San Francisco Bay Halibut Fishing Charters

San Francisco Bay Halibut Fishing Charters

Top San Francisco Bay Halibut Fishing Destinations

Best Halibut Fishing Charters in San Francisco Bay

Top Halibut Fishing Charters in San Francisco Bay

Halibut Fishing in San Francisco Bay

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

(Hippoglossus stenolepis / hippoglossus)

The Halibut fishing San Francisco Bay is famous for is the love child of the area’s mild weather and year-round Halibut bite! Whenever you decide to go fishing in this area, chances are that you’ll find a Halibut at the end of your line. While fishing for California Halibut is open year-round, the fishing season for its Pacific relative is open from May until the end of October.
 
These bottom dwellers are not only incredibly tasty table fare, but they can be surprisingly ferocious fighters. Drift fishing and trolling are the name of the game here. Your best bet of catching a fair few of these peculiar-looking fish is a couple of hours before high tide. If you’re going for quantity, trolling is the recipe for success; if you’re looking for your next high-octane fishing experience, drift fishing is a better choice. 
 
Because Halibut is such a popular catch, there are many places where you can test your luck searching for them. But when you have a skilled guide by your side, there’s no need for guessing. There are more than a few captains that excel in putting anglers on Halibut, and have decades of experience under their belt.
 
If you want to book a trip with a local fisherman, you can do so for as little as $170 per person on a shared half day trip. Longer trips usually cost around $200–$250 per person, and for group outings you can pay up to $1,200 for six anglers.
 
All you’ll need for your angling trip is a California fishing license for everyone age 16 and older, warm clothes, and a supply of snacks and drinks. And after you’ve chosen your captain, Halibut fishing in the San Francisco Bay is yours to explore!
 

San Francisco Bay Halibut Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Halibut fishing in San Francisco Bay varies slightly throughout the year. High season is April to September. Low season is January to March and October to December. There is no closed season.
San Francisco Bay
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Reviews of Fishing in Halibut Fishing in San Francisco Bay

Capt. RON KOYASYKO
Michael W. fished with Nautilus Excursions on May 16, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Try a half day, wear layers, waterproof shoes, take drinks and snacks.
Full day ocean private
Salvador S. fished with David Rooney on September 1, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring a jacket and lunch. If you not sure how your stomach will hold take meds ahead of time.
Half day with Captain Ron and Hunter
Donna L. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 28, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Being your ice chests for the fish fillets you'll take home.
Full day on the Bay with skipper David Rooney
Kenton R. fished with David Rooney on July 15, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
A trip with David Rooney is your best bet.
Full day trip
Bryan C. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 13, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Listen to the captain and mate and you'll hav the trip of a lifetime
Best Team-Building Event!
Jennifer D. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 11, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Beautiful weather and great views. It is cold on the water, though, so dress warm, as in a warm layer, windbreaker, and hat. Wear rain boots, if you have them. Put sunscreen on your face. Bring any personal items in a waterproof bag. If you plan to take photos, put your camera or phone in a zip-lock bag or waterproof case, because your hands will be full of fish scales and fish guts. Bring extra bags to carry your fish off the boat. Stock your car with an ice chest, for the drive home. If the fishing trip is in the Bay only, and not out in the open ocean, then the waves aren't very bad, so you shouldn't get sea sick. Or if you do, you only need the "less drowsy" version of your motion sickness medication. Have fun!
Half day bachelor trip with Brent and Greg.
Seaton N. fished with SF Boat Support on July 6, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared with someone knowledge and just have fun.
Full Day Trip Halibut and Bass with David Rooney
Ariel S. fished with David Rooney on June 29, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Captain Rooney said that Salmon Fishing is great right now, but I really liked going around the bay hunting halibut. So much action throughout the day!

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