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177 Fishing Charters

California Fishing Charters

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California: 177 fishing charters available

Risen Tide Sportfishing

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

Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout

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

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(26 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $900

SD Slot Machine Charter

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

Rogezac Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Los Angeles
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Mystic Queen Sportfishing

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

Sealutions Sportfishing LLC

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

Delta Bassin' Guide Service

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

Pelican Sportfishing

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

Wild Thing Luxury Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(37 reviews)
San Diego
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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 $828, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,414 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

Risen Tide Sportfishing, Full Spectrum SF, INC. – Sea Scout, and AF Sportfishing 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, inshore fishing, and nearshore 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 25013 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
Hit up captain conor, and book a full day. Half a day is definitely not enough time because it goes by quicker than you think.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hit up captain conor, and book a full day. Half a day is definitely not enough time because it goes by quicker than you think.
Angel  G.
Angel G. Anaheim, 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

Help U Fish
Help U Fish
Fishing charter in Richmond
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Captain Langes took us to some hot spots. The grandsons got halibut and loved their first fishing trip. Highly recommend this charter.
Leonard  S.
Leonard S. Sudbury, MA
TC's Fishing Adventures
TC's Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in San Diego
Very good
4.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Diego was gracious and patient to explain the fishing experience to my grandson. Very helpful. Thanks Diego.
William  C.
William C. San Diego, CA
Tradition Sportfishing
Tradition Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Berkeley
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Had a great time going for Halibut and finding spots in the bay. Dennis was always patient and made sure we were having a great time. Great conversations and stories, would easily hop on his boat again.
Dylan  H.
Dylan H. Piedmont, CA
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(87 reviews)
We had a great day fishing with Ernie & Trevor. The overall trip exceeded my expectations. Great guys & boat.
Steve  S.
Steve S. Phoenix, AZ
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Captain Justin and Big Joe are who you want to book with. They get you ready for a day of fun. It was a blast and my family will be booking with them again. Thank you!
Jayme  S.
Jayme S. Carmichael, CA
Reel Life Fishing Charters
Reel Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
We took our 2 boys 9 and 10 on their first ocean fishing trip. Captain Johnny was the best! He was calm and patient always helping all 5 of us. He made our kids first fishing trip an awesome memory. I would definitely book again with him. Thank you Captain Johnny
Shanna  V.
Shanna V. El Cajon, CA
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Great conversation, talked about the area and fishing. Caught 8 fish, different types of fish. Saw a small Mako shark. Just a overall good trip. Thanks.
Jeffrey  S.
Jeffrey S. Willcox, AZ
Rogezac Sportfishing
Rogezac Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Based on reports of day very slow day for all fishing boats, fish were just not biting this day. But Captain Roger would not give up on finding us some biting fish. Must have moved to 10+ spots to find some bites. Great Captain and Crew!!! Was a gorgeous day on the water for fishing just not catching!
ANNETTE  H.
ANNETTE H. Long Beach, CA
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Newport Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(91 reviews)
My sincere thanks to Captain Shannon for a great fishing trip with a great captain. I will tell you that he went the extra mile to get me a Bull Dolphin which has been on my list for over 50 years. Yes this trip was on my bucket list. Pickings were slim and we did not catch a boatload, just one of those days. I only needed the one to make me a happy old man. Thanks again!
ROBERT  S.
ROBERT S. North Las Vegas, NV
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(202 reviews)
Took my adult Son , son n law and friend on Captain Brian’s boat. He went above and beyond in time, distance, and service to find the fish. Great attitude , value, and overall experience!
Steve  W.
Steve W. Murrieta, CA
The Codfather Sport Fishing
The Codfather Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Alameda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Learned a lot from the great crew. Very friendly and professional. Would book with them again!
Erickson  M.
Erickson M. San Francisco, California
San Diego Charters
San Diego Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(190 reviews)
That's what our grandson said, 'Highest rating!' 'Great enthusiasm, can't wait to go again!' 'Will definitely use them again!'
Eddi  S.
Eddi S. Hartland, WI
All Harbors Charter – Long Beach
All Harbors Charter – Long Beach
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 reviews)
Pictures tell a 1000 words but that doesn’t say how awesome Capt Gerry is. What a great trip? An amazing boat, clean and well maintained. Capt Gerry knows the area and has a great network of other captains to lead us in the right way. Amazing day - great catch! We will recommend and will definitely come out with Capt Gerry again.
Sam  F.
Sam F. Bellflower, California
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Harry and crew really know their stuff! My group of 4 had a great time! I can't wait to book my next trip on the Mystic Queen!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Whittier, CA
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Dana Point
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Wonderful experience for all four of us. Captain Nick and Kent had us on top of the fish all morning. We reeled in a decent sized shark! Boating across the ocean when the sun is coming up was priceless. We all had a great time. Charter with this crew. They are awesome!
Janelle  L.
Janelle L. Farmington, NM
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Lake Tahoe Fishing Trips
Fishing charter in Carnelian Bay
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(98 reviews)
Limit of lake trout caught in about 3 hours (6 for 3 anglers). Captain and boat/gear did most of the work...no complaints on net productivity. Limited actual sport in the fishing trip though. Still, had a beautiful couple of hours on the lake, and enjoyed a great lake trout dinner that evening for all 9 of us in our airbnb.
Steven  G.
Steven G. Boca Raton, FL
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Dana Point
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Captain Nick did an amazing job! We went out for a three hour trip and started fishing immediately out of the harbor. My son caught his first (and 6th!) fish. Would recommend to all.
Michael  H.
Michael H. Costa Mesa, CA
Fish Taxi Sportfishing
Fish Taxi Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Oceanside
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Captain Don was on time, had a great boat, and excellent gear. They made us feels safe on the boat and we felt comfortable the whole time. We had a blast seeing sea life and catching, not just fishing!
Darcy  T.
Darcy T. Vista, CA
Bent Rod Sportfishing
Bent Rod Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Morro Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Our chapter was awesome he got us on the fish literally the second I hit the bottom
Kevin  W.
Kevin W. Mariposa, CA
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(155 reviews)
Captain Ron is very knowledgeable about the fish of SF bay, how to locate and how to catch! Captain Ron and deckhand of the Nautilus really put out the effort to ensure everyone has a great experience and maximize opportunity to connect with first hand fishing experiences.
Donald  G.
Donald G. Pleasanton, CA