Best Bass (Largemouth) Fishing Charters in California


Top Bass (Largemouth) Fishing Charters in California


Bass (Largemouth)

Bass (Largemouth)

  • Size 1 to 5lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake

Bass (Largemouth) Fishing in California

With its long-standing reputation, California Bass fishing needs no introduction. Anglers catch a variety of species in the Golden State, including Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass. Of these, the most sought-after is Largemouth Bass, an aggressive fish that continues to revolutionize sportfishing. Some of the biggest Largemouth on record have been caught in California, several of them exceeding 20 lbs. With no shortage of productive fishing holes around here, you never know when the next record-breaking fish will appear!

Where to Fish for Bass

Northern California

The rolling hills of northern California guard some of the best Bass fishing lakes on the west coast. Clear Lake, Lake Almanor, Lake Berryessa, Shasta Lake and Whiskeytown Lake are but a few hot spots here. Even casting your line in smaller lakes, creeks, and ponds could lead to Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass.

Heading south opens up even more possibilities, including Lake Tahoe, Lake Camanche, Lake McClure, Lake Sonoma, and the aptly named Bass Lake. The San Francisco Bay Area has a variety of smaller lakes as well as brackish water habitats like the Delta which host Striped Bass, too.

Southern California

Anglers will find just as many opportunities in Southern California. A fair share of record-breaking Bass have been caught in the waters of Lakes Casitas, Miramar, and Castaic. These renowned fishing holes are just the tip of the iceberg, though. You can also expect excellent fishing at Lake Havasu, El Capitan Reservoir, and Lower Otay Lake, among many others.

California Bass Fishing Tips

Every fishing hole is different, but you can generally expect to find Bass in shallow water during spring and fall. These fish become a more elusive in summer and winter when they move to deeper water, but it’s still possible to fish for them.

Anglers with any level of experience can have great success and lots of fun while fishing for Bass, whether on fly rod or light tackle. Sportfishers have developed a wide variety of tactics when it comes to targeting these fish, including highly specialized techniques to adapt to heavy foliage and other factors. Some Bass fishing guides offer classes to help their clients master these techniques, including tournament-style methods.

When they’re hungry, Bass bite a variety of baits and lures. Depending on the season, effective lures include spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and spoons. Jigs, plastic worms, and topwater lures are better in summer, while pork baits, jigs, and soft plastics work best in winter. Anglers sometimes manage to tempt Largemouth Bass even when they aren’t hungry, since they will also bite in an effort to protect their territory.

No matter where, when, or how you choose to fish for California’s legendary Bass, these fish are sure to leave an impression. And who knows—you might just be the next to land a record-breaking catch in these waters!

Bass (Largemouth)

Bass (Largemouth)

  • Size 1 to 5lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake

California Bass (Largemouth) Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Bass (Largemouth) fishing in California varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to June. Low season is January to February and October to December. There is no closed season.

What People Are Saying About Bass (Largemouth) Fishing in California

"July fishing trip"

Michael Fox fished with Mardiosa Sportfishing on July 21, 2020

We had a blast! We were all rookies but captain Herman and 1st mate PB had us trained up and hooking gills within the hour. Slayed Calico Bass all day, with all of us limiting out. Also pulled up some barracuda and perch. Boat is roomy and plenty of room to spread out and not cross lines, plus space to relax out of the sun in the gallery. Will definitely return for another trip soon.

"July fishing trip"

Ponder Rodgers fished with Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters on July 13, 2020

Had a great day out with Captain Mike. Had lots of luck at both spots, kids and adults caught Calico Bass like crazy. Thx Captain Mike

"Great experience "

Gonzalo De Vera fished with Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters on July 4, 2020

We had a fantastic day. Nick was fabulous and very patient with the kids, we have a lot of fun all day catching Calico Bass, Sand Bass and Macro. Boat was ready to go and clean. I really recommend this boat an captain if you want to have a great experience. Can't wait until I book our next trip.

"Half day with Captain Chuck"

Justin Jones fished with Dana Wharf Sportfishing—Boardroom 2 on October 26, 2019

Had a great 1/2 day Calico Bass fishing. The first location Capt. Chuck put us on our group of three got a bite every cast it seemed. We caught and released dozens of bass. Great weather and great morning trip.

"Full day with Captain Ron, and slayed them."

Richard Nadeau fished with Nautilus Excursions on October 3, 2019

Caught Stripers, Halibut, Sea Bass and Rockfish .....we'll be eating fish for a long time. Threw many keepers back after hit our limit.....Fishing was awesome.

"Full day trip with Captain Ron"

Alson Tan fished with Nautilus Excursions on August 6, 2019

Captain Ron was very patient in explaining the basics of fishing to us and knew where to look for fish. We had our limits of Striped Bass within 15minutes at the first spot! Highly recommend!

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