California Fishing Charters

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Top California Destinations

California: 205 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from US $600
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(127 reviews)
Newport Beach
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trips from US $850
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from US $900
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Los Angeles
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trips from US $750
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(30 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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trips from US $705
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from US $200
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
Los Angeles
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trips from US $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(79 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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trips from US $775
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(185 reviews)
Coronado
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trips from US $749
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(89 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from US $550

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 US $861, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,541 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:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – US $450
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $740
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $783
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $943
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $1,139
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $1,367
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,465
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $1,800
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,955
  • 11-hour fishing trips – US $1,717
  • 12-hour fishing trips – US $2,392
  • 16-hour fishing trips – US $3,000

Fishing in California

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 Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in California

Not as good fishing conditions as other months, but you can still catch fish. We weren’t able to catch any fish from the dock on Bethel Island where we were staying but much of that was limited by stormy weather. On a bass charter we were able to catch 1 largemouth bass and 1 striped bass. In February fishing is OK but not as good as spring and summer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not as good fishing conditions as other months, but you can still catch fish. We weren’t able to catch any fish from the dock on Bethel Island where we were staying but much of that was limited by stormy weather. On a bass charter we were able to catch 1 largemouth bass and 1 striped bass. In February fishing is OK but not as good as spring and summer.
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
Delta BASSN’ Guide Service
It was perfect for catching a variety of 10 to 20 inch fish, my first time fishing off shore in 20 years
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was perfect for catching a variety of 10 to 20 inch fish, my first time fishing off shore in 20 years
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Give your self extra time as the shop is small and takes a little time to get your license
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give your self extra time as the shop is small and takes a little time to get your license
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Don't hesitate to ask Matt any questions you've got, but don't have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes the fish don't bite, but most of the time they bite a whole lot!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't hesitate to ask Matt any questions you've got, but don't have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes the fish don't bite, but most of the time they bite a whole lot!
Sea Esta Sportfishing
Sea Esta Sportfishing
Be patient, be adaptable, follow TC's lead, ask questions, above all relax and have fun. Development of angling skills takes time. It's not an overnight success. If you are serious, jot down notes if you need to.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient, be adaptable, follow TC's lead, ask questions, above all relax and have fun. Development of angling skills takes time. It's not an overnight success. If you are serious, jot down notes if you need to.
TC's Fishing Adventures
TC's Fishing Adventures
If you have never been on a boat follow the Captain’s recommendation about motion sickness prevention. Tons of different fish species to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never been on a boat follow the Captain’s recommendation about motion sickness prevention. Tons of different fish species to catch.
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
I recommend calling Captain Mike Nielsen. Was recommended to me by the guy at the shop where we bought our licenses. He did not disappoint. Caught our limit, saw incredible views and learned a good bit about the area. Gorgeous day and amazing experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend calling Captain Mike Nielsen. Was recommended to me by the guy at the shop where we bought our licenses. He did not disappoint. Caught our limit, saw incredible views and learned a good bit about the area. Gorgeous day and amazing experience!
Tahoe Topliners Fishing – Est. 1996
Tahoe Topliners Fishing – Est. 1996
Weather was perfect for a T shirt and jeans or a lightweight sweater. 10 out 10 would recommend
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was perfect for a T shirt and jeans or a lightweight sweater. 10 out 10 would recommend
SF Boat Support
SF Boat Support
Get upstanding about parking and the time you need to be so that you are not to early
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get upstanding about parking and the time you need to be so that you are not to early
fishSFbay
fishSFbay
A nice captain and a well run boat BUT the captain is a chain smoker and in the confines of the forward cabin we found that a MAJOR problem.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
A nice captain and a well run boat BUT the captain is a chain smoker and in the confines of the forward cabin we found that a MAJOR problem.
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Bills Sportfishing And Guide Service
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Layers of clothes. Process matters - keep an open mind. Bluefin is a little risky, but very satisfying.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Layers of clothes. Process matters - keep an open mind. Bluefin is a little risky, but very satisfying.
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
The great thing about fishing in the ocean is you never know what your going to get. Expected Dorado ended up with 25+Lb Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The great thing about fishing in the ocean is you never know what your going to get. Expected Dorado ended up with 25+Lb Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Blue Horizon Sportfishing Chino, CA
Pay for parking. It was dark when we arrived so I didn't notice it was pay parking only. There is a small kiosk to pay that is not close to Dock H and the fine is steep at $50.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay for parking. It was dark when we arrived so I didn't notice it was pay parking only. There is a small kiosk to pay that is not close to Dock H and the fine is steep at $50.
Last Meal Sportfishing
Last Meal Sportfishing San Francisco, California
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Good options with lots of parking and cleaning areas. Dock and location wasn't packed or rushed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good options with lots of parking and cleaning areas. Dock and location wasn't packed or rushed.
David Rooney
David Rooney Milpitas, CA
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter Oak Glen, CA
Definitely invest in a guide - especially Lyle with Tight Line Therapy. You'll go to the best spots, with a professional who actually knows what they are doing - and who truly cares about your experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely invest in a guide - especially Lyle with Tight Line Therapy. You'll go to the best spots, with a professional who actually knows what they are doing - and who truly cares about your experience.
Tight Line Therapy – Mariposa
Tight Line Therapy – Mariposa Bemidji, Minnesota
Find an experienced fisherman to go out with. It’s a beautiful spot to spend the day too!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find an experienced fisherman to go out with. It’s a beautiful spot to spend the day too!
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters Miami Beach, FL
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing Schaumburg, IL

How did anglers rate fishing charters in California?

Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Captain Mike was customer friendly and gave us opportunity to catch fish. Couldn’t ask for anything else.
Greg  B.
Greg B.
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Newport Beach
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Newport Beach
Fishing charter in Newport Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
This was an extremely smooth experience with a ton of education from Captain Shannon. I would highly recommend a 4-person half day trip.
Alex  M.
Alex M.
Fernandez Charters
Fernandez Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We enjoyed our time on the water with Pablo and Kadin. We caught a variety of fish and kept several bass to make fish tacos later that evening. The kids had a blast and the captain/crew extended the length of the trip to ensure we could hit one final spot where the fish were biting. We highly recommend!
Eddie  P.
Eddie P. Newton, Massachusetts
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(232 reviews)
Exactly what you want. Captain Shaun is super friendly and loves his work. Great for beginners and those with more experience. Really just a laid back day of fishing yet we caught 16 species and plenty of keepers. This was my second time with Pelican and highly recommend this boat. Will be back for more!
Mike  L.
Mike L.
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Couldn’t have asked for better weather. Got us on the fish early. We were able to get two fish in the boat with plenty of other bite opportunities. If you’re looking for sturgeon - Matt is your guy.
Tom  S.
Tom S.
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Newport Beach
Sealutions Sportfishing LLC, Newport Beach
Fishing charter in Newport Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
Captain was amazing and took care of us. We had a fun and memorable trip. Will definitely come back to him in the spring.
John  N.
John N.
Off The Grid – OTG
Off The Grid – OTG
Fishing charter in Dana Point
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
My wife and I had a wonderful trip with Captain William. Absolutely worth every penny!
Forest  N.
Forest N.
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Short drive out to spots and got on Whitefish, Sheepshead, Perch, and Calico Bass quickly as well as a massive trigger fish.
Andrew  F.
Andrew F.
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(185 reviews)
Great trip and caught over 45 fish at least. Put us on the fish early and often throughout the trip.
Jeffrey  C.
Jeffrey C.
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Coronado
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(185 reviews)
Eric was a great guide. We had an amazing time out in the water. He helped us reel in a good size halibut! We’ll be back for sure!
Chad  C.
Chad C.
Kraken Sportfishing
Kraken Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(122 reviews)
Nothing more to say! The best honest captain! Will go fishing with him again in the future!
Ilia  C.
Ilia C.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(232 reviews)
Thank you Shaun for a great fishing experience. We learned so much and overall laughed more than we can ask for. Captain Shaun made us feel comfortable and we got to come home with plenty of fish. Definitely recommend!
Brian  M.
Brian M.
Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips
Breakwall Fishing – Weekday Trips
Fishing charter in Long Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Captain Jeremy took us out on a 4 hour tour staying local inside the Long Beach breakwall. 2 adults and 4 children were able to land 1 keeper lobster, 2 crabs and some sculpin. Thanks for the amazing time.
David  L.
David L.
Kraken Sportfishing
Kraken Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(122 reviews)
Trip was fun with the captain Leng. He knew is stuff. We had difficult day because of time of year didn’t catch a lot of fish but it was fun to be on water.
Frank  A.
Frank A.
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Brian and his crew were great to spend a morning fishing in the San Diego bay area. Super friendly and very knowledgeable of the local area. Our group of six adults had a blast and would highly recommend Brian. We hope to fish with him again in the future.
TJ  G.
TJ G.
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
ROGEZAC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Los Angeles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
We wanted to take our kids fishing on a boat the first time. We had so much fun! They keep asking when we will book another trip. Captain and crew were very knowledgeable and it didn’t take long for us to start catching fish.
Anne  N.
Anne N.
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Sole-Man Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Francisco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Captain Don put us on the sharks. Niced sized sharks. It's a good day on the water!
Richard  H.
Richard H.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(232 reviews)
Captain Shaun and Captain Noah were terrific hosts and guides for my daughter and me today! Limited out on bottom fish and enjoyed magnificent views of the San Diego coastline! Highly recommended!
Daron  Y.
Daron Y.
Diamond Dogs Charters
Diamond Dogs Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Just what we needed after a long week at work. Captain Al has an absolute wealth of knowledge. Not only about fishing but surrounding area. Fishing was great and I would highly recommend this trip.
Robert  S.
Robert S.
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Here We Go Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Pittsburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Matt and Javier were awesome. They worked really hard for us. It was a great trip.
Brent  E.
Brent E.

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