San Diego Halibut Fishing Charters

San Diego Halibut Fishing Charters

Best Halibut Fishing Charters in San Diego

San Diego: 40 fishing charters available

Awol Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $550

San Diego Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(191 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $1,000

Bubba Jean Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(77 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $800

Kraken Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(78 reviews)
San Diego
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AP Sportfishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(98 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $650

The Long Run Sportfishing

Excellent
4.4 / 5
(166 reviews)
San Diego
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Good Times Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(91 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $550

Tail Magnet Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(2 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $1,600

Halibut Fishing in San Diego

Halibut
  • Size 20 to 150lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore

(Hippoglossus stenolepis / hippoglossus)

The Halibut fishing San Diego offers is off the charts! Any angler worth their salt will have fishing for California Halibut at the top of their list when booking a charter in San Diego. The California Halibut is a tasty and challenging species to target, but don’t confuse them with their Pacific cousins found further north – they look and act completely different. The ones found in Southern California look more like Flounder than Pacific Halibut and are commonly between 4–10 pounds. They can reach 40 pounds and over when the stars align and the conditions are perfect.

What can I expect on my Halibut charter?

Halibut like to hang out around structures in depths varying for 30–80 feet. Your captain will take you out to fish the rock piles and along the edges of eelgrass beds. Live bait is the most effective but artificial lures can also work well.

You’ll mostly be drifting. You can come to San Diego and target Halibut with no previous fishing experience, great for beginners and children.

Where to Fish for Halibut in San Diego

The best trips to go on for Halibut are inshore trips and charters in the bay. The bay is well-protected from the elements with calmer waters than inshore, making it ideal for first time anglers and children.

How to Fish for Halibut

You’ll need a sinker attached to your lure to get it all the way down to the bottom. Once there, keep it moving – if you keep the lure still the Halibut is more likely to ignore it, even if it’s within striking distance. Once the Halibut bites, go easy before pulling up the line – Halibut will mouth the lure, so if you start reeling in immediately you’ll lose the fish. The skill in catching Halibut is in getting it to bite in the first place, rather than the fish reeling it in. However, they can put up a bit of a fight when coming up to the boat, so be prepared.

When to Fish for Halibut

Although you can fish year round for Halibut, peak fishing is in April, May, October, and November. It’s also great in January and February, and pretty good the rest of the year.

Book a trip today with a local who can take you to the best spots for Halibut fishing in San Diego. You’ll have an unforgettable day out and catch a very tasty dinner, too!

San Diego Halibut Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Halibut fishing in San Diego varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to October. Low season is January to February and December. There is no closed season.
San Diego
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 25,023 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Halibut Fishing in San Diego

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
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
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
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
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
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Lance  S.
Lance S. United States
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Jayme  D.
Jayme D. Midvale, UT
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Ontario, CA
The water is a bit murky from the red tide this time of year but the fishing was still lots of fun, especially around the wrecks. Dress warm, 60's on the water can be cool.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The water is a bit murky from the red tide this time of year but the fishing was still lots of fun, especially around the wrecks. Dress warm, 60's on the water can be cool.
Aaron  D.
Aaron D. Anaheim, CA
First time for us so really don't have any advice other than charter with someone who fishes for a living and knows the spots!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
First time for us so really don't have any advice other than charter with someone who fishes for a living and knows the spots!
Bryan  H.
Bryan H. Topeka, KS
Dress for weather conditions and if you haven't been on the ocean before take some dramamine before and during your trip. Oh I also recommend using Good Times Fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress for weather conditions and if you haven't been on the ocean before take some dramamine before and during your trip. Oh I also recommend using Good Times Fishing.
Shane  E.
Shane E. Mesa, AZ
It was a little early in the season for the bigger fish, but the water was great, the weather was warm enough and the fish were biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a little early in the season for the bigger fish, but the water was great, the weather was warm enough and the fish were biting.
Stephanie  R.
Stephanie R. El Cajon, California
Dress warm while out on the ocean, it was really cold for us coming from Arizona. The parking is not suited well in some places for large vehicles. Research where you will be staying for availability of parking and the size of space reserved for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm while out on the ocean, it was really cold for us coming from Arizona. The parking is not suited well in some places for large vehicles. Research where you will be staying for availability of parking and the size of space reserved for you.
Stan  G.
Stan G. Pima, AZ
We recommend fishing during the peak season. Allow plenty of time to find parking.
Very good
4.0 / 5
We recommend fishing during the peak season. Allow plenty of time to find parking.
Denice  E.
Denice E. Chandler, AZ
Dont always just book with the cheapest charter, look to see if theg have good quaility gear for you to use, reliable boat and knowledgeable of the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dont always just book with the cheapest charter, look to see if theg have good quaility gear for you to use, reliable boat and knowledgeable of the area.
Dillion  A.
Dillion A. Seattle, WA
Go with captain clowers. He'll give you a GREAT trip. He will take the time to show you the techniques, explain the feeding habits of fish, how to fish for different species, a great teacher.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with captain clowers. He'll give you a GREAT trip. He will take the time to show you the techniques, explain the feeding habits of fish, how to fish for different species, a great teacher.
Ed  B.
Ed B. Costa Mesa, California
It's all good. Just be ready for a great day of fishing. If it's your first time, the right captain and crew can make all the difference.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's all good. Just be ready for a great day of fishing. If it's your first time, the right captain and crew can make all the difference.
Ray  V.
Ray V. Palm Springs, CA
Check out this 4 hour morning trip - we caught a lot of fish, got to see some sea lions & some Naval maneuvers, too. Great to get your feet wet.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out this 4 hour morning trip - we caught a lot of fish, got to see some sea lions & some Naval maneuvers, too. Great to get your feet wet.
Victor  G.
Victor G. United States
follow the reviews and trust that you'll be in good hands. This is my 3rd trip, 3 different boats, and all 3 did an excellent job.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
follow the reviews and trust that you'll be in good hands. This is my 3rd trip, 3 different boats, and all 3 did an excellent job.
Louis  R.
Louis R. Pomona, California