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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.

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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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Half Day Trip with Captain Mel
Jon C. fished with Fishers Of Men SD on July 28, 2021
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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.
Great time
Adriano D. F. fished with La Jolla Water Sports on July 28, 2021
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Go with those guys, they really know their craft
Half Day trip with Captain Johnny
Jason S. fished with Reel Life Fishing Charters on July 10, 2021
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We caught plenty but not as many as some may expect. We had a great time.
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Itza S. fished with Durban Princess Sport Fishing on July 9, 2021
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Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Full day trip
Syed M. fished with Argo Sportfishing on June 30, 2021
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It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Capt. RON KOYASYKO
Michael W. fished with Nautilus Excursions on May 16, 2021
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Try a half day, wear layers, waterproof shoes, take drinks and snacks.
Half day with Capt Shannon
Tom S. fished with Sealutions Sportfishing LLC on April 22, 2021
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Chose Capt Shannon. Very knowledgeable and catered to the anglers on the boat
Fishing with Eric
Mark B. fished with Ez Sportfishing on April 10, 2021
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Nice trip. Boat is geared more toward fishing than comfort. Overall very good experience.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in California

According to customer reviews, Risen Tide Sportfishing, Fishers Of Men SD, and Sealutions Sportfishing LLC are some of the most popular fishing charters in California. Full list of top fishing charters in California.

Risen Tide Sportfishing, Fishers Of Men SD, and Sealutions Sportfishing LLC 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.

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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! Check availability for local fishing charters in California.