San Francisco Bay Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Charters

San Francisco Bay Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Charters

Top San Francisco Bay Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Destinations

Best Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Charters in San Francisco Bay

Top Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Charters in San Francisco Bay

Salmon (Chinook) Fishing in San Francisco Bay

Salmon (Chinook)
  • Size 10-50 lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Inshore, Lake, River, Nearshore

(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

If you haven’t been fishing on the of California, you’re missing out. Even more so, if you’ve never experienced the superb Salmon fishing San Francisco Bay is famous for. Going after Chinook Salmon in the calm waters of the bay is the best way to spend your time if you’re a passionate fisherman.
 
These silvery bad boys are called the King of all Salmon for a good reason. Their acrobatics and fighting abilities earned them the title, as well as the fact that they’re among the most delicious fish on the planet. Your catch can weigh anywhere from 10–40 pounds, depending on the time of year and your luck.
 
From April to October every year, Chinook frequent the waters of the San Francisco Bay on the way to their spawning areas in the freshwater rivers and streams. The “Salmon Highway” runs straight through the bay, and this is where you may just find your biggest King yet. 
 
And because Salmon fishing is so popular here, there are many charters and guides that specialize in going after these hard-fighting fish. Going on full day (8+ hours) expeditions will improve your chances of catching your limit and maybe even landing your next trophy. Trip prices vary, and you can pay anywhere from $200 per person on “potluck trips” up to $1,500 for a private charter. The prices also depend on how many people will be fishing. 
 
Aside from putting you on the hottest bite and sharing tips, your captain will have all the fishing equipment ready for you. On your to-do list is to buy a valid fishing license and bring enough food and drinks to last through the whole day of fishing action. Salmon fishing in the San Francisco Bay is already the stuff of legends, and something you can experience this fishing season.

San Francisco Bay Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Salmon (Chinook) fishing in San Francisco Bay is highly variable throughout the year. High season is July to October. Closed season is January to April and November to December.
San Francisco Bay
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Reviews of Fishing in Salmon (Chinook) 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!