California Halibut Fishing Charters

California Halibut Fishing Charters

Top California Halibut Fishing Destinations

Best Halibut Fishing Charters in California

California: 105 fishing charters available

Sealutions Sportfishing LLC

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(87 reviews)
Newport Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

Pelican Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(135 reviews)
San Diego
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $800

Wild Thing Luxury Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(32 reviews)
San Diego
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,600

Awol Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
San Diego
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Halibut Fishing in California

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

(Hippoglossus stenolepis / hippoglossus)

There’s no doubt that the waters of the Golden State are prolific, and Halibut deserves its place among the prized catches. Not only are Halis abundant both in Northern and Southern California, but they’re also fun to target and absolutely delicious. Add to that the fact that there are plenty of Halibut fishing charters in California to choose from, and what’s not to like?

 

There are two types of Halibut you can go after, California and Pacific Halibut. California Halibut are more widespread but significantly smaller than their Pacific counterparts. Pacific Halibut you’ll mostly find in NorCal, usually further offshore – and they can get really big, with their weight going well into triple digits. This makes them very desirable because every experienced angler wants to land a “barndoor” Halibut.

 

Another advantage of Halibut fishing is that it’s not particularly difficult. These flatties are bottom feeders and they’ll gobble down just about anything edible that crosses their path. All you need to do is find them, drop live bait or a lure to the bottom, and slowly drift it along to get a Hali’s attention. Then just wait for them to pounce – it usually won’t be too long.

 

Remember that fishing for Pacific Halibut in Northern California is seasonal. The dates for seasonal closures vary every year, so get informed before you hit the water or talk to your charter captain before you book – they’ll let you know what you can expect to catch. The California Halibut fishery is open year-round throughout the entire state.

 

A lot of places along the California coast offer excellent Halibut action and have plenty of professional fishing guides who can take you to it. San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Channel Islands, and Santa Catalina Island are all prime locations for your Halibut fishing adventure!

California Halibut Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Halibut fishing in California varies moderately throughout the year. High season is April to July. Low season is August to September. There is no closed season.
California
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,802 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Halibut Fishing in California

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
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
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
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Adrienne  M.
Adrienne M. Brookeville, MD
Bring your good attitude and a good smile, God will take care of the rest.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring your good attitude and a good smile, God will take care of the rest.
Daniel  A.
Daniel A. San Marcos, CA