los Angeles, California
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
Captain Mel kept us on the fish all morning. Beautiful day out on the water!
Colin  C.
Colin C. Lexington, KY
Guardian Charters
Guardian Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Sam and John were the best of the best! Great communication leading up to and throughout the trip. They were very knowledgeable about all the species of fish, where to find each, and quick to adapt to changing conditions, baits, and used multiple techniques to maximize our catch! At the end of the trip they went above and beyond to help filet, prep, and package the catch for our journey home. Looking forward to going fishing again with Sam next season!
John  P.
John P. Henderson, NV
The Long Run Sportfishing
The Long Run Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(164 reviews)
My cousin and I and our collective four kids had a blast. Captain Ross and Kai made every effort to ensure our kids would catch. We actually ended the day catching a 30lb halibut in addition to shark and striped bass. We will definitely be back again.
Anthony  N.
Anthony N. Gardena, California
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(196 reviews)
Highly recommend! My boys had an awesome time and Captain Brian was very knowledgeable and guided the boys on how to fish in the ocean. Fish weren’t biting at first but Captain changed things up and we ended up just casting lines into Tuna pods. Caught 2 and fought and lost 2. Thanks for the great time and looking forward to our next trip with Fin Runner.
Jennifer  L.
Jennifer L. Linden, MI